13 Nov

The magic of soap

The STEM class for kids “The magic of soap” was held today. We learnt the story between Oil and Water, those do not get along well; however, they can become mixed with each other with a generous squirt of Detergent!

Soap also helps to wash off dirt, oil, and sweat giving us a feeling of cleanness, freshness and relaxation. We also learnt how to wash our hands properly while dancing with those volunteering  teachers. From now on, we will wash hands after playing and before eating in order to stay clean and sanitized, not to let bacteria and dirt harm our body.

Last but not least, we can tell of pride with our friends about those cute little soap cubes which we made by ourselves!

We would like to sincerely thank Mr. Quang from Saigon Scientists Group who was so energetically teaching our kids at the Under the Tree library. We also would like to thank the volunteers who helped to hold the class to capture the precious moments.

07 Nov

[Announcement] The magic of soap

What will you do to clean your hands after playing in the dirt? What will you do to handle the greasy dishes after eating Mom’s delicious crispy fried chicken wings? Such an easy answer! We will use soap to wash away dirt!

Have you ever wondered how soap can help to clean your dirty hands or wash those greasy dishes?

Welcome to “The magic of soap” – the STEM class for kids – at Under the Tree community library! In this session, our kids at Under The Tree Class will have the opportunity to discover amazing stuff about SOAP,  to make cute little soap cubes on their own as well as to play some other fun science game.

The session will be held on this Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 9:30am-11 am at the Under The Tree community library.

All kids and volunteers are welcome!

28 Oct

First Aid for Kids – Session 1

Last Sunday was a super fun and interesting day for the local kids at Under The Tree library. The children had the opportunity to learn useful first aid skills, such as wound disinfection and hygiene. Mr Khoa and Ms Linh also taught the kids how to properly dress a wound! They learnt four types of wound care dressings at dorsal of the hand, forearm and elbows. It was initially hard for them. However, the children were so smart and excited dividing up into pairs and practicing alternately. Any of them who did not remember how to dress a wound was carefully guided by the volunteering teachers. In the end of the class, the kids could be as careful and cool as well-trained doctors and nurses. Well done, our kids!

We would like to state a sincere thank-you to all of the sponsors who have supported this activity of “Under the tree” – community library. Many thanks to Ms. Linh, Mr. Khoa and all our enthusiastic volunteers. Many thanks to Mr. Manh Hung Nguyen who helped to capture the beautiful moments of the class.

The second  session of “First Aid For Kids”  is planned on November.  Stay tuned!

18 Oct

[Announcement] First Aid For Kid

Through distinct periods of development, children, often energetic and overactive but lacking of  self-protection skills, are highly prone to accidents and injuries like abrasion, bleeding, lacerations or even bone fractures. Without knowledge of first aid and wound care, these minor injuries can lead to major consequences and big damage.

We are going to hold a series of First Aid for Kids, under the guidance of Dr Linh, to give children some practical skills to cope with real-life situations while there are no grown-ups nearby. Throughout these sessions, the kids will learn about proper wound care, wound cleaning and dressings, as well as how to create a first aid kit at home. They will have an opportunity to play doctor and nurse to engage in this educational game.
The first session will be held this Sunday, October 23rd 2016 from 9:30 am to 11am at our library. All kids are welcome. Volunteers interested in helping, please contact us.

Location:  Nguyen Cuu Phu, Tan Tao A Ward, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh City.

25 Sep

[Announcement] Science class: The fingerprints

Have you ever wondered how we can tell the differences between identical twins that share the exact same look? If one of them commits a crime, how would the police know which one is actually guilty? With recent advanced technology, forensic science is able to tease out several minute differences in our genomes that help to differentiate the twins. However, back in the old days, how were the police and detectives able to do their jobs and maintain justice in our society? It is because in addition to our appearances and DNA sequences, each and everyone of us has another feature that identifies who we are – the fingerprints.  Fingerprints are composed by patterns of ridges and valleys found on our fingertips, and they are extremely unique for each individual. No two people have ever been found with the same fingerprints. Even identical twins have different fingerprints. Also, do you know that we actually leave our fingerprints on everything we touch? That is how the detectives are able to follow traces of criminals, figure out who they are and put them in jail. Sound cool, right?

Want to study more on how fingerprints are formed, how they can be so unique, and how we are able to record them accurately and distinguish one from another? You are welcome to join us and the local kids in a science event on September 25th, 2016. This activity is supported by the Vietnamese STEM community.

Time: 7am, September 25th, 2016

Location: “Under the Tree” community library, Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam

23 Sep

Call for donation: Give a book, open a new horizon

You are so excited to fill up your room with the latest best seller books, yet still wonder how to empty all the shelves full of old textbooks from elementary school to college. We are happy to give you a hand!

Our community library is launching a book donation campaign called “Give a book, open a new horizon”. Our commitment is to provide textbooks, books and school supplies for poor children from working-class families around the area of Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. These children are thirsty for not only good books but good education as well. Therefore, any of your contribution is very much appreciated.

Here is some examples of items in need:

  • Children literature
  • Science books and encyclopedias for children
  • Chicken soup for the soul and self help books

We welcome all kinds of donation, new to slightly used items, in English or Vietnamese. To encourage reading and learning among the kids, we especially love to have books with colorful pictures and illustrations. To participate, please fill out the form below, or contact us directly. We will arrange to pick up your donation.

J.K. Rowling once said, “I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book”. Let’s join us in this campaign to make reading become a learning habit of these children, and ultimately give them support to build their own future.

Many thanks for your kindness and generosity!