News & Stories

That the family of Lay Thi May has many children while the household economic conditions are not supportive is typical case amongst ethnic minority groups. This lady who was born in 1973 married with the man of same ethnic group called Nung. They live in Na Ngam B village, Thuong Ha commune (Bao Lac district, Cao Bang province of Vietnam). Their four children are three girls and one boy, respectively at the school age of 18, 12, 9 and 6. Luckily all are students at elementary, secondary and high school of the locality.

For many years, Ms. Nguyen Thi Nguyen (80 years old) has been living with her husband and son in An Nhon village, Trung Thanh commune. Her son named Le Thanh Truc is the only bread winner of the family, based on his job as a freelance builder. Not much and stable the income source Truc can earn, therefore the life of this whole family is very simple with the most basic conditions.

Meet Ms. NongThiPhon (68 years old) - a rural spinster of Na Ngam B village in Cao Bang province of Vietnam.
Being encouraged by existing ADRA project, Ms. Phon participates in the activities of the established Community Development Club - a form of civil society organization at grassroots level. She was given a new energy-efficient cooking stove, one of 230 units that CARE project sponsors for the local residents.



Continuing the renewable energy component of CARE project, installation of solar power systems was initiated from late November 2015, holding purpose of helping remote communities in Bao Toan and Thuong Ha commune (Bao Lac district, Cao Bang province, Vietnam) receive reliable off-grid electricity.


October 2015: Representative of ADRA Australia, partnering with ADRA in Vietnam under the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) funded projects, paid a visit to three provinces of Cao Bang, Can Tho and Vinh Long. Accompanying during the trip was ADRA in Vietnam's Programs Director - Mr. Nguyen Anh Thinh.

This was considered a monitoring and evaluation activity to complete report to main donor. Mr. David Cram - International Program Manager of ADRA Australia spent four day in Northern location and the other four in Southern site, meeting up with projects' local partners, interviewing various stakeholders and observing community meetings.


“Some consider 68-year-old as the elderly, I personally feel that with confidence, I am still able to do many things for the community and with the other people.”

When ADRA nominated Mr. Vo Van Thanh to be the communication facilitator of the project with relate to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management, he was a bit hesitating to bear the responsibility. “I didn’t think I could help educate other people, or convince them to listen to me. I was not sure myself to approach the new concepts and be able to understand those thoroughly” said Thanh.