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IFP Vietnam Alumni Activities As of February 2008 Annual meetings Funds contributed and created by alumni Training/Lecture events Meetings with alumni in the region Involvement in IFP Vietnam program What IFP Vietnam alumni would like to do with alumni from other countries Challenges
IFP VIETNAM ALUMNI(image taken by Doan Thi Tuyen, 2001 cohort)
10 host countries where IFP Vietnam Fellows study•Canada•United States•United Kingdom•The Netherlands•Australia•New Zealand•China•Malaysia•Philippines•Thailand Total 156 fellows: 76 completed study 58 returned to Vietnam; others pursuing further studies
12 alumni members met with mentors,First Meeting in Jan 2005 formed Mission Statement & contributed money to create Water-lily Fund Water-lily Fund “The IFP Vietnam alumni are committed to apply our knowledge and skills to increase access to economic and educational opportunities for persons of marginalized and disadvantaged communities. Our work will demonstrate the values of accountability, philanthropy, integrity, democracy, respect for a person’s rights, networking and mutual support.” - Jan 2005
Second Meeting – November 2006 35 Alumni & CEEVN US Ambassador’s residencepresented a mid-term report onIFP Vietnam to the Vietnamesegovernment And IFPstakeholdersAlumni met with governmentofficials, diplomats, FF Rep, IFPstakeholders
Second Meeting – November 2006 (cont’d) Each alumnae created individual poster of his/her Origin, IFP Journey, and the Return to share with each other and with invited guests
Second Annual Meeting – November 2006 (cont’d) Alumni discussed and listed by regional groups what assets they have in terms of skills, knowledge, passions Contributed $470 to create Alumni Admin Fund Nominated 4 coordinators Alumni Admin Fund
Formed 5 interest groups: (health, education,community dev, library & IT, charity & fundraising). Each group chose a leader. Designated an IT group responsible for alumni website management; Two alumni volunteered to serve as Contact Persons for two years, replacing former 4 coordinators; Hospitality Committee formed to take Third Annual Meeting – January 2008 care of alumni related matters; also manages Alumni Admin Fund created in 2006; Formed Charity Fund Committee - Ban Tu Thien Created a new Charity Fund with $ 683 Chair: Vo Minh Phuc contributed by alumni at the meeting. Quy Tu Thien
Funds contributed and created by alumni Quy Hoa Sung ~ Created in 2005 Support to poor college students who Might have to drop out. Voluntary contribution. Current balance: $1,203 Referrals by alumni. No managing committee yet. Funds kept in CEEVN Water-lily Fund Quy Tu ThienQuy AlumniAlumni Admin Fund Charity Fund Created in 2008 to provide 10kgs rice monthly to the most vulnerable group of HIV-AIDS patients in Bac Lieu province.Created in 2006 for alumni admin expenses Voluntary contribution at 3rd Annual Meeting,and hospitality matters, min $24/year/person. Jan 2008: $683. Managed by Charity FundManaged by the Hospitality Committee. Committee, chaired by Dr. Vo Minh Phuc (who had to suspend his study at U Hawaii due to cancer)
Post-Fellowship TRAINING/LECTURE/WORKSHOPS1) April 2006: Asset Based Community/Citizen-driven Development (ABCD) training for 15 alumni at An Giang University, Vietnam2) July 2006 – two alumni to Coady International Institute (Nova Scotia, Canada) for 3 week training in ABCD supported by Ford Hanoi Office3) Nov 2006 – re-entry Lecture in Hanoi: “Understanding Vietnam’s three sectors: The State, Business, and Civil Societies – 35 alumni attended.4) March 2007 – Proposal Writing workshop at Da Lat U– 18 alumni (2 days)5) Dec 2007 – 7 day-ABCD training at An Giang University for 25 alumni (Vietnam and Thailand)6) January 2008 – Seven alumni attended Global Leadership for Social Justice Forum at Khon Kaen University, Thailand. (7 days)7) April 2008: Workshop at Hong Duc University, Thanh Hoa Province, to share experience using different participatory approaches in working with local communities. Organized by one alumnus for 12 alumni with 20 development practitioners and community people.
MEETINGS WITH REGIONAL ALUMNI April 2006: one alumna attended first IFP Thailand alumni meeting to share about our experience in Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) training; Dec 2006: two alumni attended the IFP India Alumni Network Meeting in New Delhi; Jan 2008: attended Global Leadership for SocialJustice Forum GLSJF) at Khon Kaen University, Thailandwith 40 alumni from six countries
40 alumni from six countries in Asia region attended Global Leadership for SocialJustice Forum (GLSJF) Jan 25 – Feb 1, 2008, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Alumni Involvement with CEEVN in IFP Vietnam ProgramCEEVN In-country outreach & recruitment Application advising to potential candidates in difficult and remote areas Facilitating activities during selection process Post-selection orientation/Skills Assessment Pre-Academic Training (PAT) Pre-Departure Orientation (esp. SUPs, Clusters) Plan & host post in-country fellowship activities in Plan and implement Global LSJForum
WOULD LIKE TO DO WITH OTHER ALUMNI- Meet to share challenges and effects of the Mekong River with those from Mekong river countries- Share our experience applying the Asset-Based Community-driven Development (ABCD) approach in our work- Learn more about micro-finance Host seminars/conferences to bring alumni together to share ideas, experiences, and discuss issues related to indigenous knowledge, inclusive education, poverty alleviation, HIV-AIDS, micro-credit- Learn from other alumni experience and skills in developing local NGOs, working in NGOs;…
Challenges Living in 28 different provinces – far away from each other, not too easy to get together Country’s conditions do not yet allow for formation of an Association/NGO; limited from fund raising in Vietnam (not allowed to make a stamp or official receipts, unless registered) Do not have one alumnae who can designate time to plan and coordinate alumni activities; managing website; creating newsletters…