REACH Provides Opportunities To H’Mong Ethnic Minority


Youths from the H’mong ethnic minority have visited REACH headquarters over the weekend to learn about the vocational education opportunities REACH has on offer. 

“I really like the activities today. The teachers have taken us a tour around to the centre. It is very cool,” said 16 year old, H’mong student, Ma Thi Di, from Sa Pa.

The young men and women, from one of Vietnam’s poorest ethnic minorities ate sweets, danced, and played games giving them a welcome reprieve from a busy weekend in the capital.

“We have been here in Hanoi for a week, and have to adapt with the extreme hot weather. There were many kids that got car sick and tired, but when they came here they were immediately interested in the activities facilitated by REACH team,” said Khang A Tua, event organiser and co founder of the not-for-profit Vuon Mo Project.

“In fact, their language (Vietnamese) proficiency is still quite under-developed, so communicating with them through visual activities such as painting, singing, dancing and playing a game like this, has been much more effective than talking and talking in a traditional way,” Khaab went on. 

The Hmong are one of the largest ethnic minorities in Vietnam. Estimates put their numbers at about one million. Of those, the General Statistics Office found, in 2011, that just 6.6 percent attended secondary education.

Open days with ethnic minorities and at risk youth form an important part of REACH’s mission to find the most disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam. It is by finding these young people and providing them with the skills they need to find gainful employment that the cycle of poverty can be broken.

The visit to REACH was funded by iSee Vietnam and Live and Learn. It brought together youths from a number of organisations including the Tien Phong Group, Action for H’mong Development, and the H’mong students group in Hana.

It was a great day and both the REACH staff and the H’mong students benefited greatly from the experience.

As part of REACH’s mission it is paramount that as Vietnam develops, no one gets left behind. If you would like to help us achieve this mission we would like to receive your help. Please, if possible, consider donating through our Global Giving campaign. 

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