LIN Center for Community Development

LIN's mission is to provide support services to local NPOs, skilled volunteers and donors who are committed to building strong communities. The LIN Center for Community Development serves grassroots not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) and individual and corporate philanthropists located in and around Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. By helping local people to meet local needs, LIN aims to promote a healthy environment for philanthropy in Vietnam and strengthen the communities in which we live and work.
Aug 29, 2014

How NPOs can solve problems using Action Learning

HSBC Nhan Ai

HSBC Volunteers meet with Nhan Ai Volunteer Group (NPO) & Rio Group (Skilled Volunteers)

As part of LIN's Community Partnership Initiative 2014 (CPI 2014), which is designed to enhance NPO's financial sustainability, HSBC bank in Vietnam organized fove Action Learning training sessions for five NPOs on the 14th, 21st, and 28th of June.

The sessions' agenda focused on solving current obstacles through the Action Learning Method, by channeling the participants' knowledge and experiences into the most effective solution for complicated problems. The "father" of this method, Professor Reginald Revans, explained that Action Learning is asking the appropriate questions at the right moment and coming to action.

With their respective training experience in HSBC Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Viet Anh and Mr. Nguyen Lan alternatively acted as "Coach", and applied the Action Learning method in every meeting. In each session, the NPO played the role of the "Problem Presenter", while eight other members, including HSBC staff and each of the NPO's skilled volunteers, played the role of the "Questioners". There were also observers from other NPOs. Consistent with the Learning by Doing approach, the rule to "only ask; or only answer the previous question" was strictly followed. Solutions to problems of NPOs appeared after each 3-hour meeting, and many paths created to building a better future for the organizations.

HSBC Nhan Ai 2

After using the Action Learning, Mrs. Hong To Hue Lan, head of Ceporer Hoc Mon, said "I have gained insight into some of the practical ways to develop the organization; from writing down all processes and strategies as a social entrepreneur, to recruiting outstanding personnel for administration, and to researching the building path for the social enterprise via Internet and erudite professionals."

Mrs. Le Thi Thu Thuy, director of Thao Dan Child Center, another NPO that joined the Action Learning, can define precisely the essence of their drawbacks. She said, "I believe our financial problem originates from the lack of professionalism in administration. After this training, I will reconstruct the human resource department, standardize evaluation and head towards investing into a business project in the near future."

Meanwhile, volunteers believe that the method is a new problem-solving approach, but the 3-hour-or-more meeting reduces concentration. There are some elements to this method that are far from practice and is a gap that needs closing through positive thinking and a "change-daring" spirit. However, its impacts are undeniably effective. From the participants' contribution, NPOs can start removing current barriers and start witnessing the upcoming changes towards a better direction.

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Aug 28, 2014

Thank you for Narrowing the Gap in Education!

On behalf of the LIN Center for Community Development (LIN) and the Narrow the Gap team, I would like to thank you for supporting the Narrow the Gap Community Fund and Event 2014.

Your support will help improve access to education for disadvantaged groups in Ho Chi Minh City. As a community, including the funds raised on Global Giving, we managed to collect over VND 325 million.  VND 300 million was tripled by an anonymous donor.  LIN's annual Narrow the Gap Community Event 2014: "Raise Your Hand for Education!”  took place this past Saturday, 23 August, from 4pm to 8pm, in District 3.  Over 400 people attended the event and 399 votes were submitted.  During the event, a representative of YOLA Education moderated a panel discussion with the three project finalists and all guests were asked to vote to determine the theme for Narrow the Gap 2015 and how the funds raised together would be allocated among the three finalists.

Based on the outcome of those votes, we are going to allocate the funds raised as follows:

  • First Prize (VND 600 million): Your Understanding Lights Our Life – A project to narrow the gap between the community and visually impaired people (by the Mai An Shelter).
  • Second Prize (VND 400 million): Desire to Integrate – A project to foster communication skills, raise awareness about rights and offer art classes to the hearing impaired community (by the Deaf Community of Ho Chi Minh City).
  • Third Prize (VND 200 million): Enhancing Education for Migrant Children – A project to strengthen the physical state and capacity of migrant children so they can improve their lives (Cau Han Project, Ho Chi Minh Child Welfare Association).

During the event we were thrilled and honored to have Mdm. Ton Nu Thi Ninh - a seasoned diplomat, dedicated politician and an active educational and sociocultural ambassador - give an inspiring keynote speech.  She talked about the importance of sharing information and working with others to ensure that everyone has access and benefits from development and progress. 

Narrow the Gap Ambassador and Field Medal Winner Professor Ngo Bao Chau also joined the event, which thrilled the crowd and local media.  We also had live entertainment by a local acoustic band, interactive booths set-up by local nonprofits, raffle prizes, networking games, education trivia and more. 

Please check out the atttached event program. You can also view photos from the event and articles about the event on our Facebook page.

Thank you, once again, for raising your hand for education by supporting the campaign!

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Jul 16, 2014

Street Children Are Tutored as You Narrow the Gap

a tutor spends quality time helping students
a tutor spends quality time helping students

The following is a postcard from Charissa Murphy, GlobalGiving's In-the-Field Representative in Southeast Asia, about her recent visit to the the LIN Center for Community Development in Vietnam.

Admittedly, I didn't know at first what "Narrow the Gap" meant. It became clear after my visit with LIN to one of its recipients of the Narrow the Gap grant funds, along with a visit to its Center for Community Development. The LIN Center is helping to narrow the gap between disadvantaged people in Vietnam receiving the services and support that they desperately need to survive and become self-reliant. Its doing so by granting technical and monetary support to nonprofits that are providing these important services. Selected by the community to receive LIN’s support, the recipients of the Narrow the Gap funds also receive trainings from LIN’s staff on effective programming and nonprofit leadership.

The Nhan Ai Social Work Club offers tutoring, skills training, and community events to disadvantaged children in an area of deep poverty in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Trained volunteers from a local university come each week to work with the children. During the visit, I understood why the volunteers undergo training or come from the Social Work department at the university. The children often need more specialized attention. To work well with the children and have an impact requires a strong understanding of where the children come from and what motivates them. The consistency for these children is important. In addition to tutoring and mentoring, the club also has two events planned within the grant for the children to have a brief relief from the realities they face at home.

As I watched most of the children engaged in asking questions to the tutors or working with one another on their homework, I felt that the community supporters of the Narrow the Gap program made a strong selection. Started by university students, the Nhan Ai Social Work Club is just starting to increase its support to the community children. The club is also serving as a strong model of social good for university peers and the next generations. They even encouraged me to realize that we shouldn’t wait to make a difference when there’s so much that we collectively can do to help now, regardless of your age or income-level.

After my visit, it was clear that LIN’s strong focus on providing non-profits with increased access, trainings, collaboration opportunities, and funding is serving many functions to “narrow the gap” within Vietnam. Not only are they providing opportunities for the non-profits, but through capacity building, community networking, and monetary support they are also improving how impactful the non-profits are in supporting and improving the people and communities they serve.

 

Upcoming Event on GlobalGiving - TODAY, this Wednesday, July 16th, is a Bonus matching day!:

Today, July 16th (Wednesday), beginning at 9AM EDT, GlobalGiving will match 40% of any donations (of up to $1,000 from any individual donor) to LIN. There are $130,000 in total funds available for matching that day for all of GlobalGiving’s partners. To ensure your donation is matched before the funds run out, please consider donating early today shortly after 9AM.


I want to thank the LIN Center for Community Development for allowing me to visit!

students ask for help in different school subjects
students ask for help in different school subjects
oh, hello, future academic superstar!
oh, hello, future academic superstar!
students continued to arrive for help from tutors
students continued to arrive for help from tutors
the help from tutoring improves more than HW help
the help from tutoring improves more than HW help

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