Gia Bac Community Volunteer Center was founded in early December 2013 by a group of volunteers from Vietnam and Nanyang Girl’s High School from Singapore. To this day, the center has been fully developed. The center has a large main room built and has been in operation since early 2014. Gia Bac Community Volunteer Center places importance in becoming a comfortable and friendly learning environment for students in Gia Bac. This is a place where the children can come and play; learn as well as interact with each other. There are hundreds of cultural and science books available for them to read and enhance their knowledge. Furthermore, all the learning facilities are well equipped with adequate tools to create the ideal learning environment.
In addition, there are public restrooms which consist of 6 toilets and 6 bathrooms for the benefit of the students studying in the library. The building fund is supported by BeCause Vietnam non-profit organization and ‘Lan Toa Yeu Thuong’ fundraising event hosted by ECO Vietnam Group.
The Gia Bac community volunteer center is the brainchild that ECO Vietnam Group has cherished for so long. Our mission is to provide an excellent environment that can facilitate effective learning for Gia Bac students and increase their desire to read more and to learn more. Our long-term plan is to eliminate illiteracy and help the students to learn critical life skills for their future. EVG hopes to achieve our long-term plan, and at the same time, fulfill the dreams of Gia Bac children by continuing to establish and maintain the activities in the center.
In 2012, ECO Vietnam Group (EVG) has collaborated with the Saint ‘Andrew Junior College (SAJC) – a long-term partner of EVG successfully implement the project “Home with a Heart” at Gia Bac commune, Di Linh District, Lam Dong province. This project is a continuation of Project READ with the main purpose is to add support for the Gia Bac community Library. With the participation of more than 30 volunteers from Singapore and Vietnam, within just a few short days, they have brought the practical support and significance actions to the community . Thereby, the volunteers also learn a lot of experience, more capital increases life for myself.
The first day of the project, Vietnamese volunteers and Singaporean volunteers had the opportunity to meet and get to know each other in the intimate and fun atmosphere at Tan Son Nhat airport, promising for a long tired journey but always happy.
Embark on the implementation of the project activities, the volunteers had a chance to test their strength with the hard work of a builder such as coating cement, painting and repairing Gia Bac Community Library. In difficult weather conditions, though they always tired to work, but when thinking about the meaning of their work to bring this highland, the volunteers tried their best to complete the job.
During this trip, the volunteers had a better understanding of young children through activities to enhance knowledge for local children such as teaching English and playing with the children.
End of trip, the volunteers had to remodel the Gia Bac community Library and helped children reach English.
Back home, the end of the project, each volunteer have their own emotions. It is the remembers about the days working together, is happiness because what I did positive results. Parting each other, volunteers will never forget Gia Bac Highland along with memories that will be the baggage for your lifetime. John Lennon said “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. And dream you dream with others is a reality. “Then you are ready to join us to do a significant dream!