We started our operations in Vietnam in 2003 with microfinance and education projects in the Dong Nai province, 180 km northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Rural low-income women who are considered unbankable receive access to our microfinance services.
In our 50 mobile schools, we have trained 200,000 children between 2011 and 2018 in Digital Literacy Skills. Our vision is, to enhance the digital literacy rate of the rural children, enabling them to embrace the digital revolution and provide basic digital skills for the rural children who lack access.
Financial literacy is critical for improving money-management skills and promoting asset-building for the poor. Since 2012, The Dariu Foundation has been training financial literacy for the rural youth in Vietnam, in addition to computer skills training.
The Dariu Foundation grants around 1,500 scholarships every year, and over 50% of the recipients are girls, due to the general bias of parents and society in favor of boys. Over 16,000 students have been granted our scholarships to date.
We built 32 kindergartens that can accommodate around 120 - 300 children and provide them will all the essential needs like uniforms, pens, booklets, etc.
13 mobile libraries to date provide children in the most rural areas with the opportunity to access books they would never have otherwise, as well as laptops with internet access – and the world wide web
With computer literacy still being an unaffordable luxury for most children in the rural areas, we developed and implemented computer skills training in our mobile schools. 50 mobile schools are currently operating in Vietnam, having trained 200,000 children and youth in digital literacy to date.