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Platypus has selected the Central Highlands of Vietnam as the site for its first education projects.

The first area Platypus focused on is around the Quang Nam Province. Life is tough in many parts of the region – soil is impoverished, rivers heavily fished, and storms and floods take a regular toll of the populace. The people hang in there – their ancestors rest nearby and they will not leave them, and besides, there is nowhere else for them to go. A second project has now commenced in Ha Giang Province and we have 200 students from 8 ethnic minorities.

Platypus wants to help needy families educate a child with a view to improving its lifestyle, and thus, in the great Vietnamese tradition of looking after the old, improve the lot of the whole family. And, of course, the prospects of generations to follow.

In order to ensure maximum benefit for each dollar, the aid of the Women’s Union has been enlisted for several reasons.

Firstly, in the peasant society the woman of the house has heavy family responsibilities of which education of the children is only a part. The Women’s Union understands the associated difficulties and pressures and tends to find solutions to problems in a practical manner.

Secondly, the Women’s Union has intimate knowledge of families living within its territory as they handle a variety of other women’s issues and family issues. They tend to know where the need is greatest. Rather than provide one family with excess aid, they will sometimes recommend helping two families with a lesser amount. Your dollar goes further and more people benefit.

Thirdly, Bob worked with the Union whilst researching Journey among Heroes, and was impressed with its dedication to women’s causes.

The aim is to help youngsters graduate from high school so as to lift their literacy and numeracy skills. That way they can find better employment. Perhaps some may go to trade schools and technical colleges, and a small number will move on to university.  That will all depend on the level of public support for Platypus.

Platypus also seeks corporate patrons as it needs to accumulate funding for long term projects.

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