Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts

by LIN Center for Community Development
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
Narrow The Gap - Crossed paths for social impacts
LIN staff on site visit in Lam Dong province
LIN staff on site visit in Lam Dong province

Dear friends of LIN,

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.

LIN staff with community member in Lam Dong
LIN staff with community member in Lam Dong

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Participants discussing at the closing ceremony
Participants discussing at the closing ceremony

Dear friends and supporters,

In 2021, the Narrow The Gap Community Fund continued to disburse 900 million VND to 9 projects selected by our Grant Allocation Committee (GAC) and nominated the other 12 initiatives for community fundraising. However, what we hope to build for our community has grown greater.

Attempting to help our nonprofit partners operate more sustainably and independently, we decided to provide them with a new capacity training course starting from 2021. After a lot of effort and preparation, the LIN team had finally managed to deliver the first phase of the Fundraising Capacity Strengthening Program.
Last December, phase 1 welcomed 20 representatives from 17 organizations to the online training course and ended with a ceremony where the participating organizations gained 132 million VND from the incubator funds for their community development initiatives.

The training course gave participants an introduction to project researching and planning, donor management, sponsorship negotiation, and fundraising on digital platforms. After 4.5 days of learning and practicing, participating organizations finalized their proposals and pitched to gain incubator funds.

At the ceremony, phase 1 closed with a remarkable moment as LIN invited partners and participating organizations to sign the "Statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising in Vietnam." LIN aims to upgrade the program and grant more funds to more community development initiatives in 2022.

Besides our valued corporate donors and grants, your contribution throughout the year has moved us further in our mission to mobilize resources from the community and allocate the resources effectively to meet community needs. We are honored to have you as a part of the LIN team!

In the year of the Tiger, may our heads spark with creativity and our hearts be full of kindness and joy!

With gratitude,

Lam Ngoc Thao

Executive Director

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Capture of participants on Seed Challenge Day
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Narrow The Gap - Every Living Being Matters
Narrow The Gap - Every Living Being Matters

Dear friends and supporters,

As I am writing to you, Narrow The Gap Community Program 2021 has received its final result. There has been so much great news that I can't wait to share with you all.

Last August 9, our Grant Allocation Committee members (GAC) had finally selected the final 9 projects to be granted the Narrow The Gap Community Fund in 2021 (3 projects to receive 150 million VND/project, and 6 projects to receive 75 million VND/project).We also worked together with the GAC to select the other 12 initiatives to be nominated for community fundraising. Despite all struggles of the social distancing, we managed to keep all stakeholders well in touch and took one step at a time to complete this year's program!

Next step, we have invited our sponsors to join a media campaign running from September to the end of October to further raising awareness about the philanthropy field of LIN's Narrow The Gap Community Program. The campaign is one of our attempts to mobilize all forces in the community to help the nonprofits implement their initiatives for the locals in need.

Thanks to your contribution last quarter, we have provided the project participants with our best facilitation during their proposal submission, held a successful Presentation Day on Zoom last August 7-8, and promoted a meaningful raising awareness campaign on Facebook. 

Without your donation, the project participants wouldn't be able to sustain the assistance for their communities, especially during such a hard time. Let's stay tuned for their reports about how the grants impact their communities in the next six months.

Meanwhile, you can visit the NTG website to learn about the 9 grantees, read about the 12 nominees, and enjoy our philanthropy awareness videos on our Facebook page.

Faithfully,

Lam Ngoc Thao

Executive Director

Grant Allocation Committee in Presentation Day
Grant Allocation Committee in Presentation Day

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Dear friends and supporters, 

 

I hope you are doing well and safe. 

 

I'm excited to provide you some important updates from Narrow The Gap. Two weeks ago, we officially kicked off the program this year calling for concept ideas from local communities under the theme of 5 chosen U.N Sustainable Development Goals including No Poverty, Good Health & Well-being, Quality Education, Clean Water & Sanitation, Climate Action. We have already so far received a total of 65 concept notes from the community and nonprofit organizations which emphasize the urgent needs of local communities to address these important issues in Vietnam.  

 

At Narrow The Gap, our biggest goal is always how best we can mobilize local community resources including skills, in-kind and financial resources to support grassroots nonprofits for their own community-led development. That's why we are so happy to receive tremendous support from many people who agreed to volunteer as our Grant Allocation Committee (GAC) members, GAC is an independent review panel created to help us select the qualified projects to receive funding from Narrow The Gap, a total of 9 projects will be selected in the end (3 projects receive 150 million VND / project, and 6 projects receive 75 million VND/ project). Our GAC consists of 20 people who come from very diverse sectors such as corporates, academia, NGOs and field experts in the community. 

 

Also this year, we decided to reach out and work with our local contact points in Mekong Delta and central highland areas including Caritas Dalat based in Dalat province, CHARITABLE GROUPS OF THE CLANS VUS – VOS IN SOUTH VIETNAM based in Tay Nguyen and Ca Mau provinces, these local contact points helped us outreach to local communities to inform them about Narrow The Gap, as we are aware that it could be quite challenging for many grassroots initiatives outside the big cities like Saigon, Can Tho to access to this kind of funding opportunity without the right awareness and information. We think this could be the reason why we have received many concept ideas in such a short period of time thanks to this new approach. 

 

Furthermore, another positive news is that despite the Covid-19 situation, the number of corporate sponsors for Narrow The Gap this year has actually been increased from three to five including companies like KPMG Vietnam, vsource, Premier Oil, Shire Oak and Essential Flavours. It’s truly so wonderful to see many companies, important donors, community members such as yourself, have joined hands together to support community initiatives addressing local issues. And we are honored to play a facilitation role to make this happen. 

 

And in our next report in September, you should know more about the 9 grantees selected to receive the funding from the program. Please stay in touch and continue to support Narrow The Gap by helping to spread a word to your friends, your network so more people will know about Narrow The Gap and the amazing works local nonprofits are doing in Vietnam! 

 

Please stay safe!

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly), Head of Philanthropy Services

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NPO Grantees visiting vsource
NPO Grantees visiting vsource

Dear friends,

I hope you are safe and well wherever you may be. 

The recent outbreak in Vietnam before Tet holidays has caused some concerns for our programs and activities planning this year, however, we hope the situation will get well controlled again this time thanks to prompt actions by the government here. 

Nevertheless, we would love to give you some positive updates about what happened to Narrow The Gap in the past three months since our last report. In November, we started another fundraising campaign to raise more funds and volunteering support from companies and communities to the three selected grantees, we also managed to successfully arrange visits at the offices of our two corporate partners, Premier Oil Vietnam and vsource, where the three grantees had the opportunity to share more about their projects to the companies' employees (with more than 80 employees participated in the two visits).

As a result, we are delighted to share with you a good news that vsource company agreed to help build a new website for WASH AND ACTION CAMPAIGN AGAINST COVID-19 FOR KHMER SCHOOLS by the Center for Rural Research and Development of An Giang University as well as donated some computers to all three grantees. Premier Oil Vietnam, in the meantime, is considering to provide some addition fund to one of the grantee in 2021, we will keep you posted about this in our next report. In addition to all of this, we also helped the three grantees making a video communicating about their projects for further support from the public, you can check out the three videos on our fanpage here https://www.facebook.com/NarrowTheGapProgram. 

By doing this, we wanted to help build a stronger relationship between the grantees, corporate partners and public community beyond Narrow The Gap program. 

Besides all the needed support the grantees get from the corporate visits, we are also very proud to receive very touching, heartwarming feedback from one of the nonprofit representatives from the visits: "For the first time in our life we had this unique experience, to visit, to be welcomed and to be listened from a big company in Saigon, we are from Ca Mau, a far away land, very few people know about what happening in our lives down there, so these were such invaluable learning opportunities and experiences for us", shared by Mrs. An, President of the Women's Union of Nguyen Viet Khai commune in Ca Mau who participated in the corporate visits for the first time. 

As for 2021, despite the uncertainty with the pandemic, please rest assured that we will continue to do our best to provide suitable support to local grassroot nonprofits to address the issues in their own communities with our Narrow The Gap Program, we think it is even more important now with the Covid-19 are affecting many lives in Vietnam. 

Therefore, thank you so much! This couldn't have been possible without your generous donation and support. You made all this happen!  

We hope you will continue to support Narrow The Gap and help to spread a word to your friends and network so more people will know about Narrow The Gap and amazing works local nonprofits are doing in Vietnam. 

Please stay safe!

Warmest Regards,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly), Head of Philanthropy Services 

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