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What a week – new Blog of Elaine.

I did not know how to capture this last week in a title! I returned to Thai Binh last Monday, by bus, taking four hours, giving me the opportunity to see some of the countryside.  I had experienced the chance to teach on three occasions at Bac Giang.  I taught both young and older students, which was…
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Volunteer Interview : Adi shares his experience

Last week, I came to town to meet Adi in his hostel before his departure for India, the following day. Adi spent  almost 3 months at Coins for Change in the Ha dong house. I only met him twice, but it was enough to see his kindness and his joie de vivre. We talked for about  one hour…
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Inspirational woman : Anh is writing a new chapter

Anh is a single mom but above all, an inspirational woman who gives us the proof that if you keep fighting you can build the life you dream of. I met her, 24 hours before her departure to Ho chi Minh to ask her how she feels before the beginning of her new life. You…
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Hanoi : A day at Bat Trang village

When you come to work as a volunteer, you have the opportunity to see the beauty of Vietnam. Aditya Bhatkal shares with us in this aticle, his best experience in Hanoi  with the visit of the Bat Trang pottery village. Bat Trang is a traditional porcelain and pottery village, consider as an “must do” if you come around…
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Movie sessions to promote global shared values

Movie sessions have taken place once a week on Friday at Languages.vn since the beginning of December 2015. The themes chosen varying from a week to another, we suggest them either to teenagers or children, sometimes both. School in Vietnam rarely encourages the students to have an opinion or question facts and we regularly face…
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Single mothers support group meeting

Life can be challenging for single mothers anywhere in the world, more so for those who are living in poverty. Vietnam is a very conservative and traditional society where single mothers are considered as a minority group, victims of many types of discriminations. For example, they cannot get any kind of government supports and benefits…
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Wellness program : Top tips for baking on a budget 2/2

This post is a guest post from Joanne Ng Part 2 (read the part one here) of the follow up on our wellness event Let’s talk around a cake on Saturday 27 August.  We used baking a cake to discuss clever ways to work within a budget. For budget baking, it is a good idea to have a base recipe…
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Clean 4 Change

Vietnam is one of the top ten nations with the worst air pollution in the world according to a study released during this year’s World Economic Forum. Pollution levels exceed dangerous in Ha Noi and HCM city. With the pollution levels increasing at an alarming rate, Vietnam is heading for Gold, as the most polluted nation. Now…
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First offline psychology session for single mothers in Hai Phong – the 3rd biggest city in Vietnam

After the success of the meeting with single mothers in Ha noi last month, Coins for Change international volunteers with work and education background in Social Work and/or Psychology, have planned, organized and executed a supporting group and meeting with single mothers in Hai Phong province, on the last Sunday of May 2016. C4C provides…
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Happy Vietnamese Lunar New year!

The past year is a significant year for us.  Finally, we has pivoted  Marine Gifts from its dual goals of marine conservation and the women’s rights to focus solely on its mission to support vulnerable single mothers at risk of abuse, dis – empowerment and displacement within society. The organization now having a new name:…
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