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15th ANNIVERSARY OF HEDO FOUNDATION

IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS

UNDCP Country Office - Vietnam
British Embassy in Hanoi
Huron University - London
The British Council Vietnam
WWF Indochina Programme
Vietnamese Students in Huron University London

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A hunger eradication and poverty reduction project
In mountainous bac kan province

On 3rd June 1997, Prof. Trinh Ngoc Trinh -Director of HEDO, Vice Chairman of Bac Kan People’s Committee and Mr. Daniel Shepherd - Representative of British Embassy have finished the last monitoring visit of project “Animal rearing for hunger eradication and poverty reduction” code 0062 in Cuong Loi commune of Na Ri district, Bac Kan province. British Embassy funded 10,000 USD for this project.

HEDO - a non-governmental organization has mobilized the domestic and international organizations to support the education development, advanced technology and science transfer, health care, hunger eradication and poverty reduction in a number of mountainous and ethnic minority especially upland areas.

During the past seven years, HEDO has been implementing nearly 60 projects in mountainous provinces from Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Son La to Central Highland and South to come with ethnic minority people of Vietnam with noble humanitarian mission.

This is the first project funded by British Embassy that HEDO has implemented in Bac Kan province and it has been started in the fastest time. It only took 3 months to draw up project and disburse fund to local farmers. As a newly separated province from Bac Thai province, Bac Kan meets a lot of difficulties especially education and health. Cuong Loi commune has total population of 1,543 with 293 households of which 30% are poor. The travelling is very difficult in this area. The road of 80 km to commune goes through many high mountains. Even it is a long slope, which is about 8 km and when we reach the top, our ears will be buzzed like flying on the plane. If it rains for one or two hours, the rivers and stream are so flooded that water encroaches on the road. At the first stage of the project, loans with interest of 0.3% have been provided to 105 households. And the farmers have to pay the loan every 6 months.  After two years, all households will have to pay off the loan. This fund will be presented to Cuong Loi commune to build or provide facilities school in the commune. Although the project scale is modest, it brings realistic effectiveness to people in the commune. After borrowing 1.4 millions VND, Mrs. Nong Thi Mien said “I will buy a buffalo which can reproduce one buffalo per year and it will make profit of 800,000 VND”. And Mr. Hoang Van Lat borrowed 1.5 millions VND to buy two reproductive pigs and cattle food. He expects that he can make profit of 1.2 to 1.5 million VND for one year after excluding the necessary expenses etc. Cuong Loi commune lies in upland. Therefore, shortage of cattle food often happens in winter. At the second stage of project, HEDO in cooperation with Biological Technology Institute under National Center for Natural Science and Technology will help farmers the methods of processing yeast and preserving cattle food from soybean, groundnut, maize and grass tree etc to ensure food for buffaloes and bulls in winter. One behalf of provincial leadership, Mr. Leng Van Ty expressed sincere gratitude to British Embassy and HEDO for supporting local farmers. And he strongly believes that Cuong Loi farmers will spend loan with proper purpose to develop animal breeding so that it becomes an important extra job, which combines with agricultural production to abolish hunger and reduce poverty..

Mr. Daniel, Consular of British Embassy did not hesitate the long and difficult way, came and studied living standard of people in the commune and provided money directly to farmers. He was pleased to visit a Vietnamese upland province that has immense landscape and talk with honest and hospitable people who unite together to work for new life and strengthen the friendly relationship between Britain and Vietnam.

Writen by Trinh Van Quy

 


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