last update 10 Jan 2008
On the 3rd of March 2006 Mr. and Mrs. Schreiber and Mr. Willkommen, accountant and president of Courage e.V., started their trip to Vietnam under very bad weather conditions. There was a big snowstorm in Frankfurt, but luckily two hours later we could take off and could arrive just in time in the warmth and humidity of Hue-city. Our representative, Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Hien, received us beaming with joy at the airport Hue, in the city of the ancient Vietnamese emperor.
Our representative in Hue
The next day, Sunday, was reserved for sight seeing and a meeting with Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Hien and her daughter.
Mrs. Hien lost her job as housemaid in 2004. Since then she and her daughter lived without incomes together with the younger sister, niece and younger brother on 27 sqm. Her monthly expenses for accommodation, water and energy are USD 40. Mrs. Hien graduated from courses on hairstyling, make-up and flower arrangements from an international school in Ho Chi Minh City, supported by donations from Mr. And Mrs. Willkommen. Now Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Hien plans to start her own business on this basis.
Signature of a contract
On Monday, the first working day of the week, we had an appointment with the Foreign Relations Department of the Peopleís Committee of Thua Thien Hue. The head of the department, Mr. Chau Ding Nguyen, and Mr. Willkommen signed the contract in a ceremonious act. This contract decribes the basic principles of our assistance for Vietnamese women.
Visit with the single women at Huong Tho village
In the afternoon an informal meeting with the Womenís Union of the district took place.
Pig-breeding in Ai Tu
We would like to give these women a chance to make a better life, by providing means for them to help themselves. We buy pigs for them, which they can breed and then fatten. In this manner they are able to achieve a small income. We visited the breeding farm in Ai Tu in order to order the first 40 piglets.
Training courses for the women
Finally the day of training, longingly awaited by the women, arrived. Eight women were selected as the first trainees. The teacher, Mr. Minh, has studied biology, and now works in the National Park Bach Ma.He has trained people for a similar German project inside the buffer zone of the
During the training I was really surprised when the women proposed that we give them not five piglets, as we had planned, but only three. They said they are afraid they might not be able to provide enough food for all five pigs. It was suggested that we use the money saved to help more single women. It was a good day with a lot of discussion. Ms Ton Nu Thi Hien took part in order to learn how to assess the quality of the self-built pigsties.
Just recently Mrs. Hien has inspected all the new pigsties, and found that they meet the requirements. Now the women are waiting for their piglets, which should arrive in the early days of May 2006.
Erzhausen, 06 April 2006