Project bases with The Fair Earth Foundation with which we have an association with local communities spanning several decades.
We are looking to support two projects in the country:
A. In the village of Dai Kat outside Hanoi where our project is based. Dai Kat is the village that grows flowers for the capital and is surrounded by fields of brightly coloured flowers all year around. It is a very traditional village and a visit to the local fortune teller an experience never to be forgotten! The proposed project will support funding for a local manager, provide educational support in terms of library and books, Computer equipment and training in the local school and sports equipment. The local secondary school has a huge building for sports but absolutely no equipment. This is the village that produces Stone Like pots for True Fair trading CIC and we would be looking to seed fund at least one potential local enterprise in addition to the above educational work. A local seamstress is one possibility and a metal sculptor another. A key element of the programme in Dai Kat will to fund educational scholarships for at least twenty disadvantaged local children each year!
As part of our on-going support for Vietnam we are currently working towards sending a container of educational equipment to the country.
We also funded improvements to the local school in terms of physical infrastructure- they had precious little equipment or teaching resource. We sent over a small quantity of books and the village children had to carry them to the community hall from the container when it arrived- within minutes they were all, dozens and dozens of them, sat on stones, under trees, on steps engrossed in the books they were supposed to be carrying- magical.