Heifer Vietnam project participants celebrated the Year of the Snake with a spring sporting event on February 2. Farmers took a break to build teamwork and make new friends by competing in soccer and tug of war.
Thuan Hoa is one of Heifer Vietnam’s targeted project sites most populated with poor farmers. Yet, thanks to the support of Heifer Vietnam, the participating farmers are making progress against the poverty they face. One outstanding participants from this village, Thach Thi Kim Hien, credits the Heifer project for opening a new door.
The Self-Help Group (SHG) of the Binh Hoa hamlet won Heifer International's 2012 Golden Talent Award for Vietnam. The award recognizes the striking endeavors and the achievements of the SHG in the fight against hunger and poverty.
Heifer Vietnam and 51 other international non-governmental organizations received certificates for their remarkable contributions to poverty alleviation and sustainable development this year at a ceremony on December 16, 2012, in Hanoi.
Dang Thi Doan Trang, country director of Heifer Vietnam, and Kare Borseth Ronningen, country director of Norwegian Mission Alliance Vietnam (NMA –V), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 12, 2012, in Hochiminh City.
Nguyen Van Dau, a Heifer Vietnam community facilitator, is active, creative and enthusiastic. In trainings, Dau is always a center figure because he is experienced in working with the farmers and he does not hesitate to raise crucial issues related to project activities. This man embodies the spirit of enthusiastic giving.
Backyard chicken production is a popular production model in rural areas. Ko Ko is a remote village in Vietnam where many people are raising backyard chickens; however, diseases and a deficiency in technical knowledge has made success elusive for some farmers. Heifer Vietnam and its provincial project partner conducted a Farmer Field School (FFS) on April 18, 2012, on backyard chicken production to help improve participating farmers’ knowledge of bio-safety production and to help improve their livelihoods.
Ninety-four farmers, one-third of whom are women, attended a Gender Equality training held in August 2012.The farmers from the Improving Farm Households’ Capacity in Long An Province project in Vietnam, as well as non-participants from the community, attended the training aimed to help with basic knowledge about gender equality and awareness so that they might develop new attitudes towards gender-related issues in their daily activities.
Fifteen project leaders participated in a 1 ½-day training to improve their group’s project management capacity, organized by Heifer Vietnam in partnership with the Project Management Board of Tra Vinh province. This Values-based Holistic Community Development training, held August 20 – 24, 2012, is part of the Improving the Disadvantageous Farm Households’ Capacity in Tra Vinh Province Through VBHCD project.