Ha Giang province is located in the northernmost part of Vietnam with 90% of the population are ethnic minorities (Hmong, Tay, Dzao, Kinh, and Nung). More than 88% of people live in rural areas. Ha Giang is poor in both its economy and infrastructure. The day-to-day struggles of the people include growing rice and corn for their families and to sell at local markets. Chi Thi Elementary School is located high and deep in the mountain.
The path to the school requires cutting through the mountainside on a motorbike, traveling on a very rocky and bumpy road that stretches 45 miles long.
There are 67 students in total at the school, in which 27 are in kindergarten, 12 children are in first grade, 13 children are in second grade and 27 children are in third grade.
Lotus School Foundation has committed to sponsoring 100% of the reconstruction effort for a new school. The school is in the process of working with the local government to apply for the building permit. We are projecting to break ground on this project by mid-November of 2018.