In late September Global Community Service Foundation’s(GCSF) projectmanager in Myanmar (formerly Burma), spent two (2) weeks in Virginia at theGCSF Headquarters. She was here to attend the GCSF 20th anniversarycelebration, to meet some of our donors and to work with, review and update ourprojects in Inle Lake. The projects were reviewed by the U.S. staff, President ofthe organization and members of the Board of Directors.On the vermiculture program she confirmed that it was progressing slowly. Shedid confirm that a few of the families have had marked success using the wormcasing liquid to fertilize their gardens instead of using toxic chemical fertilizer. Thethe worm fertilizer is more economical than the chemicals, because the liquidworm 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 anduse of the vermiculure fertilizer to more families. Reasons include:1. Some of the producers of the casing liquid diluted the resulting fertilizerwith too much water and not enough casing. To correct the situation, wewill provide more instruction, and illustrate the difference in crop qualitywhen the proper ratio of water/casing is utilized.2. Some family’s attempts to create vermiculute fertilizer failed because theworms were not provided with a suitable habitat. Again, that shortcomingcan be remedied by more frequent instruction, and assistance, until thefamilies become more proficient with the care and feeding of the worms.3. Because the family homes are built directly of on the lake, communicationbetween families is sometimes limited by the distances between them;therefore the explanations of proper vermiculture techniques between thevillagers is sometimes not frequent or effective. Until now we have reliedon GCSF in-country representative and part-time volunteers to provide theinstruction and assistance which is necessary when such culture change,and agricultural change, is implemented. Based on available funding, weplan to hire a designated employ as the educator/facilitator/coordinatorand 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 theresources to accomplish this.We believe that a full-time vermiculture advocate will help with many of thesituations listed above.We believe, and the earlier results have shown, that the program can have animmediate and progressive effect on the food production, nutritional qualityof food and will improve the quality of the water in the lake – to the villagesthe lake is their world, to preserve it is to enhance the quality of life forgenerations to come.Speaking for the villagers, who have been successful with the technique, andfor the generations to come who will benefit from the cleaner water andbetter crops, we thank our donors. We hope our donors will take pride in thefact that the lake and people of Inle will be healthy and the lakeenvironmentally improved. We hope that you can point to Inle Lake andproudly say, “I helped save a lake and improve the life of those who cling to theonly resource they have!”
Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
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.
Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam
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.