"Lúa Non" translates to "young rice shoots" in Vietnamese and symbolizes the potential that each young person possesses.
Our mission is to nurture youth in rural Vietnam so they can thrive and lead fulfilling and healthy lives.
We originally founded Lua Non with the goal of supporting education for youth in rural Vietnam. We believed education played a major role in exposing youth to new ideas, challenging their beliefs, and transforming their lives.
Although we still believe in the importance of education, we also recognize that without basic support structures in place, young people not only struggle to learn but also to maintain their health and wellbeing. With that in mind, we shifted our focus from education to supporting youth's lives more holistically.
Starting in 2022, we will dedicate our donations to sponsoring youth's school-related expenses, medical care, food, housing, and others deemed important by our community members.
Lua Non was founded in March 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. Since its founding days, we distributed more than $10,000 to support 95 students from Lao Cai and Dak Lak provinces to pursue education.
In the beginning, we selected our scholarship recipients based on their academic achievements, financial circumstances, and other indicators. We covered school, medical, food, and other expenses.
This year, we will no longer select our students based on their academic achievements since we don't believe that grades reflect a youth's personal worth. We will try to sponsor as many low-income and historically disadvantaged youths as we can, based on the applications they send to us. Our goal is to accommodate the needs of all our scholarship applicants.
Additionally, we will continue to:
Collect qualitative feedback from youth and teachers to understand how we can be more useful to them in the future
Strengthen our relationships with Lao Cai and Dak Lak communities
Raise money :p
In the long run, we would love to spend more time in person with Lao Cai and Dak Lak provinces and run summer school programs for young people in rural Vietnam.