Global Community Service Foundation

Working to reduce poverty in Southeast Asia through sustainable community-based projects.
Dec 17, 2014

Progress IS Slow But Steady - As Are The Worms!

Maintaining the Worm Batch
Maintaining the Worm Batch

In late September Global Community Service Foundation’s(GCSF) project
manager in Myanmar (formerly Burma), spent two (2) weeks in Virginia at the
GCSF Headquarters. She was here to attend the GCSF 20th anniversary
celebration, to meet some of our donors and to work with, review and update our
projects in Inle Lake. The projects were reviewed by the U.S. staff, President of
the organization and members of the Board of Directors.
On the vermiculture program she confirmed that it was progressing slowly. She
did confirm that a few of the families have had marked success using the worm
casing liquid to fertilize their gardens instead of using toxic chemical fertilizer. The
the worm fertilizer is more economical than the chemicals, because the liquid
worm fertilizer can be produced at home using food scraps to feed the worms;
thereby creating nutritious plant growth enhancement.
We have faced some impediments in our goal of spreading the production and
use of the vermiculure fertilizer to more families. Reasons include:
1. Some of the producers of the casing liquid diluted the resulting fertilizer
with too much water and not enough casing. To correct the situation, we
will provide more instruction, and illustrate the difference in crop quality
when the proper ratio of water/casing is utilized.
2. Some family’s attempts to create vermiculute fertilizer failed because the
worms were not provided with a suitable habitat. Again, that shortcoming
can be remedied by more frequent instruction, and assistance, until the
families become more proficient with the care and feeding of the worms.
3. Because the family homes are built directly of on the lake, communication
between families is sometimes limited by the distances between them;
therefore the explanations of proper vermiculture techniques between the
villagers is sometimes not frequent or effective. Until now we have relied
on GCSF in-country representative and part-time volunteers to provide the
instruction and assistance which is necessary when such culture change,
and agricultural change, is implemented. Based on available funding, we
plan to hire a designated employ as the educator/facilitator/coordinator
and quality control monitor to introduce the correct vermicultute technique to additional families on the lake and to assist those who need more help with the process and procedures. We believe we now have the
resources to accomplish this.We believe that a full-time vermiculture advocate will help with many of the
situations listed above.
We believe, and the earlier results have shown, that the program can have an
immediate and progressive effect on the food production, nutritional quality
of food and will improve the quality of the water in the lake – to the villages
the lake is their world, to preserve it is to enhance the quality of life for
generations to come.
Speaking for the villagers, who have been successful with the technique, and
for the generations to come who will benefit from the cleaner water and
better crops, we thank our donors. We hope our donors will take pride in the
fact that the lake and people of Inle will be healthy and the lake
environmentally improved. We hope that you can point to Inle Lake and
proudly say, “I helped save a lake and improve the life of those who cling to the
only resource they have!”

Healthy Worms With Good Fertilizer Potential
Healthy Worms With Good Fertilizer Potential
Acquiring The Worm Breeding Equipment
Acquiring The Worm Breeding Equipment
Typical Dwellings On the Lake
Typical Dwellings On the Lake
Nov 5, 2014

Project to expand!

Ethnic children in Pa Nho need school uniforms
Ethnic children in Pa Nho need school uniforms

Dear GlobalGiving Friends,

Best greetings!

Success, by mid-October 2014, we reached our funding goal for the mobile library in Pa Nho Village.  The satelite library will provide 120 young tribal children access to library books. Thanks to you and your generosity in October, the project exceeded its financial goal!

GCSF brought the great news to the children and teachers at the main Khe Sanh Library School. What we got was a remarkable recommendation from Ngoc Anh, a fifth grader, “I’m so happy to know that our friends in Pa Nho Village will have books and bookshelves in their rooms. I think they will enjoy the reading a lot. But you know, there are more of my friends in the nearby villages who want to have such a luck like us. Do you think you can also help them to have books?”

Yes, Anh is right. There are more students in Khe Sanh area who are looking for such an opportunity. Khe Sanh Library has been very successful and we want to provide more support for the ethnic minority children by expanding the project to additional schools in the Khe Sanh area as a way to bring more opportunities of book-reading to disadvantaged children.

Therefore, we will extend the project to: (1) Provide scholarships and bicycles for poor ethnic minority children in Pa Nho village and (2) Provide 3 nearby satellite schools with over 400 ethnic minority children with mobile library packages.

News travels fast and so many more children in the surrounding villages are dreaming of having the same opportunity.

Once again, we would like to express our sincere gratitude towards your remarkable contribution to the education for children in the remote area of Central Viet Nam. Your continued support will multiply the number of young students who are looking for a chance to increase their knowledge via books.

Sincerely,

Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam

Children from neighbor schools also need library
Children from neighbor schools also need library
GCSF staff is buying reading lamps for Pa Nho
GCSF staff is buying reading lamps for Pa Nho
Oct 1, 2014

New School Year!

GCSF Young Ambassadors
GCSF Young Ambassadors

Dear GlobalGiving Friends,

Happy New School Year!

We are happy to see the students from Khe Sanh Primary School going back to school, enjoying their classes and the new library.

This year, GCSF is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. To recognize the passion and contribution of the young leader’s òf the Khe Sanh Library project, GCSF awarded Victoria and John Bergstrom the GCSF “Young Ambassador” Award. These two have contributed significantly their time and effort into helping to raise the funds for the library project. This is a great example of friends helping friends.

“I’m very impressed with the two youths from the Bergstrom family. At their age, I didn’t have such leadership and passion. Our students looked at them and felt they should be trying more. Victoria and John are setting the good example to my students”, said Mr. Tuan, Deputy Principal of the School.

Friends, you and your children can do more to provide education opportunities for the poor young students in the mountainous area in Khe Sanh. Let the young generation prove that they are capable of taking more responsibility and leadership.

We would again like to thank you all for your wonderful contribution to bring accessibility of books to the disadvantaged community. We also look forward to your further assistance to expanding the benefit of book reading and knowledge spreading to nearby Pa Nho village where 120 more tribal young children are longing for an equal opportunity.

Sincerely,

Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam

A drawing about the Khe Sanh library by a student
A drawing about the Khe Sanh library by a student

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