last update 10 Jan 2008
From 02-24 to 03-15-2007 an inspection took place. The representative of Courage in Hue, Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Hien, accompanied the chairman of Courage, Mr. Gerd Willkommen, during all site visits and meetings with Vietnamese partners. Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Hien provided all interpretation.
The goal of the trip was:
Results of project with women in the villages Huong Tho and Quang Thai
The findings of the site visits were very positive.
Courage started in the commune Huong Tho where the women invested the capital they earned from selling their pigs. In Huong Tho the project has already paid for itself.
In April 2006 the first group of eight women got their piglets, each woman received three. Three piglets died in the first weeks (12.5%). The others were successful raised and sold. The generated proceeds were partly used for buying new piglets. Through the end of February 39 pigs were sold. This is equivalent to 1.800 Euro! Two women did not continue with the project. Currently six women have 12 piglets in their sties. They want to continue in the program.1 (see explanation below!)
The women of the third and largest group got their three piglets on a cold, windy and rainy day. Despite injections and the donation of concentrated feeding stuff 17.5% of the piglets died in the first week. It was a bitter loss for these women. They canít compensate for it by themselves. Should Courage make good the loss? I think yes! But can we be sure that all of the piglets really died? The representative of the Womenís Union in Hong Ho thinks otherwise.1
The main challenge for all of the women is to supply enough suitable prepared feed. Ninety-five per cent of the women decided to feed up only two piglets, which is manageable and also yields profit.
Scholarship for four students in Huong Tho
Last year Courage paid the school fees and purchased school uniforms for four students in the secondary school of the village. This time we visited the households of these half-orphans and their school. They are still good and assiduous students.
Investigation for project enlargement / extension
Courage would like to expand the project. We would like to open a fund with aid money. Women with promising business ideas can ask for credit. The payback to the fund occurs without interest. The extension of credit is likely to enhance the recipientís involvement and senses of responsibility and self-determination. During the stay in Hue Mr. Willkommen spoke with many representatives of other NGOs in the Hue province in order to learn of their experiences in similar projects.
Our representative in Hue
The efficiency and success of our project depends on our representative on location, Mrs. Ton Nu Thi Hien. She assures that our aid money really reaches the needy women. She did an excellent job. In Vietnam she implemented our concept and achieved good results in reality.
Remarks about the situation of the women in the project areas
Many of the single women with their children were impoverished when their husbands or partners left them and disappeared. To pay alimony is unusual in Vietnam. It is a rare exception when one of these women brings an action against the fathers of their children in order to get financial support. The Womenís Union of Vietnam helps needy women. Courage operates in close cooperation with the Womenís Union.
Many of the men went into the big cities, do not have a regular income, and cannot be obligated to pay for their children. It is not only in Vietnam that men evade their obligations to wife and children, but the percentage is higher than in, for example, Germany.
Chairman of Courage e.V.