Thien Nhan’s “Drawing a fairy tale” program

Short Story (09-11-2008) America, America by Phan Viet Thuy was making money and I was not. After GTech closed down eight months ago, all I could do was stay home. When I lost my job, it was October; there were no more working visas for foreigners in the US. Thuy and I lived on her scholarship and any money she could make working odd jobs on campus. The first two months at home were not too bad. Every morning, after Thuy left for school, I went online to check emails and sent my resume to every IT job posting I could find. When Thuy came home, we cooked and had dinner. In the evening, Thuy studied while I read or watched TV, always on mute. "Don't worry, honey," I would tell Thuy. "We'll be better in the new year. The recruiting season will start and there will be a lot of jobs for me." Christmas came and went and then the new year. Chicago froze over with snow. Still, no company would sponsor my visa. Some politely explained to me that they were too small and couldn't afford to pay lawyers to do the paperwork. Some said their jobs required American citizenship. Most would just send me away after I told them I needed sponsorship. February came with more snow and even colder weather. On one especially chilly day, the Subaru would 't start. I decided to stop driving altogether since gas prices had gone through the roof. I wasn't…... [read more]

Accordingly, every purchase of a SkyBOSS ticket made with a VISA card until December 12, 2015 will receive a 15% discount. Flying on Vietjet SkyBOSS, passengers can enjoy an array of privileges, such as priority check-in, 20-kilogram free checked baggage (or a set of golf clubs), priority seat selection, access to the luxury lounge, private SkyBOSS car, free meal and drink on the flight and free flight schedule change. Whenever you fly with SkyBOSS, you will also contribute to “Spread the Love” charity fund which will go towards the purchase of 10,000 health insurance cards for the poor and needy in Vietnam. “The only way to travel for leaders, pioneers, movers and shakers, Vietjet’s SkyBOSS class is getting more and more support from passengers who demand high-quality and flexible priority services,” said Mr. Desmond Lin – Vietjet’s Director of Business Development. “With our newest program for VISA holders, passengers will experience the full suite of Vietjet’s premium services with access to a luxury lounge, comfortable seating on modern aircraft, a refreshing drink and delicious hot meals served by our friendly flight attendants, and plenty of special surprises onboard.”... [read more]

The aim of the 50-member association is to raise funds for poor people in Vietnam. As a rule, each member donates EUR5 per month to the charity fund. With the money raised, the association has bought 88 wheelchairs to present to AO/dioxin victims and handicapped people in Thai Binh, Hai Duong and Ha Nam provinces and has financially assisted heart surgeries for poor children in Vietnam. The association also supports Vietnamese people living Berlin, Germany to help them integrate into society while maintaining their national character through sports and culture activities and teaching Vietnamese to children there. Located in the trading centre for Vietnamese in Germany, the association has become a place for Vietnamese people to engage in cultural exchange and show the spirit of charity while encouraging 2nd and 3rd generation Vietnamese to turn their thoughts to the fatherland.... [read more]

Reporter: Despite difficulties due the impact of the global economic crisis, many businesses have co-ordinated with the VFF in implementing programmes for the poor. What’s your opinion? Ms Lien: In the 2008-2009 period, there were more businesses, economic groups, and individuals involved in helping the poor compared to than in previous years. Programmes on building “great unity” houses under the government’s resolution 30a have received active response from many organizations and individuals. The Fund for the Poor has received around VND252 billion since it was launched in 2000. In 2009 alone, the fund collected more than VND107 billion. This year, the VFF Central Committee has co-ordinated with the Border Guard High Command in implementing a programme to build houses for the poor in border areas and on islands. The aim of the programme is to build more than 1,000 “great unity” houses for ethnic minority people in these areas. So far, nearly 2,600 houses and public works have been built for the poor. In addition, the VFF at all levels and the mobilization board of the Day for the Poor have co-ordinated with local authorities and individuals in this undertaking. They have also actively mobilized people to help the poor eradicate slum houses in areas which do not belong to 62 poor districts and fall under the Government's Resolution 30A programme. In particular, people in the central and central highland regions which were hardest hit by storms No 9 and 11 have received considerable support from individuals and organisations inside…... [read more]

With the goal of helping handicapped children, the student of the Szymanowski Music School and the Warsaw International School initiated a series of activities like a marathon, a picnic and a fund-raising campaign that has received much support from the Warsaw International School’s headmaster and management board. The programme attracted a large number of pupils, their parents, and school teachers who donated as much as US$3,600. The money was then sent to the fund for Hanoi disabled children (US$1,200), a charity fund to help 14 Polish orphans to attend Summer Camp(US$1,200), and a Poland-Haiti fund for the construction of new schools in Haiti.... [read more]

During this year’s annual event, held by Cargill Vietnam Co. Ltd since 1996, there are art performances, traditional games, and an auction of agricultural products to raise funds for charitable activities. More than VND7 billion was raised for the charitable foundation, including VND3.1 billion donated at the festival and VND4 billion from Cargill Vietnam Co. Ltd and Cargill Inc., headquartered in the US. After 15 years of operation in Vietnam, the Cargill Cares charity fund has raised over VND48 billion. All the money is used to support flood victims, provide scholarships for poor students, assist students in mountain areas, help orphans and build experimental centres in universities. So far, the fund has also built 45 schools in remote areas across the country.... [read more]

The International Women’s Club includes members who are the wives of ambassadors and international organisation representatives in Moscow. International Women’s Club President Isabel Zakovska noted the organisation has operated for 34 years, attracted more than 500 female members from different nations, and undertaken various charity activities on behalf of disadvantaged people. A special art programme including dances, songs, and musical pieces was performed by artists from the Republic of Korea, India, Poland, and Ukraine. Vietnam also contributed two traditional compositions: Vietnam Que Huong Toi (Vietnam My homeland), and Con Duyen (Discrete Charms). More than 180 donors from a variety of nations contributed products to the fair. All the event’s proceedings will be given to the Charity Fund to assist its more than 50 projects underway in Russia. Last year, the fair raised appromixately US$217,000.... [read more]

Chief representative from Cargill Vietnam, Chanh Truong said since the beginning of the year, the Cargill Cares fund has raised nearly VND4 billion for charitable activities.. In addition, the US Cargill Group and its staff have also contributed to the fund, bringing total donations to nearly VND10 billion. This year, Cargill Vietnam has built nine schools, from pre-school to higher education in the provinces of Phu Yen, Thanh Hoa, Binh Duong, Phu Tho, Binh Dinh and Bac Kan. It is hoped that the charity fund will help build additional eight schools next year and fulfill the target of building 75 schools for students in remote areas by 2015. Fifty percent of the Cargill Cares funding has been contributed by philanthropists , including customers and providers, while the remainder comes from the Cargill Group. Over the past 18 years, the fund has contributed VND74.6 billion to charitable activities includingproviding aid to flood victims, granting scholarships and school materials to poor students, supplying equipment to orphans, and building schools in remote areas.... [read more]

Phan Chau Trinh Junior Secondary School’s February 14 groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Batschka Stiftung Founder Rudolf Walther, World University Service President Kambiz Ghawami, and Quang Nam provincial leaders. District and provincial budgets provided the rest of the school’s VND20 billion construction bill. The two-storey building contains 14 classrooms and a multi-function block. It will serve more than 650 pupils and become especially useful during annual flood seasons. The project is expected to begin operation in August 2014. Duy Chau village lies in lowlands of Duy Xuyen district. Around 60% of the village is regularly submerged each wet season, badly disrupting daily life, production, and study. The project was designed to fulfill local education demands, as well as to function as a safety shelter for local residents against floods.... [read more]

The donor had delivered the car, a Rolls-Royce Phantom, to Quang Ninh newspaper for auction, its editor-in-chief Nguyen Tien Manh, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on July 29. The benefactor is Dao Hong Tuyen, 61, a well-known businessman who is the chairman of Tuan Chau Group, which is headquartered on Tuan Chau Island in the province’s Ha Long City. Tuyen is dubbed “King of Tuan Chau Island” because he has been developing a huge project there. Besides the Tuan Chau International Tourism & Recreation Complex on the island, Tuyen also owns many companies and plants with tens of thousands of workers, according to newswire The Rolls-Royce Phantom car donated by Dao Hong Tuyen, chairman of Tuan Chau Group, based in the northern province of Quang Ninh, to local flood victims. Photo: Courtesy of Quang Ninh newspaper The vehicle will come under the hammer at an expected starting price of VND16 billion (US$733,000), Manh said. The donation was made after local authorities appealed for contributions to help the victims of floods following prolonged downpours that have battered Quang Ninh over the four days starting July 26, Manh added. Along with the luxury car, which has been handed over to the Quang Ninh newspaper’s charity fund, this benefactor also contributed VND2 billion (US$91,700) in cash to the provincial Relief Board to help the flood victims. Manh said his newspaper will have an auction unit organize the sale of the supercar. “We will try to sell it as soon as possible to…... [read more]

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