13/10/2012: This afternoon there was a meeting of the volunteers. Were present: Sylvain and Lien Chau, Marieke, Jeff, Coca, Pierre André, Mathilde, Jenna, Mark, Adrien and Brice. They talked about the activities and projects in Vietnam.
“Read and understand” at Minh Tam will be launched on 27 October and is animated by Jeff. Soon you can read more about this project. A study is being done to connect Minh Tam with a school, either in France or here with an international school in order to expand the horizon of these children confined in the center. There will be exchanges with other children, in writing, through oral and artistic expression. To start we will need a library to store books already collected by Jeff after having obtained from companies and individuals.
Pierre Andre proposed to introduce our organisation in an original way with his customers whom he delivers at home (kebab-crêpes). The idea is to add a brochure with a presentation of the association and its projects in the form of a menu.
Adrien and Brice, 2 passionates for photo and video who consider moving to Vietnam are interested in our activities. They proposed to make pictures of the children for a slideshow for our website.
Mathilde suggested to make calendars and we also talked about publishing a Vietnamese recipe book where we would insert pictures of the children. Marieke and Mathilde will work on this project.
Report by Marc on activities to date:
– Soc Trang: houses and spirulina
– Dong Nai: houses, 2 water treatment stations, 1 communal well installed and numerous scholarships and bicycles
– HCMC: distribution of scholarships and support for the school Phuong Hoa Binh, 3 orphanages, renovation of a building and creation of dormitories, infirmary and the creation of a small computer room at Minh Tam)
– Long An: signing of the partnership agreement for the construction of houses of affection to build tanks and rainwater recovery for our orphanage negotiations are still in progress
The children of Truyen Tin and Son Ky participated in workshops to create greeting cards, We will buy some to put on sale at the association’s headquarters at the end of the year.
In November a new sponsor, contractor established in France and Spain will come to HCMC. He comes with his friend Jean-Baptiste Fort, fashion photographer who will make artistic photos of children who will be grouped in an album. We will be allowed to duplicate it.