In late October, CWS Country Representative, Ngo Quoc Dung and senior team member, Mai Thi Quynh Giao, joined a conference for promotion of foreign NGO cooperation with Tuyen Quang province, which was organized by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) and the Tuyen Quang province.
To support Tuyen Quang, a mountainous province with significant socioeconomic challenges, in attracting more NGO support for its development, which is now quite limited, the conference was facilitated by senior VUFO, PACCOM and provincial leaders, and had participation of more than 40 foreign NGOs working in Vietnam.
Because of its people’s vulnerability and unaddressed development challenges, the province’s government leaders have shown their strong commitment to create favorable conditions and improve administrative procedures to welcome foreign NGOs to come and work in Tuyen Quang.
Having been invited to speak at the conference, Mr. Dung shared news of Church World Service (CWS) plans to start working in one of the most difficult districts in Tuyen Quang. “After an initial meeting with province leaders, followed by a field survey and need assessments, my team recently submitted a detailed project proposal for funding from an ecumenical partner in the United States.” Project plans, which CWS made in consultation with local duty bearers and community members, he continued, “are to address some of the basic needs and rights of people in Chiem Hoa district. We will focus on basic education and on health, hygiene and sanitation”.
Key interventions will help ethnic minority families and communities improve their lives by focusing on community mobilization for safe, quality (1) student-friendly learning environments in schools; (2) patient-friendly health check-ups, especially for children; and (3) household and community hygiene and sanitation.
In addition to Chiem Hoa district in Tuyen Quang, if funded, the project will be implemented in Than Uyen district in Lai Chau province.
Mr. Dung took the opportunity of joining together with many of Vietnam’s development partners to share some highlights of CWS and its 62-year history and work in Vietnam as well as to thank PACCOM and other local government entities for their valued partnerships over the years and anticipated cooperation in the coming years.