Greetings Sunflower Mission Supporters,
We want to thank all the individuals who contacted us inquiring about work camp 2018. We held our first board meeting of the year and after careful consideration have decided not to hold a work camp in 2018. It was a very difficult decision that weighed many factors, including: adequate personnel to lead the work camp and capacity to ensure the behind-the-scenes work required to make the trip a great experience for all was possible.
While we are quite regretful that we won’t be visiting our beloved Vietnam this year we are very much setting our sights on 2019. If you’d like to be put on the wait-list for 2019 please send an email to info(at)sunflowermission(dot)org and include your full name and age and a little information about why you would like to join our work camp.
Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter via our website—this is how we announce work camp information. Typically, the intake process for work camp begins in November-December of the preceding year. Check our FAQs for questions you may have about work camp or our other programs. Visit our 2017 work camp blog to see what opportunities await!
Sunflower Mission’s Board of Directors
Partnerships with other organizations are critical to our success. We are grateful for the relationship eSilicon and Sunflower Mission have enjoyed since 2005, specifically with our Engineering & Technology Scholarship program. Not only does it help to broaden our audience, we are able to reach more students. Read through for the full press release!
In early October, Sunflower Mission and nearly 700 of our closest friends gathered to celebrate 15 years of providing educational opportunities to the under-served, in Vietnam. We are so happy to report that we raised over $384,000 through the event, alone!
The evening began with a reception of tasty hors d’oeuvres at the Sugar Land Marriott hotel. Welcoming our guests were displays that included the artful expression of the number 15, gorgeous floral arrangements, an anthology of our annual reports, and a 3-tiered cake.
Sunflower Mission is very proud to introduce the Le So Memorial Scholarship of Excellence! This scholarship will be awarded annually to 5-10 Vietnam-based incoming or current university freshmen students. Priority will be given to students who major in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Business, Education, or Medical fields. The reward is a $2000 USD/year (paid per $1000/semester) for up to 4 years to selected recipients who consistently demonstrate financial need and maintain academic excellence, as required by the application process.
There are so many factors that go into making a student successful — inside and outside of the classroom. We are excited to be expanding our programs to include health and hygiene! The Hygiene & Health Education Initiative (HHEI) was launched in the fall of 2016. This new program is aimed at teaching students the basics of hand-washing, cleanliness, and health.