Children
 Vietnam
Project #4954

Give a Vietnamese child a helmet; save a life

by AIP Foundation
Students learn about the importance of helmet use
Students learn about the importance of helmet use

1,700 participants join the “I Love Helmets” Family Day event to raise awareness about road safety

With support from The UPS Foundation, AIP Foundation held a road safety event with the theme, “I Love Helmets” at Tan Tuc Primary School in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. The school is located near Trung Luong Highway, a high-risk traffic area in Ho Chi Minh City, where students face dangers on their daily commute.

The event gathered more than 1,500 students, 200 parents, teachers from primary and junior schools, and representatives from The UPS Foundation and Traffic Safety Committee (TSC). Among the participants were representatives from the Ho Chi Minh City TSC and Jeff McLean, Managing Director of UPS Vietnam. At the event, students and parents participated in several road safety activities that included painting, a fashion show, interactive games, and a road safety knowledge competition in order to promote child helmet use.

AIG celebrates Teacher’s Day by donating 820 quality helmets to students and teachers

In honor of Teacher’s Day, AIP Foundation delivered 820 high-quality helmets to students and teachers at Tan Hiep Primary School. This event, possible thanks to support from AIG, an American multinational insurance company, commemorated the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam.  This event is the third helmet handover event AIG has sponsored for at-risk school children and teachers. Thus far, AIG has provided 3,036 quality helmets to children and teachers throughout Vietnam.

Students, teachers, and representatives from AIG, the Traffic Safety Committee (TSC), and AIP Foundation attended the event. Among the attendees were Rena Bitter, U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City and Susan E. Loftus, AIG CEO and General Manager at AIG Vietnam.

Abbott expands “Helmets for Families” to Hanoi

AIP Foundation, with support from Abbott, collaborated with the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) to kick off the Helmets for Families program at Lieu Ninh primary school in Hanoi. This is the first year the Helmets for Families program expands to Hanoi after 2 years of successfully piloting in 4 schools in Ho Chi Minh City and 5 schools in Tra Vinh province. In the 2015-2016 school year, Abbott will hand over more than 4,300 helmets to students and teachers in 2 primary schools in Hanoi and to first grade students in 9 schools in Ho Chi Minh City and Tra Vinh province. In addition, through an exchange program that covers up to 4,100 subsidized helmets, parents can exchange their low quality helmets for high-quality standard helmets for 65% of the original price.

Representatives from the NTSC, the MOET, the Hanoi TSC and DOET, traffic police and local authorities, Abbott, students, parents, and teachers joined the ceremony.

Helmets help Tan Hiep students stay protected
Helmets help Tan Hiep students stay protected
Abbott will donate over 4,000 helmets in 2015-2016
Abbott will donate over 4,000 helmets in 2015-2016
Teachers in Dong Nai receive road safety training
Teachers in Dong Nai receive road safety training

550 teachers in Dong Nai receive road safety training to kick off the new school year

The Dong Nai Department of Education and Training (DoET) and Traffic Safety Committee (TSC) organized a two-day training workshop on road safety education for 550 primary, secondary and high school teachers in the province. This was the kick-off capacity-building event for teachers in Dong Nai in the 2015-2016 school year.

Nhu Nguyen, Program Coordinator at AIP Foundation in Vietnam, gave a training on pedestrian and helmet safety, and proposed educational and communication activities that schools can implement in order to inspire behavior change among students and their parents.

The teachers actively participated in discussions and conducted teaching simulations at the end of the training. The learning resources and proposed educational activities provided in this seminar were highly appreciated by the participants. It is expected that they will use the knowledge gained from the training to implement more effective road safety education at their schools.

Plans are underway for Dong Nai DoET and TSC to distribute relevant communications materials including 14,300 banners and 60,000 notebooks to all schools, and donate 5,000 helmets for underprivileged students in the province.

U.S. Consul General gives out 100 Protec helmets at CDC presentation

In partnership with the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave a story-telling presentation on road safety and the 2007 helmet law in Vietnam.

The event took place at the American Corner, where a large audience of young people gathered to hear CDC epidemiologist Dr. Ninh Thi Ha discuss road safety from a global health perspective before delving into local helmet-wearing behaviors.

A large portion of the data in the presentation relies on field research conducted by CDC epidemiologists in the Chu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City.

After an engaging Q&A session, 100 Protec helmets were handed out to attendees by Consul General Rena Bitter. The helmets bore the 20th anniversary logo of normalized U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations.

Cross-sector educational activities make roads safer in Vietnam

AIP Foundation, with support from Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemicals (NSRP), has concluded a series of cross-sector educational activities on road safety in Vietnam’s Tan Truong, Hai Thuong and Mai Lam communes.

On 30 July at the Headquarters of Nghi Son Police Station in Tinh Gia District, a workshop was held to enhance the policing of high-risk road behavior. Among the 40 total participants were 25 police officers from the three aforementioned communes, joined by representatives of NSRP and the Thanh Hoa and Tinh Gia traffic safety committees and police.

The objectives of the workshop were to develop strategies for increased traffic law enforcement, targeting specific high-risk violations; strengthen the network among provincial, district, and commune police, thereby creating a platform to share knowledge and best practices; and, establish resources for continued professional development. In the long run, the training is expected to translate into reductions of dangerous behavior on local roads as well as improved community awareness of traffic laws.

Between 5 and 6 August, on-the-job safe driving training was offered to over 300 participants from the Anh Phat and Lilama manufacturing corporations.

From 10 to 11 August in Tan Truong Commune and from 15 to 16 August at Nghi Son high school, a total of 214 motorcycle drivers received training on road traffic laws and safe driving skills. Participants each received a quality helmet courtesy of NSRP and will take their driving license exam at the end of the month.

Finally, three new billboards were installed and six renovated to promote road safety in the three aforementioned communes.

U.S. Consul General gives out 100 Protec helmets
U.S. Consul General gives out 100 Protec helmets
Cross-sector educational activities on road safety
Cross-sector educational activities on road safety
Students shout "I Love Helmets" in Ho Chi Minh
Students shout "I Love Helmets" in Ho Chi Minh

AIP Foundation wrapped up the Vietnamese school year with several exciting events and reflected on the outstanding helmet use results achieved nationwide.

In May 2015, more than 1,000 students and their families shouted “I Love Helmets” in Ho Chi Minh City. The phrase was heard among students across Ho Chi Minh City as part of a family event encouraging helmet use. Organized under AIP Foundation’s Helmets for Kids program, the event included a poster exhibition, creative road safety competitions, and several interactive road safety games to improve the awareness and significance of child helmet use. This family event was the first-ever citywide gathering for school students and their families to participate in road safety activities together.

A few days later, a helmet donation ceremony took place in Hanoi on the occasion of the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Charles H. Rivkin’s visit. This is the first event to take place under the new partnership between AIP Foundation and the U.S. Department of State and is one of many that supports the 20th anniversary of normalized diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam. Assistant Secretary of State Rivkin participated in a symbolic helmet handover at the event that represents the U.S.-Vietnam shared vision of a safer future for its children. Helmets were distributed to all 671 students and teachers.

On a national level, government agencies and AIP Foundation organized a midterm review of the National Child Helmet Action Plan in early May. Delegates from ministries, departments, and provincial levels across Vietnam shared implementation experiences, discussed the direction for the Action Plan’s next phase, and celebrated achievements. Average child helmet use across Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Danang was 38% at baseline. After the launch of the National Child Helmet Action Plan and related police enforcement, child helmet use increased significantly to 68% across the three cities. 

Without your contributions, these accomplishments would not have been possible. We want to achieve even better results for the upcoming school year. To do this, we need your continued support. In the lead up to the start of the school year in September, please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page, or just bring us up in conversation. Thank you for spreading the word!

Students play traffic safety games
Students play traffic safety games
Helmet handover celebrates U.S.-Vietnam relations
Helmet handover celebrates U.S.-Vietnam relations
Police sign the Child Declaration for Road Safety
Police sign the Child Declaration for Road Safety
Kick-off ceremony in Quang Nam Province
Kick-off ceremony in Quang Nam Province

On March 17, 2015, AIP Foundation organized a kick-off ceremony in Quang Nam Province to mark another year of Helmets for Kids. This is the first year Quang Nam Province schools are receiving helmet donations and road safety education under the Helmets for Kids program. Five primary schools in Quang Nam Province received 2,987 helmets at the ceremony. Representatives from the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC), Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), and local partners attended the ceremony and took part in the symbolic helmet handover.

A total of 9,100 helmets will be distributed to primary students and teachers at 44 schools across Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Dong Nai, and Quang Nam provinces throughout 2015. The remaining helmets will be distributed in September at the start of the 2015-2016 school year to primary schools in these four provinces. The selected schools are located in four of 15 major provinces implementing the National Child Helmet Action Plan. The Action Plan is coordinated by AIP Foundation, NTSC, and other road safety supporters and aims to reach 80% child helmet-wearing rates by 2016.

On April 2, 2015, the C67 traffic police and NTSC launched the National Enforcement Action Plan for child helmet use. The National Enforcement Action Plan will be applied and implemented in provinces across Vietnam and will connect all relevant agencies, including district-, commune-, and village-level enforcement with the ability to enhance police monitoring together. The National Enforcement Action Plan is a part of the larger National Child Helmet Action Plan, which aims to significantly increase child helmet-wearing rates.

Representatives from the C67, NTSC, MoET, traffic police, and supporting partners attended the launch. An “enhanced police enforcement” week scheduled from April 6-10, 2015 is a major component of the plan.

As part of the “enhanced police enforcement” week, police and public security forces will patrol schools for compliance with the child helmet law. From April 6-9, motorcycle drivers whose children are not wearing helmets will be stopped and given a ‘reminder’ and all violation cases will be reported to the schools to take further action. These ‘reminders’ will shift to traffic penalty fines on April 10, 2015. Police will then begin strict enforcement for violators who do not put helmets on child passengers.

This government prioritization of child helmet use would not have been possible without your support. Your contributions have enabled us to implement our Helmets for Kids programs, which involves a component of government engagement. Through the implementation of our school-based programs, we have strengthened our relationships with the government, increased their focus on road safety, and built their capacity to effectively improve Vietnam’s roads. The National Child Helmet Action Plan is a key example, and similar policy changes will lead to more sustainable and widespread interventions that protect Vietnamese children from road traffic casualties.

AIP Foundation teaches a child how to use a helmet
AIP Foundation teaches a child how to use a helmet
Students celebrate their new helmets with a dance
Students celebrate their new helmets with a dance
Launch event for child helmet enforcement plan
Launch event for child helmet enforcement plan
Students promote helmet safety messages on stage.
Students promote helmet safety messages on stage.

Extracurricular activities are a major component of the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation’s Helmets for Kids program. These activities are enacted to reinforce students’ awareness of child helmet use and road safety. Hundreds of Vietnamese students participated in engaging road safety themed games and performances these past few months.

Last November, 39 Helmets for Kids schools in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, and Dong Nai provinces participated in “Making Traffic Safety Fun” talent shows. These shows were the first extracurricular events under the Helmets for Kids program to gather schools province-wide. Through the arts of song, dance, and fashion, students and teachers showcased their road safety knowledge and expressed their commitment to helmet use and safe road behavior. Representatives from the Vietnamese government, AIP Foundation, and corporate partners played the role of talent show judges.

AIP Foundation organized a Traffic Safety Day on December 11th at Chuong Duong Primary School in Hanoi. More than 380 individuals, including students and teachers of Chuong Duong Primary School, attended the event. Students participated in traffic safety games and were educated on how to wear helmets correctly. Traffic Safety Day was a project component of our Helmets for Families program in Ho Chi Minh City and Tra Vinh Province.

An extracurricular event was organized at Ai Quoc Primary School in Hanoi on December 16th. Over 850 individuals attended, including students, teachers, and parents of Ai Quoc Primary School; the Ai Quoc Bureau of Education and Training; and the Ai Quoc People’s Committee and Youth Union. Parents and teachers teamed up with students to learn about the importance of using helmets and being safe on the roads. 

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide students with these fun opportunities to understand the importance of wearing helmets when traveling by motorcycle or bicycle. We will continue reinforcing this life-saving message over the coming months.

Students are excited about Traffic Safety Day!
Students are excited about Traffic Safety Day!
Students team up to complete the road safety game.
Students team up to complete the road safety game.

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AIP Foundation

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, District 1 - Vietnam
Website: http:/​/​aip-foundation.org/​
Project Leader:
Peggy Ramin
Development Coordinator
Ho Chi Minh City, District 1, Vietnam
$12,936 raised of $22,500 goal
 
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