Education is a basic human right that plays a key role in human, social, and economic development What your money is helping us achieve Providing opportunity to ethnic minority children and their families Thank You! 200 children now at school in Ha Giang and Quang Nam provinces
 
Education is a basic human right that plays a key role in human, social, and economic development

Education is a basic human right that plays a key role in human, social, and economic development

What your money is helping us achieve

What your money is helping us achieve

Providing opportunity to ethnic minority children and their families

Providing opportunity to ethnic minority children and their families

Thank You! 200 children now at school in Ha Giang and Quang Nam provinces

Thank You! 200 children now at school in Ha Giang and Quang Nam provinces

Platypus Mountain Run motorbike adventures

Register your interest in one of our 2017 Platypus Motorcycle adventures.

rest breakIn April and October 2017 we are offering motorcycle adventures through some of the most spectacular parts of Vietnam from the North to the South.
Which ever itinerary you select we guarantee it will provide a good deal of excitement and enjoyment and an opportunity to practice riding skills you may not have used for years on your city jaunts.

NEWSFLASH – Vietnam /Laos adventure ride

We have commenced planning a third ride for 2017 following our very successful reconnaissance run in April. The ride dates are now confirmed and will be from 2/12 to 15/12/2017.  It will start from Hanoi through Northern Laos and into Central Vietnam.   We are keen to gauge interest in such a ride so please contact us if this ride and timeline interests you.

See planned route (click here)

See planned itinerary (click here)

Please be aware our 4 rides to date have attracted great reviews and sell out regularly, so if you are interested in any ride please contact us so we can at least process your interest and hold a saddle for you. Feel free to contact Bob Greer on 0421 633 145 if you wish to inquire further or have an informal chat about any of the rides.

Click here to check out confirmed ride dates and itineraries for 2017

Year 4 Projects – 2015/2016

Ongoing generosity from our loyal supporters enabled us once again to undertake new challenges in Ha Giang Province, one of the poorest of Vietnam’s 58 provinces.

We were able to maintain our support for 100 students in that province, plus our 100 in Quang Nam Province despite the decline in value of our currency. This was a priority for us as the families could not afford a reduction in our financial assistance.

In view of the weakening dollar and the very tight Australian economy we decided that rather than add students to our education lists we would tackle a couple of discretionary projects on a trial basis in order to spread a little help more widely as so many families need a hand.

Micro-banking had been trialed the year before and looks very promising indeed, so this year a further 13 families came aboard. Details on this website under the “New Projects 2015-16” tab will give you some idea of what we are doing with your support. It is also looking good, with some of our clients looking highly entrepreneurial and apparently thoroughly enjoying their changed economic outlook. We will monitor their progress.

Following the startling success of the gift of 2 pigs to a poor family (refer to Deidre’s Gift elsewhere on this website), a lady named Jan came up with a variant scheme we are also trialing. It revolves around the gift of a piglet sow and the idea is to help families become a little stronger financially, and encourage them to share the benefits in a community. Pass-the-Pig is also detailed under the “New Projects 2015-16” tab. Again, this is something we do with your support and we will monitor results closely.

It looks like being a huge year for us and our role is becoming clearer as we move about and begin to grasp the various needs within communities. At present we have 3 main activities:

Youth: Helping 200 children experience the full school program

Families: The gift of a pig as a step towards a better financial outlook

Families and Elders: A micro-banking loan to lift living standards and help the elders prepare for retirement, which in the mountains means stopping work when you are no longer capable of working.

 

























Journey Among Heroes

journeyJourney presents many lesser-known facts about Vietnam. It also reveals the extraordinary courage of the women of that tiny country during a hopelessly - lopsided 30-year war, and explains why the West was never going to win.

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