Saturday October 17, 2009
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton – Garden Grove Campus
Garden Grove, CA 92840

The event is free to all VA NGO Network member organizations, their volunteers, and individuals interested in humanitarian work in Vietnam.

Session 1: A Continual Discussion on Human Trafficking
1:00 p.m. –  2:30 p.m.
Moderator: Vi Nguyen
Panelists: Current VA NGO Network Human Trafficking Challenge Grant Recipients

For organizations and individuals who are already working or planning to implement new anti-Human Trafficking project, you are cordially invited and encouraged to attend this continual discussion on the topic of trafficking of human beings. Your inputs will be invaluable to this process and will allow us to have better and collaborative strategies to work on this daunting issue in Vietnam. Current grant recipients will provide updates from their organizations on Human Trafficking activities, assess strengths and potential areas for improvements, and discuss VANGO Network’s facilitated trainings and assistance on collaborative activities. The session’s goal is to reach the next steps for current recipient organizations, extend collaborations on Human Trafficking, and invite all VANGO organizations proposing new work on Human Trafficking.

Session 2: Public Relations & Fundraising for Your Organizations
3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Presenters:
Penny LeGate, Television News Anchor, KIRO (CBS), Seattle
Son Michael Pham, Founder of Kids Without Borders / Past President Rotary Club Seattle
Binh Rybacki, Founder, Children of Peace International

Working with the media. Getting your messages out to the public, to other organizations and foundations. Connecting with Rotary International to partner with your organization. Working with youth groups to fundraise for your cause. Panelists will be sharing their work to help you to with practical strategies to market your organization and grow your donor bases.

Session 3: Capacity Building Workshop: Networking opportunities and fostering collaboration
among members
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Presenter: VA NGO Network Program Committee

Over the past several years, VA NGOs have become more interested in strengthening the programs of our organizations through development activities in Vietnam. There are several members joining efforts in our Capacity Building workshops. We have been successfully organizing these workshops for the last three years in Hue, Hanoi, Quang Nam, HCMC and Vinh Long, and over 650 people attended these hand-on workshops with a diverse topics from social work, child development to communication skills. A video presentation of the successful Capacity Building Workshops will be shared our common concerns: How to make better use of limited resources and how to stay on course and reach established program goals.

Session 4: An Evening with Friends, Home Tour and Phở
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Drs. Chan and Quynh Kieu Residence, Santa Ana, CA

Please come share an evening of beautiful friendship – Một buổi chuyện trò. Enjoy a piping hot bowl of Phở from Xe Phở cart, walk through an antique 150+yrs old traditional Vietnamese house and garden. Learn its history and furnishing and enjoy some light music entertainment.

About our Presenters:
PENNY LEGATE
Versatility and experience may be the best words to describe Penny LeGate, who has climbed mountains, traveled remote roads of Africa, and gone scuba diving with sharks to get the news. Known as a daring storyteller with a heart, she can be seen regularly anchoring Seattle Eyewitness News. Penny’s broadcasting career spans 30 years and includes hosting, reporting and producing for both television and radio. With a popular local television presence, her many honors include an Emmy award for writing, hosting, and producing a documentary on Springer, the orphaned orca captured in Puget Sound and returned o her pod in Canada. Penny also won an Emmy for her work as host of “Evening Magazine” as well as numerous other nominations for producing and writing. An active participant in many local charities, Penny feels strongly connected to causes devoted to children, animals, and the environment. Among her contributions, Penny created a fundraiser called “Tuxes & Tails” for the Humane Society, which has raised more than 3-million dollars. Every year since 2002, Penny has traveled to Ethiopia at the invitation of Rotary International, raising awareness of various global health issues, including the ongoing battle to eradicate polio. As a result, Rotary has awarded Penny the prestigious Paul Harris fellowship five times for her humanitarian work in Africa. She feels privileged that her gritty experiences in remote places have helped open her eyes to the suffering and needs of others. In recent years, Penny has traveled to Ghana, Ethiopia, Bolivia, Ugandan, India, Nepal and Vietnam on charitable missions and is sponsoring children in three developing nations.

SON MICHAEL PHAM
On the last day of the war, Son Michael Pham left Viet Nam as a refugee. He and his family started their lives in the U.S with nothing except the generosity and care of community and church members in Chicago. A natural volunteer, Son Michael Pham served others in the refugee camp, and continued to serve others as he worked his way to become a successful business person. A proud member of Rotary International, Son Michael lives his life according to the organization’s motto – “Service Above Self.” So, for most of his life, Son Michael has tirelessly championed causes for children. Long before he founded Kids Without Borders, Son Michael had a vision of an “all kids, one world” world one day. He inspires and encourages children to give of themselves through service to others in their communities and worldwide. He believes strongly that by involving children in helping other children, they will recognize more similarities than differences in each other. Kids Without Borders was launched as a school service projects for students to sort clothes and donated items for children in the community. Today, the organization supports children in more than 26 countries, attracting volunteers worldwide, providing opportunities for youth, benefiting and changing thousands of lives around the world. Son Michael is actively involved in many service agencies and has held many leadership roles within the nonprofit community. He spent more than twenty years in the hospitality industry. Currently, Son Michael is leading two companies in business development.

BÌNH NGUYỄN RYBACKI
Bình Nguyễn Rybacki left Vietnam with her family on April 30,1975 when the American government evacuated them in the last days before the fall of Saigon to the Communist troops. Binh finished her education at Colorado State University and worked for Hewlett-Packard for 25 years as an engineer. In 1993, Binh returned to Vietnam to locate the rest of her family and to make peace with her home country. She found children working as street peddlers, beggars, and prostitutes. Unable to leave things as she found them, Binh and her husband, Jack began Children of Peace International in 1993 to help improve the lives of these kids. Over the next years her commitment and organization grew. Binh is active in Denver Vietnamese community.  She has converted her parents’ house into a €œrelief center for new Vietnamese settlers or Vietnamese families in crisis. The house will help the new comers to settle as they find jobs and permanent housing. Families in conflict or crisis can also stay at the house until a better solution is ready. Since 1982, this house had served over 40 families and individuals. In 2002, Kiwanis International awarded Binh the World Service Medal Award for her work in Vietnam. Past winners were Mother Teresa, Katherine Hepburn, Mrs. Rosaline Carter, Mrs. Nancy Reagan to name a few. Binh used her award money to operate the Pediatric HIV Center in Saigon for one full year. Children of Peace International is a subject for the soon-to be- released A Necessary Journey documentary. You can view the trailer on www.aneccessaryjourneymovie.com Binh and her husband Jack are proud parents of Preston and his wife Shannon (both teaching at ILA in Saigon and volunteering for COPI as its In-Country Representative and Program Director) and Spencer (Junior at Colorado University in Denver). The Rybackis live in Loveland, Colorado.


When: March 31, 2009 – April 2, 2009
8:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Huế, Vietnam –

VA NGO Resource Center

Khu Quy Hoạch Nam Vỹ Dạ, Huế, Nguyễn Sinh Sắc St.

Capacity Building Workshop – Seeds of Change: In the Best Interest of the Child
“Seeds of Change” is the theme for a series of on-demand workshops on social work, building self-esteem, child development, targeted to educators, counselors, and other childcare providers, with the goal of providing practical skills for successful living. The workshops are conducted by member organizations of the VA NGO Network for their local partners, staff, and volunteers.

Please pass along this information, and encourage your staff and volunteers to sign up early. Workshop attendance and materials are complimentary to member organizations of the VA NGO Network, their staff and volunteers. Space is first limited to three participants from each VA NGO Network member, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This workshop will be held at the VA NGO Resource Center and will emphasize on the topics:
Effective Communication/Interpersonal Skills
This practical course provides skills and techniques for handling any communication situation with greater flexibility, confidence, and impact. The participants will assess their communication strengths and weaknesses, as well as enhance their ability to understand others. Defining communication and effective listening skills, identifying and avoiding communication barriers, and learning how to motivate and influence others will be included.
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Presentation Skills
Gain attentive listeners. Hints, practice and feedback to help you present with confidence and style.
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Learning through Play
How does play prepare for learning? How can parents/teachers encourage children’s play? These hands-on workshops will address the importance of play and brain development. This workshop will help participants to explore a greater appreciation of art and enhanced language learning.
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Understanding Children’s Temperament
This workshop explores temperament and its effects on family dynamics. Participants have the opportunity to reflect on their own temperament and gain a better understanding of children’s temperament and learn strategies for dealing with different types of temperament
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Setting Limits: How to make children feel good about themselves.
Limits are set to assure the safety of children and adults as well as the acceptance of responsibility for one’s actions. This workshop provides information on the importance of setting limits with children, on techniques and strategies used in positive disciplines, as well as special focus on communicating with love and respect.
Participants will learn the tools needed to stop disruptive behavior when it happens and to gain the cooperation that is expected, without giving in or exhausting oneself with coercive power struggles. Participants will learn some wonderful and fun ways to introduce limits into day care and the home. This workshop also offers songs and games to use during daily routines and transitions. Turn stressful times into fun and playful games!
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Nutrition for Healthy Living
How nutrition in everyday foods can play an important role to healthy living? What better nutrition means to children? What foods are nutritious? This workshop will discuss the major food groups and portions, valuable nutrient-rich foods, and how to preserve the nutrients in cooking, the main meal of the day and hygiene around food. Nutritious snacks will be prepared and participants will also practice some simple stretch exercises to release stress.
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Children Civic Education
The workshop enables participants to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of concepts such as civic knowledge, skills, and to connect such concepts in working with young children to help them learn the responsibility of citizenship to practice.
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Clinical Social Work with Children and Youth: A Clinically Interdisciplinary Approach
The workshop addresses clinical social work skill of a social worker when working with youths including crisis interventions, investigations/interviews, interventions/treatment plans, and case management/follow-ups.

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

An Giang University, May 26 – June 11, 2008

For the third consecutive summer, the VA NGO Network has joined hands with the collaboration among An Giang University, West Virginia University, Southeast Asia Children’s Project and Pacific Links Foundation to bring to the field another set of workshops on social work skills. The highlight for this year’s series includes presentations by Prof. Nguyen Thi Oanh and other seasoned social work lecturers in Vietnam, alongside with 5 faculty members from West Virginia University. This year’s workshops will focus on:
1. Principles of Working with Children and Adolescents;
2. Community, Family and Individual Issues Related to traumatic experiences;
3. Understanding the psychosocial impact of physical illness


Seeds of Change: In the Best Interest of the Child – Hue, Vietnam – March 2008

Please join us to celebrate the VA NGO Resource Center!

Saturday, March 1, 2008: Inauguration and Reception for the VA NGO Resource Center.

Sunday-Tuesday, March 2-4, 2008: Capacity Building Workshops, conducted by member organizations of the VA NGO Network for their local partners, staff, and volunteers.
8:00am – 5:00pm

Khu Quy Hoạch Nam Vỹ Dạ, Huế, Trường Trần Hưng Đạo, Nguyễn Sinh Sắc St

“Seeds of Change” is the theme for a series of on-demand workshops on social work, building self-esteem, child development, targeted to educators, counselors, and other childcare providers, with the goal of providing practical skills for successful living. The workshops are conducted by member organizations of the VA NGO Network for their local partners, staff, and volunteers.

Through these workshops, and the Resource Center, the VA NGO Network is carrying forward the spirit of the 3rd VA NGO Conference in September 2007, and is realizing our common dream with our local partners and clients in Việt Nam.

Please pass along this information, and encourage your staff and volunteers to sign up early. Workshop attendance and materials are complimentary to member organizations of the VA NGO Network, their staff and volunteers. Space is first limited to three participants from each VA NGO Network member, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

(1) Education
Effective Communication – Presenting You! (3 sessions) Knowing how to present yourself is an important skill to succeed in society. Participants will learn to list their marketable skills, and to present them by verbal or written method to enhance their professional growth. This workshop will be conducted as a two-day-long living inquiry into the relationship between learning and leading, applying the term leader to anyone who influences people and events.
Participants will:

  • Develop a link between deep personal values and the ways they choose to affect people in the workplace
  • Get practical ideas on:
    • Building self-esteem
    • Developing reflective and thinking skills on a creative level

Presenter: Bình Nguyễn Rybacki
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Learning through Play: How does play prepare for learning? How can parents/teachers encourage children’s play? These hands-on workshops will address the importance of play. This workshop will help participants to explore a greater appreciation of art and enhanced language learning. These workshop include:

  • Exploring science
  • Using music to teach language
  • Using poetry and story, we will work/play to bring the spoken words alive, filled with gesture, color, imagination, and life. Learn some of the basic elements of storytelling.
  • Presenters: Trần Kim Ánh & Nguyễn Thị Kinh
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    Bookmaking workshop – How To Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch to a One-of-a-Kind Book
    Kids love to find out how books are written, how pictures are created, and the publishing process that puts those books on the shelf. Participants will learn the steps of creating small, handbound, illustrated books, including accordion-fold books, and a few whimsical, non-traditional books filled with creative literary and visual experiences of the imaginations of young children. Participants will enjoy hands-on activities which encourage creative expression. Participants will also discuss the usefulness and age-appropriateness of different types of books, as well as how to overcome limitations such as materials and budget constraints. Join us for a motivating and fun activity!
    Presenters: Lucie Smith & Trần Kim Ánh
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    Setting Limits: How to make children feel good about themselves. Limits are set to assure the safety of children and adults as well as the acceptance of responsibility for one’s actions. This workshop provides information on the importance of setting limits with children, on techniques and strategies used in positive disciplines, as well as special focus on communicating with love and respect.
    Participants will learn the tools needed to stop disruptive behavior when it happens and to gain the cooperation that is expected, without giving in or exhausting oneself with coercive power struggles. Participants will learn some wonderful and fun ways to introduce limits into day care and the home. This workshop also offers songs and games to use during daily routines and transitions. Turn stressful times into fun and playful games!
    Presenter: Trần Kim Ánh & Lâm Ánh Nguyệt

    (2) Health Care
    Women’s Health Workshop A roundtable discussion presenting an opportunity for networking and resource identification, sharing information about women’s health education activities focused on issues affecting women over 18 years of age. Topics for discussion include tuberculosis, Pap smear, breast health, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, depression, drug use, domestic violence prevention, arthritis, exercise, nutrition and heart health.
    Presenter: Nguyễn Thị Saly, MD
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    Nutrition for Healthy Living: How nutrition in everyday foods can play an important role to healthy living? What better nutrition means to children? What foods are nutritious? This workshop will discuss the major food groups and portions, valuable nutrient-rich foods, and how to preserve the nutrients in cooking, the main meal of the day and hygiene around food. Nutritious snacks will be prepared and participants will also practice some simple stretch exercises to release stress.
    Presenter: Cathy Hà Lâm

    (3) Social Work
    Clinical Social Work with children and youth a clinically interdisciplinary approach. The workshop addresses clinical social work skill of a social worker when working with youths including crisis interventions, investigations/interviews, interventions/treatment plans, and case management/follow-ups.
    Presenters: Trần Khánh Tuyết and Trần Ái Mỹ
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    Life skill education for youth: The workshop provides knowledge and life skills for self-sufficiency to empower vulnerable adolescents. Update on the National Youth Development Strategy.
    Presenter: Trần Công Bình
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    Overview of Clinical Social Work: Case studies and roundtable discussion.
    Presenters: Trần Khánh Tuyết and Trần Ái Mỹ

    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

    Cathy Hà Lâm is an advocate of environmental sustainability. She co-founded Our1World with projects such as Solar Energy Appliances, Creative Play and Artwork and Literacy. In 2003, she joined two medical missions with Project VietNam and with Giao Điễm Humanitarian Foundation. In 2003, she joined two medical missions with Project VietNam and with Giao Điễm Humanitarian Foundation. Cathy was actively involved with Soymilk Nutritional Supplement program. She presented workshops in Central Việt Nam in 2005-2007 to teachers and community partners on how to prepare concentrated soymilk, and on hygiene and maintenance of equipments. She teaches ReThink/ReDuce/ReUse/ReCycle and water conservation for schoolchildren, and advocates solar PV and electric cars. Cathy hold a BS degree in EE from U.C. Irvine.

    Nguyễn Thị Kinh is a native of Huế and has devoted her life to humanitarian assistance projects for Vietnamese. Kinh was a Senior Lecturer on Agriculture at the University of Hue and later served as Vice-Rector of the University. In 2002, she retired from the teaching profession and joined the Center for School Cooperation and Humanity Education for Hue as Director. Through the Center, Kinh mobilizes and organizes Vietnamese academics and professionals to promote equity in education, health, and social development for the youths in Central Vietnam. The Center focuses on reaching out to children and young people from rural communities in Việt Nam. For the past 10 years, Kinh and her center has cooperated with the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Program of Pacific Links Foundation (PALS).

    Nguyễn Thị SaLy, M.D. serves as the Head of Public Health Departement of Huế Medical College. Dr. Nguyễn graduated from Huế Medical University in 1986, specialized in Microbiology. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in the field of public health and is a national lecturer of numerous health programs in Vietnam including Information-Communication-Education of Health (ICE), BreastFeeding, Population-Family Planning, Control Diarrhae Diseases (CDD). She obtained her Masters of Public Health in 2003 and has participated in numerous public health related activities aiming to improve health conditions of communities, especially in the poor and remote communities of Thừa Thiên-Huế province.

    Bình Nguyễn Rybacki worked for Hewlett-Packard for 25 years when she decided that humanitarian work yield more satisfaction, peace of mind and betterment for future generations in Vietnam. Binh also trained Clean Room employees and the junior staff in customer services. Some of Binh’s favorite workshops are Woman in Project Self-Sufficiency and Children at Risks for college and high school students and teachers. Binh is also the founder for Children of Peace International (COPI). COPI has been working in Vietnam since 1993 and chartered in partnership with Vietnamese caring for its orphans and under-privilege children in all of Vietnam. COPI also held two medical missions, a partnership between American and Vietnamese medical professions, each year to rural communities of Vietnam. Kiwanis International has awarded its 2002 World Service Medal to binh and COPI for their extraordinary service and compassion to the world’s children.

    Lucie Smith has served as Resource Specialist in Curriculum Development for Mount Diablo Unified School District since 2001. She holds California Administrative Services Credential, and worked California Bilingual Crosscultural Language Academic Development Programs and Summer Intercession, Home and hospital Programs. Over 40 years of teaching experience in most subjects: ELD, Bilingual Math, Science and Foreign Languages for California Schools. MA. French Language & Literature, Dept of French U.C. Berkeley. Post M.A. in Linguistics, Advanced to Ph. D. Candidacy, Dept of Linguistics, U. C. Berkeley.

    Trần Kim Ánh co-founded Pacific Links Foundation (PALS), and serves as Chair of its Board of Directors. With her extensive experience in conducting Early Childhood and Care Education (ECCE) training in the US, she spearheads the ECCE training programs conducted by Pacific Links Foundation for early childhood educators throughout Việt Nam, through collaboration with provincial offices of education and teacher training colleges. She authors “Nuôi dạy trẻ vui mạnh: A Parenting Guide” for Vietnamese American parents, published in May 2007. She co-founded Việt Nam Health, Education & Literature Projects (VNhelp) in 1991. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Asian Health Services in Oakland.

    Trần Khánh Tuyết has been in the field of Social Services since 1950 providing counseling, outreach, crisis intervention, case management, and direct clinical services. Past experience also included serving the Vietnamese, Asian and Refugee community to provide cross-cultural counseling, bilingual education services, special education and students’ assessments, training to childcare providers, elderly support and counseling on aspects of aging, family and health issues. She continues to volunteer for American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Bananas Child Care Resources, Vietnamese Community Heath Prevention Project-Sức Khỏe Là Vàng. She has published ‘Reflection from Captivity’, ‘ The Little Weaver of Thai-Yen Village’ and ‘ The Children of Vietnam’. Trần Khánh Tuyết hold a Master in Social Work, Gerontology from UC Berkeley, a BA in Sociology with a Minor in Gerontology, SFSU.