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Gender equality & Sexual education

This program focus on promoting the economic independence and social integration for women in rural areas. By this, the poor and vulnerable women attend to the need of their family and strengthen their position in the community through diversification and increase their income and better understanding their basis rights. The development and establishment of a school Sex & Health Education curriculum for both boys and girls in secondary school will educate the younger generation in women’s equality, and build on the community change in attitude toward girls and women.

Activities are implemented to achieve gender equality as follow:

  • Training sessions on topics: Basic human rights, Domestic violence, Positive thinking, Self awareness, etc
  • Establishment of safe houses, happy families club, etc

 

 

 

 

  • Organization classes of life skills & sexual education
  • Workshops, & competition, etc.

Environment

Biogas Systems – Thiện Chí has introduced the Biogas system which produces methane gas for medium to large piggeries. The eco-friendly systems are relatively easy to install, with many farmers now able to install the system themselves. They have a very simple operating procedure with minimal maintenance required and in many instances, the methane gas produced is enough to run the entire piggery. The substantial saving in the amount of energy needed is helping to reduce forest destruction, and the farmers are also benefiting with reduced energy costs and a cleaner environment throughout the pig pens.
 
 
 
Organic Fertiliser – Thiện Chí is recommending the use of organic fertilizer to farmers throughout the districts and has commenced production of organic compost to highlight the benefits. Read more …..
Waste Recycling Plants – These plants have been established by Thiện Chí to address the ever increasing problem of waste collection and disposal. Waste is collected and sorted into recycling and compost bins. Recycling waste is sold and waste suitable for compost is treated and processed before being sold as organic fertiliser. Read more ….
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tree Planting – To help provide a greener environment, Thiên Chí planted 10,000 trees throughout the district of Đức Linh in 2012. Many of these trees provide economic support for needy communities and also promote benefits to the environment. In 2013, Thiên Chí continues this program with plans to plant another 10,000 trees.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Water & Soil Contamination – Poor household sanitation is contributing to water and soil contamination in many areas. Support to build latrines, wells and clean water filtering systems is having an impact on changing village life for the better. Providing benefits of a cleaner environment with improved community health, increased water catchment and safer food supplies is increasing the awareness of environmental issues throughout our communities. In 2012, Thiên Chí supported the installation of 245 latrines and 36 wells for those living in poverty. Installation of Alum Water Processing Systems in 52 households in the district of Đức Linh was completed in May 2013. As a result, over 260 people now have direct access to clean water supplies.
 
 
 

Livestock

livestock1_1Paravets -To encourage a better variety of animals, Thiện Chí helps to train para vets and also provides credit to them to set up model farms. Vaccination programs are also run in co-operation with the government Livestock Centre. Thiện Chí staff also encourage new techniques in production methods with the local communities which will help to increase output and quality, reduce costs and increase income, and to be more environmental friendly.
 
Biogas systems -These methane gas producing livestock1_2systems have been successfully introduced into medium to large sized piggeries. Low cost, they are economical: the investment is recouped within less than a year. One system replaces firewood and thus saves about one tree every month. The emission of the dangerous methane gas is eliminated.
 
Egg Inclivestock2_1ubation – With technical training and advice from Thiện Chí staff, many successful ‘free range’ chicken enterprises have been established. The egg incubation technology has increased product output and the free range quality has increased the demand for these chickens. Thiện Chí now uses these successful egg incubation ventures as teaching and training venues for interested farmers from other communities.
 
Micro Loan Assistance – Tlivestock2_2hose poor households who obtain loans to raise pigs, chickens, ducks etc are supported with technical training, vaccination requirements, etc. Visits by Thiện Chí to assess their progress at made at regular intervals.
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Agronomy

veg gardenThis program sets up farmers’ groups and provides them with the opportunity of regular training. Field trips are organized to learn about new techniques. Assistance is provided to acquire suitable and cheaper inputs from recommended sources. Thien Chi advised this farmer how to install automatic watering to his vegetable garden. His output has increased by 30% and the increased quality has made his produce easy to market. This farm is now used as a pilot to train other farmers in this relatively cheap technique.

 

 

agric1This farmer used an interest free loan from Thien Chi to buy a net: She can now grow vegetables even during the heavy rains. She also uses less chemicals and her monthly income has greatly increased.

 

 

 

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Thien Chi provided dragon fruit advice for this couple who can now afford to pay university fees for 3 of their children.

Helping the poorest

helping1 With the help of our local Village Workers and local partners including People’s Committees, Women’s Union and, local Schools…, Thiện Chí identifies families in need. Our Integrated Approach is implemented and assessments made by experienced staff . One or more of the following support services may be provided:  
Providing education scholarships The costs associated with attending school include: uniforms, textbooks, notebooks and stationery, school resource levies & extra tuition fees which many families simply cannot afford. By providing Education Scholarships of 500,000VND (approx. USD25) per year for primary and secondary students and 1,000,000 VND (approx. US$50) to subsidize the costs, many families are eager to send their children to school. Thiện Chí provides one scholarship per family per year with the provision that all school age children in the household are attending school. In 2015, Thiện Chí provided a total of 1,827 families with Education Scholarship support.
 
 
Organizing treatment for health problems If a family is helping2experiencing hardship due to health problems, assistance can be provided for diagnosis. Support for medical insurance, travel to HCMC for treatment, ongoing medication, the effect on family incomes etc. are all major issues Thiện Chí health staff consider when coordinating an action plan with local authorities and village workers to provide assistance to these needy families. In 2015, Thiện Chí provided health support for a total of 104 families. Besides, we organized total 133 health trainings for 3,539 village people
 
Providing trahelping3ining and interest free loans for agriculture, or to start a small business. Interest free micro loans to commence a small business can be provided as a way to supplement family income. This program focuses on women, and if required, training in agricultural techniques will be provided to support the new venture. In 2015, Thiện Chí had ongoing Micro Loans to an average of 2,969 households each month.
Mobilizing the community to help build better housing In partnership with the community and Local Authorities, Thiện Chí can assist those families experiencing extreme hardship with the provision of suitable and adequate housing. In 2015, Thiện Chí provided support to build a total of 27 houses.