Public health is concerned with what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people live can be healthy. Social work is concerned with how to use relationships to solve problems that impact community and individual health. This series of workshops will look at three community health problems:

  1. Human Abuse and Violence of Adults and Children;
  2. Substance Abuse;
  3. Utilization of group process to impact the health of communities.

Each problem will be addressed in a workshop format that permits professionals and those interested in working with people and communities such as those in the field of social work to attend. These workshops will emphasize practical methods of working with people and solving problems.

We invite participants who are either (1) staff, faculty, and social work students from An Giang University or (2) social workers/collaborators of Vietnamese American NGOs and other NGOs. These workshops will be particularly relevant to those working with disadvantaged, traumatized and/or handicapped children (in orphanages, children centers, youths at-risk & victims of trafficking) as well as adults who have experienced human abuse
and violence or are struggling with drug abuse problems.

Participants may attend one or more workshops. There is no registration fee for these workshops. Space is limited and priority will be given to participants from co-sponsoring universities and organizations. All universities and organizations are responsible for the costs of transportation, meals and lodging associated with sending their staff/collaborators to the training. A light lunch will be provided to registered participants.


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The Vietnamese American Non-Governmental Organizations Network (VA NGO Network) is honored to host the Reception for the 7th Congress of Pediatrics of Central Vietnam.

Hue, Vietnam, February 13, 2007 – Project Vietnam (AAP-PV), Children of Peace International (COPI), and the Vietnamese American Non-Governmental Organizations Network (VA NGO Network) will host the Reception for the 7th Congress of Pediatrics of Central Vietnam at the Hotel Saigon Morin in Hue on March 4th, 2007. Co-sponsors for this event include East Meets West Foundation, Kids Without Borders, International Children Assistant Network (ICAN), Our 1 World, Pacific Links Foundation and VNHELP.

The purpose of the Pediatrics Congress is to share best practices and knowledge on children health among professionals. This Congress is expected to draw up to 400 attendants of pediatric professionals and representatives of Vietnam health institutions. The Congress is organized by the Vietnamese Pediatric Association, a national organization for Vietnam pediatricians and advocates for the healthcare needs of children in Vietnam. Professor Nguyễn Tấn Viên, PhD, President of the Pediatric Association of Central Vietnam is the Chief of the Organizing Committee of this Congress.

The Network’s mission is to strengthen its member’s abilities to have a broad impact in humanitarian and development work in Vietnam, by building a united voice on issues of common interest, delivering practical benefits and building capacity for member organizations.


Organized by Trung Tâm Hỗ Trợ Giáo dục Nhân đạo Huế CSECHE and VANGO Network

Monday March 5, 2007

7:30am – 4:30pm

Trung Tâm Giáo dục Nhân đạo Huế

Khu Qui hoạch Nam Vỹ Dạ

Tel & Fax: +84-54-849-567

cseche-hue@dng.vnn.vn

1. Effective Communication – Presenting You!

Presenter: Bình Nguyễn Rybacki

Knowing how to present you is an important skill to succeed in society. This workshop is offered as part of the capacity building initiative by the VA NGO Network to strengthen individual organizations’ ability to successfully promote their work.

2. Learning through Play

Presenter: Trần Kim Ánh

How does play prepare for learning? How can parents/teachers encourage children’s play? This hands-on workshop will address the importance of play and brain development, while at the same time being sensitive to addressing the challenging behavior of young children.

3. School Health, and Healthcare for Students

Presenter: Quỳnh Kiều, MD

As of July 2006, 41% of Vietnam population is below 18yo, with a school enrollment rate of nearly 94%. In the rural areas, schools represent an ideal setting to assess health status of children, as well as offering beneficial interventions. Project Vietnam has worked in Vietnam since 1996 and evaluated thousands of school children in remote rural areas. Some of the findings support implementation of simple practices which can result in crucial longterm value for school children in most needy areas.

Who should attend?

• Staff/volunteers of NGOs and grassroot organizations working in rural communities, school personnel and all personnel involved with education projects.

• Staff/Volunteers who want to sharpen their skills on how to present or talk to others and/or the media about their work and their nonprofit organizations

• Professionals who want to polish their presentation skills to increase capacity

About the presenters:

Quỳnh Kiều MD is a pediatrician and founder of Project Vietnam, an international health program of the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 4. Project Vietnam brings healthcare assistance to needy rural communities and provides training to healthcare personnel. Twice annually, PV brings teams of volunteers to offer free surgeries to children with eye and facial deformities, and medical exams at commune clinics and rural schools, as well as training for personnel at all levels of the healthcare delivery system.

Mrs. Bình Rybacki has spent over 20 years in the field of providing sales, marketing, media relations training etc. to companies, including big names like Hewlett Packard, Interleaf, Soroptimist International, high schools and colleges in the US. In 1993, she founded Children of Peace International (COPI). COPI provides funding for 14 orphanages and schools that serve more than 5,000 children; it organizes medical mission trips to the orphanages and to rural Vietnamese villages; it builds and supports medical facilities, schools, provides scholarships and micro-loans, and facilitates adoptions.

Mrs. Trần Kim Ánh has extensive experience in conducting Early Childhood & Care Education (ECCE) trainings for parents and teachers. Anh co-founded Pacific Links Foundation (PALS) in 2001. PALS provides numerous IT and ECCE training sessions for more than 2,000 ECE students, child care providers and teachers in Vietnam. PALS’s ADAPT program in collaboration with EMW and ICAN provides scholarships and vocational training for over 1,000 young women and girls at risk of becoming victims to international human trafficking.

Workshops will be held in Vietnamese. Free registration. Space is limited, please register early. Workshops organized by Trung tâm Hỗ trợ Giáo dục Nhân đạo Huế CSECHE, in collaboration with Pacific Links Foundation and VA NGO Network.

About the Vietnamese American NGO Network:

The Network’s mission is to strengthen its member’s abilities to have a broad impact in humanitarian and development work in Vietnam, by building a united voice on issues of common interest, delivering practical benefits and building capacity for member organizations.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 17, 2005

Vietnamese Americans Working Together to Help Vietnam

More than 120 participants from 36 Vietnamese American Non-Governmental Organizations (VA NGOs) throughout the US will be convening at the Second VANGO Conference from November 18-20, 2005 in Sonoma, California. The theme for this year’s conference is Collaboration and Community Advocacy.

VA NGOs are groups based in the Vietnamese American community that work in Vietnam in areas such a humanitarian relief, community development and assistance for the poor and disadvantaged. Many of the organizations are also active in the U.S., providing services and help to the Vietnamese American community.

Since the First Conference in May 2004, more than fifteen collaborative efforts have been formed among VA NGOs in areas such as relief work (including aid to tsunami and Katrina’s victims), scholarships, health care, school construction, teacher training and IT instruction.

We are pleased to see such rapid progress, said Anh Tran, President of Pacific Links Foundation, the non-profit spearheading the effort to bring Vietnamese American groups together. Organizations are being very creative in combining resources, from sharing local staff and office to jointly sponsoring projects. One group of organizations even put together a comprehensive anti-trafficking program that has received financial support from USAID.

VA NGOs are growing stronger by working together, noted Diep Vuong, Chair of the VA NGO Network Planning Committee, the body charged with the task of developing the vision and strategy for the network. The VA NGO Network Planning Committee has been working closely with the US Embassy in Vietnam as well as with Vietnamese government agencies responsible for facilitating NGO work in Vietnam to promote better recognition for the contributions of Vietnamese Americans. Transparency, Accountability, Sustainability, and Recognition are the cornerstones of our efforts to build stronger Vietnamese American philanthropic organizations, said Ms. Vuong.

While we are grateful for the financial assistance from the various foundations to help us organize the conference, we also want to acknowledge the support from the Vietnamese American community in the last 30 years. Diaspora philanthropy is what fuels our energy and nourishes our commitment to help the people and the children of Vietnam. It should be recognized and appreciated, added Vuong.

The conference will honor Prof. Lê Xuân Khoa and Mr. Huu Dinh Nguyen for their lifelong dedication to helping the needy and promoting development in Vietnam.

Funding for the conference has come from the Ford Foundation, The Asia Foundation, and the Alexander Wallace Gerbode Foundation. Support also comes from Vietnamese American donors and the VA NGOs themselves: Le Viet Canh & Vuong Ngoc Quyen Foundation, the Tran Family, East Meets West Foundation, Children of Peace International, International Children Assistance Network, and Pacific Links Foundation.