Education goes through the Stomach

The Greenleaves's scholarship application includes an indication of the income of the family and the profession of the parents or the people who looks after the child.
In the 2020-2021 school year, we noticed three cases of particular hardship.

TRẦN THỊ DOANH DOANH, 8th Grade, Secondary school  Võ Thành Trang, Tân Phú

The parents divorced when she was 1 year old, she lives with her grandmother who sells lottery tickets.

Doanh Doanh said: A few years ago there wasn't much school stuff so I went to sell lottery tickets after school, but this school year is harder so that I can only sell Thursday and Sunday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Every week I earn around 120,000
VND. I give the money to my grandma. She uses it to buy food for us. I live in the rented room with my grandma, my uncle, my aunt, my 18-year-old cousin who is currently unemployed and another 18-year-old cousin who sells lottery tickets.
My former class teacher is currently giving me free math classes on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For the past month, a woman from the neighborhood council has sponsored my English classes from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and Tuesdays from 5:30  to 7:00 p.m. at the Hoa Sen Center.

The lady knows her because she picks up donations for poor households there and often sells lottery tickets nearby.
The headmistress also reported that Doanh Doanh is the only student who received a brand new bike in recognition of her exceptional achievements and considerable perseverance in overcoming difficulties.

TRẦN Quốc Hào, 10th Grade, Secondary school QUANG TRUNG, Tây Ninh

Trần Quốc Hào's parents are divorced, the father does not pay any palimony. Quốc Hào and his 2 younger siblings are living with their grandparents. The grandparents sell rice porrigde on the street.
Despite the difficult living conditions, Quốc Hào has consistently performed very well at school in the past school years. He tirelessly pursues his goal, he would like to become a doctor.

In his letter of thanks to his godmother, he wrote that he would later follow the footsteps of GiKaD to help children in need, as he is now being helped by GiKaD.

Phạm Thanh Tâm, 5th grade, Primary School Phạm Văn Chiêu, Tân Phú

Tâm and his godmother
Tâm and his godmother


Tâm’s parents are divorced and both are remarried, Tâm does not receive any palimony and lives with his grandparents.
The grandfather works
occasionally as a construction worker, his grandmother collects old glass and paper and sells them.
The family's income is 1,800,000 VND (approx. € 65) per month, well below the subsistence level (approximately 2,300,000 VND/month/per person for cities).

The way to a man's heart goes through his stomach. Education too.

Children from families with income below subsistence level and particularly motivated to learn (average score above 8.0) can receive additional support.

The EgoStom subsistence grant is between 15€ and 20€ (ca. $18 - $25) per month.

EgoStom not only strengthens the children in their school performance, it is important to us that our scholarship holders develop into sociable, responsible and strong personalities and actively seek to promote the engagement in charitable causes, deserve our support. Furthermore, they may follow the GiKaD mission and undertake to sponsor pupils in need after completing school or university and entering professional life.

With the project Education goes through the stomach - EgoStom - we want to support  children in need so that they have the strength to overcome their difficult life situation, to make their dreams come true:

To escape poverty through education.