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Miss Universe Vietnam H'Hen Niê Announces Philanthropic Commitment to Global Education as Room to Read Ambassador

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H'Hen Niê, Miss Universe Vietnam and Miss Universe 2018 pageant
contestant, has been named an ambassador for Room
to Read
, a global non-profit focused on literacy and girls'
education. The announcement was made today by Room to Read following
International Youth Day, which celebrates youth's contributions to
advancing global society. H'Hen Niê has committed to a personal
fundraising goal of US$22,000 to fund the creation of a Room to Read
library stocked with quality reading materials in Lam Dong Province,
Vietnam as well as the support of 50 girls across Asia and Africa to
complete secondary school and develop key life skills through Room to
Read's Girls' Education Program. Fans and supporters can donate to her
campaign at https://give.roomtoread.org/hhen.

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H'Hen Niê, Miss Universe Vietnam is getting #ActiveforEducation as a Room to Read ambassador. (Photo ...

H'Hen Niê, Miss Universe Vietnam is getting #ActiveforEducation as a Room to Read ambassador. (Photo: Business Wire)

H'Hen Niê's philanthropic commitment is aligned with Room to Read's
global movement called Active for Education, https://www.roomtoread.org/get-active,
which encourages supporters around the world to activate their body and
mind through personalized fundraising campaigns. As a Room to Read
ambassador, H'Hen Niê will participate in awareness raising activities
to advocate for Room to Read's programs in literacy and girls'
education, which enable students to reach their full potential and
contribute to society.

"Growing up as an ethnic minority in Vietnam, I have seen firsthand that
education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty," said H'Hen
Niê. "I want children everywhere to flourish, dream big and have the
resilience to overcome obstacles."

H'Hen Niê is of the Ede group, an ethnic minority in Vietnam and comes
from a family of farmers. Her passion for Room to Read's mission stems
from her personal experience overcoming obstacles, including working
multiple jobs as a housekeeper and waitress, to finance her own
education and pursue her dreams. As reigning Miss Universe Vietnam she
has actively championed numerous social causes and has participated in
community activities in Vietnam. Earlier this year, H'Hen Niê engaged
with Room to Read's Girls' Education Program in Tra Vinh Province,
Vietnam where she was a guest speaker at a life skills session about
early marriage and pregnancy with a cohort of female students supported
by the program. She also addressed male students about their role in
building healthy and respectful relationships with young women.

"Room to Read is equipping young women with the skills to exude
confidence and bravery so that they may dare to dream and pursue a path
that they choose for themselves, rather than the one forced upon them,"
said H'Hen Niê.

About Room to Read

Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated
Children®, Room to Read's innovative model focuses on deep, systemic
transformation within schools in low-income countries during the two
time periods that are most critical in a child's schooling: early
primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls'
education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner
organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of
reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete
secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life
decisions. Room to Read has benefited 12.4 million children across more
than 20,000 communities in 15 countries. Learn more at www.roomtoread.org.

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