Vietnamese children equipped with life skills through rugby

The program is developed by the ChildFund Australia, a non-profit organization working for poverty alleviation for children in developing countries, as heard a press conference in Hanoi on August 15. Pass it Back program for children living in rural and remote villages of Laos and Vietnam. Photo: Under the “Pass It Back” curriculum, children and young people with little or no access to organized sports will be equipped to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change and pass it back to their communities. According to Deborah Leaver, Country Director of ChildFund Vietnam, the sport brings a new approach to promote gender equality as there is no rule about gender of the players. Thus, the program will help boys and girls have equal opportunities to develop life skills. Bui Thi Tang, a rugby player in Kim Boi district of Hoa Binh province, said that: “Through activities in Pass It Back, I feel more confident to share my points and more responsible for tackling contradiction among the group’s members.” She said her team, with six players, would set off for the Asia Rugby Championship in Iceland on August 16. ChildFund’s Pass it Back program was set up for children living in rural and remote villages of Laos and Vietnam, who face significant challenges in terms of poverty and inequality. To date, more than 2,500 children and youths in some of the poorest communities in the two countries have benefited from the program, with girls…... [read more]

Fishing boat rescued near Truong Sa A fishing boat and its 13 crew members were rescued at sea near Viet Nam's Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands after sending an SOS on Wednesday. The boat's crew belongs to Ly Son Island's An Hai Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai. Nguyen Quoc Chinh, head of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union, confirmed yesterday that the union had received an SOS from fishing boat QNg 96156 TS, which was stranded off the island of Thuyen Chai in the Truong Sa Islands of Khanh Hoa Province. Other fishing boats nearby failed to approach the boat due to big waves and the rough sea. However, ship HQ561 from Navy Zone 4 was able to tow the fishing boat to anchor on Thuyen Chai Island. The sea around the Truong Sa Islands has been choppy over the last few days with 3-4m high waves. Two arrested for trafficking women in Son La Two persons were arrested for cheating andtrafficking Vietnamese women near the Viet Nam-China border onTuesday, said the Son La Border Guards Headquarters. The two persons were identified as Sung A Denh, born in 1993, and Thao A Muoi, born in1991. Both are residents of the northern Son La province. They were caught while trying to transport two local women whom they planned to sell in the Lao Cai border area. They had already sold three women for VND30 million (US$1,400) each, by luring them with promises of well-paid jobs. The authorities are investigating…... [read more]

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Hanoi inaugurates biggest flyover The flyover at the Nguyen Chi Thanh-Kim Ma intersection, one of the most crowded streets in Hanoi, was open to traffic on October 5, helping reduce traffic jams in the route from the inner city to the west. The four-lane steel frame flyover, which is 484m in length and 16m in width, has a span of 60m, making it the largest of the kind so far in Ha Noi . It was completed after eight months of construction, one month ahead of schedule. This is one project under the city's target programme to reduce traffic jams and ensure urban order for the 2012-2015 period. At the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai praised efforts of workers, contractors and Hanoi authorities in implementing the project, the seventh of its kind in the city, which is of great importance to improve traffic in the western area of the city. Hanoi also plans to complete several key transport projects within this year and next year, including the O Cho Dua-Hoang Cau and the O Dong Mac-Nguyen Khoai sections of the belt road No.1. Nation unites to support victims of Storm Wutip The country has rallied together to raise funds in support of victims of Storm Wutip which hit the central region early this week. The Party Central Committee on Thursday held a fund raising campaign for the storm victims attended by President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and…... [read more]

Experts shared experience from clean water and sanitation projects sponsored by ChildFund Australia and other non-governmental organisations at a seminar in Hanoi on October 4. At the event, ChildFund Chief Representative in Vietnam Deborah Leaver said that the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is an innovative way of mobilising communities to completely eliminate open defecation. It focuses on the behavioural change needed to ensure real and sustainable improvements. According to Nguyen Huy Nga, Head of the Environmental Management Department under the Ministry of Health, the pilot implementation of the model shows that it is a good approach and may be applied widely in the communities, especially those in remote areas. The CLTS programme has been piloted in Dien Bien, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Kon Tum, Ninh Thuan, An Giang and Dong Thap provinces. Source: VNA... [read more]

The Water World International Children's Film festival 2012 will start tomorrow in the Vietnam's northern province of Hoa Binh, featuring 14 films made by and for children after three months of toddling with the aid of ChildFund organization. Eight of them are produced by Vietnamese children and the rest are by children of Australia, Laos, Timor-Leste, and Sri Lanka. All focus on the world of water as what they perceive. The films also show what water means to children in different parts of the world - from the silly to the surprising to the serious ideas. Through the films, over 700 children from the Asia-Pacific region manifest how water plays in their life. It also shows children's creativeness in expressing this to their peers overseas by using pocket video cameras. A common message to the world is that water connects all of us, wherever we live in the world. Clean water is a universal human right. Water can mean work, play, weather, life. It can be scary or fun, life-saving or dangerous. It's so much a part of our everyday lives in so many different ways. 2013 is also the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. With awareness-raising events taking place across the world, the Water World film project provides an opportunity to add children's voices to discussions around water issues nationally and internationally. This project is part of the ChildFund Connect program which is partly funded by Australian Aid, managed by ChildFund Australia on behalf of AusAID. The…... [read more]

by Bich Huong   BAC KAN (VNS)— The image of ethnic women carrying their babies on their backs while doing farmwork or collecting firewood is one of the main visuals associated with Viet Nam's northern mountainous provinces, such as Bac Kan. Children play in the yard of the newly-built Duong Son Pre-school in Duong Son Commune, northern Bac Kan Province. Awareness about child care in the northern mountainous area has been improved. — VNS Photo Bich Huong It harks back to a time when children from ethnic minority groups in remote mountainous areas did not go to school. Instead, youngsters slept soundly on their mothers' backs while the older children played in front of their houses or in the rice fields. However, 24-year-old mother Hua Thi Bong, of Duong Son Commune, Bac Kan Province's Na Ri District, said that fewer and fewer local children accompanied their parents to work nowadays. "We send our children to school so that they can learn many useful things," she said. "My son likes his school, friends and teachers," Bong said, adding that he never had any problem getting up and going to school on time in the morning, and he even remembered to wash his hands before meals. The mother said she was happy to see her son sing songs and talk about his school life during family gatherings at home. Since Bong's son started school last year, she has grown accustomed to playing with him in the yard of his pre-school every morning…... [read more]

VGP - The PM approved on October 21 the project "Urgent donation of rice seeds to victims of Hurricane Kammuri in Việt Nam's province of Phú Thọ, Yên Bái and Lào Cai" granted with a non-refundable aid of US $400,000 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. One day earlier, the Government chief also agreed that the Bắc Kạn Province People's Committee would take over the project "Development of household economy through sustainable agricultural development in seven communes of Na Rì District, 2008-2011" financed with nearly VND 10 billion by the non-governmental organization ChildFund (Australia). By Phương Uyên... [read more]

 Vietnam has "a great opportunity to introduce its achievements," said Peter Walton, the country director of ChildFund Australia, at the 6th annual international ChildFund conference held in Hanoi, from November 11-16. This is the world's ChildFund summit drawing the attendance of more than 30 directors and other top officials of non-governmental oganisations around the world. Within the framework of the conference, delegates are to visit Cao Phong district, Hoa Binh province to examine ChildFund's ongoing activities and the effectiveness of projects in the locality in terms of education, health care, agriculture, children protection and safe water-environmental sanitation. International ChildFund is a coalition acting for the sake of children via comprehensive development assistance for communities to promote children's rights in the world. The organisation focuses its operation on regions and countries affected by wars, natural calamities, hunger and epidemics like HIV/AIDS. Every year, some US $500 million is provided by the organisation for about 8 million needy children and families around the world. Source: HNM Translated by Thu Nguyen  ... [read more]

Country Director of ChildFund Australia in Vietnam, Peter Walton said the meeting will provide an opportunity to show ChildFund’s work in Vietnam to the wider International ChildFund network. At the meeting, more than 30 international CEOs and ChildFund International board members will discuss measures to assist hunger eradication and poverty reduction programmes as well as the settlement of poverty issues and the impacts of poverty on children. Beginning its activities in Vietnam in 1994, ChildFund International has helped Vietnam implement programmes on agriculture, health care, nutrition, safe water and environmental sanitation, children education and protection. At present, ChildFund Vietnam is carrying out a programme for more than 20,000 children in NaRi and Bach Thong districts of northern mountainous BacKan province and Ky Son and Cao Phong districts of northern mountainous Hoa Binh province. ChildFund International is a global alliance for children that provides assistance to the comprehensive development of the community and promotes child rights, especially in areas affected by war, natural calamities and poverty.... [read more]

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