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« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2012, 06:29:03 AM »

Dear Forum Members,
 
I received 70 million Viet Nam dong (admin. note: 70,000,000 Viet Nam dong equals about 3,500 USA dollars) from VAVA (admin. note: The Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin) yesterday. Today, one oxen has been bought to the family of Mr. Phan Viet Anh from Gia Lam, Hanoi. He also received money to buy additional food for his cattle. Next week, I will go to Hung Yen to support the other two families

I currently got information about all of the family situations and what they need and what we can do for them. I will be sending this information along soon.

Thank you.

Hoa
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2012, 02:42:09 PM »

Why this research is important:

In the 1970s, Thomas McKeown, a medical historian, had the following thesis: Better nutrition and better farming practices are the primary cause to modern day disease resistance and the reason many diseases are going extinct in Europe and North America.

Our hypothesis: If the victims of Agent Orange have better healthcare and nutrition, they will become stronger and more able to resist disease and ill health, and they will become stronger in fighting the negative effects over time of Agent Orange.

For more on Thomas McKeown: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(08)60292-5/fulltext
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« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2012, 06:49:37 AM »

From the Professor Hoa of the Ha Noi University of Agriculture:

Everything is OK. All three families have been supported.

This means the three families in our research group have sustainable assets and income empowering them to improve their financial situation and will soon be able to live healthier and more satisfying lives. Will this impact on the children? Will it impact on the community as well? We will investigate these questions and others over the long term.
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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2012, 05:58:24 AM »

We have money left from our grant to fund a fourth family with a sustainable farm. Also additional money will be put aside for miscellaneous needs as Rick has stated below (ongoing costs:  fertilizer, animal medication, rabbit replacement if necessary, cow insemination costs (natural or artificial)).

We await the funding of the fourth family.

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« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2012, 05:13:37 AM »

We have a new member of our team--and then we realized--we never gave the names of our team members. So here it goes:

Nguyen Thi Hoa, Nhu Trang Pham, Quyen Vu, Sao Mai, Ha Trang Nguyen, Linh Ngo, Uyen Uyen, Pham Loan, Kim Anh Trinh, Trung Thuc, Trang, Dao Thi Phuong, Nakan, Oeur Samath, M. Lapin, Michael H. Brownstein, and Nguyen Hậu.

Nguyen Hậu is taking over the lead administrative duties in Ha Noi for the Ha Noi University of Agriculture because Nguyen Thi Hoa has been offered an educational opportunity in Australia, but she will still continue assisting us.
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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2012, 01:42:19 PM »

OPPENHEIMER FAMILY FOUNDATION – HANOI AGRICULTURE UNIVERSITY’S YOUTH UNION
VOLUNTEER TEAM OF THE PROJECT AGENT ORANGE VIETNAM
FIRST REPORT

by Nguyen Thi Hoa, Professor, Ha Noi University of Agriculture

With the financial support of Oppenheimer Family Foundation, represented by Ted Oppenheimer and Michael Brownstein; the help from Veterans for Peace Organization; the personnel support from Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) as well as the Youth Union of Hanoi Agriculture University, the volunteer team of the Project Agent Orange Vietnam has been established in order to financially and technically assist three families of Agent Orange Victims by improving their living standards. This is the report on our first three months doing the task.

Three families as suggested by VAVA come from three different communes in Hanoi (the Capital) and Hung Yen (one province nearby) with different situations and requirements. Therefore, we chose distinctive solutions for each family depending firstly on their ability to work and then on what we considered best for their current situation based on our own observation and experiments. Our hypothesis is that the family of Agent Orange victims will become stronger, more viable, and self-sustainable with more financial support.

1.      Materials and Methodology

a.       Family 1:

Owner: Phan Viet Anh

Place of residence: Le Chi commune, Gia Lam Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

Situation: Viet Anh is the eldest son of Mr. Phan Van Linh, a soldier who joined the fighting in Truong Son battlefield during 1971 – 1975. He suffered muscle atrophy on his arm and cannot do hard work. Fortunately, although he was not good at school, he can still think normally and work in some capacity to help his family.
His wife is now the main labor force in the family. They have two children. Both are studying in primary school, one in the 3rd year and the other in the first. There’s no report on Viet Anh’s daughters’ physical or mental weaknesses

The family possesses a temporary small field for rice planting and an ox. They want another ox to raise together with the current one to earn more money and to be able to use their time more effectively.
Solution: One more cow is a potential solution for the family because Viet Anh, although he is not as strong as a normal person, can still feed them. After 10 – 12 months, he can sell the mature cow to earn money and reinvest in another younger cow.

If it is possible, Viet Anh family can get money to buy additional cattle – feed, fertilizer and seed for his new crop.

b.      Family 2

Owner: To Trung Kien

Place of residence: Lien Nghia commune, Van Giang Dist., Hung Yen, Vietnam

Situation: Kien is the eldest son of the soldier named To Quy Coi who sent his letter to VAVA asking for help. Mr. Coi fought in Loc Ninh battlefield, Bien Hoa in 1967 and was severely wounded in 1973 in Cai Be, My Tho. After the war, he was married and gave birth to two sons. The eldest son, Kien, suffers muscle atrophy and has a slight mental illness. For this reason, he has a low educational background. There is no evidence of Agent Orange effects on Mr. Coi’s younger son.  However, it is not the end of the story. Both Coi’s sons, when coming of age, built their own families with third-generation children. Unfortunately, Kien’s children experience serious mental illness. This has caused the family a lot of pain. No one can tell about the children’s future. They may pass away whenever.

Kien and his wife are both farmers. They lease a piece of land to plant ornamental kumquat for Tet holiday (Vietnamese traditional holiday in New Year due to the Lunar calendar). In this way, they make their main income for the whole family. However, it is not enough for their sons because hospital costs are so high and they have not as of yet received government support for the third generation.
 
Solution:
Assist Kien in buying more seedling plants for his new crop.

c.       Family 3

Owner: Nguyen Van Hai

Place of residence: Chi Dao commune, Van Lam Dist., Hung Yen, Vietnam

Situation: This family has six members: an old couple of soldier, their two sons, wife of the youngest son and a little grandson.  The soldier named Hai fought in several battle fields in the Middle of Vietnam: Quang Tri, Quang Nam and Thua Thien Hue from 1966 to 1971. When the war ended, Nguyen Van Hai came back home and was married. He and his wife have four children, two daughters and two sons. The daughters experience physical illness: poor vision, osteoporosis, and spine. However, both of them married and do not live off their parents now. Both sons suffer mental illness due to effects of Agent Orange. Despite their illness, they  married. However, the wife of the elder son soon left the family because of her own reasons.  The wife of the youngest son is now the main labour of the family. Personally, I feel that she also has mental problem although she gave birth to a little boy and now she is expecting another.

At the age of 60, Hai and his wife are still working as doorkeepers and cleaners in a primary school near their home to earn money for their children and grandchildren. This is the way the local government supports his family. However, they remain poor.
Solution: After listening to the family, we think that we can help them to raise rabbits and to buy a new water pump.    

2.      Results

a.       Viet Anh family: They have a new cow.

b.      Kien’s family
We gave Kien 500 seedling kumquat plants in which 100 can be sold in Tet holiday this year and 400 smaller plants can be prepared for the next year.

c.       Uncle Hai’s family: They are now raising rabbits.

3.      Budget:

a.       For Viet Anh’s family:
-          A cow: 15.000.000 VND
-          Cattle- feed: 700.000 VND/month x 12 months = 8.400.000 VND

b.      For Kien’s family:
-          100 kumquat plants – medium size: 120.000 VND/one x 100 = 12.000.000 đ
-          400 kumquat plants – small size: 25.000 VND/one x 400 = 10.000.000 đ

c.       For Uncle Hai’s family
-          A pump: 4.400.000 VND
-          Rabbit Cages and Iron gates: 8.600.000 VND
-          Rabbit: 4 (3 pregnant females and 1 male): 750.000/one x 4 = 3.000.000 đ

d.      Support team’s members: 2.600.000 VND

Total money spent as of 05/06/2012: 64.000.000 VNĐ
Legally financial documents, such as contracts, receipt have been submitted to VAVA's office on 5th June, 2012
Money is kept by our team: 6.000.000 VND
The rest is in VAVA’s account.

4.      Plan:

The team will visit every family monthly and technically support each family for their work. After 2 – 3 months, if it’s necessary to assist those families more, team’s member will send plan and report to Michael Browstein
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« Reply #21 on: July 14, 2012, 01:24:37 PM »

Michael:

Thank you for the great report.  I really appreciate the detail.  Would it be possible to show the VN monetary units in US currency, at least for the totals?  The progress of the grant appears to be quite significant.  I wonder if it would be possible to "capture" some comments from the recipients of the grant; sort of anecdotal evidence in addition to what will be quantified?  My appreciation to you and all those involved in the status of the grant.  Best -

Rick
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« Reply #22 on: July 15, 2012, 06:19:34 AM »

Rick,

In the report, there were photos, but I for some reason cannot get them onto the forum. I may have solved the problem though--and hopefully photos will be on the forum by weeks end. Hopefully.

As for comments--what a great idea. I'll pass that on.

Thanks.

Michael
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« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2012, 01:44:35 AM »

Hi Rick,
Thank you for your care and your donation to our project. When I was advanced money from VAVA (Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange), the currency exchange rate was 1.00 USD   =   20,800.00 VND; therefore, 70,000,000 VND is equal to $3,365. The total amout of money transfered to VAVA was $5,000 - $20 bank fee so we received $3,365 out of $4,980 for the current steps of the project. We have $1,615 left to continue the project and money is now kept by VAVA until the volunteer team conducts its next steps for the project.
Regarding the anecdotal evidence, I sent some pictures along with the report. Unfortunately, the limit size of the file that can be attached to the forum is only 128 KB while my files are quite large and I don't know how to post them to the forum.  Sorry for that. I'll try my best in some ways to send them to you asap. If you want me to send those pictures through email, I will be very happy to do that. Gmail or yahoo mail are all possiblities for sending pictures.
Thank you
Hoa.
Our help is highly appreciated by the recipients.
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« Reply #24 on: July 18, 2012, 07:11:46 AM »

Hoa:

Thank you for the update on the financial matters.  I understand the problem with pictures, but I wonder if it would be possible to get some quotes from the recipients; sort of their reaction to the changes the grant has provided?  Thank you for all you practical efforts.  Best -

Rick
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« Reply #25 on: July 21, 2012, 06:43:23 AM »

More reasons why are project is important:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM_w0ZBtxps by Masako Sakata

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzQnraY85fw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic1rB92001Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Sr2HasdSU
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« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2012, 04:15:52 AM »

Report by Nguyen Thi Hau:

Project Orange is going well, Master Thanh – a livestock Master, Mr. Minh – a veterinarian, Mr. Tan – a collaborator and an engineering plant specialist and four students from the Ha Noi University of Agriculture have regularly visited the three families. They have offered technical advice on tree care, cows, and rabbits in support of Project Agent Orange.
 
Mr. Hai’s family: three mother rabbits were at the first reproductive age and the fryer is rather plump and healthy. However, the family arranged the litter badly and they have one dead rabbit. We consulted and redesigned the rabbit habitat for the better and are currently raising the rabbits better. We are going invest in three mother rabbits and assist the family rabbit production with a viable model.

Mr. Kien’s family: supported 100 and 400 “quất”- seedling type 1&2. The garden of the family is cared for attentively. In about six months the plants will be harvested. We intend to provide more fertilizer for the family as needed.

Mr. Anh’s family: He supports a seven-month-old bull with the Mr. Thanh’s advice and experience. The family is caring and the bull is healthy. We intend to continue to support cattle feed for the family.

Above I have presented briefly on the situation of the three families.

We have 30 million VND remaining.

Everything is going well due to the dedication of our members, the help for the project, and we are working on creating a better economic plan for each family.

Thank you.
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« Reply #27 on: July 28, 2012, 03:37:20 PM »

Hi. I just thought it would be nice to know more about the Ha Noi University of Agriculture in Viet Nam.

http://www.hua.edu.vn/eng/index.php?act=AboutHUA&page=introduction

And even though I don't understand Vietnamese, I thought this link would give me--and hopefully others--a feeling about the unversity:

http://www.hua.edu.vn/vie/phim.php
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« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2012, 07:42:06 PM »

Stan--
Thought I'd try to translate the page using Google:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=vi&u=http://www.hua.edu.vn/&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dha%2Bnoi%2Buniversity%2Bof%2Bagriculture%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1R2SKPT_enUS438%26biw%3D1024%26bih%3D540%26prmd%3Dimvns&sa=X&ei=A_QVULjnDYuQ8wTR4YDAAg&ved=0CFkQ7gEwBA

http://www.hua.edu.vn/vie/index.php
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« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2012, 07:40:15 AM »

Very gratifying to see that the plan provides the necessary follow-up and replacements when required.  Very well thought out and most admirably executed.  I continue to applaud the efforts of the Project and the University!  Thank you for the continuing updates.   Best-

Rick
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