Joachim Pham has been a National Catholic Reporter correspondent since December 2013 and regularly contributes to Global Sisters Report. He is based in Vietnam.

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Vietnamese sisters in Kontum Diocese host summer schools for ethnic students

Global Sisters Report: Summer affords precious time for ethnic students in Vietnam's Central Highlands to prepare for the academic year with the help of several communities of women religious.

Recognized for high quality, preschool run by Catholic sisters in Vietnam grows by leaps

Lovers of the Holy Cross sisters began teaching near Hanoi in 1996. On Jan. 5, the nuns opened a new building with 12 large classrooms to accommodate growing demand for their care and teaching. Next year, the school plans to enroll 70 more children, bringing the total to 350 students.

Farmers benefit from organic farming initiated by sisters

Global Sisters Report: Sisters counteract Vietnam's massive use of pesticides and herbicides by educating farmers about health risks, and how to grow organic food such as vegetables, fruits and beans. 

Wheelchair ministry in Vietnam frees people to earn a living

For the past two years, the Daughters of Mary Immaculate sisters in Hue have focused on getting mobility equipment for people who otherwise could not leave their houses to interact with neighbors, visit family and, importantly, do things like sell lottery tickets to support themselves.