At the end of 2010 after a visit to Ta Phin, Sapa, in Vietnam I decided to start a project. I only had one purpose: help this community, the Red Dao ethnic minority people. After four years, I feel that this project is one the most important things that happened in my life!
How it happened? Just feeling and a big desire to contribute for a better world! The support and trust of my friends keep me very focus in working hard in this project and achieve the main goal: “a sustainable project with a positive impact”!
Many donations have been received, five charities events in Hanoi was done, US Grant approved twice and the support from many people and organizations around the world specially from Vietnam made it happen! It was a long way, but extraordinary experience.
We are currently working with some organizations to start with the educational activities and responsible tours as Foot Print (http://www.footprintsvietnam.com/) , Handspan (http://www.handspan.com/) , Discovery Vietnam (http://vietnamdiscovery.com/) and RTC Vietnam (http://www.rtcvietnam.org/)
What this community earn from this? They get a Community House to work there, organic farming training and our support to find new ways to have an extra income, preserving their culture and dignity.
What I learn from this and what’s my advice for all people who wants to start a development project far away? My big learning is that you need to follow your feelings and dreams without questioning too much! Make all research you need to do but keep your passion on fire. Listen all the advices from experts and experienced people but trust on your dream. Don’t analyze too much and do it, try and try again! Choose carefully your team, volunteering is nice but has some problems, there is not too much commitment!
What’s the most important learning? TRUST! Be always honest with you and the community, construct trust, do what you said you will do, make things happen and never quit! Ask always what they want and collaborate with other groups that already have the experience on the field.
A big thank you to all contributors and friends who made it possible!
We keep working on the project! Here is a video of “RED DREAM PROJECT”! Thank you CBT Vietnam (http://www.cbtvietnam.com/) for the collaboration and Kyle Sandilans (http://www.kylesandilands.ca/main.html) for the production!
THANK YOU, Viviana