Going To School In This Vietnam Village Involves Floating Down The River In Plastic Bags.
Most kids might find waiting outside their home for a school bus a bit boring. But it sure beats the way kids are getting to school in Huoi Hua, a northern province in Vietnam. They don’t do things the way people do it in America. Their idea of school transportation is a complicated one and, in some cases, a dangerous task you have to see to believe. But for students in this village, it’s simply a way of life. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Every week, students in Huoi Hua village wake up to this beautiful scenery.
The village is one of the most remote and difficult villages to get to and out of in the Muong Cha district of the Dien Bien province in northwestern Vietnam. The whole village has 75 households with about 500 people.
Usually, kids rely on a bamboo bridge to get to school, except during the flood season.
Flooding causes the bamboo bridge to get swept away, which forces people of all ages to use bamboo rafts and stretch ropes to get across the stream safely, but even then, there are some serious risks.
Traveling by stretch ropes is extremely hard for even the strongest adult.
The currents can be very powerful, which is why no child would ever be allowed to make this dangerous journey all on their own without an adult to supervise and guide them to the other side safely.
Kids start out their week in the usual manner as most other children in the world.
They have breakfast, get dressed, and then they get ready to go on a perilous trek through a forest and a flood stream to get to school. In the end, it takes them over 5 hours to get there and 5 hours to come home.
But they can’t exactly get to school with all their materials all wet.
So, they have to gather all of their school items together. This makes it easier to carry when they get ready to make the great crossing through the river. But you won’t believe how they do this without getting wet.
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