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Partage Vietnam – Friendly Library at Chau Dien secondary school Opening Ceremony

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Following “Save the kids, Preserve the future” project implemented by PVN at Chau Dien Secondary School, Cau Ke commune, Tra Vinh province, setting up Friendly Library is one activities of the project to create a friendly learning environment for students in the project area.

According to PVN’s initial investigation, students at Chau Dien secondary school dreamed of a library to read books and search information on the internet. After determined effort, a friendly library funded by British Business Group Vietnam (BBGV) and supported by Partage Vietnam has fulfilled their dream. Students were so excited to enjoy books and practice computers on the opening day. An opening ceremony of the library was formally organized with participation of authority staff, PVN, teachers, parents and students. At the ceremony, teachers and parents at Chau Dien secondary school also signed on a commitment banner to promise to respect and exercise the rights of their students and children.

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GRAND CHALLENGES CANADA – FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

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grand challenges canada

Grand Challenges Canada focuses on innovator-defined challenges through its Stars in Global Health program, and on targeted challenges through Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs, helping transition promising innovations from the proof-of-concept stage to scale. Grand Challenges Canada works with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to peer review and select innovations to fund.

TARGET BENEFICIARIES

Innovations must target women and girls of reproductive age, newborns and/or children under five years old who are among the poorest of the poor in eligible low- and middle- income countries.

GRANT INFORMATION

There are two kind of grants offered including:

Global Health Grant

Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $100,000 for up to 12–18 months to develop and validate the proposed innovation. Assuming a sufficient number of proposals of merit are received, Grand Challenges Canada aims to award up to 70 seed grants in this round

Saving Brains Grant

Seed funding supports the development and validation of innovative ideas to protect and nurture early brain development, offering up to $250,000 CAD each over a maximum of twenty-four (24) months.

INNOVATION CRITERIA

Global Health Innovation

  • Reach hard-to-reach populations in fragile and conflict-affected settings
  • Overcome the chronic challenges of extreme poverty, weak infrastructure, and poor or absent governance structures that leave citizens without adequate care and vulnerable to further shocks
  • Protect against gender-based or sexual violence in humanitarian settings
  • Overcome challenges of access by service providers to populations at risk
  • Enhance monitoring and evaluation of health outcomes in humanitarian settings
  • Are from countries hosting the largest numbers of refugees, e.g., Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Ethiopia or Jordan
  • Improve health-seeking behavior, and access to and use of,comprehensive family planning services
  • Empower women and girls who would want to delay or stop pregnancy but are faced with stigma, restrictive laws, and/or a lack of access to or control over resources to have their reproductive health needs met, including but not limited to approaches involving engagement of men
  • Improve the collection and visibility of disaggregated data around access and use of family planning services
  • Target local sociocultural barriers
  • Are social enterprises
  • Support the implementation of Family Planning 2020 commitments

Saving Brains Innovation

  • Improve and/or promote health and gender equality
  • Reduce or mitigate the impact of exposure to violence, including: Child neglect, abuse or maltreatment, domestic violence and intimate partner violence and community violence or war
  • Reach hard to reach populations, including: in fragile or conflict-affected settings, and/or migrant, transient and pastoral communities
  • Focus on improving the financial sustainability of innovation
  • Ensure quality delivery of interventions at scale:
    • Improve learning through pedagogic innovation
    • Overcome barriers that limit the scale, sustainability and quality of service delivery by front line workers
  • Target different stages of the life course relevant to early brain and child development, including:
    • Preconception, pregnancy, birth, and the newborn and young childhood periods
    • Adolescence, including adolescent mothers, as an entry point into healthy development for the child and improved health, well being and empowerment for the mother that would also benefit any subsequent children

APPLICATION INSTRUCTOR

Global Health Grant

In order to gain access to the Portal, applicants must first create an account using the following link: Create an account

A two-minute video explaining the target reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health problem, the proposed solution, and why it is a creative, bold and innovative approach should also be uploaded to the application website

Both the application and the video can be submitted in either English or French. Applications in other languages will not be considered.

Saving Brains Grant

In order to gain access to the Portal, applicants must first create an account using the following link: Create an account. Once you have created an account, please allow for up to one (1) business day for Grand Challenges Canada to process your information. Once your information has been processed, you will be emailed login credentials to access the Portal and submit your application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Global Health Proposal: July 19, 2016, AT 3:00 P.M.ET

Saving Brains Proposal: July 29, AT 3:00 P.M.ET

For more details:  http://www.grandchallenges.ca/funding-opportunities/

Anh Duong – Dental Hygiene Training for Kindergarten Students

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June 8th, 2016, Anh Duong had a meeting with BOET of Phung Hiep district and Managing Board of 8 Kindergartens as Hoa Hong, Tan Binh 1, Tan Binh 2, Cay Duong, Long Thanh, Tan Long, Thanh Hoa and Son Ca to deploy the Dental hygiene for Kindergarten program. The schools believed that this program would benefit students in dental health and was suitable for the school’s program. All of administrators agreed to sign a written agreement to implement this program in the next school year.

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Kindergarten students practice brushing their teeth

On that same day, Anh Duong also met with Administrator of 18 primary schools of Phung Hiep district to discuss about the program Health and Education for primary school. Basically the schools agreed to implement the program. They will work with their teachers to sign an implementation agreement accordingly.

Dental hygiene for kindergarten and Health and Education for primary school are the programs that Anh Duong has implemented for 8 years. The program aims to equip students with basic knowledge about oral hygiene and health protection. The majority of students were very excited to attend brushing practice with their classmates. Nguyen Thao Nguyen, a student of Phuong Binh 1 primary school, said that, “I was very glad to have brushing time with friends at school. I also usually brush teeth myself when I get up, or after taking a meal and before going to the bed. My teacher taught me brushing method. I brush outside, inside and chewing surface of maxilla. Then I continue brush outside, inside and chewing surface of mandible. My parents compliment that I am very good to know brushing teeth clean and beauty. I am very happy”.

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Primary students participate in dental hygiene activity

 

HSF: What did our children do during their most recent school summer holidays?

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09Children here in Thailand have their school summer holidays for 2 months and a half from early March until mid May.  As usual, it is a long school break that every child anxiously looks forward to.  For the children HSF works with under our Family Rehabilitation & Family Preservation Program at Nakhon branch office, of whom around 600 of them are under HSF educational support, the social workers always encourage them to spend quality time during their school holidays on purposefully planned activities either the ones organized by HSF or others of their own interests.  In order for our colleagues working with children in other countries to get some ideas on what the children in Southern Thailand do during their school holidays, let us share with you some of the activities our children did during the most recent school summer holidays.

11This is what nud; 15, wrote on his diary: “Hello, my name is Nud.  I am a youth volunteer at HSF Learning Center for Children & Families in Tasala.  During this school summer holidays, I attended a training program on Potential Development of the Core Volunteers on Prevention, Warning & Rehabilitation of the Community in Crisis from Disaster for 7 days and 6 nights.  I learned about growing vegetables under the concept of sufficiency economy and practicing living in crisis.  I was very excited to practice on rock climbing, swimming across an island and living on an island with no facilities.  There were 2 activities that impressed me the most.  Firstly, it was to swim across the island.  Since I am not good at swimming, I had to swim about 500 meters to the island but I could swim only half way and reach the shore with help of my friends.  Secondly, it was the first aid on a case of a broken leg that I learned the basic treatment, which could apply to do at home.  For this training, I thought it was very useful.  I could spend useful times during school holidays. It created a rewarding experience in my lifetime, which could not find in the classroom.”  

“Our Water, Our Life”  HSF organized a field trip for a number of 20 children under our educational support from Ban Sa Bua, which is a fishing community in Tasala District, to Ban Khiriwong in Lan Saka District.  Khiriwong is the community on the mountain about 45 km far.  The children learned the way of life of Ban Khiriwong, the headwaters community with plentiful resources of forests and orchards.  Ban Khiriwong has been very well-known for the strengths of their villagers in helping to conserve the waterway that feeds them throughout the year. They gain an income from their fruit orchards as well as live a simple life according to the concept of sufficiency economy.  The children could gain knowledge of the importance of the waterway from upstream in the mountain to downstream in the village.  They were inspired to help caring for the nature because the water resource is a part of life.

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Benefits from the vegetable garden

Pak-bung and Kung-nang aged 11 years are twin sisters going up to 5th grade this new school year.  After school and at weekends, both help their mother selling vegetables at the market.  When they were studying in the 4th grade, the parents started giving them some extra money in addition to their daily pocket money for their help on selling the vegetables.  Since then, the girls have had savings in a bank.  Both want to earn money on their own.  Pak-bung said, “I will try to have savings up to 5,000 baht before finishing the 6th grade.”  Kung-nang said, “I want to have a lot of money in order to be able to study in the high level”.  Both sisters are members of HSF’s Kids Love Plants’ Club. During school holidays, they began growing young plants for selling such as eggplant and chili, etc.  Their grandfather raises cows so the children can also have manure for selling at 40-50 baht per a sack.  Their mother said, “I am very proud that my children developed the habit of saving, have goals in their life and can spend useful times. This is what they get apart from growing vegetables.  Growing vegetables, plants and trees does not only provide pleasure or food but also train the children to love nature and share things with other people. It is really worth on learning.”

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17As for Hasan, his grandmother said that growing vegetables could change Hasan’s behavior.  Previously, he dislikes doing housework and spent times only on watching TV.  He rarely had interaction with his family members.  After encouraging him to do the vegetable garden, Hasan likes and enjoys growing vegetables in various containers.  When arriving home from school, the very first thing he always does is to water his vegetable garden.  He also gains an income from selling the vegetables he grows.  He can have his own pocket money without asking from his grandmother.  He also saves some money in his piggy bank.

Time to do handicraft for our sponsors can be fun!

These beautiful artworks are made of paper in various forms such as hearts, flowers and butterflies, etc. that the children and parents did together during the school holidays with an intention to send to the sponsors in order to represent love and best wishes from all families under HSF program.

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CPCR meets Local Child Protection Officer in 2 Provinces

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May 10th – 11th, CPCR Executive Director, Ms. Wassana Kaonoparat, meets local child protection officers from Ubonratchathani Province. Since 2014, CPCR works with Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and UNICEF to conduct child protection training programs for state officers from 10 provinces. This meeting is the 3rd meeting at Ubonratchathani Province. Mr. Nikhon Suksai, Vice Governor of Ubonratchathani Province, opens the meeting and welcomes all state officers to the event. The state officers have reviewed their performance and shared their experiences. It shows that many state officers are now more confident to support child victims in their areas. They understand how to provide assistance and work with local partners such as local multidisciplinary teams. This would be a benefit in child protection operation in local areas.

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May 23rd – 24th, CPCR Executive Director continues her duty to meet child protection officers in Trang Province. This is also the 3rd meeting that CPCR continues to monitor the project progress in this province. CPCR finds a development in child protection operation. At the beginning, there is no child protection committee in sub-district levels. But now, there are 7 – 8 state officers who set the committee. They also have a competence and can assist children who are victim of abuse, neglect and exploitation. Moreover, state officers provide a consultation program for parents of children. They can be a middle person who can provide a service to person who requires assistance. For example, there was one man who has a mental health problem. His wife and children has been affected. This case was notified to the child protection committee. The state officer met the man and sent this man to meet a psychiatrist. The man agreed to receive a therapy treatment from the doctor. Currently, this man lives happily with their family. This is a good example of effective training programs in sub-district level. All cases cannot be ignore and there are state officers who are capable to assist people who require assistance.

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VOC got the Special Movie Award 2072 by the Film Development Board of Nepal!

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IMG_0021 (1)VOC, in Nepal, produced the movie “Chhayan” (Shadows don’t have faces) about sexual abuse, and got the Special Movie Award 2072 by the Film Development Board of Nepal.

The movie is based on Child Protection issue and focuses on Child Sexual Abuse. Child Sexual Abuse is an important and unavoidable issue in Nepal . According to a research, 1 in every 6 boys is found to be sexually abused in Nepal. Usually only girls are believed to be abused but boys too are found to be victims. Due to social structure and belief in Nepal, such incidents are not disclosed and kept hidden by the family members and community.

Hence the movie Chhayan is an attempt to make the society aware of something that is happening in the society or communities which is usually ignored or believed as a fictitious story. The movie “Chhayan” tries to portray how it affects the innocent victim socially and psychologically.

The movie is in the process of screening allover Nepal shortly. It has also been submitted in various International Film Festivals abroad.

CWCN: Steps towards Child Rights Protection

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IMG_0015Child migration from rural to the urban areas in search of better life is a big issue of many developing countries. Likewise in Nepal also the issue is exceedingly prevalent.  There are several factors responsible for migration of children.  Exploring the grounds for what really drives children to migrate, several factors take centre stage. According to reports, family conflict, poverty, hope of better life appears to be the root causes. Lack of basic necessities such as education, health, recreation along with the lack of a secured and nurturing environment leads children to migrate. Unfortunately children landing in urban cities ended up either being domestic helper, abused in different ways and live in street. In Nepal majority of the children coming to Kathmandu capital of Nepal are from the neighboring districts like Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolakha and Dhading. In this regards, CWCN has brought its locally-focused ‘Prevention Program’ to intervene in this issue.

The core of this initiative is to make the children not just to realize their problems but also capacitatingIMG_0136 them in to believing that any kind of problem can be solved by themselves at their own place. It is a program that has the objective to identify problems related to children in the local community and to solve those problems with the effort of the stakeholders and with the active participation and leadership of the children themselves via focal child club. Solving the problems of the children by the children themselves at the local level to prevent them from migrating and living more difficult life in cities is main purpose of the prevention program. This program is being conducting in a managed and systematic way in which we have formed focal club, each in Kavre, Sindhupalchok, Dolkha and Dhading. CWCN has been delivering various ability and skill enhancement trainings to these focal child clubs. It is quite understandable that the complete solution of children’s such problem is a big challenge. Yet, CWCN is aimed to capacitate such focal child club to intervene on problems of children and to help children via child to child approach.

Through this initiation of CWCN, we are expecting that Children will be attentive and aware about the current issues such as child marriage, sexual and other forms of abuse, and harmful effects of being on street, child labor, child rights exploitation and violence. They will be able to come front and take leadership to solve their own problems rather than running away from their home and villages. Likewise, problems of the children will be resolved at local level. CWCN hope with this initiative and action process of children migrating (from these districts) will be minimized.

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SARD: Sabjipur Government Primary School Children won the kabbadi clash against the Private School children

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SARD: Sabjipur Government Primary School Children won the kabbadi clash against the Private School children

An overwhelming enthusiasm and response was seen at the Kabbadi and quiz competition organized between the children of government primary schools Sabjipur and private schools of the area. The kabbadi final was won by the government primary school children, Sabjipur sinking the opponents of MS Public school Sabjipur. Enthralled by the performance of these children the school headmistress Ms.

SARS 1Neelam said “I didn’t expect that young children can ever participate in competition but the way they played today and won I am very happy to see their energy and enthusiasm.” This initiative was organized under the SARD- Partage programme on holistic development of children and Adolescents of the fakeerpur and Sabjipur, an urban Slum and village respectively in the Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

Similar sports events to promote a culture of sports with education has been laid by SARD-Partaege team through various activities like children fair etc., Before this kabbadi rout, stakes of winning the event were high for the private school children as government school children are deprived of any physical education instructor and good nutritious diet and any regular sports practice by these children. Three private schools and one government primary school of sabjipur participated. It was very spectacular and youthful environment. Winner’s trophy was grabbed by Government Primary school and Runners UP trophy along with individual token of appreciation were given to 30 participants from all schools to promote interest of children towards sports and games.

SARS3Too develop knowledge and excellence base for children in Sabjipur village a very motivating and exuberating Open Quiz Meet for all was organized at the government Primary School Sabjipur. Around 100 children participated. Lots of questions regarding general knowledge, health and hygiene were asked to children and for each correct answer children grabbed individual prize like soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.

It was very energetic and engaging event for the children, youth, villagers, members of Community Based Organization and teachers of the Sabjipur village, one of the intervention villages under the SARD- Partage programme.

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