Annual Report 2012-2013

Bac Ha

139 students of Bac Ha District received scholarships in school year 2012-2013


I.  Overview

Rice Scholarship Program (RSP) is an individual charity program which aims at helping disadvantaged students, particularly ethnic minority students, in remote and mountainous areas of Vietnam, to continue their education.  RSP was initiated in 2005 and since then has been jointly run by a group of volunteers who contributed their donations, time and efforts in raising funds, developing partnerships, coordinating and managing this charity program.

As of July, 2013, RSP has received the total amount of 1.651.345.000 VND from more than 500 national and international donors, of which the total amount disbursed was 1.533.830.000 VND.  The Program has delivered 1,966 scholarships in cash and in-kind to needy students in 18 mountainous districts of 6 different provinces in Vietnam, which helped the beneficiary students in their efforts to continue schooling.


II.  Results achieved in school year 2012-2013

With very strong support and active participation of many past and new donors in the school year 2012-2013, RSP had a big successful year with remarkable results as compared to the previous years.




Dien Bien

100 students of Simacai District received scholarships in school year 2012-2013


2.1  Fund-raising

Fund-raising in school year 2012-2013 was very good.  RSP received 361 donations from individual donors, family and institutions, including 22 Canadian and 4 international donors.  In this school year, the number of donors increased by more than 200% as compared to the previous year.

  • The total amount raised by RSP in 2012-2013 was VND 580,572,000 (equivalent to $ 27.500), an increase of 64% as compared with the amount raised in the previous school year.
  • In addition to the amount in cash, RSP also received other in-kind support such as clothes, shoes, socks, stationery, candies and cookies from many donors.  Of note is the gift of more than 200 woolen toques from two Canadian ladies: Mme. Gayle Burley and Mme. Sandy Ternoway.  The two women hand-knitted these toques and sent them to Vietnam as gifts for students in the mountainous areas.  Please visit the following link to learn about the touching story of the two ladies knitting toques for Vietnamese children:

2.2  Delivery of scholarships and gifts to students

In the school year 2012-2013, RSP organized two trips to deliver scholarships to disadvantaged students in 7 districts of two mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Dien Bien.

  • The trip to Lao Cai was held on March 1-2, 2013 with participation from more than 60 representatives of donors.
  • The trip to Dien Bien was held on March 14-17, 2013 with participation from more than 27 representatives of donors.

All the expenses for boarding, lodging and transportations of the two trips were self-financed by participating members.


Muong Ang

67 students of Muong Ang District received scholarships in school year 2012-2013

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Canadian Ambassador, Deborah Chatsis, (in blue) and local leaders pose for a photo with her sponsored students of Sun Flower Group in Dien Bien in  March 2013

2.3 Beneficiaries

663 scholarships worth VND 850,000 ($42) each, including cash, a jacket, stationery, bags, cookies and candies, were delivered to 663 disadvantaged students selected from more than 200 primary and junior-secondary schools of 7 districts of Lao Cai and Dien Bien Provinces.  These includes:

  • 330/663 (49.5%) are girls and 333/663(50.5%) are boys
  • 627/663 (94.6%) are ethnic minority students
  • 76/663(8.7%) are students with disability or having chronic and fatal diseases. 

In Dien Bien Province, 424 scholarships were delivered to 424 students of Muong Ang, Dien Bien, Muong Cha, Muong Nhe Districts and Dien Bien Phu City.

In Lao Cai Province, 239 scholarships were delivered to 239 students of Bac Ha and Simacai Districts.

In addition to the scholarships, more than 200 primary students also received a toque as gift from the two Canadian ladies.

2.4 Photos of 663 beneficiary students in school year 2012-2013 


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Students of Muong Cha District received scholarships in school year 2012-2013

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Students of Muong Cha District received scholarships in school year 2012-2013


2.5 Forwarding Thank-you notes and students’ photos to donors

RSP completed forwarding the thank-you notes and photos of all students to their sponsors.  However, RSP could not forward students ‘photos and thank-you notes to some donors i.e. Ms. Pham Thi Thu Ha, Ms. Do Thi Phuong Chi, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Huyen and Mr. Le Quang Dung as they did not provide their email addresses to the RSP.

2.6 Financial report

2.6.1  Contribution from donors


Details of Contributions

 Amount (VND)


Balance carried forward from 2011-2012



Contributions from Vinaphone staff and friends



Contributions from international donors



Contribution from Vietnamese donors



Bank interest as at 12 March 2013


  Total Contributions


2.6.2  Disbursements


Details of Disbursement

 Amount (VND)


Cash provided to 663 students



Purchase of rice, candies, cookies for 663 students



Purchase of winter  jackets for 663 students



Purchase of bags for students (1000 pieces)



Crayons, pens, color pencils for 663 students



Purchase of Postcards for students



Purchase of plastic bags, paper plates



Purchase of presents for teachers



Bags, tapes, transportation costs for jackets


  Total Disbursement


Balance carried forward to school year 2013-2014:



2.7 Local partners of Rice Scholarship Program in school year 2012-2013

  • Lao Cai Province: Offices of Education of Simacai and Bac Ha Districts
  • Dien Bien Province:  The Provincial Women’s Union and Offices of Education of the related districts
  • All our local partners actively supported in:
    • Identifying and validating the list of students proposed for scholarships
    • Organizing the ceremonies for delivery of scholarships to students
    • Helping to deliver scholarships, get thank-you notes and photos of the students who could not come to the ceremonies to receive their scholarships.

III. Plan for school year 2013-2014

  • Our target for school year 2013-2014 is to raise 700 scholarships for needy students.  Each scholarship is about VND 850,000/student/year.
  • Fund-raising activity will be officially launched in September 2013
  • RSP will contact with our local partners to identify disadvantaged students in September 2013
  • RSP will continue to support students in Lao Cai and Dien Bien Provinces and may consider to extend support to other province if funding available.
  • Trips to provinces to deliver scholarships will be held between November 2013 to March 2014.

IV. Our appreciation

The RSP Coordination Group, on behalf of the beneficiary students, would like to extend our most sincere thanks to all the donors for their contributions to help disadvantaged students in the school year 2012-2013 and we do hope that you will continue to join us to support these students in the upcoming school year.

Our sincere thanks also go to all the local partners as well as teachers of the schools of the beneficiary students for their active and close collaboration with us in RSP related activities in their localities.

We are looking forwards to receiving your comments so as to help improve our future performance.  Please send your comment, if any, to Ms. Huong Nguyen at [email protected] or to Ms. Pauline Levac-Ranger at [email protected]

We would like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes to all the donors, local partners and students of the Rice Scholarship Program!
Muong Nhe



Rice Scholarship in Vietnam

The Rice Scholarship Program is a charity program aiming to assist disadvantaged students, particularly those from ethnic minority groups, in remote and mountainous areas, to continue their education. The program was initiated in 2005. Individual donors contribute money, time and effort to raise fund, establish relations with local partners, coordinate and manage the program on a voluntary basis. Contact us here

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