2022 has been a difficult year for us at LIN and Narrow the Gap program. Due to the decision to close down LIN Center, Narrow the Gap has not been successful in carrying out the cycle to its full. Changes were made to the design in the later phases of the 2022 cycle to ensure the program is closed down properly and consistently with the organization as a whole.
Major activities in the implementation of Narrow the Gap 2022:
10 July - 15 July: Approach corporates to introduce the new format of NTG 2022 - connect corporates with NPOs to support community projects.
15 July - 25 July: Get the confirmation of corporates to join new NTG 2022
26 July - 3 August: Call for adjusted proposals from NPOs following the new format of NTG 2022
4 August - 9 August: LIN team to support NPOs fulfill the proposals' requirements for valid proposal applications.
10 August - 19 August: GAC to review & evaluate the received proposals.
20 August: Presentation Day - NPOs to present their projects, answer questions, and receive the feedback from GACs
22 August: Announce the evaluation result - NPO to receive the grant from corporates
25 August - 30 September: Connect corporates with selected NPOs, and support first steps in their partnerships such as partnership agreement sign-off, and grant delivery and receipt.
NTG has successfully connected 1 project with a corporate funder to receive 50 million VND to equip children in the remote and rural areas of D An Cu, An Giang province with access to computers to improve their IT literacy, and reduce lack of access to information in rural regions in Vietnam.
Although the outcomes were not everything we expected to have when we began planning for 2022 in the first place, we are glad that our stakeholders including the community leaders, Grant Allocation Members and other NPOs have participated in and followed through with the program until the end. We are hopeful seeing their spirits and commitments with their initiatives were all positive and high. We are hopeful to see not only the NPO community but also the corporate leaders are in to share their responsibility and contribution to be able to see their projects to a completion.
It is that time of the cycle where the LIN team sit down and take a closer look at what we have achieved, or even failed to achieve during the entire time implementing a new grant cycle, and share updates with you as our donors and supporters.
Firstly, it is important to acknowledge the first half of 2022 has witnessed several unfavorable changes in the macro-environment for NPOs in general in Vietnam in terms of getting access to adequate resources for our project works. As a long-standing NPO in southern Vietnam, LIN Center felt this first hand. Given reduced resources, a number of project outputs are being delivered lower than usually seen in previous years. However, the past few months were dedicated toward the following works:
- Outreach to corporates about Narrow the Gap concept and proposal for 2022
- Call for proposals from NPOs
- Having a Grant Allocation Committee (GAC) set up to evaluate NPO proposals
- Presenting NPO proposals and improving them with GAC feedback
- Finalizing NPOs to be selected for grants
- Connecting corporates with NPO grantees for cross-sector partnership agreements
The LIN team is glad to announce 2 of NPO proposals were selected for grants in 2022. The total amount of grants is approximately 6,300USD to go into supporting a sign language dictionary website and enhancing access to computers for a remote primary school for Khmer children in An Giang province.
Despite multiple environmental challenges, it is truly a great encouragement to see corporate and individual donors respond to LIN's call for actions. This, of course, goes to include every and each of donors of LIN on GlobalGiving platform. Without your help, it is impossible to stay the course. For this, we are grateful.
Narrow the Gap 2022 has officially been kicked off since last April, and we are delighted to share with you some updates of the program design and progress. The program is built centered around 3 pillars including nonprofit management capacity strengthening, community resource mobilization and enhanced community engagement. This year, the program takes on the symbol of "nút giao", figuratively translated as "crossed paths", implying a place where people have every opportunity to expand their network, by meeting and connecting with others from difference backgrounds and industries. LIN uses the symbol of a crossed path to communicate a message that when all walk their paths separately, it gets difficult to maximize impacts, but when synergized, we are enabled to multiply the outcome of our efforts to achieve sustainable development goals.
While preliminary works for the implementation of a new cycle of Narrow the Gap in 2022 have been underway during the past months, the LIN team is excited to finally be able to hit the roads to visit our nonprofit community on the ground in May. From 18 to 20 May, the LIN staff successfully conducted a site visit trip to Lam Dong and Dong Nai provinces and Cu Chi district in Ho Chi Minh city. We have reached out to the leaders of 3 community initiatives on their ideas to alleviate the living conditions of their fellow villagers.
- Oh Mi Koho Coffee Project in Di Linh district, Lam Dong province: The project will contribute to SDG 8 through providing fruit-drying equipment and tools for local ethnic families to make dry products, generating some incomes.
- IEM Gõh Churu Project in Don Duong district, Lam Dong province: The project will contribute to SDG 6 through installing a water well system and water piping system to local ethnic households of Bó Ka Bang village.
- VAVA Cu Chi Project in Ho Chi Minh city: The project will contribute to SDG 4 through opening free classes for children affected by Dioxin/ Orange agent in wartorn zones of Cu Chi.
These 3 projects are illustrative among dozens of other initiative applications which LIN has been receiving during the past few months. After a long period of time being affected by Covid-19 and lockdown, we are happy to see our nonprofit community taking steps to recovering and continuing to come up with ideas for the growth of their fellow men, women and children.
The trip has helped LIN create more crossed paths with new communities and new nonprofit groups and learn about their struggles as well as initiatives to change the status-quo. We believe in the weeks and months to come there will be more crossed paths as we present to our stakeholders what we have seen on the ground, the potentials, enthusiasm for positive change and the challenges. And in our quest to ensure no one gets left behind, LIN hopes to see more "nút giao" created for greater and real impacts to take place.
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