SUCCESS IN VIETNAM

Winning a community's trust

In 2010 the Costa Foundation built their first 2 nursery schools in Vietnam. Based on the requirements of the community we built a 3 classroom nursery school plus kitchen at Eatar and the same facilities at Cudliemong. The schools have been a tremendous success, but during a trustees visit in March 2015 a really interesting story emerged. Because these communities are indigenous tribes, and because this was our first investment in Vietnam, the community were initially suspicious of the Costa Foundations motives. The parents expected this "unknown" western company to charge high school fees in order to recover their costs, therefore enrollment was relatively low initially. 

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Over a period of years, and as the Costa Foundation built more schools in similar communities, the parents realised that actually there was no catch. The Costa Foundation build these schools simply to give something back to coffee farmers, and expect nothing in return. 

As a result, these communities requested that the capacity of both schools be doubled, as there were hundreds of children unable to attend. This new found trust is truly heartwarming and is being reflected in all of our work across the central highlands of Vietnam. 

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We are delighted to announce that in May 2015 the Costa Foundation trustees signed off additional grants to build 2 more classrooms, a communal learning room and a sick bay in both schools to bring the facilities up to the required standard. This is a good example of a charity being truly "needs-based" and continuing to support their projects ongoing. 

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