VNAH Ramps Up New Programs in Ho Chi Minh City and Dak Lak Province to Further Integrate People with
In August, VNAH signed an 18-month agreement with the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (DOLISA) in Ho Chi Minh City for a project titled "Implementation of Activities to Assist People with Disabilities." VNAH will help increase public awareness of the project, help create jobs and provide technical support to DOLISA and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to improve their effectiveness in support programs for people with disabilities.
Specifically, the program will:
Provide support for a special two-year class in computer graphics, and for two shorter classes on beauty, hair and sewing for more than 100 young adults with disabilities.
Organize a workshop and job fair to promote the employment of people with disabilities.
Organize festivals and a major concert series featuring performances by disabled individuals. These performances will highlight the abilities of disabled people and emphasize their capabilities and value as members of society.
VNAH/HealthEd signed a three-year program agreement in September with the Dak Lak Province (in the Central Highlands) to begin a number of activities to assist local disadvantaged people and people with disabilities.
VNAH/HealthEd has been working with provincial governments in the region since 1997 to conduct humanitarian outreach missions. The Government of Vietnam recently required a formal agreement for international NGOs such as VNAH and HealthEd to operate in this area. VNAH and HealthEd are among the first international NGOs to operate in the Central Highlands.
The new three-year program includes provisions for technical support and capacity building for local government agencies and grassroots organizations on general rural development activities. The program started with the construction of two schools in Buon Don District to help relieve overcrowded classes and organize capacity training and small-scale technical assistance to local farmers and villagers.
The two organizations will bring to Ho Chi Minh City and Dak Lak Province years of experience in working effectively to promote equal access and address the basic needs of local disadvantaged and disabled people.