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.
Sep 22, 2014

Volunteer and NPO Orientation Meetings for CPI

 4share and Thien Tam Huong's Orientation meeting

It was nearly 7pm at Dung Dinh café on a rainy day at the beginning of June. The LIN team was ready to meet with the Sex Rights team and their volunteer mentors for the LIN Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) orientation meeting. At 7pm sharp, all participants arrived and the meeting started.

LIN introduced the agenda and the meeting's objectives. Everything went as planned until Ms. Thien Thanh - VNG Marketing Manager, leader of the mentoring group, raised her voice, "I think we should consider another name for Sex Rights Group."

"The name?" questioned the other members. This year's CPI is focused on financial sustainability; however, the mentor team started asking about the group's name, their human resources, core activities and legal status...

Ms. Thanh explained that although progress has been made, it is still taboo to mention "sex" or sex-related topics in daily conversation. The sensative name of the organization thus might make it difficult for them to communicate with their stakeholders. She then moved on to explaining the importance of a well planned structure for a fledgling not-for-forfit organization like the Sex Rights group. At the end of the meeting, everyone agreed that the house of "Financial Sustainability" would need to be build on its essence.

***

In another meeting, Mrs. Hong To Hue Lan, Founding Director of Ceporer Hoc Mon, surprised her team by speaking fluent French with two sponsors who were visiting the shelter. Larger than all the plans and efforts she had done following LIN's suggestions, Mrs. Lan did teach us a lesson: "The string that is connecting beneficiaries and sponsors is not made from ink and a well-thought out plan but from the language they can speak together, heart to heart."

Cám on các chuyên gia tình nguyen ã tham gia buoi hop luong giá giua ky voi LIN

 

BAN TIN . NEWSLETTER 

No. 5                                                                                                           21/8/2014

Cám on các chuyên gia tình nguyen ã tham gia buoi hop luong giá giua ky voi LIN

Update on CPI:

Update 1: Team Cimigo Vietnam - Tinh Than Network
Due to personnel changes, the current team does not have enough capacity to continue its participation in the CPI. 
Update 2: Important Milestones
See the below diagram detailing the team's status as 


September 20th: Deadline to submite fundraising tools, including (1) A fundraising plan for 2014 and the next 3 years, (2) a 3 year summary of fundraising ideas; (3) Report on fundraising activities that were performed during the CPI.
October 17th: CPI Awards Ceremony (6:00 PM-8:00 pm)

Update 3: New Volunteer Coordinator at LIN
As of 01 September, Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Truc is on temporary leave from LIN to pursue a Masters Degree in Orgnaizational Development from the University of Dublin. In her place, LIN recruited Mr. Nguyen Minh Nhat who is settling in nicely.  
Anh Minh will take over Truc's responsibilities for managing the participating CPI teams.


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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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