With encouragement from friends and family, Nguyen Huy Nam, from Cho Don District in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan, set out from his hometown on August 18 to begin his charitable bicycle journey to the southern province of Ca Mau.
“I sell T-shirts with the national flag printed on the front to fundraise,” Nam said, adding that he bought the shirts for VND30,000 (US$1.3) each and is reselling them at VND60,000 ($2.6) a piece.
“The money I earn from the T-shirts is saved for building the kindergarten,” he said, telling Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the facility will be built in Phieng Den, “a very underprivileged village in the district.”
“There are 28 families residing in the village and all of them barely make ends meet,” Nam said.
“The village has no schools. Students in elementary school have to walk 10 kilometers to study in other locales, while secondary and high school students travel 30 kilometers to get to school. Kids at the preschool level temporarily study in the village’s hall,” he added.
Construction costs for the new kindergarten are estimated at around VND45 million ($2,017). So far, Nam has managed to save one third of that amount.
Nam is also the leader of “Toi yeu Viet Nam” (I Love Vietnam), a voluntary group that frequently organizes charitable activities in support of Phieng Den Village.