On August 6, 2018, at the Vietnam People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM), PACCOM’s representatives awarded the working license to MCNV Vietnam. The license will be valid until February 4, 2023.
On July 30 2018 at the Meeting Hall of the Dien Bien Department of Education and Training, a workshop was conducted to expand the project on “Improving the communication on sexual and reproductive health for high school students in the mountainous areas of Dien Bien province” in 2018.
Participating in the workshop were Mr. Pham Dung, MCNV’s Vietnam Country Director, Mr. Mai Van Tien, Head of the International Cooperation Unit, Department of External Relations, Dien Bien province, Mr. Nguyen Manh Quan, Deputy Director of Dien Bien Department of Education and Training, and representatives of the High School Department, Head Masters and Youth Union’s Secretaries of two boarding schools for ethnic minority students in Dien Bien city and Eastern Dien Bien district.
As in the plan to expand the project, MCNV will support the two boarding schools for ethnic minority students in Dien Bien city and Eastern Dien Bien district with EUR 7,000 to improve the communication on sexual and reproductive health for high school students in the mountainous areas of Dien Bien province in 2018, between July 2018 and October 2018.
The main purpose of the expansion is after the project ends, about 900 students at ages 15 to 19 will be equipped with better knowledge, awareness and behaviors about sexual and reproductive health. At least 60 high school teachers will have better knowledge and skills to communicate and teach their students about this issue.
(Dien Bien Department of Education and Training)
Hoa is a 9-year-old girl, living with her grandmother in a tiny urban village in a remote part of Dien Bien province. Hoa suffers from cerebral palsy. Her family is extremely poor. Her parents, farmers, can hardly manage. When Hoa was 2 years old, because of her handicap, her parents left her with her grandmother, who since then takes care of her.
Ms. Cẩm Tú and Mr. Bảo Anh, two senior managers from PwC, Ho Chi Minh city branch, visited and worked with the Ben Tre Micro Finance project in Binh Dai district on July 6th, 2018.
On May 29 2018, MCNV in collaboration with the Department of Health, Dien Bien province, organized successfully the workshop “Community-based Rehabilitation”. Participating in the workshop was 60 representatives coming from the Ministry of Health, different state agencies in Dien Bien and the Association of People with Disability at grass-roots level. In the workshop, participants discussed about community-based rehabilitation, the situation of people with disability in the province, and contributions of MCNV to community-based rehabilitation activities in Dien Bien during the last five years.
Especially with the participation and presentation of the Ministry of Health, participants in the workshop had a chance to understand better the overall picture of rehabilitation, relevant laws and policies as well as the direction to develop rehabilitation in Vietnam in the future.
Representatives of departments of health and the Dien Bien Department of Education and Training attended the workshop and shared ideas about the situation of people and children with disability in community.
The Dien Bien TV and various news and media channels in Dien Bien came and reported the event.
In the meeting to celebrate 45 years the diplomatic relation between Vietnam and the Netherlands and 5 years the establishment of the Vietnam – Netherlands on May 10 2018 at the Water Irrigation University Hanoi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mrs. Nienke Trooster had special words for MCNV and highlighted that MCNV was a Dutch NGO that have had “great efforts in supporting communities in Vietnam for the last 50 years.”
Participated in the meeting were representatives of the National Assembly Foreign Affairs Committees, Former Ambassadors of Vietnam to the Netherlands, lecturers of the Irrigation University and representatives of international development organizations. From the Embassy of the Netherlands, there were the Ambassador, the First Secretary and Counsellors.
The ambassador of the Netherlands to Vietnam, Mrs. Nienke Trooster delivered an impressive speech about the relation of the two countries. According to Mrs. Trooster, “The relation between the two country is not just a diplomatic relation but it has developed into a true friendship. The two countries have well cooperated to achieve Millennium Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.” The Ambassador affirmed both her predecessors and herself enjoyed the work in Vietnam and were proud to be part of the great journey. Looking at the relation, Mrs. Trooster was confident to say it has been improving effectively and consistently.
Especially Mrs. Trooster honored MCNV as a Dutch NGO which was dedicated absolutely to the development of Vietnam in the last 50 years. “Over the years, non-governmental of the two countries have cooperated to address social issues, including health, gender, labour rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Among all, there is a special organization – MCNV – which has worked hard and contributed to help address development issues in Vietnam. I cannot wait to see the documentary film about MCNV in their celebration of 50 years at the end of this year in Hanoi.”
These words have encouraged MCNV to continue trying and making efforts to support marginalised groups in Vietnam.
The official meeting closed by a prestigious documentary film about the relation between the two countries which was filmed by Dutch film makers in the 70s of the 20th century.