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 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
Jul 22, 2016

Thank you for your support!

NPOs and volunteers meet and connect in CPI event
NPOs and volunteers meet and connect in CPI event

Dear Donors, 

The LIN Center for Community Development would like to express our gratitude for your contributions toward our project titled Skilled Volunteers Help Empower Vietnam Nonprofits on GlobalGiving.org. With your support, we made a difference in the community by implementing three programs that address the project’s objectives:

1. Community Partnership Initiative: An annual, theme-based program that matches companies and skilled professionals in HCMC to local not-for-profit organization (NPO).

  • Outputs: LIN’s Community Partnership Initiative engaged 125 skilled professionals from 60 different companies to improve communications, fundraising, HR management and other professional skills for 36 different nonprofit organizations.
  • Outcome: 36 NPOs, like Ceporer Hoc Mon and Happier, were able to strengthen their capacity to better serve their beneficiaries. The impact of the project was clearly demonstrated by both participating NPOs and volunteer mentors. For example, Ceporer Hoc Mon, an NPO supporting underpriviledged children, winner of the first CPI, and Happier, an NPO providing psychological support to child patients, winner of the second CPI, both reported gaining more public attention and financial support thanks to having a new brand identity and communication strategy coming out of the partnership. On the other hand, volunteer mentors reported having better understanding of the causes and the hard work of organizations addressing those causes. ProSelf, a company participated in CPI on HR management, extended their pro bono work for another year at their NPO partner after the project ended, offering the much needed support to strengthen the organization that provides education and training to visually impaired youth.

2. BlueBees.org website:  LIN launched and now operates the first (and only) web based platform in Vietnam that connects skilled volunteers to short-term volunteer opportunities with local not- for-profit organizations.

  • Outputs:  144 nonprofits and 727 skilled volunteers are registered & 213 volunteer opportunities have been advertised through the website.
  • Outcome: Smaller nonprofits, like VAVA Cu Chi, a nonprofit supporting victims of agent orange and dioxin, can easily access an impressive database of skilled volunteers to support their work.  VAVA Cu Chi was in need of a consultant to develop their program for special education for their beneficiaries. After posting their request on the site, they were able to find a volunteer consultant to help them develop the cirriculum.

3. Mandala Night: Since 2015, LIN hosts regular networking events to raise awareness about skilled volunteerism and to faciliate networking among like-minded people.

  • Outputs: 7 events held, attracting nearly 700 people in total.
  • Outcome:Raised awareness about corporate employee engagement programs, helped orient skilled professionals to the realities of volunteering and connected nonprofits to skilled volunteers. At a Mandala Night event in 24 May 2016, Ms. Huong Truong, CEO of the Minh A Company, was introduced to the Thien An Shelter, which provides vocational training for visually impaired adults. Her company now employs 2 of Thien An Shelter’s past beneficiaries. Watch a video interview of one of her current employees and staff talking about the mutual satisfaction with the arrangement. Include hyperlink: http://jobforblind.com/cong-viec/nguoi-khiem-thi-trong-xuong-lam-thu-bong-74.html

In an effort to streamline our resources and strategic approach, the LIN Team decided to close the Skilled Volunteerism Help Empower Vietnam Nonprofits project on GlobalGiving.org and we would like to ask you to transfer your recurring donations, or continue to support our work through another project on Global Giving: Build A Home for Vietnam NPOsThis project is a consolidated fund that supports LIN’s efforts to accelerate the capacity of nonprofit leaders to address the needs in our community while connecting them to skilled professionals and organizations that share their desire to improve the quality of life for all people in HCMC. We believe that this is the best path after analysis of the current landscape and we hope you will continue to work with us.

We encourage you to learn more about the exciting vision behind Build A Home for Vietnam NPOs:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/lin-new-year-lights-campaign-bild-a-home-for-npos/

As always, we thank you for your contributions and appreciate your continued support. Progress and development in our community would not be possible without your generosity. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach me, or one of my colleagues at LIN.

Sincerely,

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc

Director of Programs

Volunteers and NPOs speed dating at Mandala Night
Volunteers and NPOs speed dating at Mandala Night

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