Sunflower Mission has built 165 classrooms and implemented a school maintenance program overseeing 126 schools throughout Vietnam. We built our first schools in 2003 in partnership with YMCA International in Thanh Thoi B village, Mo Cay district, Ben Tre provinces. Since then we’ve expanded, see our map and images below.
How is a school site is chosen? We select sites based on need. This includes the state of current classroom facilities, proximity to local residential areas, and long-term sustainability of the school. Finally, we assess if there are enough students to serve.
What does a new Sunflower Mission built school “look” like? A typical classroom in Vietnam consists of poured concrete foundations, masonry walls clad in stucco, and clay tile roofs. Schools typically do not have air-conditioning and are “open” structures.
How does the local community contribute? We form strong partnerships with the local communities. The typical contribution includes: land, utilities, classroom furniture, a paved school yard, school gate and fence. Also, the school is expected to be used and maintained by the local community for at least 15 years.