last update 09 Apr 2008
Results in the Huong Tho commune
There where we started two years ago meanwhile 20 women earn her money regularly with “their” pigs. The most prosperous women have sold the fourth generation of pigs and earned about 600 Euro. Where I came I met active women who showed me her attainments like a water cistern from bricks or a television set. These women are enabled to live without further aid from Courage e.V. and we are able to help other single women. Our claim to give “help for become self-supporting” was confirmed in practice.
When I visited her in Oct 2007 she was “relocated” the second time. The community had resettled her three months ago. She should get some land and an amount of 300 Euro for the construction of a house. She agreed. Because the money don’t suffice she used her savings and the receipts from selling the pigs. Now she has a new house – this time her own one, but no more money to buy new piglets.
In our meeting of members we had resolved that women who lost their piglets despite of diligence and struggle should get compensation - implying Mrs. Hien's and the Women’s Union recommendation. Thus Mrs. Chut will get piglets soon because she is not liable for her difficult situation.
The visit in Quang Thai
was difficult because of several reasons. Firstly the approach per motorbike leads through the flood water area left by the typhoon. One part has to be realised by a boat (see photo). Secondly Mrs. Ha from the Women’s Union was absent during the first visit for private reasons. Accordingly we were annoying because we could not find the women and pupils in the project without her help. Road signs and road maps were not available.
That means that our sponsorship is open. Mrs. Hien and Mrs. Ha proposed to continue as before because the mothers are really poor and could use the money for clothes and additionally food. The decision should be done by the godparents if they will follow the proposal or if they will start a new sponsorship.
The other godchildren are twin sisters. Their results at school are not so good and they were not included in the project of the other organisation. They learn fairly and gave us drawings and letters for the godparents in Germany.
Visit in Huong Ho
We could not consider the rain of the typhoon and went by motorbike along the Perfume River, passing the famous Lyn Mu Pagode on a broken road (but not longer covered with mud) to Huong Ho.
Further activities during the visit
We have had a lot of discussions with the deputies of the Women’s Union. On the one hand we looked for new possibilities to help for self-support (beside the pig project). All interviewees told us that the breeding of pigs is the best way to help single women in Vietnamese villages.
On the other hand Gerd Willkommen tried to point out the reasons for poorness of single women. The most important problem is the fact that the fathers behave irresponsible against her children without any morally or governmental consequences.
After a virus epidemic which afflicted pigs in Vietnam the price for living piglets increased strongly. We have to provide more for this project. Other prices are rising, too (i.e. fuel: 2005 one litre was 7.000 Vietnamese Dong (VND), today it’s more than 11.500 VND).
The project idea to help women to become self-supporting is successfully realised in practise. Generally we will continue the approved support by buying piglets. The intensive search for other possibilities was without result. Only in single exceptional cases there will be solutions as the training for seamstress or the help for strating a production of incense sticks.
Considerable support we got from the responsible of the Women’s Union in Huong Tho commune and the neighbour commune Huong Ho, both situated at the Perfume River. Therefore we will continue our support there. In the Quang Thai commune we have had not so good experience – we will not increase our help there.
For a better qualification of the women in breeding piglets to get better success the education will be continued. In Oct 2007 an exchange of experience of all participating women from Huog Tho commune took place.
The selected women from Huong Ho commune will be educated this month. Thereafter they will construct the barns and about 4 weeks after acceptance each will get the three piglets.
I appreciate for comments, critical or consenting hints.
Head of Courage e.V.