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Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!

by LIN Center for Community Development
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Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
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Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Narrow The Gap - Vietnam is Awesome!
Rise of the Floor, one of three selected projects
Rise of the Floor, one of three selected projects

Dear valued supporters,

On 26th October, Narrow The Gap Community Day was successfully organized to select 3 outstanding projects which were awarded with a grant of up to 150,000,000 VND per project, for Round 2, 2019. Click here to read more about three projects.

After almost 1 month of open online voting from the public and community there had been a total of 9,358 votes received. This Round of Narrow the Gap had 6 finalist community development projects that are solving diverse issues relating to education, gender, green energy and people living with a disability. At the event, representatives of 6 organizations had the opportunity to pitch their projects and discuss details directly with attendees and the Grant Allocation Committee. Many realistic questions related to the project were raised enthusiastically by the audience.

We sat down with two selected projects to learn about their journey with Narrow The Gap, and what impacts the program has on their projects & community.

Sy, CEO of Frogleap, one of three projects which received grants this Round, shared with us:

"In 2016, a member of Frogsleap introduced us to the LIN Center (LIN) where she was working. The first support we had from LIN was a warehouse to store our program materials, and Frogsleap gradually became more and more connected with LIN's activities;, taking part in Narrow The Gap program 3 times, joining annual networking events or trainings for nonprofits from 2016-2019. We came to significantly appreciate the term "local people addresses local's needs" from all the trainings & connections with other nonprofit organizations and businesses organized by LIN. This message was then often mentioned in our team discussions about how to choose the right way for running our organization or volunteering, so far increasing the belief and motivation of team members in volunteering until now. This is the reason for Frogsleap to keep trying in our ways to voluntarily support the community until now."

Ms Mong from PFLAG, another project selected to receive the grant this Round told us:

"In 2017, I started to engage with LIN's Narrow The Gap program, hoping to find more funding for our activities. This is the first social project that my organization ever wrote a proposal for. I learned a lot from the program's training sessions about writing proposals. It made me realized that I was not so good at writing projects and social programs, thanks to trainings provided by Narrow The Gap, I have improved a lot. It helps me become more confident in thinking, testing my abilities and the most great encouragement is enabling my positive thinking "Never give up, there will be better luck next time."

In 2019, at the beginning, I still wasn't decided whether to participate or not because I felt that I was not good enough and that my internal organization was still not ready. But after I've joined LIN's Impact Accelerator program, I learned and gained the energy, I decided to write a project to find more funding for the organization.

When the project got selected, everyone in our community is very happy, with all the support & encouragement. The thinking of every individual in the group has changed to be more positive, more diligent, more active and more united. My organization puts away all the individual interests to unite & focus on the project. My team received a lot of support and connection from Narrow The Gap. We were able to organize more activities for the community thanks to the connections with other organizations."

We also asked one of Grant Allocation Commitee members for Narrow The Gap, Round 2, Mr Son from KPMG Vietnam (one of our key partners & sponsors for Narrow The Gap), what he thinks about the program, he said:

"The Community Event is very useful for the community to better understand what social projects are dealing with, and have a more comprehensive view of funding coming from the community, from donors. How to help specific projects. Also, it is an opportunity for sponsors and businesses to identify the aspects that they are capable of supporting such as professional knowledge, finance, and in kind support; creating conditions for them to have the opportunity to interact and connect with social organizations. 6 projects have their strengths and challenges. For this year, the ability to write project proposals and presentations of organizations is quite equal, the access issues are also very diverse.”

This is our last report of 2019, one year has been gone with many different emotions, everyday we are happy, touched, inspired and encouraged by many amazing people in the community such as yourself. We definitely could not have come this far without your donation support. Thanks to you, we were able to provide a total of 9 grants to local nonprofits who working restlessly to address local issues in Vietnam and improve the lives of many underprivileaged communities in 2019.

Please stay tuned for more exciting updates about our upcoming plans and activities of Narrow The Gap 2020 with the theme "Planet" following the aspiration of 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations. We hope you continue to accompany us on this journey!

For more information and real time updates from Narrow The Gap, please follow our page at https://www.facebook.com/NarrowTheGapProgram/

If you have any questions about Narrow the Gap, please feel free to contact me at kelly.vo@linvn.org.

In the meantime, we wish you a meaningful & joyful holiday season with your loved ones!

Sincerely,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly)

Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising

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One of the installed solar power systems
One of the installed solar power systems

Dear GlobalGivers,  

Hello again! It has been three months since we updated you about the winners of Round 1, Narrow The Gap 2019. In last August and September, we visited two of the winning projects to listen to people on the ground who are working restlessly to serve their communities and those directly benefited from these projects.

Round 1 Narrow the Gap 2019

Mr Hoai - Chairman of the Disabled People Club in Soc Trang Province, project manager of ‘Supporting small-capacity solar power systems for poor households in Chau Thanh District, Soc Trang Province’ shared:

"Because I used to live in a house without electricity, when I volunteered in the remote areas of Chau Thanh district, Soc Trang province, I found many poor households who also did not have electricity like I used to. So I wanted to develop a project to provide solar power to support these households. [I] was introduced to Narrow The Gap Program by Vice Chairman of the Disabled People's Association of Can Tho City, I decided to write the project proposal and was lucky to eventually win the fund. I had to figure out how the project would last as long as it could.

After the solar power systems were installed, all the households are very excited. Electrical systems have helped change their lives. They have switched from using only kerosene lamps to electric lights from the solar power for night-time activities. Seeing this happening, our project team feels very happy. Talking about difficulties, the most difficult time when creating project is to survey the households in needed. Because with one leg of disability, it is difficult for me to access households in remote areas as the road is not convenient for people with disabilities, and checking the information provided by households always needs support from the local authorities. 

From working on this project, I personally gained more experience in buying and using batteries that [are] durable and economical, working with local authorities and improving training for local technical support people." 

Ms Lai, in Chau Thanh, Soc Trang Province, from one of 10 households which received the solar power system under the project shared: I'm 87 years old this year. There are four people in my family, I'm the main worker in my home. My husband is sick and can't go to work. We have two children, one of whom is living with disabilities, the other works for other people. I used only oil lamps before, but now I can use the solar lights thanks to the project. I feel very happy. Our family is poor. I have only been able to buy one lamp. If I have money, I will buy more lights."

Narrow the Gap team also met the leaders of ‘Project Incubator for Young Social Entrepreneurs - PISE - Project’ in Can Tho province - the project aims to support equal opportunities for students in the countryside.  

The first summer camp of PISE was the summer camp at Nguyen Quang Dieu gifted school. The event provided 15 mentees who are students in Dong Thap and some students in other areas. PISE has also launched 5 sub-projects. The initial success of PISE does not only support 15 mentees to build 5 sub-projects, but also the individual mentees who are inspired to study and do useful activities for the community, and who have improved knowledge and skills through the training and mentoring programs of PISE.

Round 2 Narrow the Gap 2019

As for Round 2, we will have the results of the 6 finalists on September 20, 2019 from the help of our skilled volunteers in Grant Allocation Committee. The informed finalists will present their projects on Community Day, 26 October 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City. 

Please stay tuned for more updates from our final 6 projects as well as Community Day event where you will learn about the full result and this round's winners in our next report! 

Your important support and donation allow this program to continue. Thanks to you, we can ensure local nonprofit organizations in Vietnam will continue to receive the necessary support and funding opportunity from Narrow The Gap! 

For more information and real time updates from Narrow The Gap, please follow our page at https://www.facebook.com/NarrowTheGapProgram/

If you have any questions about Narrow the Gap, please feel free to contact me at kelly.vo@linvn.org.

Sincerely,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly)

Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising 

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Pitching Day event
Pitching Day event

Dear GlobalGivers,  

Hello again! It has been three months since we updated you about the first event of Narrow The Gap 2019. So many things we have achieved together that I am very excited to share with you: 

We completed the First Round on Sunday 23rd April with the Pitching Day was organized to select 6 winners to receive grants from Narrow The Gap. At the event, 10 Finalists presented their projects and answered all the questions from the audience. Our Grant Allocation Committee and everyone in the community had a chance to ask the questions and provided their valuable feedback to all the candidates. We are impressed with the diversity & breadth of the projects submitted to the program, from raising awareness of cancer understanding in Vietnam, promoting rights of Queer community through learning Vietnamese history, supporting provincial students in developing entrepreneurship skillsets & community-oriented mindset, to building bridges in Mekong Delta's provinces to increase the accessibility for local communities to education & business opportunities. 

Furthermore, as the result, a few connections have been made at the event between nonprofit organizations and with donors. Nearly 100 residents from the commmunity, half of them were under 25 year old, went to the event and casted their votes for their favorite projects, it positively proved the increasing interest of local Vietnamese, especially young people in social causes and community impact. 

If you want to learn more about the six winning projects, please click here. 

The Second Round will be kicked off soon on 22nd June to introduce about this round of grants, at the event, the participants will receive helpful information of the program such as: 

  • Available funds for the projects 
  • Training activities for capacity building 
  • Volunteer opportunities for community projects 
  • Site visit opportunities to learn about the projects and meet the end beneficeries 
  • Community Day for everyone in the community who share the same goal of contributing to sustainable development in Vietnam. 

Thank you again for making all this happen. We hope you will not only continue to support Narrow the Gap so that we will be able to provide more funding and capacity building opportunities for local nonprofit organizations in Vietnam, but also spread the words to your friends, family and your network by sharing this page https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/narrow-the-gap-vietnam-is-awesome/ to help our cause reach to more people. 

If you have any questions about Narrow the Gap, please feel free to contact me at kelly.vo@linvn.org.

Sincerely,

Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly)

Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising 

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Grant Allocation Committee Orientation Meeting!
Grant Allocation Committee Orientation Meeting!

Dear our esteemed donor, 

Following the success of our Narrow The Gap 2018, we are looking forward to a year full of significant activities in 2019, with a focus on positive impact and sustainable development for the prosperity of our community.

Prosperity of Community is the topic of Narrow the Gap 2019 with focus on 5 Sustainable Development Goals: 

1. Clean and Sustainable Energy (Goal 7)
2. Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal 8 )
3. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Goal 9)
4. Reduced Inequalities (Goal 10)
5. Sustainable Cities and Communities (Goal 11)

This program covers projects based in HCMC or from Binh Thuan province to Ca Mau province. In this 1st round, we will distribute total 6 grants, with each grant awarded up to 75,000,000 VND/project. 

In January, we kicked off Round 1 to call for project proposals from local nonprofit organizations. In February, we called for skilled volunteers to join our Grant Allocation Committee (GAC). GAC members support LIN to narrow down to the finalists with the most potential and sustainable projects to pitch their projects to a wider public audience. 

The deadline of proposals finally came with total 21 proposals were submitted to the program, in which 3 proposals came from our Impact Accelerator co-hort (our Incubator program for NPO leaders), 2 proposals came from LIN's nonprofit partners using our Home for Nonprofits. 

Our first kick-off meeting for GAC was organized successfully on 17 March 2019, the Grant Allocation Committee (GAC) of Narrow The Gap Round 1/2019 discussed the proposal evaluation process. The GAC of Round 1/2019 includes 30 members, who are Skilled Volunteers from a variety of fields such as Community Development, Human Resources, Communications, Finance, and Strategic Planning. The GAC take on board positions such as: GAC Advisor, LIN Representatives, Secretary and GAC members.

The Grant Allocation Committee will officially begin the project proposal review from March 18, 2019 and expects to have the results of finalists on April 8, 2019. The informed finalists will present their projects on Pitching Day, 21 April 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Please stay tuned for more updates from our Pitching Day event where you will learn about the full result and this round's winners in our next report! 

Your important support and donation allow this program to continue and ensure local nonprofit organizations in Vietnam will continue to receive the necessary support and funding opportunity from Narrow The Gap! 

For more information and real time updates from Narrow The Gap, please follow our page at https://www.facebook.com/NarrowTheGapProgram/

On behalf of LIN team,

Kelly Vo, Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising 

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Dear our valued donors and suppoters,

Only less than 2 weeks we will say goodbye to 2018. In this joyful and festive season, let's look back together how your giving has contributed to the development of local nonprofit community and changed many lives in Vietnam. 
We are delighted to share with you all, our important donors, the year end report of Narrow The Gap in 2018, the report will cover the following details: 
  • Overview of granted projects in 2018
  • Training/Workshop & Site Visits 
  • Narrow The Gap's Impact Stories 
  • Program Financial Update 
  • The Upcoming Plan in 2019.
Download the full report here 
We are always grateful for your continuing support to the work we do and the development of local nonprofit community in Vietnam. 
On behalf of the LIN Center for Community Development and Narrow The Gap, I am wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful & meaningful holiday season!
Sincerely, 
Vo Ngoc Tuyen (Kelly) - Head of Corporate Partnerships & Fundraising. 

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