Three community proposals focusing on the needs of unprotected children in and near Ho Chi Minh City have received a grant of VND1.2 billion (US$56,510) under the Narrow The Gap program, run by Vietnamese non-profit science and technology organization LIN Center for Community Development.
The gala to announce the winners was held on August 23 in the city.
The three winning proposals, selected out of 28 applications submitted by local non-profit organizations to LIN, include “Your Understanding Lightens Our Life” by Thien An Warm House; “Desire to Integrate” by the Deaf Community Association of Ho Chi Minh City; and “Enhancing Education for Migrant Children” by the Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare Association.
They were chosen based on the standards of their need, objectives, viability, and potential for impact.
Thien An’s idea, which won the first prize worth VND600 million ($28,255), is to publish a handbook entitled “The Basics of Visual Disability” which aims at raising public awareness of visually impaired people and encouraging the creation of communication products that can bring them an independent life.
The “Desire to Integrate” project which garnered the second prize worth VND400 million ($18,835) allows hearing-impaired people to develop their innate talents to contribute back to society by offering them art and literature classes.
The goal of “Enhancing Education for Migrant Children” project which grabbed the third prize worth VND200 million ($9,420) is to enhance migrant children’s physical and mental development by giving them free lunches, organizing physical activities such as sports, and providing sex education.
The Narrow The Gap program, which started receiving entries from local nonprofits in April, selected the three best ideas based on the judgment of a team comprising 11 education experts.
LIN has prepared grant agreements for the organizations running the three top projects and will transfer the grants to them as soon as their respective agreement is signed.
During the projects' implementation, LIN will follow up with each organization to assess the need for additional support, such as skilled volunteers, capacity building tools, and/or information.
The program attracted the participation of 207 individuals and 15 businesses.
LIN’s Narrow The Gap program is a charity fund which was established in 2009. It receives funding from donors, allows individuals and organizations to volunteer their time and skills to support the fund, and welcomes charity proposals submitted for a grant from local nonprofits.