Archive for June, 2010

Start up meeting, Street Child project Ha Tinh City…

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Taken minutes of the first meeting concerning the work with Ha Tinh’s street children

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date:  16th June, 2010
time:  4:00 p.m.

present:  (see below)

today’s purpose:

  – general overview about the situation of street children living in Ha Tinh
  – collecting ideas on what to do to help them
  – assigning tasks that are first to be done

4:10 p.m.: opening

– brief introduction given by Chris
– today our intention is to collect ideas; which kind of work is possible?
– Cooperation with DOLISA (Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs)
– Chris has already gained experience in working with street children, during his time in Idonesia
– it’s important to start our work immediately because stays in Ha Tinh only 6 more months
– our aim: to make a conception on how to work with the street children here, this conception is supposed to be put into action even without Chris’ presence in Ha Tinh
– we’re depending on voluntarily work to make sure the started work will be continued even without Chris
– presentation of today’s aim (see above)

4:25 p.m.: Anh Dung (representative of DOLISA, Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs )
–  talks about the present situation of street children in Ha Tinh
–  during day and night the children are begging for money, there’s a certain place near the bus station where they have     to hand it to a certain woman
→ yet we don’t know: why do they behave like that and what’s going on with that 
→ but if we want to change anything at all it’s not only necessary to work with the
     children, we have to cooperate with that woman, too (because she depends on the  
     children’s income, if we cause trouble with her it will be to our disadvantage
–   start-up idea: working with the children by talking to them, playing with them etc.
→ this way we won’t change their situation but step by step we will understand more
     about it

4.40 p.m.: Christian talks about his experiences in working with street children in Indonesia
 → but the situation here is completely a different one
 → our first task will be to raise awareness of the street children’s problems and to
      ensure that their basic needs are pleased

4.50 p.m.: Christian introduces all the attendants:
 → Christian Volker Ide, working for the DED in Ha Tinh
 → Dung, working for DOLISA (Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs) Ha Tinh
 → Loan and Thu, working at the school for the disabled in Ha Tinh City
 → Ngoc, Dean of the English department in Ha Tinh University
 → Long, reporter for HA Tinh TV
 → Truong, knows a lot about the children’s situation
 → Huyen, Linh, Nga, Jakob, Alex

5.00 p.m.: further information about the children’s situation, given by Dung
– since Ha Tinh hasn’t been too industrialized yet the situation is not as serious as in other places
– mainly there are two groups:
1. children from Ha Tinh districts coming to Ha Tinh City
2. children from Ha Tinh going to other provinces
– both of these groups need support
– yet there is already some cooperation with mass organisations (Women’s union) and some European organisation (in Ky Anh)
– he agrees with Chris’ ideas, too
– yet we have to decide how to continue our work: we could use the conception drafted by DOLISA and develop it further

5.15 p.m.: Long announces that he can help us by providing us with information about the children’s situation and by producing some documentation to be shown on TV

5.20 p.m.: Summary
– firstly: collecting information and material about the street children’s situation, based  on this a documentation can be produced
– Huyen proposed to cooperate with Ha Tinh University to start some small projects
– yet we have no organisations to cooperate with
→ what has to be done to find some?
→ 1. the documentation
→ 2. further information about the children’s situation, draft given by DOLISA
→ 3. support by volunteers and mass organisations
→ 4. based on these issues we can draft a conception on how to work with the children
→ 5. this will be sent to different organisations to receive money
– → after we’ve received some funding we can start our work

– further ideas: collecting old books and toys for the children providing space to sleep and some food to traumatise children, we already have a small amount of money, next time we have to decide what to do with it.

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“Children of the Dust” – Street Children in Ha Tinh

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The problem of street children is one of the most pressing social problems
in Vietnam. The sight of children selling chewing gum in restaurants or shining
shoes in street corners has become familiar. People sometimes call them roaming
kids or “dust of life.” Although the problem is well known, the dynamic
mechanism that prompts these children to drop out of school and go selling in
the street is yet to be analyzed deeply or comprehensively. Such causes as dire
poverty and parents’ divorce may be common to the street children problem in
all developing countries, but other causes may be that Ha Tinh experiencing an enormous social and economic transformation.

Children end up on the street for a variety of reasons. For some, the
street is an escape from broken families or domestic violence. For others, street
life is a means of supplementing family income, passing time, and even having
fun. In addition, the breakdown of traditional family values, educational zeal,
and community structure leaves a large number of children without necessary
care and support for their sound growth and development.

Children who work or live on the streets do not have full knowledge
of their rights and are often unaware of risks in unguided urban life. Many of
them are under the stress of day-to-day living. Some use alcohol
to relieve the stress and to forget painful experiences. Others are trained to
become professional beggars. Disabled children may be sold to strangers who force them tobeg on streets. Girls seem to be in particular danger as the target of sexual
assault and exploitation.

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Jetzt auch direkt Spenden für die Menschen im Pa Nor Dorf in Laos

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Das Save the Children`s Souls-Spendenprojekt unterstützen und da helfen, wo die Menschen uns dringend brauchen durch HandyPay – schnelles & mobiles Payment.

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Our fundraising brochure for the Khmu Village in Laos

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Dear beloved friends,  
I hope you are all doing well, wherever you are in the world. 

As some of you already know, since February I have made a number of trips to Luang Prabang in Laos. It has been such a lovely experience and I fall into with the people who are still so honest and pure. But I came back with a huge heart and a rather new direction for my life with this project. Now I am sharing the experience with you and perhaps you would like to take part in my new project to help those in need.  
Pa Nor and the Khmu peopleWith a friend, I visited Pa Nor village, an ethnic indigenous community 20 km to the south of Luang Prabang city. The Khmu is one of the largest ethnic groups based in the northern part of Laos. There are more than 500,000 Khmu around the world, with populations of 450,000 in Laos alone. Compared to a tribe like Hmong, Khmu is considered a poorer group among the poor. These days the village does not have enough water, especially during the dry season. Women have to wait in a queue at a tap (which is dripping) over night. 

Village PrioritiesFrom the first visit (1st March 2010), I came back with the feelings that I cannot just “do nothing” after having seen another group of human friends living in such a poor condition, so my friend and I decided we will help them now.  
Since that first visit we have made a few more trips to the village (6-10th April everyday and 19th April). These visits were spent sitting and discussing with the Village Committee (fortunately, there is an active community deciding making body consisting of six lovely Pa Nor people), and from these discussions we have learnt that the needs of the village are:

1. Improved water system2. Skills training3. New Primary School for Grades 1 and 2 (which fortunately, has now being built with some international assistance) 4. Community center5. Temple6. First Aid resources 
What the villagers and we have doneMy friend and I decided we will respond to their urgent needs (first and secondary needs) of the village – which are water and skills training for income generation. 

For the water system, on 27th April, we met with Mr Boontan, Deputy Village Master and Mr Onn-chan, Village Committee Member for Education. They said that they have already located a new source of water with the help from a researcher at the Provincial center. A rice land where they can have the water to use the whole year round, is 3kms walk from the village. This piece of land costs 15,000,000 kips (1,450 Euros). The villagers came together and decided they will buy this land by putting down a down payment of 3,000,000 kips (290 Euros) by collecting from each family in the village) so it left them 12,000,000 kips (1,160 Euros) to be paid. So for this project, at this moment we plan to help them buy this land and raise 1,160 Euros.  
To help them with income generation, we are planning a sustainable skills training project. We hope to initiate and run skills training sessions with the community utilizing the existing village networks which include the village committee and the women’s association. From our observations there appear to be two key raw materials in the village; job’s tears and bamboo. We plan to contact the Laos Women’s Union in Luang Prabang province and hire trainers to conduct a series of training sessions on these two materials. With additional skills, they could manufacture paper from the raw bamboo and sell for over twice the amount that they currently sell the raw material. From our initial research, we will need to mobilize around 1,000 Euros (10 Euros per day per trainer x 30days) x 3 sessions for each skill. In total, we would need approximately 2,000 Euros to run this project. 

So for both projects and putting down some seed money, we are trying to raise around 3,500 Euros within these coming two months.  
Our intention is to have this first amount quickly by contributions from our family and friends (my friends and I have put down our own savings as a start). Following that we will deliver our water proposal to a bigger donor for them to consider installing a 3-km pipe from this land, which will cost in the region of 10,000 Euros.   I have provided you with a bank account in the name of my friend’s INGO in case you have the capacity to help. We do not mind at all how much you are able to offer – we believe that little by little we will be able to raise the amount needed. 

If you would like to help our Pa Nor friends by supporting our project through funding, please find below details of Save Children’s Souls bank account: 
Siam Commercial Bank / ThailandUse our Thai account only for payments in Thai Baht and please contact me before you do so! We might otherwise not get accurate donor information and allocation of funds will be difficult


KSK Schwalm Eder, Germany

Account Save the Children’s Souls
Account No 110011228  Bank No: 52052154

Or make donation through  
If you would like to help us with ideas/advice/expertise, please contact me at or my friend, Christian Volker Ide at 

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart in advance for having read until this line. I appreciate so much for all of you who have already offered your good will intention and kindness on this new project already. Lastly, I wish you all good health mentally and physically and happiness forever. Take care of yourself well and I will be in touch again soon.



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