Eurasia Foundation and Association Newsletter Summer 2015
Dear members and friends of Eurasia
It is with great Joy
that we announce the official opening of the inclusive Kindergarten at the Peaceful Bamboo Family : Tinh Truc Gia=TTG ; living community and vocational training center for people living with disabilities in Hue, Vietnam. We started officially after
Têt, with 10 children, 5 of them, living with disabilities, and we already have a waiting list for the coming months. After the summer we will welcome some more children. This Kindergarten is a pilot project that will serve as a training center for Hue
City Kindergarten teachers for the inclusion of children living with disabilities. A group of architecture students, with the help of a local NGO, ACCD, built a wonderful playground on a voluntary basis, mainly made of recycled materials.
This Kindergarten is perfectly in line with the vision of Eurasia for the coming years.
In the past 17 years, Eurasia has built 3 schools for children with severe disabilities, has created special classes in 7 primary schools in Hue
City, has created a great number of vocational training workshops for youngsters living with disabilities, a home for elderly and dependent ladies and finally:
The Peaceful Bamboo Family=TTG
TTG is a living community
for young adults living with disabilities, a place of vocational training, with the attempt to create income-generating activities with people living with disabilities. In TTG we have the first biodynamic garden in Vietnam, and now the new inclusive Kindergarten
with early detection and early intervention facilities. Since 17 years Eurasia has conducted a great number of ongoing training courses in special education and social therapy. We have built a lot of infrastructures to create adequate facilities for people
living with disabilities. Over 700 children, youngsters and adults living with disabilities could be integrated into society through education, vocational training, by the various Eurasia projects. We know that our main task now is to make these projects sustainable
by focusing on « capacity building »
In order to do this we now want to build on our experience and our knowledge by creating a practical and theoretical Training Institute : « The EURASIA LEARNING
INSTITIUTE: ELI »
We are looking for partners and funding to help us develop this new phase that is a natural evolution and continuation of Eurasia’s work in Vietnam, but we could also link it to other similar initiatives in Switzerland
A new phase has already started that enables us to expand our activities to the overall education system in Vietnam with the Call 2 Care Program. It has started end of 2014 in partnership with the Education Department of Hue
Province, MOET(Ministry of Ed. and Training in Hanoi) Hue University and Mind & Life Institute. This program introduces Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Mindfulness and Compassion into regular and special classes in Hue. A first phase has been completed
with a group of 500 children. The first results are very promising and we have a strong commitment of the education department, the teachers, children and their parents to bring this program further. There will be a first evaluation of the program this summer.
We are looking for funds for a next phase in which we could improve, further develop and test this new curriculum in the whole Province (about 400.000 children). We are also looking into a collaboration with Geneva and Lausanne Universities to measure the
impact of this program and to present it to the Ministry in Hanoi.
Our efforts to find support for our work also in Vietnam, is slowly bringing fruits. TTG has no financial support from Vietnamese Government and is dependent on their small
production and income generating activities, but mainly on fundraising through Eurasia. More and more young people, local NGO’s, support our work through selling our products, but also by inviting us to share our experience, knowledge to a wider context
in Vietnam. Many volunteers from Vietnam and abroad want to learn about social therapy, biodynamic farming, a lifestyle respectful towards those who are different, who are in need, respectful towards nature and about social entrepreneurship. TTG’s mission
clearly is to be a practical training Centre for ELI.
The new land of our biodynamic garden in TTG develops new projects: medicinal herbs, a seed-bank in order to contribute to the biodiversity and to generate income for the Center.
Khanh the Eurasia representative in Vietnam, develops an early detection and early intervention office in Saigon and Hue. He is giving training to parents and educators as one of the programs of ELI ( Eurasia Learning Institute).
Thank you so much for your faithful and precious support!
Please do help us to develop the next phase of Eurasia!
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