Entertainment in Vietnam, travel tours: tháng mười hai 2011

HIV AIDS infected people in Hanoi

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The number of new HIV/AIDS infections and HIV/AIDS caused deaths in 2011 has fallen by between 16- 20 percent over the past year.

A grand meeting was held in Hanoi on Nov
ember 30th to respond to World AIDS Day (December 1).
After 18 years of coping with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, 23,000 infections have been reported in Hanoi.
Addressing the meeting, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee, Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc called on the administration and people of the capital city to realise activities concerning the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, drugs, and prostitution are just as important as any other social schemes.
“Hanoi pledges to step up communication on HIV/AIDS prevention and control with the aim of raising public awareness. Measures to abolish discrimination against HIV sufferers and assistance to help them integrate into the community is also top of our agenda,” Ngoc said.
She also highlighted the need to help people have easier access to services for healthcare, treatment, and HIV preventive medicine without discriminating against gender, social status, nationality, and religion.
In response to the National Action Month for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, many districts in Hanoi have organized parades, disseminating information about HIV/AIDS and have called on the community to provide more than 1 billion VND in support of HIV/AIDS victims.
Over the year, Hanoi has carried out the action program for HIV/AIDS prevention and control in practical ways such as developing communication models, broadening services for HIV/AIDS patients to consult professionals, voluntary HIV tests and the provision of care and medical treatment for people infected with the virus.
The city now has 42 volunteer groups with more than 1,000 members who regularly support HIV patients.

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Vinh Long province welcomes JICA’s first ever volunteer working in the Mekong Delta

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Ms.TATENO Tomoko has become JICA’s first ever volunteer working in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long, Vietnam. Ms. Tateno Tomoko starts her work as a rural community development staff for a Technical Cooperation Project on citrus improvement between JICA and the Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI).
Before coming to Vietnam, Ms. Tateno Tomoko had 4 years in charge of financing for agriculture, forestry, fisheries in Miyagi prefecture (Japan) where she lives.
During her 2 year term (till Sept 2013) in Vinh Long province, TATENO works together with staffs of the Province’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to improve the effect of the Citrus Improvement Project in the province.
The Technical Cooperation Project on citrus between SouthOFRI and JICA is named “ The project for Improvement of Extension System for Applying Better Farming System and Cultivation Techniques for poor farmers in Mekong Dekta”. This project has associated with DARDs of 5 provinces(Tien Giang, Vinh Long, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Soc Trang) in order to help farmers in the project zones get necessary know-how, skills and techniques on cultivating citrus.
Source: JICA 
The project also aims to help agricultural staffs who have joined in the project zones, improve their capacity in instructing farmers with cultivation system, the cultivation techniques on citrus. Moreover, the project helps SOFRI improve its capacity instructing farmers and agricultural staffs and introduce the developed cultivation system and the techniques cultivating citrus to Vietnamese farmers.
The Japanese volunteer dispatching Program is conducted in the scheme of Technical Cooperation of JICA. Until now, there have been more 400 volunteers sent to Vietnam by JICA in many fields such as education, health, agriculture-rural development, environment, supporting industry development… in various regions throughout Vietnam from Tuyen Quang, Bac Giang, Hanoi, Hoa Binh, Ha Tinh, Hue, Da Nang, Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Ho Chi Minh, An Giang, Can Tho, Ca Mau… Currently, there are 72 JICA’s volunteers working in Viet Nam.

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A sanitary vegetable cooperative for the Tay, Hmong ethnic minorities was establised

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A sanitary vegetable production cooperative was established last November in the Na Hoi commune of Di Thang Village. It will bring jobs to the Tay and Hmong ethnic minority groups, according to the People's Committee of Bac Ha district, Lao Cai province.
This is the first cooperative for the Tay and Hmong people in Lao Cai province. The total chartered capital for the project is 560 million VND.
The 25 member cooperative will come together under the Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (Viet GAP) to produce indigenous vegetables such as cabbage, kohlrabi, and beans…
Two major food companies in Hanoi signed a commitment to consume the cooperatives total production.
The goal of the cooperative is to help ethnic minorities in the Bac Ha highlands to utilize the fertile land and temperate climate to produce high quality crops. This will create more jobs and stable incomes for farmers.
Hong Minh

supporting 20 million euros for climate change adaption by AFD

The French Development Agency (AFD) has provided credit worth 20 million euros to help Vietnam implement its climate change adaptation programme.
An agreement to this effect was signed in Hanoi on December 1 between representatives of the AFD and the Ministry of Finance.
Accordingly, the loan will be implemented from the beginning of 2012 to the end of October, 2013.
AFD Director Marc Gravellini emphasized that Vietnam is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. If the sea water level rises by 1m, about 5 percent of Vietnam’s land will be affected, impacting 11 percent of the Vietnamese population.
The loan will give priority to projects on renewable energy, energy conservation, forest management, waste treatment, clean development mechanism, water supply, and natural disaster prevention and mitigation, as well as agricultural production, he said.
Over the past years, the AFD has granted technical assistance to help the Vietnamese government carry out projects on energy efficiency and bio-fuel development.

Vietnam receives Australia supplies fire preventilon equipment

An Austrian company will supply fire extinguishing equipment to help Vietnam improve the capacity of its fire prevention and rescue force.

A document to this effect was signed in Hanoi on December 2 between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security and Rosenbauer International Company. Equipment will be supplied to sub-projects No. 5 and 6 of a fire prevention project which is entering the second phase.

The project, started in 2001, uses US$5.8 million in preferential credits of the Austrian Government. Under the project, 22 fire engines, 34 fire pumps and 14 tool sets have been handed over to Vietnam.Vietnam receives 

After the success of the first phase, the Government has allowed the Ministry of Public Security to implement the second phase valued at EUR15.9 million, which is divided into 6 sub-projects.

Sub-projects No. 1, 2, 3, 4 have been completed, supplying 37 fire engines, 2 concrete pump trucks with tower cranes, 3 rescue and rapid response vans and other fire extinguishing equipment to the Vietnam Fire Brigade./.

Australian volunteers with the photo exhibition

(CPV) - To mark United Nations’ International Volunteers Day (5 December) and the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (2001-2011), from December 2-9, the Hanoi-based Australian Embassy is hosting a photographic exhibition showcasing the contribution of Australian volunteers to Vietnam’s development.

Over 1,000 Australian citizens have worked in a wide range of volunteer assignments in Vietnam since the two countries established official diplomatic relations in 1973.

Presently, there are over 70 volunteers in Vietnam supported under the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. The volunteer placements are strongly aligned with the Australian Government’s aid priorities in Vietnam, namely human resource development, economic integration and environmental sustainability.

Photo for illustration. (Source: www.easyexpat.com)

“Volunteers have a direct and long-term impact on reducing poverty through the work they do in developing countries”, “Over the years, volunteers from Australia have greatly contributed to strong people-to-people links between Australia and Vietnam”, said Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Allaster Cox.

Australian volunteers are helping people in developing countries reduce poverty and improve their lives. Over 900 new AVID volunteers have been deployed in 2011 to more than 35 countries in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, as well as developing nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

AVID volunteer placements have also been targeted towards the aid program’s thematic priorities including disability support, gender and HIV/AIDS.

Since the 1960s, the Australian Government has so far supported more than 12,000 Australian volunteers in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa./.

Exhibition and job festival for the disable

Nearly 2,000 disabled people took part in a meeting, exhibition and job festival in Hanoi on December 3 in response to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The programme provided an opportunity for disabled people to meet and share experiences on overcoming their difficulties.
Vietnam has 6.7 million disabled people, accounting for 7.8 percent of the population. However, despite continued support from the State, they still face a number of challenges.
Nguyen Huy Ban, General Secretary of the Vietnam Disabled People’s Association, said the entire society should join hands to help people with disabilities integrate successfully into the community.
The biggest difficulty is the lack of public awareness of Party and State policies for disabled people and the community's responsibility for assisting them, he said.
The association, therefore, aims to work with relevant agencies to disseminate information, raise public awareness and encourage local authorities to create the best possible conditions for disabled people to make significant contributions to society.


ADB supports to improve moutainous roads

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a 80 million USD loan to Vietnam’s road upgrade project in six northern mountainous provinces.

An agreement to the effect was signed in Hanoi on Dec. 2 by Governor of the State Bank of Vietnam Nguyen Van Binh and ADB Country Director in Vietnam Tomoyuki Kimura.
The project has an investment capital of 109.6 million USD in the first phase and will upgrade more than 300km of unpaved roads in Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Yen Bai and Lao Cai provinces.
The project will be completed in December, 2016.
ADB provides the 32-year loan with an annual interest rate of 1 percent in the eight-year grace period, and an annual interest rate of 1.5 percent in the following years.
Within the framework project, the Nordic Development Fund will provide 2 million EUR in non-refundable aid to the project to take measures to mitigate natural disasters while upgrading roads.
Governor Binh said the lack of rural infrastructure in mountainous regions hinders the poverty reduction programme in Vietnam.
ADB representative Kimura pointed out the necessity to narrow the development gap, increase the possibility of access to markets and social services and improve links with ethnic minority communities in remote areas.
The safer, sealed roads will help shorten travel time, reduce isolation and bring more trade and investment opportunities, contributing to poverty reduction and equitable and sustainable development in the region./.


Danang approved US $400000 to build storm resistant houses

The Danang municipal People’s Committee has approved a US$400,000 project to build storm-resistant houses for residents living in high risk areas for natural disasters.
The project, assisted by the US Rockefeller Foundation, will be implemented in eight communes in Son Tra, Lien Chieu, Ngu Hanh Son, and Hoa Vang districts.
It aims to strengthen the capacity of communes and districts that are frequently affected by floods to cope with the situation, adapt to climate change, manage risks, and prepare for natural disasters in order to reduce their negative impacts.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.


The exhibition named “SOS traveling exhibition – Education on wildlife product consumption” takes place

Rhino song to memorise the Javan Rhino

(CPV) - The “SOS traveling exhibition – Education on wildlife product consumption” was launched on December 3rd in Ho Chi Minh City at Minh Duc Secondary School, District 1 by Wildlife At Risk (WAR) in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) Department of Education and Training and HCMC Forest Protection.

The launching ceremony not only officially launched the SOS traveling tent but also urged leaders, students and participants to act to help Vietnams’ wildlife that faces possible extinction such as the Javan Rhino.
The event was attended by more than 500 people, who were leaders of HCMC Department of Education and Training, HCMC Forest Protection Department, representatives of Department of Education and Trainings from all districts of HCMC, administrators from HCMC Secondary Schools, teachers and students representing Minh Duc Secondary School, Wildlife At Risk staff, non-governmental organisations, volunteers from many universities in HCMC and local media.
After cutting the inauguration ribbon, all participants and students visited the SOS travelling exhibition. This was a tent of about 60m2 that included different interactive exhibits, models and games. The SOS travelling exhibition tent emphasized that consumers are the most dangerous threat to wildlife. Everyone can contribute to wildlife protection by: "Say NO to illegal wildlife products."
More than twenty volunteer students who guide the students at the traveling tent were also presented. These volunteers had been equipped with adequate knowledge and skills and now are ready to help secondary school students through the exhibition.
Ms. Do Thi Thanh Huyen, Wildlife Education Manager, WAR stated that: “WAR has studied and researched carefully before developing the SOS traveling tent to ensure that the exhibition highlights serious issues of illegal wildlife product consumption in an impressive but relaxed manner for the students. We expect that leaving the exhibition, the students will be moved and willing to act to protect Vietnam’s unique wildlife".
In memory of the Javan Rhino, participants and students listen to a unique song about the Javan Rhino in Cat Tien National Park and spend a minute of silence to remember this charismatic mammal.
Writer of the Rhino song Mr. Thanh Phuoc, staff of Cat tien National Park also shared memories about the rhino to help compose the song. Fifty best paintings from the drawing contest titled “Treasures of the forest” focusing on conservation of the Javan Rhino and other endangered wildlife, designed by secondary school students from March to May 2011 are also displayed at the ceremony.
Each participant also receive a special poster in memory of the Javan Rhino that reminds everyone that, “The Javan Rhino has gone forever. Let’s protect other wildlife so it does not suffer from the same fate as the Javan Rhino”.
Mr. Nguyen Hoai Chuong, Vice Director of HCMC Department of Education and Training expressed that: “The SOS traveling tent provides an opportunity for our students and teachers to learn useful knowledge and information related to the illegal wildlife product consumption in HCMC. We are totally committed to support WAR and HCMC Department of Forest Protection in operating this exciting traveling exhibition in the secondary schools in order to call for supports from teachers and students on wildlife protection.”
“We highly appreciate the cooperation of the HCMC Department of Education and Training and HCMC Department of Forest Protection in this program. It shows the serious attention of different bodies in educating a younger generation who appreciates Vietnam’s nature and be willing to conserve it,” Mr. Nguyen Vu Khoi, WAR Director, said.
By the end of 2012, the SOS traveling exhibition will be operating throughout 40 secondary schools in Ho Chi Minh City targeting more than 20,000 students and teachers.


Vietnamese craftsman gets international award from France for her homeland

               Duong Thi Tuyet presents a gift to Ms Bokova,
                Director-General of UNESCO - Photo: TYM

A Vietnamese bronze casting craftsman, Duong Thi Tuyet, was presented an award by Planet Finance Group for successful craftsmanship thanks to microfinance on the evening of December 5th at the famous Louvre MuseumFrance.
The award is significant encouragement and recognition from the world for the rise of a poor craftsman desiring to preserve the traditional trade and to create jobs for many young people in Y Yen district, Nam Dinh province.
Craftsman Duong Thi Tuyet started her achievement with a loan of 21 euro in 1998. From the idea of buying scrap copper to cast into products for worship and art statues, Duong Thi Tuyet has built a bronze casting workshop with a current turnover of more than 23,000 euros.
Not only in terms of revenue, her success also contributes to preserving a valuable traditional trade in Vietnam and helps create jobs for many young people in Y Yen district, Nam Dinh province. Besides, Tuyet has also actively participated in social and charitable activities in her hometown.
At the award ceremony, Tuyet said that she wanted to expand her workshop and successfully export her copper products to Asia and Europe.
Tuyet is one of tens of thousands of Vietnamese disadvantaged women, she has successfully escaped poverty thanks to the microfinance of foreign groups through Tinh Thuong One Member Limited Liability Microfinance Institution (TYM) under the Vietnam Women Union, a direct partner of Planet Finance Group in Vietnam.
Ms. Ho Thi Quy, General Director of TYM attended the award ceremony in Paris together with Tuyet and shared that "We prioritize support to disadvantaged women in society, those have little chance to access loans. We are actively looking for them in order provide small but significant credits from foreign partners".
Having given the award worth 1,000 euros and a laptop to Tuyet, Mr. Philipp Tavernier - CEO of Sogeti Group – a partner, which provides microfinance loans through Planet Finance Group for 12 years said, "With a small loan, the Vietnamese craftsman has created great products with her labour and love. What she has done deserves further development in the future”.
Present at the ceremony, Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO reserved many encouragements for the Vietnamese craftsman.
Ms Bokova was so touched when she received Tuyet’s gift of a copper decorative plate, which is finely carved.
Along with craftsman Duong Thi Tuyet, the successful craftsman award this year was also awarded to Palestine craftsman Ahlam Al Yateem, who has manipulated nail shell into jewelry and ornaments.
Planet Finance Group is a leading international aid organization with the mission to alleviate poverty through microfinance, therefore increasing the unbanked and underbanked’s access to financial services.

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