New Zealand supporting remote communities in northern province via five-year program in place since 2014
Ambassador of New Zealand to Vietnam, H.E. Haike Manning, and representatives from ChildFund Vietnam traveled to northern Cao Bang province this week to visit communities involved in the New Zealand-funded “Building Strong and Resilient Communities in Rural Cao Bang, Vietnam” project.
The five-year initiative commenced in 2014 and is jointly funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme and ChildFund New Zealand. It involves 1,700 local families, most of whom are ethnic minorities in Tra Linh district, and helps them to boost agricultural production and incomes, improve access to vocational training and credit, and better plan for natural disasters.
“Our investment in Cao Bang is an example of New Zealand’s commitment to supporting vulnerable communities across Vietnam to strengthen their ability to decide their own future and to live to their full potential,” Ambassador Manning said. “We would like to continue supporting Cao Bang, especially women and youth, and we commit to funding a total of $1.14 million until 2019, focusing on education development and building strong local communities.”
By working in a partnership with New Zealand, ChildFund Vietnam supports projects that promote active citizenship, develop skills and resilience in local youth, and invest in the future of individuals and the greater community, Country Director of ChildFund Vietnam, Ms. Deborah Leaver, said.