HAPPINESS

BIG LOVE !

EURASIA CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2013  

  As  I  am  writing  to  share  news  about  Eurasia,  there  are  heavy  floods  in  Central  Vietnam.   During  my  last  stay  in  Hue,  three  typhoons  have  severely  damaged  the  region,  and   shortly  afterwards,  typhoon  Haiyan  that  has  caused   so  much  destruction  in  the   Philippines  also  brought  about  suffering  and  destructions  in  the  Hue  region.   It’s  a  difficult  end  of  the  year  for  the  people  of  this  part  of  the  world.   These  natural  catastrophes  also  had  some  impact  on  our  projects  and  programs  this  fall.   We  send  all  of  our  dear  members  and  friends  our  best  wishes  and  good  thoughts  for   Christmas  and  the  New  Year.  Our  prayers  are  with  all  those  who  suffer  from  these   terrible  natural  catastrophes.   May  the  New  Year  bring  Happiness,  Comfort,  Solidarity,  Peace  and  Safety  to  all.  

        Training,  learning  and  development  at  the  Peaceful  Bamboo  Family  (Tinh  Truc  Gia   or  TTG),  Vocational  training  center  and  living  community  for  youngsters  living  with   disabilities.  

         • Despite  the  bad  weather,  we  were  able  to  conduct  a  training  session  for  all  the   special  educators  and  teachers  from  Hue.  The  theme  was:  “Social  and  Emotional   Learning  (ESL)”  About  sixty  educators  joined  the  training.  

         • We  also  conducted  an  internal  training  for  our  own  staff  and  for  the  youngsters   on  the  mid  to  long-­‐term  vision  for  our  community.

        • This  summer,  Mr.  Tu,  our  Executive  Director  went  to  Germany  to  take  part  in  an   intercultural  training  to  learn  how  to  better  supervise  international  interns.

        • Mr.  Hai,  a  new  staff  member  went  to  Bhutan  for  a  youth  camp  learning  and   practicing  Gross  National  Happiness,  the  development  philosophy  of  Bhutan.

         • Mr.  Tu  and  Mr.  Hung  our  gardener  went  to  India  in  September  for  an  intense   training  in  ecological  agriculture  in  Navdanya,  the  Earth  University  of  the   renowned  ecologist  Vandana  Shiva.  They  both  came  back  full  of  enthusiasm  and   with  many  ideas  on  how  to  develop  our  biodynamic  garden.  

    The  extension  of  the  biodynamic  garden  of  the  Peaceful  Bamboo  Family  

         We  have  found  a  wonderful  plot  of  land  adjacent  to  our  current  garden.  This  additional   land  will  allow  us  to  develop  further  the  vocational  training  and  give  meaningful  work   for  our  youngsters.  We  also  want  to  create  training  center  in  organic  and  biodynamic   agriculture.  Furthermore,  it  will  enable  us  to  create  income-­‐generating  activities  and   make  the  community  financially  more  self-­‐reliant.  We  are  now  fundraising  for  this   project  and  would  appreciate  any  support  to  help  us  to  buy  the  new  land.  

    Early  detection  and  early  intervention  office  in  Ho  Chi  Minh  City  and  in  Hue  

        Mr.  Khanh,  the  representative  of  Eurasia  in  Vietnam  has  developed  a  very  dynamic   activity  in  the  field  of  early  detection  and  intervention  as  well  as  counseling  to  parents  of   children  with  developmental  problems.  There  are  now  two  full  time  coworkers   (educator  and  psychologist)  working  with  him  in  Ho  Chi  Minh  City.  He  plans  to  start  a   training  program  for  parents  next  year.  

   Special  classes  in  primary  school  and  special  kindergarten  in  Hue

        Eurasia  has  co-­‐sponsored  a  new  class  for  children  with  special  needs  in  a  Primary   School  in  Hue,  and  has  also  supported  the  creation  of  a  special  kindergarten  unit  within   a  large  and  innovative  kindergarten.  Eurasia  trains  the  teachers  and  also  offers  them   supervision.The  inclusive  Kindergarten  in  the  Peaceful  Bamboo  Family  that  we  plan  to   open  this  spring  will  be  a  training  center  for  the  kindergarten  teachers  of  Hue  City.

 

 This  is  our  Spring  2014  Program  

  Training  course  on  early  childhood  development  and  early  intervention  at  Tinh  Truc   Gia,  Hue  Vietnam:

  April  17  and  18,  2014

  Eurasia  Festival  with  the  Hue  City  authorities  at  Thuan  Thanh  School,  Hue,  Vietnam  

April  19,  2014  

Inauguration  of  the  new  workshops,  of  the  tearoom  and  of  the  Kindergarten  in  Tinh   Truc  Gia,  Hue  Vietnam:  

April  20,  2014  

 

   If  you  want  to  join  us  for  these  important  celebrations  that  open  a  new  phase  in  the   development  of  Tinh  Truc  Gia  and  Eurasia,  please  contact  me  at:  

lisiha@hotmail.com  

 

    We  have  the  following  projects  for  2014-­‐2015

       • Strengthening  the  new  development  phase  of  TTG.

       • Developing  the  new  workshops

       • Buying  the  new  land  to  extend  the  garden

       • Opening  the  tearoom

       • Developing  social  entrepreneurship  and  micro  credit  for  a  better  integration  of   young  people  living  with  disabilities  

       • Starting  the  inclusive  Kindergarten  

       • Training  kindergarten  teachers  

       • Training  organic  and  biodynamic  farmers  and  gardeners

       • Developing  Beloved  School

       • Preparing  an  international  conference  for  people  living  with  disabilities  in  2015  

    The  City  of  Hue  wants  to  create  more  workshops  and  vocational  training  for  young   people  living  with  disabilities.  Thuan  Thanh  School  has  presented  us  a  vocational   training  workshops  project  and  we  hope  to  be  able  to  help  them  in  2015.

    We  also  want  to  strengthen  our  networking  in  the  field  of  alternative  education,  organic   gardening  and  ecology  in  Vietnam  and  abroad.

     Dear  members  and  friends,  we  need  your  support  more  than  ever  to  strengthen  the   many  wonderful  achievements  and  for  the  next  important  phase  of  the  development  of   the  activities  of  Eurasia  to  bring  happiness,  wellbeing,  social  integration  and  the   flourishing  of  all  their  potential  to  the  children  and  young  people  living  with  disabilities.      

      We  thank  you  with  all  our  heart  for  your  generous  support  over  the  years.

      Merry  Christmas  and  a  Happy  New  Year  from  our  team  in  Vietnam  and  in  Switzerland.

    For  your  donations:

  Association  Eurasia

  CCP  17-­‐496738-­‐5  

Banque  Cantonale  Vaudoise  

Compte  987.86.01

  IBAN  CH78  0076  7000  A098  7860  1  

Please  read  our  blog  www.TINHTRUCGIA.ch  and  our  website:  www.eurasia.org.vn