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Established in 2002, Poussieres de Vie is a French-Vietnamese NGO committed to making lasting, positive changes to the lives of Vietnamese children in need. To date the organisation has helped thousands of children and the communities they live in through a variety of projects that focus on education, health, culture preservation, farming and micro-businesses.
PdV starts by building the confidence and trust of the children they work with, moving on to equip them with English language and computer skills that will improve their opportunities in life. The organisation currently has two shelters in Saigon and another in Kon Tum and provides support for 700 orphans via animation and entertainment projects, health care and sexual education.
In Kon Tum, where the school drop out rate is high, particularly among the local Bnar and Jarai ethnic groups, PdV works with vulnerable young people to re-introduce local handicraft techniques like weaving and crafting jewellery from brass and bronze and supports the set up of local businesses. It is also helping to revive the traditional activities of net-fishing and dance performances.
The organisation now has an ambitious new sustainable tourism initiative underway, in collaboration with fellow NGO, Xuân. The Ecolodge Training Hotel will be a high grade professional facility where local young people and those from disadvantaged ethnic groups can learn the skills of the hospitality trade. A traditional stilt house, the hotel will be constructed using local materials and techniques and incorporate a system to treat and re-use water. The joint venture will provide valuable training for thirty people every year and an exciting opportunity for tourists to discover and appreciate a fascinating local culture.
The total cost of the Ecolodge project is estimated at US$ 193 000 – a significant sum for two small NGOs to find. As of September 2013, 30% has been raised and PdV and Xuân are keenly seeking donations so they can continue their dedicated work. Your contribution will directly benefit the youth of Kon Tum, and at the same time help to preserve the traditional culture of its ethnic minorities. Once the building work is complete the hotel will be open to guests, so benefactors have the chance to see for themselves its positive impact on the local community.
Your donation directly benefits their needs:
US$ 550 Funds the annual training fees for one student
US$ 960 Funds the construction fees of a sleeping area in one dormitory
US$ 3 400 Funds the construction of one individual room