Growing Rhino Horns to Stop Poaching

  Wildlife  poaching is the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, firearms and human trafficking. Rhinos are one of the most frequently poached animals on the African continent, and they are killed for a single part of their body: their horns. In some Asian cultures, it is believed that the components of rhino horns can help cure different types of …

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Recycled Eyeglasses for Ethnic Minorities

Vietnam’s countryside is stunning and life is harsh. Ethnic minorities eke out a living as smallhold farmers, growing rice and corn. Handicrafts sold to tourists bring in important additional income. Sapa, with its terraced fields and colourfully attired Red Dao and Hmong peoples, is a Mecca for tourists. This is where the idea for Vision Vietnam blossomed.

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360° Approach to Disability Support in Vietnam

Despite representing up to 15 percent of Vietnam’s population, people with disabilities face severe barriers to inclusion and lack access to adequate support. But now, thanks to the Lifestart Foundation’s holistic three-pronged approach to disability support, this community is gaining access to the skills and tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency.

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Daily Special at Vietnam’s Koto Restaurants: Hope for Street Kids

  Tucked behind Hanoi’s ancient Temple of Literature, a top draw for tourists, KOTO Restaurant offers respite for sore feet and grumbling tummies. The menu of Asian-meets-Euro dishes includes nem (spring rolls), beef baked in bamboo, delicious salads, sandwiches and baked goods. It’s welcome fare for visitors and is spiked with a secret ingredient: Hope. KOTO is a wildly successful training …

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HERhealth Project: Improving Female Factory Workers’ Health Care

A young woman moves from her village and takes a factory job in the big city to support her family. After working long hours, she returns exhausted to her crowded dorm room. She doesn’t always sleep well, good nutrition is sometimes difficult and she falls ill often. Such is the plight of millions of female factory workers in developing nations.

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Empowerment through Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking

Reading and writing open doors of opportunity and provide a path to well-being–from securing a stable livelihood to maintaining a safe, secure home, to being able to understand human rights. The World University Services of Canada works with marginalized groups in Vietnam to increase literacy and promote strong education programs.

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Disadvantaged Youth Hone Hospitality Skills at Hanoi’s Hoa Sua

Tucked into a tiny side street in the Truc Bach neighbourhood of Hanoi is a stately house that has been transformed into elegant restaurant. White linen covers the tables and menu choices are a fusion of French and Asian. Is this a high-end celebrity chef’s signature locale? Not exactly. It is Song Thu Restaurant, a learning restaurant run by Hoa Sua where disadvantaged youth whip up delicious meals and serve them to customers, often tour groups visiting Vietnam.

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HappyTap Seeks to Drastically Improve Sanitation in Vietnam

The HappyTap is an invention developed by WaterSHED to address prevalent sanitation issues in Vietnam, specifically hand washing behavior. Sanitation related issues have been estimated to cost Vietnam 262 million dollars per year from hospital bills and productivity losses from absenteeism. Poor sanitation services and uninformed habits have contributed to a rise in diseases as urbanization packs people into cities already …

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