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24 teachers in Dien Bien province receive TEACCH training

“Applying TEACCH- Treatment and Education Autistic Children Communication Handicap’ was the theme of a workshop recently taking place in Dien Bien province (from July 27-30).

The workshop was organized by the provincial Department of Education and Training with the support from MCNV, as part of the two sides’ cooperation in 2020.
The 24 trainees were teachers of the Dien Bien Support Center and teachers of children with disabilities in the province. The workshop was conducted by Dr.Nguyen Thi Kim Quy, former Head of the Educational Psychology department, Hanoi University of Education.

Trainer – Dr.Nguyen Thi Kim Quy (left) give instruction to the trainees

TEACCH is a lifetime approach designed to assist children with autism. TEACCH was first practiced in the 1970s by psychological experts in the University of North Carolina, US. Nowadays, TEACCH has become a comprehensive clinical and psychoeducational programme to support people with autism worldwide.

Based on the fact that autistic children tend to have a visually based learning style, TEACCH focuses on the use of visual and structured teaching rather than verbal instruction.

In the four-day training, under the guidance of Dr.Nguyen Thi Kim Quy, 24 trainees were provided with a theoretical foundation of TEACCH, trained on how to apply TEACCH techniques in helping students develop skills such as imitation, perception, fine motor, gross motor, etc. As part of the workshop, the trainees also got hand-on experience in planning a TEACCH lesson by themselves.

Below are some of the testimonials:

The TEACCH approach is very useful and practical. We’ll take account of and  incorporate this approach into our work guideline, lesson planning and apply into the academic year 2020-2021 as well as in the years to come.

Mai Thi Hong Nhung, Director of the Dien Bien Support Center

“I am strongly impressed by TEACCH as it focuses on children’s skills, instead of their weaknesses. What I like the most from the course was the skills and knowledge I have acquired in designing a TEACCH-based lesson by myseld”.

Ca Van Thu, Head of the Organization-Administration, Treatment and Counselling Department, Dien Bien Support Center.

“After the course, I have become aware of the positive outcome brought about by early detection and early intervention for kids with autism/communication handicap. I’ll dig deeper into this field to apply it into practice effectively, and try my best to design supporting activities to apply TEACCH to students with mild condition of autism.”

Pham Thanh Hue, Vice Rector of Hoang Cong Chat Preschool, Dien Bien district, Dien Bien province

Located in the Southwest border of Vietnam, Dien Bien province has a population of nearly 550,000. According to a statistical research conducted in 2018, the number of children with disability in the province is over 3,000 (age 0-18), of which 643 kids have never been to school (21%), 773 have dropped out (24%). The rest of the children are going to local schools (from preschool to high school level), accounting for 55%.

  • MCNV kick started supporting healthcare and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities in Dien Bien province in 2014. In 2016, MCNV and the Dien Bien provincial Department of Education and Training signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to declare the willingness to establish and mobilize funding for the construction of the Support Center.
  • The project was subsequently financially sponsored by Thien Tam Foundation (VINGROUP), pledging to provide funding for part of the infrastructure (a 2-storey buiding with 8 classrooms).
  • In October 2019, the Supporting Center was officially put into operation. With financial and technical supports by MCNV, the staff of the center have been benefited from various capacity building activities.
  • Since December 2019, the Center started to admit students with disabilities. The Center has so far providing teaching and daycare services for 40 children with different forms of disabilities.
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Roll-out of Vietnam’s Occupational Therapy website

The first official website of Vietnam’s Occupational Therapy is now accessible at http://otvietnam.net/en/

In the world, for hundreds of years, Occupational Therapy (OT) has been an essential part of rehabilitation, playing a significant role in helping patients re-integrate into society and reduce disability.
However, in Vietnam, professional OT training had not been provided until the year of 2015. OT was only practiced in major hospitals and mostly by overseas students and volunteers.

When patients were discharged, it was almost impossible to continue OT at home, whilst to those who have just recovered from stroke, victims of accidents, or the handicapped, doing simple tasks like self-feeding, bathing, moving around, etc, are big challenges.

Aiming to meet with the urgent demand for Occupational Therapy (OT) in Vietnam, in 2015, a 5 – year project on Development of Occupational Therapy Education in Vietnam was initiated by MCNV. The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Humanity & Inclusion (HI).

In addition to nurturing a competent team of OT lecturers and professional therapists for Vietnam, the project also works on building a professional association in OT. With the launch of the first OT website in Vietnam, we have made one more step closer to this goal.

Available in two languages Vietnamese-English, the website aims to serve as a credible platform for knowledge sharing and experiences exchange for all OT therapists in Vietnam, worldwide and all those who are interested in OT.

Visit us at: http://otvietnam.net/en/

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New playgrounds bring fun-filled summer to mountainous kids

Hundreds of children in Huong Hoa district (Quang Tri province) will have a joyful summer thanks to the newly-built playgrounds in their locality.

The two playgrounds are located in Hoong village (Huong Linh commune) and Moi village (Huong Son commune) in Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province, with vivid decoration designed for kids of age 5-12.

The playground equipments were manufactured by a mechanic workshop nearby Dong Ha city in half a month before the installment.

Since August 2018, totally nine playgrounds have been constructed for kids in Huong Hoa district by MCNV, of which eight were sponsored by Suus van Hekken fund and one was funded by Hoi An Roastery. The total value of the nine playgrounds was 5,500 euros (140 million VND).

In the last two years, around 1,000 children of ethnic minority have accessed to the infrastructure.

In the border district of Huong Hoa, recreation facilities for children are considered luxury in most villages. Instead of spending leisure time in playgrounds, kids of ethnic minorities have to play in unsafe or unhygienic environment like roadsides, stream banks or home yard where poultry, cattles are raised.

The playgrounds were constructed as part of the project titled Supporting Ethnic Minority Adolescent Girls which has been implemented by MCNV since 2017. In 2019, the project was renamed as Ethnic Minority Community Development.

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1,000 visitors amazed by festival camping in highland forest

Recently, 1,000 of people were strongly impressed by an outdoor event taking place in Sa Mu Pass , Huong Phung commune, Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province.

The festival camping themed “The role of the community in protecting forest and biodiversity” was jointly held by MCNV and the Management Board of the Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve on July 4-5th.

Around 1,000 participants including local residents, the authorities, representatives of governing agencies and tourists were present at the event.

Various activities were organized as part of the event, including awareness raising campaign on forest protection and sustainable management; exhibition of non-timber forestry products and local specialties.

The event amazed visitors with exotic culture of Van Kieu ethnic minority being featured on spectacular camps which were made from natural materials (bamboo, rattan, palm trees), decorated with traditional household applicances.

These camps also served as pavillion displaying delicate bamboo handicraft made by skillful workers of local ethnic minorites.

In addition, the event also brought to participants various captivating activities such as sports competition, arts performing and a dialogue celebrating the 10th founding anniversary of the Management Board of Northern Huong Hoa Nature Reservoir. The dialogue was a meaningful sharing platform where the 10-year journey was recalled while the plans for the future were unveiled by the insiders.

Local forestry sector and authorities spoke highly of the event as an initiative bringing precious opportunities to people of ethnic minorities to develop livelihood based on non-timber products and sustainable forest management.

At present, the Management Board of Bac Huong Hoa Nature Reserve and MCNV are joining hands to map out a cooperation plan in the time to come, with focus on awareness raising, reinforcing the role, responsibility and participation of the community in forest protection and management, at the same time helping residents living nearby forests can develop sustainable livelihood.

The event was held as part of the project ‘Promoting sustainable partnership between CSOs and enterprises for sustainable forest management in the context of climate change’ (PROSPER) co- funded by the European Union and MCNV in Quang Tri province, period 2020-2022.

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When WE dance in the rain

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”, this saying can apply to many incidents in our life, including the fight against COVID-19.

This is a garment manufacturing group of Tan Thieng commune, Cho Lach district, the Mekong delta province of Ben Tre. The group is one of the 19 cooperative groups financially supported as part of the Women Empowerment programme (WE), implemented by MCNV.

Founded in January 2019, the group has created job for 20 members, generating monthly income of around VND 3-4 million for each. The main products of the group are female clothings and beddings. Workers can choose to work full-time or part-time, work at the group’s facility or work from home.

Besides its flexibility, garment manufacturing is considered a safe choice of occupation (not depends on the nature) in the context of climate change and salt intrusion, which are getting more severe in Ben Tre.

In the first half of 2020, due to COVID-19, the group’s production was suspended for over 2 months. Nonetheless, instead of wasting time on feeling sorry for themselves, they took this chance to contribute to the community by making face masks. The fabric were provided by the commune authorities while the leader of the group, Ms.Nguyen Thi Ngoc Yen, used her pocket money to sponsor wage for the workers.

In March and April, 10,000 masks were produced and distributed as the gift of care to residents in the commune, the district, of which 5,000 were donated to local schools.

To acknowledge their dedication to the fight against COVID-19, Ben Tre provincial Women’s Union recently awarded Tan Thieng garment manufacturing group with the Certification of Recognition.

COVID-19 is now contained in Vietnam, and the group production has been restored since June. They are putting even more efforts in their works, which beautifies others  and brighten their future, at the same time.

– Stay tuned for further update!

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Huong Hoa bamboo handicraft: Ready to take off

Representatives of three bamboo handicrafts groups recently took part in a tourism promotion cooperation workshop held in Dong Ha city, Quang Tri province.

The event was held by Quang Tri province’s Investment, Trade and Tourism Promotion Agency (IPA) on June 29th, bringing together 100 delegates from local authorities, governing agencies and a number of interested enterprises in and outside Quang Tri.

Two representatives of three ethnic-minority production groups from Chenh Venh village (Huong Phung commune), Ta Puong village (Huong Viet commune), and Cu Bai (Huong Lap commune), Huong Hoa district were invited to the event with their delicate handicrafts made from Vietnam’s symbolic plant: bamboo.

Deep in the jungle of Huong Hoa where lived the skillful workers of Van Kieu ethnic minorities, bamboo was turned into beautiful and useful items: travel utensils, drinking straws, candle holders. These products were brought closer to potential customers thanks to the workshop.

This was also a great stride of Huong Hoa bamboo production groups since young female members could confidently take part in a networking event, where they could reach out to visitors who came from different business sectors. They took the chance to brief potential customers on the production process and at the same time, listening to their feedback to learn more about the market preference and demand. As the conversation went, more opportunities were unveiled.

From raw bamboo to exquisite products, from the forest to the market, it is a long journey. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, and Huong Hoa bamboo handicrafts have made an impressive first step to success.

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MCNV joins EU in promoting sustainable forest management in climate change response

First Counsellor, EU Delegation to Vietnam, Mr.Tom Corrie, speaks at the event

The launching workshop of the project ‘Promoting sustainable partnership between CSOs and enterprises for sustainable forest management in the context of climate change’ (PROSPER) was jointly organized by the Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam (MCNV) and Quang Tri Smallholder Forest Certification Group (SFCG) on June 26th, 2020 in Dong Ha city, Quang Tri province.

The event brought together representatives of the Delegation of European Union in Vietnam, the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations), the provincial People’s Committee, the Department of Foreign Affairs, MCNV, enterprises in forestry sector and representatives of benefited communes.

PROSPER project is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and MCNV with total value of 800,000 Euro (period: February 15th 2020 – February 15th 2023), aiming to promote sustainable partnership between CSOs and enterprises for sustainable forest management in the context of climate change.
The workshop served as an information-sharing platform for the authorities, governing agencies, enterprises and forest owners. As part of the workshop, stakeholders will participate in a discussion to give suggestion for more effective implementation of the project.

Speaking at the event, Mr Tom Corrie, First Counsellor, EU Delegation to Vietnam said:

‘I’m pleased to be here today at the launching workshop of PROSPER project. The timing is good as the EVFTA has been ratified by both EU and Vietnam, and our Agreement on better timber/forest management entered into force just over a year ago. This project brings together many of EU’s interests here in Vietnam, on environment, trade, and sustainable development all within one single project. Implemented in Quang Tri, initiatives promoted under the project will be highly relevant for the wider context of Vietnam – a country among the most vulnerable nations to climate change and at high risk of deforestation’.

In Vietnam, sustainable forest management (SFM) and forest certification (FSC®) are two among five areas of the global and national Action Plan of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

Sustainable management of natural resources in the context of climate change requires good governance and commitment of local communities to engaging in environmentally responsible plans for land and forest use.

Quang Tri has been a pioneering province in engaging smallholders in SFM and FSC®. In 2014, the Quang Tri Smallholder Forest Certification Group (SFCG) Association became the first smallholders in Vietnam that was recognized as a legal entity and certified for FSC®.

Based on what have been achieved, PROSPER will be implemented through Quang Tri SFCG Association with the focus on building capacity on SFM and promoting supply chains of non-timber forest products and plantation timber for target groups of households and cooperative forest owners who join FSC®-certified acacia plantation as well as community and household forest owners of natural forest.

The project will assist 60 sub-associations of around 3,000 farmers who are household, cooperative and community forest owners. In the next 3 years, the project will help 1,500 hectares of plantation forests achieve FSC® status and SFM will be applied on 600 hectares of natural forests.

MCNV Country Director Mr. Pham Dung speaks at the event

According to Mr.Pham Dung, MCNV Country Director, Quang Tri is MCNV’s key beneficiary locality, where the organization started its supports for Vietnam in 1968. For the past 15 years, MCNV has diversified its fields of support for Vietnam by implementing projects in livelihood, response to climate change, etc.

“We look forward to seeing the fruit of PROSPER, which will improve the prosperity of the people – smallholders, partner enterprises, maintaining the greenery of Quang Tri and contribute to the province’s sustainable development”, he said.

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A healthy forest and a better life

Small foresters opt for a sustainable approach

In Quang Tri province, MCNV is starting a new project in which we link the living conditions of small foresters to sustainable forest management. The project is called Prosper and is aimed at guiding a group of foresters in a sustainable way of working, allowing them to sell certified acacia wood at a better price in a few years. We help a second group with the production and processing of seeds from the tung tree into certified tung oil, a type of furniture oil. The oil gets a quality mark and the farmers a fair price. We also help farmers find companies that want to buy the wood and the oil.

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Annual report and account 2019 published

Please find here after our annual report and annual account 2019, in English. For download click here.

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