Chu Lai, Nui Thanh, Vietnam - Tran Cong Phuong, 67

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Chu Lai, Nui Thanh, VN -- Today I visited Tran Cong Phuong, 67 years old, former ARVN paratrooper. I met him in 1989 when I first returned to visit my family after 15 years in the US. I stay in touch with Phuong ever since. He is among tens of thousands beneficiaries of VNAH humanitarian program. 
Phuong is working full time at a local handicrafts affiliated with a Japanese company to produce ropes and figurines using green rice straws and bamboo for traditional rituals and ceremony in Japan.

MOLISA Hoi Thao Workshop

Hanoi - On March 24, 2017, the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) organized a workshop to gather international inputs and experience on Social Work as a Profession and the development for a new Social Work Law. 

Since 2001, VNAH and its technical partners such as the U.S. National Council on Disability (NCD), Harvard Law School Project on Disability ( and others, have been a steadfast partner with MOLISA and the Committee on Social Affairs of the National Assembly of Vietnam (CSA) in the effort to develop and enact laws and legislations with profound impact on the lives of millions of Vietnamese with disabilities. 

With more than 26 years working experience in Vietnam, and since the Social Work as a Profession is new with Vietnam, VNAH is poised to provide much needed technical assistance to CSA and MOLISA's effort to develop the Social Work legislation. 

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Prof. JOAN GABEL, Provost of North Carolina University (USA) shared the American experience on social work development with about 120 participants.

VNAH's School Education Exchange Program in Vietnam

Mr. Hiroshi Tanikawa, Chairman, AEFA (Japan) received an Award for his dedication to support/improve the education for Vietnamese primary school children from Ministry of Education and Training - March 15, 2017

Since 2005, VNAH and AEFA with support from Nippon Foundation and private donors, have built more than 130 primary, secondary schools and boarding houses in rural, mountainous regions of Vietnam. 

Currently, the program continues to build 5 more new schools slated for completion later this fall.

Visiting Danang City

" impromptu meeting with VNAH program's beneficiaries at a sidewalk cafe in Danang City yesterday before my flight home..." So happy to see Ms. Doan thi Tam, 57, a landmine victim; Mr. Nguyen Xuan Hoa, 61, ex-ARVN; Le Hoa, 63 and an unidentified amputee. So happy to cafe with them.
Tinh co gap lai vai nguoi than thuong tai mot quan cafe goc duong Tran quoc Toan, Tp Danang... Jan 11, 2017.

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