Project Site Summary and Saying Goodbye!

Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
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Trip End Jul 01, 2014


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Monday, January 4, 2010

The Village Leadership, and adult residents love the VVV Laptop Project. "They are thirsty for computers and the internet is coming." They see that this project can speed it along. 

In summary, this project is still in its infancy. Everything is not perfect,
but I don't expect it to be. We have accomplished so much! The first
XOs are in a village in Vietnam with good reception and support of the
residents and local village government.

This Project still faces many challenges. The greatest challenge is that we need more XOs.
I remain convinced that child ownership; i.e., one laptop for each child in the
school is absolutely necessary for this project to be a successful and replicable pilot. The children need XOs to take home to really learn to use them. Teachers, parents, children and visitors will be able to see the utility and learning potential of the XOs when we reach this goal.  If you have an XO (gently used is fine) please consider donating it to the VVV XO Laptop Project. Find details for donating at: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Donate_Your_Get_One#Vietnam.2FHa_Long_Bay
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On my last day in Ha Long City, the leaders of the Floating Villages Cooperative asked me to meet them in a cafe. When I arrived, there was an artist waiting to paint a quick portrait of me on bamboo. I was surprised. They presented me with a very special gift as well. It is a lovely traditional wood carving containing a dragon, crane, turtle, and other culturally important symbols from this region of Vietnam. In Hanoi at the famous Temple of Literature, I learned that the turtle brings special luck for learning. Before important examinations, it is a custom for Vietnamese students to go to the Temple to touch and pray for good luck on the exam at one of the many large sculpted stone turtles there.

Saying goodbye to my Vietnamese friends was difficult and I am teary. I will have to return soon, so that I can bring a special good luck stone turtle for the VVV classroom, with the additional XOs we hope to have soon for the VVV children!


 



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