Terry Anderson and the VCF crew have done a magnificent job with this project. Lew Puller would have been proud !!
School # 2 at Ninh Binh (outside Hanoi) was dedicated March 98 was constructed by a grant from the Gannett Foundation.
School # 3 at Tra Vinh (in the south) completed December 98.
School #4 in Son La Province (north) under construction now.
We have three planned for 1999 Schools 5,6 and 7 - probable locations will be
Quang Ngai Province - on the coast in the south.
Nghe An Province - in the north
Cu Chi Province - in the south
To date we have put nearly 2000 children in new classrooms. We are on the Combined Federal Campaign which gives all US federal workers the opportunity to contribute. We are pleased with our progress as we don't want to move too fast and three schools a year seems to be what we can handle with efficiency and integrity.
We think Lew would be pleased.
Get full details at the Vietnam Children's Fund home page.
Marine Veteran, Iranian-hostage Veteran, and published writer, Terry Anderson, is one of the primary driving forces behind the success and progress of this project. For an in-depth article on the VMA, read Pat McGarvey's background, "Schools Spring Up in Vietnam."
Here is additional information on the Vietnam Children's Fund
Here is an update on the second school being built in Ninh Binh
Here is an article that appeared in the March 1997 issue of "Leatherneck" the magazine of the United States Marines. (used with permission) "There's A School on the DMZ" by R.R. Keane.
This is an active, ongoing project in Vietnam; and several more schools are planned for the immediate future. This page will track the progress of those schools and provide additional information on the VCF as it becomes available.
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These pictures were taken during construction of the first school in 1995:
Group Photo inside the school. In the background are Terry Anderson, Jack Wheeler, and...
Inside one of the classrooms
Fishpond behind the school. Typical scenery in Vietnam.
Another picture of the group outside the school
Spectators on the Road to Dong Ha
The completed school
The student body of the new school
Terry Anderson and Kieu Chinh
Close up of the school's emblem
One of the students
Terry Anderson presents the dedication plaque
Close up of the plaque's inscription
Terry presents a copy of "Den of Lions" for the school's library
Cutting the banner