Where We Work

Education Support at remote highland schools

Currently, and since the mid-1990s Minors has primarily focused on providing support for students at commune level boarding schools serving ethnic minority villages in the very poorest districts of Viet Nam.

Our projects are aimed at increasing access to education, especially for girls from the most remote mountain villages, in the northern provinces of Bac Kan, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Lai Chau and Lao Cai.

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Minors and our local partners delivering sweaters to boarding students at remote schools in the far north of Ha Giang province, near Viet Nam's border with China

Please take a look at our current project areas in the photos below, and how we get there, and how we don't, sometimes. There is a list of all schools that received support over the past five years (2009-2014).

Below also are Maps of past and recent project areas.

Getting to these schools in the mountains is often a real challenge, so check out our Roads Gallery for a comprehensive survey of the transport issues that come with the territory.


Minors' Project Areas in Viet Nam


  



Locations of Schools provided support by Minors in our current project areas of Bac Kan, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Lai Chau and Lao Cai Provinces in northern Viet Nam

District/Commune

Ba Be Lake Education supplies delivery, site visits now and then are by boat and here, through a cave at Ba Be Lake
Ba Be Lake ..... and out the other side, still in Cao Thuong Commune

Bac Kan Province

    Ba Be dist.
  • Banh Trach
  • Cao Thuong
  • Cao Tri
  • Chu Huong
  • Dia Linh
  • Dist. town -
    Cho Ra
  • Dong Phuc
  • Ha Hieu
  • Hoang Tri
  • Khang Ninh
  • My Phuong
  • Nam Mau
  • Phuc Loc
  • Quang Khe
  • Thuong Giao
  • Yen Duong
    Bac Kan Town
  • Duong Quang
Vu Muon The road to Vu Muon
Pac Nam Primary school classrooms in Bac Kan
    Bach Thong dist.
  • Cam Giang
  • Cao Son
  • Don Phong
  • Duong Phong
  • Ha Vi
  • Luc Binh
  • My Thanh
  • Nguyen Phuc
  • Quan Binh
  • Quang Thuan
  • Si Binh
  • Tan Tien
  • Tu Tri
  • Vi Huong
  • Vu Muon
Cho Don dist Boarding students line up outside the school kitchen built by their parents
Bac Kan Primary boarding students prepare their evening meal, extra kindling under their bed
Bac Kan No room at the dorm; students rent this house nearby their school - for about USD 1.50/month/student)
    Cho Don dist.
  • Ban Thi
  • Bang Lang
  • Bang Phuc
  • Binh Trung
  • Dai Sao
  • Dist. town - Bang Lung
  • Dong Lac
  • Dong Vien
  • Luong Bang
  • Nam Cuong
  • Nghia Ta
  • Ngoc Phai
  • Phong Huan
  • Phuong Vien
  • Quang Bach
  • Ra Ban
  • Tan Lap
  • Xuan Lac
  • Yen My
  • Yen Nhuan
  • Yen Thinh
  • Yen Thuong
    Cho Moi dist.
  • Binh Van
  • Cao Ky
  • Dist. town
  • Hoa Muc
  • Mai Lap
  • Nhu Co
  • Nong Ha
  • Nong Thinh
  • Quang Chu
  • Tan Son
  • Thanh Binh
  • Thanh Mai
  • Thanh Van
  • Yen Cu
  • Yen Dinh
  • Yen Han
    Na Ri dist.
  • An Tinh
  • Con Minh
  • Cu Le
  • Cuong Loi
  • Dist. Town - Yen Lac
  • Dong Xa
  • Duong Son
  • Hao Nghia
  • Huu Thac
  • Kim Hy
  • Kim Lu
  • Lam Son
  • Lang San
  • Liem Thuy
  • Luong Ha
  • Luong Thanh
  • Luong Thuong
  • Quang Phong
  • Van Hoc
  • Van Minh
  • Vu Loan
  • Xuan Duong
Bac Kan Bamboo flowers, rare and mysterious, along the way to a school
    Ngan Son dist.
  • Bang Van
  • Coc Dan
  • Na Phac
  • Duc Van
  • Huong Ne
  • Lang Ngam
  • Thuan Mang
  • Thuong An
  • Thuong Quan
  • Trung Hoa
  • Van Tung
Cao Tan Children heading to school on the road to Cao Tan
    Pac Nam dist.
  • An Thang
  • Bang Thanh
  • Boc Bo
  • Cao Tan
  • Co Linh
  • Cong Bang
  • Giao Hieu
  • Nghiem Loan
  • Nhan Mon
  • Xuan La
Muong Nha High school dormitories in Dien Bien District
Dien Bien A Jr. High School dormitory

Dien Bien Province

    Dien Bien dist.
  • Muong Loi
  • Muong Nha
  • Muong Phang
  • Muong Pon
  • Na Nhan
  • Na Tau
  • Na Tong
  • Na U
  • Nua Ngam
  • Pa Thom
  • Phu Luong
  • Thanh Luong
  • Thanh Nua
  • Thanh Yen
    Dien Bien Phu city
  • Nong Bua
  • Ta Leng
  • Thanh Binh
  • Thanh Minh
East Dien Bien Very open classroom at a primary school
    East Dien Bien dist.
  • Chieng So
  • Dist. Town
  • Keo Lom
  • Hang Lia
  • Luan Gioi
  • Muong Luan
  • Na Son
  • Phi Nhu
  • Phing Giang
  • Pu Nhi
  • Tia Dinh
  • Xa Dung
Muong Ang Ethnic Thai women carrying firewood home
    Muong Ang dist.
  • Ang Cang
  • Ang Nua
  • Ang To
  • Bung Lao
  • Dist. town
  • Muong Dang
  • Muong Lan
  • Nam Lich
  • Ngoi Cay
  • Xuan Lao
    Muong Cha dist.
  • Dist. Town
  • Hua Ngai
  • Huoi Leng
  • Huoi Mi
  • Ma Thi Ho
  • Na Sang
  • Nam Nen
  • Muong Muon
  • Muong Tung
  • Sa Long
  • Sa Tong
    Muong Lay Town
  • Lay Nua
Muong Nhe Peaceful valley
Muong Nhe Jr. High and Primary School dormitories in Muong Nhe
    Muong Nhe dist.
  • Chung Chai
  • Muong Nhe
  • Muong Tong
  • Nam Ke
  • Nam Vi
  • Pa My
  • Sin Thau
    Nam Po dist.
  • Cha Cang
  • Cha Nua
  • Cha To
  • Na Bung
  • Na Co Sa
  • Na Hy
  • Na Khoa
  • Pa Tan
  • Si Pa Phin
Trung Thu Boarding students carrrying water to school in Trung Thu Commune
    Tua Chua dist.
  • Tua Chua dist. town
  • Huoi So
  • Lao Xa Phinh
  • Muong Bang
  • Muong Dun
  • Sinh Phinh
  • Ta Phin
  • Ta Sin Thang
  • Trung Thu
  • Tua Thang
  • Xa Nhe
  • Xin Chai
Tuan Giao Distinct Frequent landslides turn roads into trails, making deliveries to schools a challenge, as this road to Tenh Phong Commune
    Tuan Giao dist.
  • Chieng Sinh
  • Dist. Town
  • Na Say
  • Muong Khong
  • Mun Chung
  • Na Tong
  • Muong Mun
  • Muong Thin
  • Phinh Sang
  • Pu Nhung
  • Pu Xi
  • Quai Cang
  • Quai Nua
  • Quai To
  • Rang Dong
  • Ta Ma
  • Tenh Phong
  • Toa Tinh
Bac Me dist Market in Cao Bang, on the way from Meo Vac to Bac Me

Ha Giang Province

    Bac Me dist
  • Duong Am
  • Duong Hong
  • Giap Trung
  • Lac Nong
  • Minh Ngoc
  • Minh Son
  • Phieng Luong
  • Yen Cuong
  • Yen Dinh
  • Yen Phong
  • Yen Phu - Dist. Town
    Bac Quang dist.
  • Duc Xuan
Dong Van Distinct Up from Sung Trai Commune
Dong Van Dong Van town market
    Dong Van dist.
  • Dong Van town
  • Ho Quang Phin
  • Lung Cu
  • Lung Phin
  • Lung Tao
  • Lung Thau
  • Ma Le
  • Pho Bang town
  • Pho Cao
  • Pho La
  • Sang Tung
  • Sinh Lung
  • Sung La
  • Sung Trai
  • Ta Lung
  • Ta Phin
  • Thai Phin Tung
  • Van Chai
  • Xa Phin
    Ha Giang town
  • Kim Linh
  • Minh Khai
Hoang Su Phi dist. A rural weekly market
Hoang Su Phi dist. Corn planting among the rocks
    Hoang Su Phi dist.
  • Ban Luoc
  • Ban May
  • Ban Nhung
  • Ban Peo
  • Ban Phung
  • Chien Pho
  • Dan Van
  • Dist. Town -
    Vinh Quang
  • Ho Thau
  • Nam Dich
  • Nam Khoa
  • Nam Son
  • Nam Ty
  • Nang Don
  • Ngam Dang Vai
  • Po Lo
  • Po Ly Ngai
  • San Xa Ho
  • Ta Su Choong
  • Tan Tien
  • Thang Tin
  • Then Chu Phin
  • Thong Nguyen
  • Tu Nhan
  • Tung San
Meo Vac Distinct Ma Pi Leng Pass in Pai Lung Commune
Meo Vac Distinct Students on their way to fetch water and wash clothes, sources are often quite distant
    Meo Vac dist.
  • Can Chu Phin
  • Dist. town
  • Giang Chu Pihin
  • Khau Vai
  • Lung Chinh
  • Lung Pu
  • Nam Ban
  • Niem Son
  • Niem Tong
  • Pa Vi
  • Pai Lung
  • Sin Cai
  • Son Vi
  • Sung Mang
  • Sung Tra
  • Ta Lung
  • Tat Nga
  • Thuong Phung
Quan Ba Very seasonal waterfalls, here today, gone tomorrow
    Quan Ba dist
  • Bat Dai Son
  • Can Ty
  • Cao Ma Po
  • Dong Ha
  • Lung Tam
  • Nghia Thuan
  • Quan Ba
  • Quyet Tien
  • Ta Van
  • Tam Son - Dist. Town
  • Thai An
  • Thanh Van
  • Tung Vai
    Quang Binh dist.
  • Ban Ria
  • Tan Nam
  • Tien Nguyen
Vi Xuyen Grazing the family cow, wet and cold, along the way to Quan Ba.
    Vi Xuyen dist.
  • Phong Quang
  • Phuong Thien
  • Phuong Tien
  • Quang Ngan
  • Thuan Hoa
    Xin Man dist.
  • Ban Diu
  • Ban Ngo
  • Che La
  • Chi Ca
  • Coc Re
  • Dist. Town -
    Coc Pai
  • Khuon Lung
  • Na Tri
  • Nam Dan
  • Nan Ma
  • Nan Xin
  • Ngan Chien
  • Pa Vay Su
  • Quang Nguyen
  • Ta Nhiu
  • Then Phang
  • Thu Ta
  • Trung Thinh
  • Xin Man
Yen Minh dist Minors' delivery rest stop at gravity flow water system
    Yen Minh dist.
  • Bach Dich
  • Dist. Town
  • Dong Minh
  • Du Gia
  • Du Tien
  • Duong Thuong
  • Huu Vinh
  • Lao Va Chai
  • Lung Ho
  • Mau Due
  • Mau Long
  • Na Khe
  • Ngam La
  • Ngoc Long
  • Phu Lung
  • Sung Thai
  • Sung Trang
  • Thang Mo

Lai Chau Province

    Lai Chau town
  • San Thang
Muong Te dist Literal pit stop on road to Bum To
Muong Te dist Hilltop Kindergarten
    Muong Te dist.
  • Bum Nua
  • Bum To
  • Dist. Town
  • Ka Lang
  • Kan Ho
  • Mu Ca
  • Muong Te
  • Nam Khao
  • Pa U
  • Pa Ve Su
  • Ta Tong
  • Thu Lum
    Nam Nhun dist.
  • Hua Bum
  • Muong Mo
  • Nam Ban
  • Nam Hang
  • Pu Dao
Ma Ly Chai A girl begins the climb home in Mu Sang
Phong Tho Distinct Sin Sui Ho primary school No. 2 (with red and green roofs)
    Phong Tho Dist.
  • Ban Lang
  • Dao San
  • Dist. Town
  • Hoang Then
  • Huoi Luong
  • Khong Lao
  • Lan Nhi Thang
  • Ma Ly Chai
  • Ma Ly Pho
  • Mo Si San
  • Mu Sang
  • Muong So
  • Nam Xe
  • Pa Vay Su
  • Si Lo Lau
  • Sin Sui Ho
  • Tung Qua Lin
  • Vang Ma Chai
Sin Ho Long hike
    Sin Ho dist.
  • Can Co
  • Chan Nua
  • Hong Thu
  • Lang Mo
  • Ma Quai
  • Nam Cha
  • Nam Cuoi
  • Nam Han
  • Nam Ma
  • Nam Tam
  • Noong Heo
  • Pa Tan
  • Phang So Lin
  • Phin Ho
  • Pu Sam Cap
  • Ta Ngao
  • Ta Phin
  • Tua Sin Chai
  • Xa De Phin
Tam Duong Daily dredgery
    Tam Duong dist.
  • Ban Bo
  • Ban Giang
  • Ban Hon
  • Binh Lu
  • Dist. Town
  • Giang Ma
  • Ho Thau
  • Khun Ha
  • Na Tam
  • Nung Nang
  • Son Binh
  • Sung Phai
  • Ta Leng
  • Then Sin
Tan Uyen The new swimming hole
    Tan Uyen dist.
  • Phuc Khoa
  • Ho Mit
  • Muong Khoa
  • Nam Can
  • Nam So
  • Nong Truong townlet
  • Pac Ta
  • Tan Uyen
    dist. town
  • Ta Mit
  • Than Thuoc
    Than Uyen
  • Dist. Town
  • Khoen On
  • Muong Kim
  • Muong Than
  • Phuc Than
Lao Cai Boarding students sleep and study in the loft above the classroom in Bac Ha
Lao Cai Girls lined up at a primary school in Bac Ha
Lao Cai First girls from their village to enroll in school

Lao Cai Province

    Bac Ha dist.
  • Ban Cai
  • Ban Gia
  • Ban Lien
  • Ban Pho
  • Bao Nhai
  • Coc Lau
  • Coc Ly
  • Hoang Thu Pho
  • Lau Thi Ngai
  • Lung Cai
  • Lung Phin
  • Na Hoi
  • Nam Det
  • Nam Khanh
  • Nam Luc
  • Nam Mon
  • Ta Chai
  • Ta Cu Ty
  • Ta Van Chu
  • Thai Giang Pho
    Bat Xat dist.
  • A Lu
  • A Mu Xung
  • Ban Qua
  • Ban Vuoc
  • Ban Xeo
  • Coc My
  • Coc San
  • Den Sang
  • Den Thang
  • Muong Hum
  • Muong Vi
  • Nam Chac
  • Nam Pung
  • Ngai Thau
  • Pa Cheo
  • Phin Ngan
  • Quang Kim
  • Sang Ma Sao
  • Tong Sanh
  • Trinh Tuong
  • Trung Leng Ho
  • Y Ty
Muong Khuong Breakfast at Lung Khau Nhin market
Muong Khuong Ban Ho Commune School, in Sapa District, Lao Cai.
    Muong Khuong dist.
  • Ban Lau
  • Ban Sen
  • Cao Son
  • Din Chin
  • La Pan Tan
  • Lung Vai
  • Lung Khau Nhin
  • Muong Khuong
  • Nam Chay
  • Nam Lu
  • Pha Long
  • Ta Gia Khau
  • Ta Ngai Cho
  • Ta Thang
  • Thanh Binh
  • Tung Chung Pho
Sapa District Minors' convoy slides to a halt on icy roads in Sapa,December 2013
Sapa District Trails to Hmong villages in the clouds
    Sa Pa dist.
  • Ban Khoang
  • Ban Ho
  • Ban Phung
  • Dist. Town
  • Hau Thao
  • Lao Chai
  • Nam Cang
  • Nam Sai
  • San Sa Ho
  • Sa Pa
  • Su Pan
  • Suoi Thau
  • Ta Giang Phinh
  • Ta Phin
  • Ta Van
  • Thanh Kim
  • Thanh Phu
  • Trung Chai
    Si Ma Cai dist.
  • Ban Me
  • Can Cau
  • Can Ho
  • Lu Than
  • Lung Sui
  • Man Than
  • Nan San
  • Nan Sin
  • Quan Than San
  • San Chai
  • Si Ma Cai
  • Sin Cheng
  • Thao Chu Phin
    Van Ban
  • Nam Dang