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With Faith In It, We Accomplished The Mission Seriously!

/ Facing the sun & walking on the Ho Chi Minh Trail /

    In 2013, we visited a very poor district, Da Krong District, Quang Tri Province in Viet Nam. It is located in the middle of Vietnam, 40 miles away from Laos border. There are only two highways available, one is Vietnam Highway 9 and the other is famous "Ho Chi Minh Trail", which is the place with most serious impact of Agent Orange during Vietnam War. We have dedicated ourselves there for a tough mission: "WELFARE VINES INCOME GENERATING AND POVERTY REDUCTION IN VIETNAM" followed international cooperation method.

This is our first stop at Southeast Asia, which is located at Da Krong District, middle of Vietnam, 40 miles away from Loas border./font>

    Due to the legacy harm from unexploded ordnance and chemical weapon, few people dare to enter the mountain area as detonations are still expected. Hence it impacts seriously the living and development of local life. Earning of most of local people is under poverty line (US$2 per day, defined by UN) or even under absolute poverty line (US$1 per day). The only property of many yang men there is two suits plus one pair of slipper, which is definitely unbelievable unless seeing for oneself.

Life of Local inhabitants at this mountain area. Almost no one can afford to use gas stove or use gas for cooking and shower due to being outlying as well as unaffordable cost of gas.

/ Moving Forward to A Path that has never been set foot on /
The Way Ensuring Continuous Improvement on Poverty

    During 40 years passed after Vietnam War, there are many countries helping on unexploded ordnance remove. It has also been over the Agent Orange half-life and the Ecosystem is recovering. We decide to provide aid to this special area and sign International Aid MOU with local government to enhance residents' vocational competence on handicraft making. We insist to proceed disinsection and clean Agent Orange by boiling materials in water, though it takes much longer time. We hope not to use poison insecticide to make the same mistake to cause the tragedy again. It is rear for such a Taiwanese non-government institute like us to sign contract with a government without diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Besides, most of the aid provided by INGO will be in physical supports, such as construction of bridge or paving roads, building houses, urgent relief and medical service.

    After investigating into the real situation of the region, however, we decided to take on a different path, one that could be passed on to generations to come and that could hardly be evaluated for its immediate effects in a traditional way. This project required us to focus on altering the local people's ways of thinking with a view to rebuilding their confidence, training them for vocational skills, instilling quality-seeking attitude into their mind, and reaching a consensus with them on environmental protection. Compared to monetary and material donations and infrastructure construction, this kind of "brain revolution" project was far more difficult to put into practice.

Sign a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) with the local government of Da Krong District

/ Strength coming from Belief /
Send Agents and Set up Local Station

    In keeping our words, we sent in the first staff and set up a basic living and communication environment as quickly as possible. Also being handled and processed with highest possible effectiveness were administrative and executive works, including visa and work permit application, training venues preparations, transportation of material and equipment, and program promotion in mountainous areas. Under extremely difficult circumstances, we managed to hold the first session of ""WELFARE VINES INCOME GENERATING AND POVERTY REDUCTION IN VIETNAM" followed international cooperation method". We are expecting to host three sessions in a row by 2014, with a view to involve more people into the co-efforts for fighting impoverishment.

Local government official's dormitory was borrowed by us for setting up a temporary work place

First stationed staff were posing for pictures taken before the first session of vocational training

    As the expectant effects showed up, and positive response from local people, government, and media flew in, we finally began to feel relaxed.

End-of-program presentation for the first session attracted over 500 inhabitants, which was certainly unprecedented considering how dispersedly and sparsely this area was populated

/ On the Thorny Road to Fulfilment of Ideals /
Fair Trade, a commitment to honor

    In the afternoon of October 27, 2014, first batch of manual products was packed for shipping. With worries in our mind finally replaced by indescribable excitements and sentiments, we realized that we had reached an important milestone and proved that it was possible to find a balance between helping minorities and making profits.

Products for first order finished and packed for delivery. Picture taken with students from the first and the second session

    We also achieved what was required by international standards for fair trade: "namely, pay directly for the labor without secondary forwarding and intermediate exploitation."This offered a rarely-seen example in relation to global fair trade proof procedures for manual artifacts and also a successful case for other INGO's who are interested in conducting similar projects.

Wages directly handed to employees in accordance with international regulations

What we cared the most: these vocational injuries were supposed to be avoidable

Through our assistance, children like them could go to school, instead of sweating in a factory for poorly paid jobs. We help the adults and so relieve the children

/ Faith Brings Power /

More than 600 days and nights have passed since our first visit. The hardships and suffering were beyond description. Thanks to heaven's blessings on our dream, we manage to accomplish something seemingly impossible. We look forward to having you join us for a more fruity future.

At the end of each secession, we found that what concerned our students was not the money but the job itself.

The project is still in process and is scheduled to expand to other developing countries, with an aim at bringing promising futures to poor people.