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.
Oct 19, 2016

An inspirational meeting for young nonprofit leaders

Ms. Yen (first row, left) and the young leaders
Ms. Yen (first row, left) and the young leaders

The prolonged rain in the morning of 8th October 2016 couldn’t stop 13 young leaders in LIN’s 2016 Leadership Circle from making their way to the office of Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD). It was weekend and the venue was far from city center. However, everybody was excited for what’s waiting for them: a talk with one of the most inspiring nonprofit leaders in Vietnam.

Welcoming them to the meeting was Ms. Vo Hoang Yen, the founder of DRD. Ms. Yen started by asking the group questions about them and the organizations that they founded. These questions are also the ones that she struggled with in the early days of DRD:

-          What are the things that drive you to address these certain issues?

-          What are the biggest challenges for you?

-          How to overcome these challenges?

The 13 individuals have different things driving them to establish their organizations, but all have the same objective of building a better community. There are many different challenges facing the young leaders, but those that came up the most are human resources and social systems.

Ms. Yen replied by sharing her advice and experiences on how to drive the organizations forward and how to manage the operations of not-for-profit organizations, from grant application, understanding beneficiaries to managing the stress of being the leader and other academic insights. Some lessons are especially valuable for young leaders, such as:

-       The leaders should not try to do the impossible. Focus on solving the problems at hand.

-       A good leader behaves aptly in different situations while staying true to his or her core values.

-       Idea is what makes the difference and leads the change in this society.

-       Collaborate when necessary

-       Stay updated with international information.

At the end of the meeting, Ms. Yen suggested the 2016 Leadership Circle group work together in the Social Work for the Youth project. Mr. Pham Truong Son, Deputy Director of LIN, along with Ms. Yen will be their mentors in implementing the project. The sharing session ended with every one having lunch together at a café near DRD office.

Thanks to the inspirational meeting, the young leaders received a boost in their enthusiasm and gained deeper insights into the activities of non-profit organizations. "After meeting with Ms Yen, I found the answer for one of my difficulties while working at my organization, which is what I should do when the beneficiaries refuse help from an NPO," said Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Hien, Project Manager of Children Smiles. "The answer is very simple, and I had one for my own, but after I listen to Ms. Yen, with her experience, I am confident in what I am doing. I personally appreciate her sharing about the path she has experienced since it is impressive and helps me reflect on my approach at my NPO."

Oct 3, 2016

Results from the 2016 Narrow the Gap Community Event

Nearly 400 people attended the event on 24th Sep
Nearly 400 people attended the event on 24th Sep
Dear precious donors,
Thank you for your recent donation to LIN's Narrow The Gap - Help Nonprofits in Vietnam project via Global Giving. I am thrilled to share with you the results of our Narrow the Gap Community Event 2016 on 24th September, 2016:
  • Nearly 400 guests attended the event, which took place at the Shouthern Vietnam Women's Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • VND 1,750,436,000 (~US$ 77,797raised from 209 individuals, 10 corporations and institutions for the entire program with three grant rounds (click here for a complete list of donors).
  • At their booths, the 6 project finalists of Narrow the Gap - grant round II, helped guests "sense" the challenges they seek to address and responded to questions about their proposed solutions.
  • Over 1,176 votes submitted online (weighted at 15%), 345 votes submitted during the event (weighted at 20%), and scores from 16 grant evaluators (weighted at 65%) were all tallied. 
And the winners of a grant from the Narrow the Gap Community Fund, grant round II, are... 

Grantee 1: Hear.Us.Now project - Building an e-learning platform for the deaf community

Launch an online platform offering free and appropriate educational resources for the hearing impaired.

Upload 120 lectures on English & Computer Science subjects to equip people with a hearing impairment to be able to read & write at the A2 level (CEFR) and/or achieve A Level computing skills, which would make them eligible for a National Certificate in Vietnam. 

Grantee 2: Ceporer Hóc Môn - Clean water well for the local people of Hamlet 1, Long Thanh Commune, Thu Thua District, Long An Province

Build a water well that will provide clean water, which is safe for drinking and daily living, to 48 households, including 54 children and 72 women.

Reduce the risk for water bourne illnesses among children in the hamlet.

Grantee 3: Happier Group of Social Workers - Support for carers of autistic children at local communities

Build capacity for volunteers to support autistic children’s parents with the interventions at home and make sure they adhere to the treatment plan.

Build capacity for autistic children’s parents on children development and social inclusion.

Accompany the parents so that they adhere to treatment plans and doctor’s appointments.

We would also like to thank the three projects that were the runners-up:

  • Establish a wig library made from real hair for breast cancer and other cancer patients (BCNV)
  • Preventing early dropout of immigrant students (Cau Han Project)
  • Job for the Visually Impaired People (MATA)
Although they were not selected for a grant on Saturday, their work is incredibly important!   

Over the next two weeks, we will draft a grant agreement with each of the three selected projects and transfer the funds so they can get started. We will finalize our full campaign report, which will be disseminated by email and published on LIN's website. And, in early 2017, we will inform you about upcoming site visits to each of three projects. For more frequent updates about Narrow the Gap, project reports from grantees, and upcoming site visits, please "like" our Narrow the Gap page on Facebook.  

Thank you for supporting this year's campaign. It feels so much better when we do good together!
Sincerely,

Tran Vu Ngan Giang
Executive Director
P.S. In case you were unable to make it to the event, you can click here to see the event's photo album. 
Communicating without words at Hear.Us.Now. booth
Communicating without words at Hear.Us.Now. booth
Testing samples of water at CEPORER Hoc Mon booth
Testing samples of water at CEPORER Hoc Mon booth
Experiencing how an autistic child sees and hears
Experiencing how an autistic child sees and hears
Three grantees receiving approx. US $6,800 each
Three grantees receiving approx. US $6,800 each

Links:

Aug 30, 2016

Your kindness matters

In the month of August this year, Narrow the Gap campaign is inspiring people in our community to get busy Doing Good Together!  On August 1st, via Facebook, we launched the Doing Good Together (#LanToaTuTe) campaign and already tracked 1,058 posts from people engaging in various acts of kindness as of 29 August. By sharing their acts of kindness on social media, Native ShoesGIBCMcDonald's Vietnam, MMSoft, Kido, ILA Vietnam and an Anonymous donor were inspired to contribute a combined total of VND 260 million to the Narrow the Gap Community Fund.

Will you help us to inspire acts of kindness in our community? There are many ways to support this campaign:

  • Do something kind for someone else (i.e., compliment a stranger, save electricity to protect the environment, take care of a friend or family members, etc.);
  • Share your experience on Facebook, via a story/photo/video about an act of kindness using the hashtag #LanToaTuTe and Public setting (or you can email your “act of kindness” to us at: info@linvn.org);
  • Donate to the Narrow the Gap Community Fund: If you are outside Vietnam, you can donate via GlobalGiving (i.e., make a monthly donation or a one-time donation of USD $10, $20, $50 or more); 

In September, the Narrow the Gap Community Fund will support 3 of the following 6 projects:

  • Establish a wig library made from real hair for breast cancer patients, in particular, and cancer patients in general.
  • Support parents to learn how to take good care of their autistic children at home.
  • Build online educational resources - English and general knowledge - for hearing impaired children, ages 8 to 15.
  • Build and maintain a clean water well for people in Long Thanh, Long An. This is the different project from the winning water project of Narrow the Gap 2013.
  • Reduce the number of 12 to 16 year old migrant children who are dropping out of school in Tan Thuan Tay Ward, District 7.
  • Build a website to connect prospective employers with visually-impaired job-seekers (& provide training to help them meet job requirements).

Doing Good Together!

Did you know that LIN re-designed our Narrow the Gap website?  Click here to visit the website.

Are you following Narrow the Gap on Facebook?  Click here to like our page and receive the latest updates on our current campaign, upcoming events, site visits to past grantees and more.

Click here to Donate to Narrow the Gap Fund

Summary of 6 semi-finalists for NTG 2016
Summary of 6 semi-finalists for NTG 2016
 
   

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