Green summer with the UJVF
In our article on the Mua he xanh project, which takes place each year in Vietnam, we promised we would report on how it went for the UJ members and Officience staff once they returned from taking part. A promise made is a promise kept – here is a short summary!
First of all, what is the UJVF?
The Union of Vietnamese Youth in France (in French L’Union des Jeunes Vietnamiens de France) provides a forum for meetings, exchange and action. Created in 1980, after returning from an official trip to Vietnam, the Union is now celebrating its 31st year! The charter set up by the UJ (the short name for the union) brings together 10 key principles based on exchange, respect and Vietnamese cultural identity, as well as a spirit of mutual aid and solidarity within the community. The UJ also aims to foster goodwill and cooperation with Vietnam so that it can contribute in a modest way to Vietnam’s development and also enable UJ members to be closer to their country of origin. Duc Ha Duong and Cao Phong Duong, founders of Officience, are former active UJ members and they aren’t the only ones from Officience to get involved!
Participating in the ‘Green Summer’
For several years now the UJ has been contributing to the massive Mua he xanh project, led during the summer by young Vietnamese volunteers.
In 2005 and 2006, the UJ helped to build a bridge in Trà Vinh province and a house in Bên Tre province, both in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam.
This year, fifteen UJ members worked together with students from Hanoi’s scientific university. They took part in a house-building project as well as other voluntary activities mainly focussed on a disadvantaged community north of Hanoi. It took more than two months to prepare – the project needed to be clearly planned, a village found and everything had to be organised. A charity dinner was organised in Paris to raise money for this worthwhile project.
A few pictures…
Two participants with direct links to the UJ and Officience took part this year: Maxime, a junior consultant and Nathanaël, who will also benefit from this trip to Vietnam by pursuing his work on the site worketer.com from within Officience.
So, here are several pictures from their adventure: three weeks of total immersion in the countryside with young Vietnamese students.