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Lao Cai Gains Greater Understanding of GVINovember 17, 2009
Representatives from the Lao Cai province's Department of Foreign Affairs (DOFA) gained a
greater understanding of GVI's values, purpose and passion on a visit to the US
last week. Mr. Nguyen Van Thuc, director of DOFA Lao Cai, made his first trip to
the US and was accompanied by Nguyen Trung Diep, the deputy chief of division. During their time in Keller, TX and at the
Vietnamese Embassy in Washington DC, they gained a greater appreciation of GVI's
vision for community development in Lao Cai.
In Keller, the two officials attended a service at NorthWood church. They met
with volunteers and lay leaders - the core of GVI's operations - who reaffirmed their interest and
commitment to helping the people of Lao Cai. In Dallas, Mr. Thuc and Mr. Diep met with Buckner International.
In Washington DC, the officials met with Mr. Nguyen Ba Long, counselor for political
affairs at the Embassy of Vietnam. There, the DOFA officials learned the
significance of GVI's strategy of "people to people diplomacy," which strengthens
ties between the US and Vietnam through grassroots activities such as volunteerism and service.
In discussions with the Lao Cai officials, Mr. Long endorsed GVI, its approach and its operations in Vietnam.
Lao Cai is a province in Northwest Vietnam. GVI mobilizes volunteer teams from several states in the US to participate in projects in Lao Cai, which include water filtration, hygiene training, computer literacy, vocational training and poverty alleviation.