LIN Center for Community Development

LIN connects, consults and inspires grassroots, not-for-profit organizations, volunteers and donors so they can provide sustainable solutions to community challenges. A vibrant and effective third sector is vitally important for Vietnam's continuing progress. LIN provides crucial guidance, networking opportunities and support services to local nonprofit organizations. In just three years, since our launch, LIN is becoming the "go-to organization" for local and foreign donors and volunteers looking to engage in philanthropy in Ho Chi Minh City. At the same time, LIN is the only organization that matches skilled volunteers to support staff at nonprofits that address the needs of ...
Jun 23, 2014

Meeting with Grantee & Packing Our Lunches Again!

Meeting with Nhan Ai Social Work Club
Meeting with Nhan Ai Social Work Club

On June 8th, 2014, LIN and three Narrow the Gap Community Fund supporters met with the Director of the Nhan Ai Social Work Club, which received a grant of 100 million Vietnam Dong (about USD $4,700) to offer tutoring, personality skills training, psychological consultations and life orientation for children from slum areas of HCMC from October 2013 through September 2014. The meeting was scheduled immediately following one of Nhan Ai Club’s big events.

The event was designed as a belated celebration of International Children’s Day (1st of June) and offered an opportunity for club members and volunteers to provide life-orientation for the disadvantaged children they support. The purpose of the meeting between Narrow the Gap supporters and Nhan Ai was to learn how the funded project is being implemented; to share successes, challenges and lessons learned; and to identify areas where further help may be needed.

According to their interrim report, Nhan Ai said they completed 50% of the project, including: purchase educational supplies and a bookshelf with books for students, awards for outstanding volunteers, organization of Mid-Autumn, Christmas and Tet events for the children, training for volunteers on the necessary skills to live and work with disadvantaged children, organization of two outdoor activities – one in Gia Dinh and another in Cau Muoi park; and the most recent field trip and event for children (which took place the same day as the meeting).

Through this project, Nhan Ai Social Club had a chance to engage and collaborate with the headmaster of the Ho Chi Minh Pedagogical University and professors in education, which helped them to solve two big challenges, including: (1) a sudden loss of venue when one partner changed their mind about hosting Nhan Ai's tutoring sessions; and (2) identifying trainers for volunteers that did not have much experience workign with disadvantaged youth.

According to the head of the Club, Mr. Trung: “The tutoring sessions are offered by students from the University of Pedagogy. They offer two kinds of classes: one for the children who must work; and the other for children who are able to attend school. The classes are designed to improve knowledge, check understanding and create opportunities for the children to learn better at school”.

Although the group has had problems in contacting with local government, largely due to the fact that they are volunteer led and did not have a clear understanding about how the justice system works, Nhan Ai Social Club already managed to: help two children enroll into the public education system.

In evaluating the club’s project proposal, Mr. Le Manh Tan, one of the Narrow the Gap donors who joined the meeting stated, “I think this project has a very interesting idea that is teaching everyday living skills and providing emotional support for children with special needs… this is a very good cause […] I congratulate Nhan Ai on their effort, what they are doing is very honorable and meaningful. I admire the effort that Nhan Ai is making.”

[On 9 April, LIN accompanied Charissa Murphy, a Global Giving Volunteer, to one of Nhan Ai's tutoring sessions. The tutoring sessions take place every night of the work week at a Pagoda in Binh Thanh District.  We met several university students who were helping 15 or so disadvantaged students, ranging from 10 to 14, with their school work.  While they were working with the students, we talked with some of the Nhan Ai team, including the Club Head and two members of the development team. When talking about their future goals, one member said, "Before we just thought of ourselves as a club, but now we would like to opportunity to grow and improve the organization. They are many clubs that are doing charity work or short-term activities. They do not stay dedicated to their work like we do.  However, we do not have a strategic plan or sustainable organization.  We hope to build that in this year and the year to come."] 

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ARE YOU READY TO PACK YOUR LUNCH AGAIN?

Remember when we asked you to pack your lunch for children?   Well, this time, we would like to ask you to pack your lunch to help us Narrow the Gap in Access to EDUCATION!

Details about our new campaign can be found on the following website:

http://linvn.org/news-events/item/274-pack-your-luch-to-narrow-the-gap-in-access-to-education

We also set up a new project page on GlobalGiving and you can access it here:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/pack-your-lunch-to-narrow-the-gap-in-vietnam/

Last month, VinhNhi and Linh shared their ideas for overcoming barriers to a quality education. Today, we are asking you - and other friends and supporters - to pack a lunch, at least once during the month of June, and donate your savings to LIN's Narrow the Gap Community Fund, so we can invest, together, in great ideas! And post a photo of you making/eating/posing by your homemade lunch right on our facebook or your facebook (use hashtag #linnarrowthegap) to let the world see its lunch heroes.

An anonymous donor is tripling every donation made towards this campaign, up to VND 1 billion. LIN's goal is to raise VND 300 million (about USD $15,000) by mid-August, which would give us over VND 1.2 billion to invest in projects that improve access to education in Ho Chi Minh City.

Whether you donate 50,000 dong (USD $3) or 10 million dong (USD $500 dollars), you automatically become an equal partner in this campaign - your name will be recognized on our website and you will help determine which projects get funded.

Will you pack your lunch with us today? 

GlobalGiving Volunteer Visits Nhan Ai Class
GlobalGiving Volunteer Visits Nhan Ai Class
Pack Your Lunch to Narrow the Gap Again!
Pack Your Lunch to Narrow the Gap Again!
LIN Team Packed Their Lunches to Narrow the Gap
LIN Team Packed Their Lunches to Narrow the Gap

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Jun 20, 2014

Meeting with Grantee & Packing Our Lunches Again!

Meeting with Nhan Ai Social Work Club
Meeting with Nhan Ai Social Work Club

On June 8th, 2014, LIN and three Narrow the Gap Community Fund supporters met with the Director of the Nhan Ai Social Work Club, which received a grant of 100 million Vietnam Dong (about USD $4,700) to offer tutoring, personality skills training, psychological consultations and life orientation for children from slum areas of HCMC from October 2013 through September 2014. The meeting was scheduled immediately following one of Nhan Ai Club’s big events.

The event was designed as a belated celebration of International Children’s Day (1st of June) and offered an opportunity for club members and volunteers to provide life-orientation for the disadvantaged children they support. The purpose of the meeting between Narrow the Gap supporters and Nhan Ai was to learn how the funded project is being implemented; to share successes, challenges and lessons learned; and to identify areas where further help may be needed.

According to their interrim report, Nhan Ai said they completed 50% of the project, including: purchase educational supplies and a bookshelf with books for students, awards for outstanding volunteers, organization of Mid-Autumn, Christmas and Tet events for the children, training for volunteers on the necessary skills to live and work with disadvantaged children, organization of two outdoor activities – one in Gia Dinh and another in Cau Muoi park; and the most recent field trip and event for children (which took place the same day as the meeting).

Through this project, Nhan Ai Social Club had a chance to engage and collaborate with the headmaster of the Ho Chi Minh Pedagogical University and professors in education, which helped them to solve two big challenges, including: (1) a sudden loss of venue when one partner changed their mind about hosting Nhan Ai's tutoring sessions; and (2) identifying trainers for volunteers that did not have much experience workign with disadvantaged youth.

According to the head of the Club, Mr. Trung: “The tutoring sessions are offered by students from the University of Pedagogy. They offer two kinds of classes: one for the children who must work; and the other for children who are able to attend school. The classes are designed to improve knowledge, check understanding and create opportunities for the children to learn better at school”.

Although the group has had problems in contacting with local government, largely due to the fact that they are volunteer led and did not have a clear understanding about how the justice system works, Nhan Ai Social Club already managed to: help two children enroll into the public education system.

In evaluating the club’s project proposal, Mr. Le Manh Tan, one of the Narrow the Gap donors who joined the meeting stated, “I think this project has a very interesting idea that is teaching everyday living skills and providing emotional support for children with special needs… this is a very good cause […] I congratulate Nhan Ai on their effort, what they are doing is very honorable and meaningful. I admire the effort that Nhan Ai is making.”

[On 9 April, LIN accompanied Charissa Murphy, a Global Giving Volunteer, to one of Nhan Ai's tutoring sessions. The tutoring sessions take place every night of the work week at a Pagoda in Binh Thanh District.  We met several university students who were helping 15 or so disadvantaged students, ranging from 10 to 14, with their school work.  While they were working with the students, we talked with some of the Nhan Ai team, including the Club Head and two members of the development team. When talking about their future goals, one member said, "Before we just thought of ourselves as a club, but now we would like to opportunity to grow and improve the organization. They are many clubs that are doing charity work or short-term activities. They do not stay dedicated to their work like we do.  However, we do not have a strategic plan or sustainable organization.  We hope to build that in this year and the year to come."] 

***

ARE YOU READY TO PACK YOUR LUNCH AGAIN?

Remember when we asked you to pack your lunch for children?   Well, this time, we would like to ask you to pack your lunch to help us Narrow the Gap in Access to EDUCATION!

Details about our new campaign can be found on the following website:

http://linvn.org/news-events/item/274-pack-your-luch-to-narrow-the-gap-in-access-to-education

We also set up a new project page on GlobalGiving and you can access it here:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/pack-your-lunch-to-narrow-the-gap-in-vietnam/

Last month, VinhNhi and Linh shared their ideas for overcoming barriers to a quality education. Today, we are asking you - and other friends and supporters - to pack a lunch, at least once during the month of June, and donate your savings to LIN's Narrow the Gap Community Fund, so we can invest, together, in great ideas! And post a photo of you making/eating/posing by your homemade lunch right on our facebook or your facebook (use hashtag #linnarrowthegap) to let the world see its lunch heroes.

An anonymous donor is tripling every donation made towards this campaign, up to VND 1 billion. LIN's goal is to raise VND 300 million (about USD $15,000) by mid-August, which would give us over VND 1.2 billion to invest in projects that improve access to education in Ho Chi Minh City.

Whether you donate 50,000 dong (USD $3) or 10 million dong (USD $500 dollars), you automatically become an equal partner in this campaign - your name will be recognized on our website and you will help determine which projects get funded.

Will you pack your lunch with us today?   

GlobalGiving Volunteer Visits Nhan Ai Class
GlobalGiving Volunteer Visits Nhan Ai Class
Launch of Narrow the Gap Campaign for Education!
Launch of Narrow the Gap Campaign for Education!
LIN Team Packed Their Lunches to Narrow the Gap
LIN Team Packed Their Lunches to Narrow the Gap

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Jun 19, 2014

Experts join hand to improve nonprofits' financial sustainability

Skilled volunteers and NPOs met for the first time
Skilled volunteers and NPOs met for the first time

The LIN Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) 2014, one of LIN's signature projects to connect skill-based volunteers to local nonprofits, was officially launched on 23 May, 2014, with the "Meet& Greet event" at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

Now in its third year, CPI 2014 rallied experts with background in Marketing, Communications and Finance to form teams to support local not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) in their effort to strengthen their fundraising strategy and become financially sustainable in the long run.

In this report, we would like to highlight some the activities that have taken place in the first stage of the project:

1. Meet & Greet event

The purpose of this event was for NPOs and volunteers to find their good match. After spending time chatting with each other, 3 teams of professionals from 3 companies (VNG, BMC and MASH), along with 6 groups of individual volunteers, were each matched with one NPO of their choice for a 4 month partnership. From June until late September 2014, teams of volunteers will coach their NPO partners to improve their donor stewardship plan, build a fundraising strategy and carry out a fundraising activity. As part of the program, LIN provided small funding for each NPO to expand their donor database by attending networking events held in Ho Chi Minh City.  

2. Orientation meetings

In the first two weeks of June, LIN facilitated the first orientation meetings with each team to set their expectation and objectives for the partnership. After that, each team arranges to work together at their own pace and schedule. Most teams chooses to meet once a week to plan for their activities, and several teams have taken advantage of the opportunity to present about themselves at one of the networking events. 

3. Action & Learning sessions

To support CPI teams' effort in their planning and building strategy, HSBC Vietnam offered 5 Action & Learning sessions in which professional trainers and staff  from HSBC work one-on-one with 5 NPOs to help NPOs solve their challenges in trying to stay financially sustainable. In each session, which lasts for 3 hours at LIN Community Center, HSBC team and skilled volunteer team walk the NPO through their problem using the technique of Questioning & Answering. The first session took place on 14 June, with four more lining up until the end of June. 

Stay tuned for more exciting activities from each team to realize their objectives in this project.

Our special thanks to Irish Aid , the main fiscal sponsor for CPI 2014.

For more information about CPI 2014, please Click here

Thank you for your continued support!

Sincerely,

The LIN team

 

Team 4Share-ThienTamHuong at their first meeting
Team 4Share-ThienTamHuong at their first meeting
Action & Learning session with HSBC Vietnam
Action & Learning session with HSBC Vietnam

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