LAO CAI PROJECTS
Lao Cai is now an attractive destination for many domestic and international tourists in Vietnam, but people in Lao Cai still face many difficulties.
MICRO FINANCE IN BAC HA
There is an urgent need for training in basic economics and finance to help households escape poverty. GVI has many activities to help promote economic development in Lao Cai such as funding for training sessions on poverty eradication, support for farmers to buy fertilizer, poultry and buffalo and labor and money to build buffalo corrals. GVI also conducts basic English lessons give women the ability to sell their handicrafts to tourists. You can help by sponsoring them to buy water buffalo or by supporting for training course or teaching English to the farmers.
EDUCATION IN BAC HA
GVI is currently working to improve the quality of education in one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam, Bac Ha. GVI is working on creating teaching methods that will give the students the life skills that they need. This is done by teaching the children basic English, proper manners, computer literacy, as well as good personal hygiene. These skills are necessary to help the families become more capable to provide for their own basic needs. Volunteers are needed to provide workshops for teachers pertaining to personal hygiene and new teaching methods as well as by providing funds or school equipment.
EDUCATION IN SAPA
GVI is working in local schools in Sapa district, where education is not a primary focus. GVI has begun a gradual change in the way the parents view the education of their children. Our organization has been working hard to develop ways to support the teaching and learning equipment. GVI provides training workshops for teachers which will help them develop more effective teaching methods, as well as providing English classes for the students and workshops on health and hygiene. One of the goals for these trainings is to equip the children with necessary life skills that will help them now and in the future to be successful. There are many ways that GVI could use volunteers. Teachers, or other volunteers are needed to share the new teaching methods, life skills, or by donating funds and equipment.
THE BIRLA VILLAGE
The Birla village is now supporting orphans and foster children in Hanoi. They have about 120 children in this village. They receive support for education, but lack entertaining activities. The children of Birla hunger for love from others. These kids also hunger for nutritional needs for their development. GVI has been sending them to the beach for 3 days vacation every summer. GVI has also sent American adults and teenage volunteers to play and build relationships with the children. These relationships play a large role in their lives. It builds self- esteem, confidence and also improves their communication in English, which is very beneficial.
A teenage voluteer with her favourist boy who she has been taking care of
since her first Summer camp trip to Vietnam
THE SOCIAL SPONSORED CENTER 3 (SS3)
SS3 is now supporting both orphans and the elderly in Hanoi with poor infrastructure. The limited resource from the government, $25/person per month, affects their lives greatly. The needs can be met by help in funding for nutrition, infrastructures, taking them sightseeing, taking orphans to the beach and just coming to show the people love. GVI has sent volunteers to assist daily with orphans, babies and elderly; help building play ground, taking them to the water park and the beach etc. These activities are meaningful to them. It helps the orphans be more open to others; they enjoy life more and become more open to the people around them. These types of interactions are also very meaningful to the entire center.
THE HANOI UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION
Special Education is a new field in the Vietnamese education system. Lack of education and information has made it an even bigger issue. GVI has been cooperating with Hanoi University of Education to organize conferences every year to train for doctors, teachers, social workers and parents all over Vietnam concerning autism and other topic related subjects for special education. We need specialists and parents of autistic children to share about their experiences in teaching these children. These annual conferences attract 200 participants every year and provide knowledge as well as raising awareness to the people in Vietnam.
ARTIST EXCHANGE PROGRAM.
Art & Culture is one of the eight domains that GVI is engaged with in Vietnam. We believe that fine art is a powerful medium, through which U.S. and Vietnam can broaden their understanding of each other’s culture.
Every year, GVI will bring one or two artists to attend the Art in the Square show in Texas and other states. We hope to receive more support from the American side in providing accommodations, transportation and other arrangements for Vietnamese artists. We would also appreciate assistance for the artists in setting up for the art show at the exhibition.
GVI has medical projects that currently include family medicine, opthamology, dental care and elderly care. Help us provide health and wellness to people who lack access to medical care in Vietnam.
VIETNAM INSTITUTE OF OPHTHALMOLOGY
Pediatric Eye doctors at the VNIO are eager to learn new knowledge and technology from outside of Vietnam. The doctors are in need of new and updated knowledge on eye diseases, new medication, equipment, and surgery techniques. Eye doctors from the USA have been sent to this hospital to train doctors on how to undertake many different kinds of surgery. This has been done by sharing peer to peer about eye surgery, as well as introducing new medication and new methods of how to effectively treat eye disease. Lately, conferences have opened for doctors at the VNIO as well as the provincial hospital levels to come and join in on the discussions. These training and conference provides the doctors at VNIO the knowledge that will enable them to better care for the children and help the children with eye diseases to have a brighter future.
while VNIO doctors observe.
CHUONG MY RURAL HOSPITAL
Chuong My hospital is located at Chuong My district Ha Noi the infrastructures, equipment, and hygiene at this hospital is very poor. Since 2010, doctors and nurses have been sent to Chuong My Hospital to serve and to train doctors and nurses on Obstetrics surgery and Aspiratory care. These training have allowed the doctors and nurses to provide better care for the patients, a deeper understanding of themselves, as well as increasing their knowledge of skills. Chuong My hospital has recently begun endoscopy surgery, however, it would be helpful to have volunteers come and help teach the doctors and nurses some necessary skills that could help them become more efficient. Volunteers also have the opportunity of introducing their standard of care and work ethic that is practiced at their local hospitals. These skills will be very useful and can help the doctors in Ha Noi improve their knowledge and level of care. Volunteers can also support this area by donating equipment and medication.
The National Pediatric Hospital in Ha Noi is the biggest and highest level pediatric hospitals in Viet Nam. It is equipped with qualified doctors and nursing staff but its service and standard is not qualified enough to fully serve patients and clients. GVI is in need of volunteers such as doctors, nurses and hospital managers to come and give feedback and suggestions that will help the hospital improve its quality of service and care. Since 2008, GVI has sent doctors and nurses to this hospital to serve by working at several departments. Those who have served have had a significant impact on the hospital. Our organization has also provided funds for the Psychiatry department to organize Autistic parents’ club, training for provincial level hospitals’ staffs, as well as purchasing teaching supplies.
NAM DINH UNIVERSITY OF NURSING.
Vietnam’s educational institutions are unfamiliar with nurse practice training systems and are very eager to learn from international experts. International volunteers can help build nurse training systems at the masters program level, since there is no university or nurse educational institution in Vietnam that offers these types of trainings.
Registered nurses or nurse practitioners from the U.S. can come and work with the university to build a curriculum, testing and examination system. They could also teach any subject that relates to nurse training at the masters program level and they can come teach medical English at the school.
In 2010, GVI mobilized a volunteer team from the Louise Herrington School of Nursing from Baylor University in Texas to work with the Nam Dinh University of Nursing in achieving these plans.