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25
Nov

2: Keep Hanoi Clean: Long Bien Project

Keep Hanoi Clean: Long Bien Project

There is a lot to love about Hanoi.  The culture, the food, the people. There is a lot which we are able to look at and take joy in, but for all the beauty it holds, Hanoi has an ugly side to it too. For two years James Kendall lived in Hanoi, like most of us when confronted by a mountain of garbage, covered his mouth, looked away, and kept on moving. That was until May of 2015 when he finally decided that he was done just letting the garbage continue to encroach upon his neighborhood and decided to do something about it.  Taking up what resources he had, James began to reclaim his land and on that day Keep Hanoi Clean was born.    

Ever since, the group has held regular clean-up projects around the city to raise awareness of the issue and help generate a proactive spirit of change in the community.  This summer, Love in Action connected with James and his team to create a partnership between the two groups holding three clean-up projects in local neighborhoods and parks to date. 

November 25th and 26th will mark the date for the largest clean-up project Keep Hanoi Clean has ever attempted and it’s taking place at the Long Bien Bridge.  This effort will require hundreds of people armed with trash bags and shovels to help the community that lives under the bridge take back their land. In addition, we hope that the project will establish a partnership between the local community and the government to provide regular continued care for the area.

 

14
Nov

1: Drug Rehabilitation Training

Drug Rehabilitation Training

of Hanoi.  Many of the pastors who are serving in the community today are former addicts whose faith played a crucial part in freeing them from their addiction. Now saved themselves, they have gone on to open their own rehabilitation centers, providing help and care for addicts in the city.

This Spring, the Love in Action committee began hosting dialogues with the leaders of these centers to discuss their needs and hopes for the future of their programs. Many of these centers have gained great recognition for the care provided to their clients, however many of them still lack the access to training and government authorization. In response to this, Love in Action reached out to the U.S. Embassy’s Department of Health and Human Resources to develop a partnership with the centers.

In October members from HIF met with Embassy Representative Nadine Rogers and her team to visit centers in the city and better understand their situation and challenges.  Earlier this month Love in Action hosted a training seminar provided by Ms. Rogers’ team with members from all of the centers in attendance regarding the issues of abuse and strategies for treatment.

This seminar was just the first step that is opening up a new relationship for the US Embassy and the centers to partner together to help provide the leaders with certification and recognition from local government leaders.