As a partner in the Narrow the Gap Community Fund for Children, we would like to invite you to join a 15 December site visit to Long An, at the location where Ceporer Hoc Mon is building a clean water tower for children. In the presence of community members, local authorities and Narrow the Gap supporters, Ceporer Hoc Mon has organized a groundbreaking ceremony, from 9am to 10:30am this Sunday. LIN is organizing transportation from HCMC to Long An for up to 10 donors. We will depart from HCMC at 6:30am and return before 2pm. Others are welcome to join the event via their own transportation. Are you interested to join this site visit? Please express your interest by responding to this message and/or emailing LIN at: donor@LINvn.org. Details will be sent by return email.
From June to September 2013, with the help of more than 80 individuals (including you!), 30 companies and 52 volunteers, over 300 million Viet Nam Dong (about USD $15,000) was contributed to the Narrow the Gap Community Fund to address children’s issues in and near Ho Chi Minh City. Meanwhile, a committee of ten HCMC residents volunteered to evaluate 14 proposals submitted by local, nonprofit organizations and select the five proposals that could best address the needs of children in and near Ho Chi Minh City. The five proposals were posted online in August and over 2,500 people voted for their favorite, which narrowed the finalists down to three. Finally, on 15 September 2013, nearly 340 members of the Ho Chi Minh City Community attended the Narrow the Gap Community Event where they learned about the top three projects and were asked to vote for the proposal they liked most. This last vote determined the size of the grant each project would receive from the Narrow the Gap Community Fund.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the three grants:
The guests attending the Community Event also voted for the theme for the Narrow the Gap Community Event 2014, which will focus on EDUCATION (145 votes!).
I attached some photos and the event program to give you a better idea about our event. Many more photos are on LIN's Narrow the Gap page on https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/pe/progress-report/new.htmlFacebook.
During the first week of October, three grant agreements were signed with each of the winners and fund transfers were made (Ceporer Hoc Mon and Kim Tu Dien both received 100% of their committed funds while Nhan Ai Social Work Club received the first of three fund transfers, due to the nature of each of their project). In the coming months, LIN will coordinate with its Narrow the Gap partners to schedule visits to each of the three grantees’ project sites and update supporters by way of the Narrow the Gap Fund page on Facebook and Blog. If you are in HCMC or planning to be in HCMC between now and March 2013, please let us know if you would like to join a site visit.
LIN achieved three out of four of the objectives that were set for the Narrow the Gap Fund and Event focusing on children’s issues and we partially achieved the fourth objective. Compared with 2012, the community doubled their contributions to the fund and increased their level and depth of participation in the Narrow the Gap program. Nevertheless, based on staff experience and feedback from stakeholders, we identified areas for improvement in 2014. For example, we plan to revise the online voting component to ensure that the focus is on quality and we would also like to find ways to further increase the number of Vietnamese companies participating in the fund and event.
On behalf of the entire LIN team, I would like to thank you, once again, for your support and for believing that together we can change lives and bring hope to many people in Ho Chi Minh City and our surrounding provinces!
For further information, a detailed report (with budget, testimonials, list of donors, etc) is now available on LIN's website (click the link below to access that report).
News about Narrow the Gap Fund 2013!
With the support from over 60 good-hearted individuals and companies, the Narrow the Gap Fund has collected $5,000! We thank all of you for helping us bring hope to our city’s children!
However, we still need your help to reach our goal of $15,000 before September. You can help by inviting your friends and colleagues to donate by sharing a link to NTG page on Global Giving or by Sharing NTG Facebook page.
14 local not-for-profit organizations submitted their projects to receive grants from the Narrow the Gap Fund 2013. All of these NPOs work with children facing difficult circumstances: some are working with street children, some are caring for orphans, some help children with disabilities or medical conditions and more. Just as the challenges facing children in our city are diverse and numerous, so too are the programs being offered by the NPOs.
LIN’s volunteer Grant Evaluation Committee is now working hard to select five (5) project proposals that they feel are the most impressive based on need, objectives, viability and impact. After that, from August 15-22, it will be the community’s turn –your turn – to vote for your favorite project online. Meet the members of the Grant Evaluation Committee online.
In July, the team of Blah Blah Film Production donated their time and skills to help LIN shed light on the real people and real organizations behind the Narrow the Gap Fund 2013. Quite often images speak louder than words. To view this 2 minute beautiful video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9kd3qJoQKE&feature=youtu.be.
Thank you for helping us bring hope to our city’s disadvantaged children!
Together we can build a strong community!
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