November 23, 2012
I have vistied Adapt in Vietnam on three occassions in the capacity of a volunteer evaluator of the scholarship program for the most needy and at risk girls in the Mekong Delta. The program staff are dedicated to keeping the girls in school and making education process. Despite their challenging home environments, often at great distances from school, the girls are making excellent academic progress fully equal to the performance of their non-scholarship peers. More importantly, the dropout rate for ADAPT students is well below their peers and the average of dropouts across ethnic groups in the U.S. One gets the sense that the staff refuses to allow a girl to fail or quit. Where the program truly excels is aiding retunees who have been rescued or who have escaped human trafficers in Cambodia and China. The charity provides housing, healthcare access and employment training. In addition, the returnees receive counselling in a nurturing non-judgmental environment. Many have successfully reentered Vietnamese society.
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