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Dear All,

We have been working on the new Iu Mien exhibition. The opening will be on 16th August in Ta Phin at the the Community House.

A great team from 1+1>2 Architect’s office from Hanoi, and supervised by the well known Mr Hoang Thuc Hao, did this amazing work that we want to share with all followers and specially donors who contribute to this project before the oficial opening.

Ly  May Chan, Huong Nguyen and Nga Nguyen are working on the selection of the traditional Iu Mien clothes that are going to be exhibited in this beautiful displays.

We get very close to the total of $6.000.

Thank you All!

Dear All,

VASF (Vietnamese American Scholarship Fund) and CESR (Center for the Encouragement of Self-Reliance) give to our project a Grant of 3.000$ to support the Iu Mien Museum in Ta Phin.

As always and because transparency is very important, we would like to share the final letter of approval, and the commitment that we have accepted.

We still need more 1.720$ to achieve our goal of 6.000$. Please donate if you have the chance! Here the website of donation. Our goal is to open it in April 2017.

 

The final letter:

"Ladies and gentlemen:
We thank you for having sent your application regarding our challenge for you to do more to help the needy.
Below we list some observations regarding your application. Please note that we are but a modest family putting up our savings to help the poor help themselves, instead of leaving the money to our children. As we have little manpower doing everything on our own time in this challenge-collaboration program, our observations of your work may not be entirely correct. We hope you understand our good intention and forgive us for our shortcomings.
We have read your proposal and observed that:
  1. Yours is a project of love, of culture, and of helping a community standing on its own feet with dignity and knowledge.
  2. While we have not provided any labor assistance, our financial contributions have been 35% of the funds you raised between 2010 and 2015.
  3. Your plan to further help the Red Dao make the Community House and surroundings into an income generating center piece is excellent, involving people of knowledge and dedication.
  4. There are some additional ideas you may like to adopt, such as training a person to be the live-in (neatly) manager and security guard at the same time, thereby saving money while giving him more income. You may also encourage Mr. Hoang Thuc Hao and his students to compile a book describing how the project came about, print it and sell it to the tourists, including at the hotels.
Based on the above, we will send 3,000 USD with the following challenges:
  1. You will use all means available to you and your friends in Hanoi to call for contributions to match our challenge by the ratio of 1:2.
  2. You will help Ly May Chan draft a community by-laws similar to yours, so that they may be able to govern themselves in the semi-modern way. Traditional way alone does not do. (that’s why they are not yet self-sufficient.)
  3. You will be able to keep the place attractive and hire a knowledgeable and committed person to manage it.
  4. You will create a local team to assure a proper support and the viability of the project. You will be introduced to some scouts in Hanoi and you will include them in the project. They may provide some volunteer efforts as well.
  5. You will organize a micro-loan program, seeking out local people who need a little capital to do their business better. We recommend loans of 2,000,000 VND, to be paid in 10 months, each month 220,000 VND. After 10 months, the loan is over, and a second loan could be had. The revolving money can further be used to loan to others as well.  Trust among the locals should be possible for this small community.
  6. You give VASF (Vietnamese American Scholarship Fund) and CESR (Center for the Encouragement of Self-Reliance) proper credit in your publications.
If you agree to the above challenges, we will send 100% of the money before 31/12/2016.

Sincerely,
Doan L Phung, PhD, PE
VASFCESR"

Working on a Sustainable Land

Author:

Red Dream team has been working on the sustainability of the land for the conservation garden. Miss Huong Nguyen is our expert in this field. Some details of the field work.

Purposes:  to lessen chemical fertilizer use and enrich soil fertility (especially in chemical-contaminated area)

Procedure: ~45 days

Mix: Cattle dung (1000 kg) + Rice brown (50 kg) + Rice husk charcoal (20kg) + Alcohol ferment (0.3 kg) (all the components’ amount are approximate)

The mixture was stored in cool, dry place and in close-mouthed bags (recycle from fertilizer or seed bags) to encourage fermentation; checked every day or every other day and mixed in open area if material temperature exceeds 65C. (At the beginning, daily mixture is required but lessened during the whole period). The end product is odorless and fine, possibly with white fungus hyphae.

Note: rice brown is used to feed bacteria in alcohol ferment and thus could be alternated with disease-free plant materials (plant residue or grass).

Usage: basal and top dressing, as much as needed. Application can be as much as 1 kg/m2/year” for soil fertility improvement. In case of eggplant, a single plant need 20kg from sowing to harvest.

The farmers in the pictures are applying “Bokashi” compost to artichoke. They saw more vigorous plants compared with limited fertilizer investment practice. The plants are expected to be less susceptible to pests and diseases (more updates will be provided later as the plants grow bigger).

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I am a passionate woman who follows her dreams. My strong personality and sensitivity is a reflection of the soul of this project. I arrived in Vietnam in October 2010 for a voluntary period, looking for a balance in my life, I just realized how important is the ethical and sustainable meanings in life, people and work.
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