RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Rural areas in Vietnam face the highest levels of poverty along with higher rates of unemployment, lack of access to quality health care, reduced levels of nutrition, and other limitations caused by poverty and their remote location. With a focus on consultations and increased participation, our Rural Development projects aim to assist rural families find solutions to their most challenging issues and help them transform their lives and the wider community.

AGRICULTURAL TRAINING & ADOPT-A-FARMER

Given many of our focus areas are rural farming communities, our Agricultural Training Program including our Adopt-A-Farmer initiative, aims to increase the income generation capacity of local farmers. This is achieved by working with the local community, the farmers in the area as well as with an agricultural specialist to identify how to best assist the village designing a project that meets the specific needs of the area.

The main focus of this project is an emphasis on training and equipping the farmers with the knowledge to be able to improve their situation including education on: disease prevention, new farming techniques, proper use of insecticides and fertilisers, and proper irrigation etc. The reason for this heightened emphasis on training is because it equips existing farmers with the necessary skills to improve their crop yields which will in turn increase their level of income and provide their family with nutritious good.

In addition to the training, participants of this program are also given seed crops to put their new knowledge into practice.

$140 provides one farmer with this training & seedling package

Rural areas in Vietnam face the highest levels of poverty along with higher rates of unemployment, lack of access to quality health care, reduced levels of nutrition, and other limitations caused by poverty and their remote location. With a focus on consultations and increased participation, our Rural Development projects aim to assist rural families find solutions to their most challenging issues and help them transform their lives and the wider community.

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INCOME GENERATION

One way that we are able to help rural families develop sustainable and profitable lasting change, is through our Livestock Program & Training initiative. This is an income generation program focused on helping families start small businesses centred on breeding livestock which can provide them with a much-needed income source. In addition to receive seed livestock to begin their small business, a representative of each beneficiary family will be involved in a series of training on the care required for their livestock.

This income generation program is a ‘Pay-It-Forward’ system where the initial recipient of a piglet will give 2 health female piglets to other villagers who will then in turn do the same over time. As a result, the wider village will benefit and the economic situation will develop.

Through this program, we aim to increase the level of income, employment opportunities, food security and nutrition for those involved.

$150 provides one family with either: one healthy female piglet or a flock of ducks/chickens

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FOOD PLANT SOLUTIONS

FOOD PLANT SOLUTIONS is a Life Skills as well as Rural Development training program that has been developed by the Rotary Club of Devonport, Australia purposed to teach school-aged children in developing nations how to grow the best produce to meet their nutritional needs while also addressing plaguing social issues including malnutrition and poverty. The program involves building a small garden at the school where participants will learn simple, effective and modern agricultural techniques in addition to learning the available crop types to/for their area and what their economic yield is per year. 

The goal is to teach students to harness their local plant resources so they can better feed themselves and their families using existing and available resources coupled with better agricultural practices. Additionally, children will then share this new knowledge at home encouraging better agricultural practices, broader crop variations, and consequently increase income.

Another goal is to teach students the importance of agriculture within and open their minds to different opportunities and ways of going about things. Often it is harder to change more established mindsets in more mature farmers but in working with children, we have an opportunity to encourage them to try new ideas and even increase further study in this field. 

$2,000 provides one school with a FOOD PLANT SOLUTION program

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