The DOVE Fund Trip in Vietnam 2019

It has been a great honor for Hearts For Hue to welcome at Hue a delegation of The D.O.V.E. Fund in their annual visit to Vietnam, March 7th and 8th, 2019. The delegation was composed of several enthusiastic members of the organization at the head of whom was its Chairman Mr. Do Nguyen

Hearts for Hue is proud to have partnered some of the most relevant projects sponsored by the D.O.V.E. Fund in Vietnam.

We certainly take pride in having submitted to the consideration of The D.O.V.E. Fund and in having obtained its approval and sponsorship of a wide range of programs, including the building of schools and daycare centers, water supply and sanitation projects or the distribution of solar lights or personal mobility chairs for the disabled, among other projects.

For Hearts For Hue it is also a matter of great satisfaction to take now the opportunity to submit to The D.O.V.E. Fund’s inspection all those projects that were carried out and implemented by our organization under the sponsorship of the D.O.V.E. Fund with the valuable cooperation of the local People’s Committees.

The 2019 annual visit of The D.O.V.E. Fund to Hue has been a visit to projects successfully completed, a visit to objectives accomplished. Among the projects the program included:

– A visit to Tay Xuan Kindergarten in Huong Xuan Commune. With the support of The D.O.V.E. Fund, Tay Xuan Center was built in 2014 to serve for the education of 150 children aged from 3-6 years old. After 3 years of operation, the new project has built two new classrooms to host over new 60 children aged from 3-4 years old who could not attend the Center due to lack of available space and in order to improve the nursery education quality in Huong Xuan ward.

–   A visit to Phuc Loc Day Care Center where children of ethnic minority attend to class. The Center has been built by The D.O.V.E. Fund, being major donors Steve and Lisa Sczesny who dedicated during the visit very warm words to the principal and teachers of the Center.

–    A visit to a water supply and sanitation project carried out in the remote and mountainous communities of A Luoi area, a project that has improved the life conditions of the inhabitants in a very significant way. These communities have high poverty rates and lack basic education on wastewater management. Communities have been relying on bottled water or waterways, rivers, and streams for their daily activities. At the same time these communities had not sufficient wastewater management systems leading waterways to becoming contaminated. This project expects to prevent gastrointestinal issues, diarrhea, along with water-borne diseases such as Typhoid and Cholera.

–    The distribution of solar lights to disadvantaged families in A Luoi families that took place at the meeting room of the People’s Committee where Mr. Ho Van Khinh welcome the participants.

–              Finally, members of the delegation paid a visit to several businesses that were started up with the support of the microfinance project sponsored by The D.O.V.E. Fund in the ward of Vy Da, in the city of Hue. Owning a small business can be the only way to support a family and become self-sufficient. Together with Hearts For Hue, The D.O.V.E. Fund has been identifying groups and individuals in the community who are interested in building a self-sustaining business. Visiting these small businesses is a good way to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the microfinance program.

The Opening Ceremony took place at Tay Xuan Kindergarten where the participants were warmly greeted by the children who presented them with colorful bouquets of flowers and speeches were delivered by local authorities and D.O.V.E. Fund representatives.

Children were the real stars during the visits to Tay Xuan Kindergarten and to Phuc Loc Day care Center. It could not have been otherwise. Children presented all the attendants with carefully prepared performances while they also put to test the skills of their teachers. Nothing could have been better because it was an opportunity to make evident the real achievements of the project. There are not only classrooms ready to host children, there are also very competent teachers ready to lead the children’s first steps in life.

The visit gave to the participants of The D.O.V.E. Fund delegation the opportunity to see how the development endeavors made by The D.O.V.E. Fund have materialized in schools, day care centers, latrines, taps and pipes supplying water, flourishing business, or what it is the same, how the development endeavors have crystallized in education, health, sanitation, progress and development for Vietnam.

Participants in the visit may be happy to report to all the members of the Fund that their contributions have been used to support The D.O.V.E. Fund mission “to provide humanitarian and development assistance to areas in Vietnam, to promote communication, education and cultural exchanges that reflect the best qualities of both cultures. To create an environment brightened by hope and sustained by peace.”

At Hearts For Hue we will continue to do our best to submit to The D.O.V.E. Fund’s approval of new meaningful projects.

On behalf of Hearts For Hue and the children and people of Vietnam we would like to express to The D.O.V.E. Fund and the Trustees, Veterans and many members, our deepest gratitude for their continue endeavors for the development of our country

We would like to bring here some beautiful words from one of your Veterans that perfectly represent the noble spirit that inspire so many people in your wonderful organization: “The D.O.V.E Fund was the perfect way for me to return in a meaningful, helpful way. From horrible memories of destruction 40 year ago to the smiles of children in their new classrooms, I can now put the bad memories in their place by making new ones. I have learned to love the Vietnamese people, embrace their rich culture and respect their commitment to education. This is the way to think about Vietnam.

Hearts For Hue Team.

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