This past week was one for the books. As we said earlier, Thien-Nhien Luong (Design Capital Asia) and Cathy Lam (Our1World) are in Hue to find a new property for DCA’s Rong Center. This week we were joined by Ha-Noi business consultant Tuan Nguyen, who facilitated the strategic planning sessions. Members of Design Capital Fund (DCF), Design Capital Asia (DCA), Our1World, VANGO, and HIPE came together under the guidance of Tuan Nguyen to discuss and discover the mission, vision, and next steps for the community center.

Rong Center Vision
Rong Center Vision

We were so excited to hear new voices stepping up and speaking out about the needs in this community, using the leadership, presentation, and critical thinking skills cultivated through the HIPE program. Participating core-team members talked about some realistic ways we can address these issues as well as their concerns about the potential obstacles we will face, but overall were happy to hear that this center is for them too, as they shared their own needs.

HIPE Coreteam members presenting their interpretation of “habitat” using limited LEGO pieces

We know this won’t be easy, but needless to say, we’re so excited, inspired, and motivated to actualize our dreams and goals for this center and for Hue.

Vietnamese Traditional Music in the 21st Century

  • Date:  March 12, 15, and April 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11
  • Time:  All workshops are from 1 – 2pm
  • Location:  ICAN Family Resource Center (inside Gardner Community Center) – 520 W. Virginia Street, San Jose,  CA  95125

Event is free & open to the public.  Participants will be guided to sing, play instruments, and participate with the VA’V on folk songs around the world.  There is no requirement & music experience but your open hearts to learn about cultures around the world.

We encourage participants from all ages, especially seniors!

For more information, please contact:

  • The VA’V – 510-996-8457
  • ICAN – 408-509-8788


Dear Colleagues,

Eleven years ago, I walked into the first gathering of the VANGO Network without knowing much about many of you or your organizations. Today I am proud to continue to be part of this Network and still working tirelessly on behalf of many members and non-members alike to engage in collaboration, sharing resources and networking. 

I invite you to come back to Asilomar this May 30, 2015 to discuss:

  • The effectiveness and impact of your work in Vietnam
  • The type of collaboration or partnership that has worked for your organization
  • Your expectation for the roles and services of VANGO Network to your organization

Other topics for discussion:

  • Rethinking Scholarship – Beyond the traditional impoverished family and good grade pre-requisite
  • Innovative ways for Social Enterprise – Beyond non profit and bottom line for a sustainable economy and environment
  • From Mobile Medical Mission to Public Health – Training a new kind of workforce of healthcare professionals, school/institution personnel and caretakers/parents 

We will have an update on the work of the late James Do Ba Phuoc with the Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation (VNPF). He is the co-founder of VNPF, VNHELP, Pacific Links Foundation, and the VANGO Network. Their books theNôm dictionnary printed in true type will be available for purchase. 

Please save the date!
Saturday, May 30, 2015
11:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Registration here – Members $25, Non-Members $50 

For hotel lodging reservation, please book directly with Asilomar.
Join us in the planning committee. Send us your concerns.  
Are you interested in sponsoring the BBQ lunch? 

Be a Member – General Membership $100. Academia and Student Association $50 

Detailed agenda will be posted later

Saturday, May 30, 2015
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Registration, Meet & Greet and Food Prep
12:00 PM – 02:00 PM  BBQ Picnic
02:00 PM – 06:00 PM  General Members and Non-Members Meeting
Sunday, May 31, 2105
08:00 AM – 03:00 PM  Board of Directors Meeting

Find out more about the details of the historical event of the first conference in 2014

I am looking forward to meet you at this beautiful coastal resort and conference ground.

Cathy Lam
Program Director
HIPE Co-Director
VA NGO Network
714 330 3589

Advance Registration Required at Join the Trainings

Lucie Smith and Theresa Kuo will deliver a short training program on English skills for high school teachers and HIPE staff during their visit to Vietnam in February 2015. The first workshop is on English teaching methodology, focusing on classroom activity ideas for EFL teachers. The second workshop will provide participants with opportunities to practice writing coherent and cohesive sentences and paragraphs. In addition, participants will discuss about how to improve listening and speaking skills.

  1. English Teaching Methodology (English 1)
    • Participants: High school teachers
    • Date: 9th February 2015
    • Venue: Park View Hotel, Hue
    • Presenters: Lucie Smith and Theresa Kou
  2. Conversational English and Writing Skills (English 2)
    • Participants: HIPE staff
    • Date: 10th and 11th February 2015
    • Venue: HIPE office or Conference hall at 5 Ha Noi St. Hue City
    • Presenters: Lucie Smith and Theresa Kou

HIPE Annual Training agenda is developed based on actual working experience. This training provides opportunities for HIPE staff and volunteers to review and enhance their skills needed for their work. Besides presentations on reproductive health, adolescent health, video making and art and craft, the training will host discussion sessions on school-based reproductive health curriculum and tools and challenges in the work on reproductive health and making video.

  • Participants: HIPE staff and volunteers
  • Date: 7th and 8th March 2015
  • Venue: Conference hall at 5 Ha Noi St. Hue City.
  • Presenters: Cathy Lam, Tran Kim Anh, Lucie Smith, Tran Ai My and HIPE staff.

CBW is a series of on-demand workshops on child development, professional enhancement and social work.

  1. CBW in Vinh Long (CBW 1) Date: 8th and 9th March 2015
    • Topics: Early childhood care and education, dental care, setting limits and positive discipline, child’s temperament, social emotional development, and educational activities for preschool children.
    • Participants: Preschool teachers from Long Ho District
    • Venue: Long Ho District in Vinh Long
    • Presenters: binh nguyen rybacki, Cathy Lam, Tran Kim Anh. Nguyen Tri Nhu Quynh, Tran Ai My and Le Thi Hong.
  2. CBW in HCMC (CBW 2)
    • Topics: Early childhood care and intervention Date: 10 March 2015
    • Topic: Principles of dealing with handicapped children Date: 11 March 2015
    • Topic: Transportation and multiple trauma, and disaster drill Date: 13 March 2015
    • Venue: HCMC
    • Presenters: Dr. Quynh Kieu, PVNF team and Tran Kim Anh
  3. CBW in Hue (CBW 3) Date: 15th March 2015
    • Topics: enhancing soft skills (such as communication skills, listening skills and team building skills), early childhood education skills (such as learning though play and social emotional development) and community building skills.
    • Participants: Third year students from University of Hue
    • Venue: Trung tam Giao duc Nhan Dao Hue
    • Presenters: Tran Kim Anh, Nguyen Thi Kinh, Cathy Lam, Doan Thu Le, and Tran Ai My.
  4. CBW in Vinh (CBW 4) Date: 18 March 2015
    • Topics: Brain development and care for kids with disabilities.M/li>
    • Participants: Preschool teachers and care workers at institutions for kids with disabilities.
    • Venue: Pediatric Hospital in Vinh
    • Presenter: Tran Kim Anh

VANGO Network offers 2 kinds of PedFACTs training for preschool teachers and administrators: (1) PedFACTs Provider training and (2) PedFACTs Instructor training.
PedFACTs Provider training is for preschool teachers and child care givers. They will be equipped with first aid skills to response to different kinds of child injuries and illness.
PedFACTs Instructor training is for more experienced teachers who have presentation skills. They are trained to become certified PedFACTs Instructors who can conduct PedFACTs trainings on their own in their communities.

  1. PedFACTs Instructor training in Hue (HEI 1) Date: 8th and 9th February
    • Participants: Medical students
    • Venue: Trung tam Giao duc Nhan Dao Hue
    • Presenters: Tran Kim Anh and Dr. Dang Ngoc Thanh Thao
  2. PedFACTs Instructor and Provider training in Vinh Long (HEI 2) Date: 7th and 8th March
    • Participants: Preschool teachers and headmasters in Binh Tan district
    • Venue: Binh Tan, Vinh Long
    • Presenters: Tran Kim Anh, Dr. Truong Hoai Phong and Dr. Truong Thi Thu Cuc
  3. PedFACTs Provider Training in HCMC (HEI 3) Date: 12 March 2015
    • Participants: Preschool teachers
    • Venue: HMCM
    • Presenter: Tran Kim Anh, Dr. Quynh Kieu
  4. PedFACTs Instructor and Provider training in Hue (HEI 4) Date: 13th and 14th March
    • Participants: Preschool teachers in Hue and medical students
    • Venue: Trung tam Giao duc Nhan Dao Hue
    • Presenters: Tran Kim Anh and Dr. Dang Ngoc Thanh Thao
  5. PedFACTs Provider Training in Vinh (HEI 5) Dates: 17, 19, 20 March 2015
    • Participants: Preschool teachers and care workers at institutions for kids with disabilities.
    • Venues: Quy Chau District and Pediatric Hospital in Vinh
    • Presenters: Tran Kim Anh, Dr Quynh Kieu