Three shortlisted community projects to address the needs of vulnerable children in and near Ho Chi Minh City will receive around VND300 million (US$14,400) by the middle of next month under the Narrow The Gap program, initiated by the LIN Center for Community Development.
The projects, selected out of 14 applications by over 2,500 during a public online vote held from August 15-22, include the Clean Water Tower for children contaminated by alum in Long Thuan, Long An Province by Ceporer Hoc Mon; Let’s Learn E-book for visually impaired children by the Center for Multilanguage Database Kim Tu Dien; and the Support for Disadvantaged Children by Nhan Ai Social Work Club.
They were selected based on the standards of the need, objectives, viability and potential for impact.
The LIN Center will organize a Narrow The Gap event on Sept.15 in District 4 for the three winning NPOs to present their projects at an information booth. The one that receives the most votes from guests will receive VND150 million, while the two others will receive VND100 million and VND50 million.
After the event, LIN will prepare grant agreements for the organizations running the three top projects and transfer the grants to them as soon as their respective agreement is signed. During the projects' implementation, LIN will also follow up with each organization to assess the need for additional support, such as a skilled volunteers, capacity building tools and/or information.
At the event, to be held at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street, visitors will be able to meet the teams behind the three projects and learn about their work. There will be a photo booth, arts & crafts, balloons, team building games for children, and a raffle.
Sponsors of the projects include 80 individuals and 15 corporate and institutional partners, including PPF Vietnam Finance Company Ltd (Home Credit), the Global Fund for Community Foundations and Blah Blah Films, Aden Hospitality Services, Nike Vietnam, Megastar Media, bakery shopTiramisu "MISS KHƯƠNG", Horizon Capital Group, Asian Tigers Mobility, MM Software, ViiVue, Brandmaker Co., Ltd., The Word HCMC, Oi! Vietnam and AsiaLIFE HCMC magazines.