August 30th, 2017
Report on a control trip to Vietnam in March 2017
11-14. 03. in 2017 Gerd Willkommen visited the projects in the province
of Thua Thien Hue. In addition, Norbert Franke, member of Courage e. V.
who took over the sponsorship for a woman in Huong Van and wanted to
get to know her for the first time. Two days later Dr. Jörg Fröbel, who
was introduced everywhere as Gerd Willkommen's possible successor,
- The main
focus was on the preparation and conclusion of a partnership agreement
with a group of women's union in the Huong Tra district. That opens
Courage e. V. for the first time the possibility of applying for
funding from BMZ. On the basis of the preparation by the chairman and
Jörg Fröbel and thanks to the work of a qualified translator from
Hanoi, we were able to clarify our concern of the Women's Union in
Huong Tra county and negotiate a mutually accepted treaty text and at
the end of our stay to sign the treaty. By signing a partnership
agreement with a group in the women's union of Huong Trà county, the
basis for the intended application process of BMZ/Bengo funding for 30
Vietnamese women was created.
Thuyet, Chairman of the Women's Union of Huong Tra, and Gerd
Willkommen, Chairman of Courage e. V., signed the partnership agreement
on 13 March 2017.
projects carried out last year in Huong Toan and Huong Chuong were
visited. The results of the women who received their first piglets 14
months ago are impressive. In most of the stables we visited there are
three sows. Some of the piglets that have been born in the meantime had
already been sold; the other part is raised and then weighed at a
weight of approx. 60kg sold. Women design this process individually. It
is clear that the women are trying to achieve good earnings through
effective pig breeding.
woman in Huong Toan raised and sold her first pigs. In the three
stables there were nevertheless three mother sows. She has leased a
nearby fish pond from the proceeds of the sale in order to gain another
source of income.
many cases, plants are used as food which women in public waters can
harvest without any financial expense. Others use their own land to
grow cassava or grate banana plants and then cook them.
the sale of only one piglet, the national poverty line of a minimum
income of 570,000 VND per month has already been doubled. Last year, a
woman visited by a woman who had sold one of three sows sold 21 million
Vietnamese Dong, thus exceeding the poverty line (for one month) 38
have also seen that a mentally handicapped woman was not completely
able to take advantage of the given opportunity and was overtaxed with
hygiene in the pigsty. It was difficult for Mrs. Hien to understand
that she would not have accepted this woman into the project and that
she would have chosen someone for it who could make better use of the
opportunity offered. This shows a constant and repeated conflict of
weighing up, which Mrs. Hien has to contend with. She wants to help
everyone, especially the disadvantaged. This, however, exceeds the
financial possibilities of Courage e. V. Precisely because we have only
a small budget at our disposal, we are particularly keen to ensure that
we have an effective financial commitment, which we are generally able
Fröbel was elected by all the relevant persons and institutions as a
possible future chairman of "Courage e. V." introduced. The decision is
ultimately a matter for the general meeting to decide. It is also
important that Jörg Fröbel and Mrs. Hien expand mutual understanding.
The willingness of both sides was confirmed in practice. The accounting
of the outstanding finances for the past financial year has already
been carried out by Jörg Fröbel together with Mrs. Hien.
member of Courage e. V., Norbert Franke, had travelled with him to meet
the woman he had been living with for about two years. For three years
he has provided financial support in many respects, i. e. for which he
has donated to Courage and for which our local representative has
arranged everything (e. g. house building, biogas plant etc.). Mrs.
Huong is deaf, and during our stay she was sent to an ENT doctor at the
expense of Norbert Franke. He stated that Mrs. Huong would not be able
to hear conversations even with a hearing aid. All that remains for her
is learning sign language. The conditions for this are still to be
The second activity outside the direct pig project was the support of a
young widow with two children, Mrs. Hue, who was forced out of her
mother-in-law's house after the death of her husband. A donor from
Germany, together with Vietnamese organisations, had financed the
construction of a new house and promised further support. She's already
moved into the house. Ms. Hue would like to open a kiosk for drinks,
because her house is located directly on the main road.
During this visit, it was also evident from a comparison with other
NGOs that our only employee, Mrs Ton Nu Thi Hien, is underpaid in her
function. Other persons in their function receive three times this
amount, which is why I propose to pay Mrs. Hien 300 € per month with
retroactive effect from 01.01.2017. Their achievements and commitment
to date justify this proposal.
I would ask the members of Courage for feedback, particularly on the
proposal for salary increases and the application for funding. If
someone doesn't speak out, I'd take that as approval.
Erzhausen, March 21, 2017
Chairman of "Courage"