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A Fruitful and Hopeful Passing On the Gift Ceremony

In the morning of March 4, the Passing On the Gift ceremony was held in the hall of People’s Committee of Phuoc Hiep village, Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The ceremony was honored to receive Mr. Christopher Davenport, Vice Consul at U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City to this event, along with stated officials of Party Committee, Farmer’s Union of HCMC and HCMC Union of Friendship Organization and etc. In May 2008, the project incepted to assist 120 needy households of three poorest villages of HCMC with 120 heifers, six breeding bulls other physical inputs and trainings. The 120 original cows produced 204 offspring including 142 heifers and 62 male offspring, which means there are more than other 204 disadvantaged families receiving appropriate resources toward self-sustaining life.

Mr. Chau, one original member shared his feeling about his POG, “Being in the project, I have learned a lot of useful and applicable knowledge and skills into my life and my business. I also learn to share and care about my family, knowing to improve family nutrition and education. I become confident and enthusiastic with project activities. About my group, after more than two years, the group members gain their confidence and know to make plan and manage their work. Accordingly, our income is increasing and the rate of poor families in our village is lower.” And, “I am very happy and touched by the support of the donors and of Heifer project. Thanks for your help. I and other new families will work hard and learn more to get rid of poverty and hunger. And we are hopeful for our POG, too.” said Mr. Nu, one new member.

Apart from physical achievements, the project has created many activities supporting the communities. Learning from the training, one project family pioneered to use animal manure to build a biogas for cooking, which helps to save nearly $17 for fuel. To multiply the effective biogas system, the project partner will support other two system. The project partner (PP) and the groups also work together to organize Mid-Autum festivals, International Children’s day and educational scholarships for project children. Training and updated technical knowledge are useful for people’s harvest, so PP focuses on holding more than 42 technical trainings, 12 Cornerstones, and co-learning trips for six Self-Help Groups.

After the visit, Mr. Chris remarked on the project, “The trips like this one are one of the perks of my job – I really enjoyed the time I spent with your program. I meant what I said, I think Heifer International is a wonderful program that is doing incredibly valuable work in Viet Nam. It was a privilege to be a small part of it.”

It is visible for visitors to see the bright future awaiting hard-working families ahead. Diligence, cleverness and determination - the nature of Vietnamese farmers, accompanying with appropriate physical assistance from donors and from Heifer will help them make their wishes come true.

Written and photos by Nguyen Xuan Quyen, CNO


Mr. Christopher Davenport, Vice Consul at U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, congratulating project members on their passing-on. 

Mr. Tien, age 51, is happy to receive the animal gift from his donor.


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