Our journey started from our flight into Ha Noi, followed by 6 hours of driving to reach Bao Yen, Lao Cai. Shortly after, we could no longer head up hill via bus. Our whole group had to hop onto mopeds with the assistance of local villagers and teachers to head up hill. We had to travel a total of over 6 miles via moped (1 hour) and hike approximately 30 minutes up hill to reach the final destination. We had to travel a total of over 6 miles via moped (1 hour) and hike approximately 30 minutes up hill to reach the final destination. The weather was extremely foggy, and precipitation increased as elevation increased. The road up hill was only paved halfway, leaving the remainder slippery, wet, and muddy. Local villagers assured us only experienced drivers would be able to make it up. Several times, the mopeds skidded; villagers had to use their legs to keep their balance and push the mopeds up hill. The trails were very narrow, and the hill extremely steep. At times, we had to walk. After a long hour via moped, we finally reached the final road up to Nam Bat School. All of us had to hike up the slippery path, while carrying presents in our arms. Some people slipped and some fell along the way. After approximately 30 minutes, we finally arrived at Nam Bat School.
Situated on top of the hill, Nam Bat School included 30 students who live nearby. The school has no electricity, only a makeshift kitchen, and lacks many basic necessities. We can finally say, we made it to Nam Bat School, a place where no charity organization has set foot on before.
The 30 children there now have warm jackets, rain boots, backpacks, school supplies, and blankets for the cold weather. Returning from Nam Bat School. An hour down the mountain...
Lastly, thank you to our friends and donors for following our journey every step of the way. Mission accomplished! Cleaning our muddy shoes in the creek.
Thank you for being a part of Golden Heart's 2017 mission. We are grateful for your continued support and faith in us