Team XXVI, with a total of 9 members, consisting of 6 veterans, one wife and two children of the veterans, arrived in Hanoi on 6 April. After 2 days of meetings and touring the capital city, the Team traveled to Hue for the weekend, and then made their way to the project site at Ta Ri on Monday. Over the next two weeks, the Team assisted the Vietnamese workers in building a new two room primary school, the first in this hamlet.
This small commune is a resettlement hamlet of ethnic Ka Tu, located in a remote mountainous region in southernmost Thua Tien Hue Province, west of the Bach Ma National Park. The Ka Tu had been living in the mountains along the Laotian border. The government has given them land and funds for housing to help them resettle in Ta Ri, located a couple of kilometers past the town of Khe Tre in Nam Dong District. It is across the river from Ta Rinh where team XXV built a similar school in 2010.
Funding for the project was provided by VVRP through the generous contributions of its donors, while the local Nam Dong School District provided the land, and utility connections.
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