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Vietnam

With the adoption, in 1989, of the « Doi Moi » outward orientated policy, the Vietnamese government saw the development of tourism as a priority. Hotels increased and diversified their offer but qualified staff was hard to find owing to the lack of professional training possibilities. In 1996, the Ministry of Tourism requested (via the European Commission) aid from foreign investors to set up high-quality training schemes. Triangle Génération Humanitaire responded with the proposal to create a catering school specialising in Franco-Vietnamese cuisine. The trainees would be young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Ho Chi Minh City. This school opened its doors in 2001. Ten years later, in 2011, when the project was handed over to Vietnamese authorities, 550 youth - in possession of a state diploma, and for most of them of a job – had been trained to work in hotels and restaurants.

Concurrently, between 2006 and 2009, TGH provided support to a vocational training center for disabled people (improving training and access to employment).

Completed Programmes

Improving the Sanitary Environment of District 8

This project will be implemented in District 8, an urban area with high population density zone (approximately 408,000 inhabitants).

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 Area of expertise

Wash

 Key figures

 Duration: 16 months 01/2011 - 04/2012
 Budget: K€ 215

 Funding

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  • Funding : RRA (K€200) and Popular Committee of District 8 (K€15)

Located east of the town centre, poorly covered by public transport, it is considered by the Popular Committee’s Department of Poverty Reduction as the second poorest district of the province (average monthly revenue between $50 and $100).

Access to basic services is broadly covered by state facilities, on the condition that beneficiaries are listed at Social Services and have obtained residential status. The facilities, however, are often obsolete and crowded due to the increasing immigration of peasants expropriated from the Mekong delta (about 100,000 people settle in Ho Chi Minh every year).

District 8 contains a high number of insalubrious dwellings, mostly built on stilts along the canal, without decent toilets. The narrowness of streets hinders connection to drains and access to potable water so liquid and solid waste is frequently thrown into the canal without suitable treatment.

In the two dispensaries (Xom Cui and Rach Cat) and the main hospital, the current sanitation systems have been designed to treat water according to the infrastructures' original capacity. However, these institutions are now facing a large demography owing to their geographical situation. According to estimations communicated by the Health Department, the treatment capacity of the sanitation systems need to be multiplied by three to face the needs and reduce sanitary risks.

TGH, in partnership with PADDI (Centre de Prospective et d'Études Urbaines)* and the Popular Committee & Health Services of District 8, will implement a two-part project:

  • Improvement of sanitation conditions in Xom Cui and Rach Cat dispensaries and the main hospital of District 8
  • Draft a development plan for District 8, taking into account urban poverty and environmental issues.

* PADDI is a decentralised cooperation project between the French Rhône-Alpes Region and Hô Chi Minh Province who have run a bilateral cooperation programme since 1997, particularly in the areas of training, health and urban management.

Development and Support to the Catering School for Young People from Underprivileged Families

The school's mission is to improve the lives of 16 to 20 year olds from underprivileged families by providing certified training leading to employment within the catering business. The students can study: Vietnamese and French cuisine, Table serving, Boulangerie & patisserie (bread and cake making)

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 Area of expertise

Psycho-Social

 Key figures

 Duration: 8 years 12/2002 - 12/2010
 Budget: K€760

 Funding

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  • Funding : The Rhône-Alpes region - French Ministry of Foreign Affairs - International Organisation of French-speaking Communities - Works council of the Caisse d'Epargne Rhône-Alpes - European Union

The school's entrance Restaurant et boulangerie Sésame / Photos : TGH

The boulangerie / Photos : TGH

In the kitchen / Photos : TGH

A student in the kitchen / Photos : TGH

In the kitchen / Photos : TGH

Inauguration of the boulangerie - may 2006 / Photos : TGH

In the kitchen / Photos : TGH

The boulangerie / Photos : TGH

Rentrée - 4ème promo - january 2005 / Photos : TGH

The restaurant's terrace / Photos : TGH

The restaurant's terrace / Photos : TGH

The school's entrance Restaurant et boulangerie Sésame / Photos : TGH

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In 2009, a chocolate-making workshop, featuring a professional French chocolate-maker, was included in the bread and cake-making department. 
2010 will see the creation of a 4th area of skills: catering and floor service, with the development of a new programme and the construction of an inn where students can put theory into practice. In addition, a voluntary Vietnamese oenologist plans to give several initiation classes. 

Every course also provides subjects such as Vietnamese, foreign languages, general knowledge, etc.

In addition, the school has established two income-generating activities (IGA): the Sésame restaurant and a Boulangerie & Patisserie shop. These activities give students the possibility to put their learning into practice and experience real working conditions.

Income generated by the shop and restaurant covers part of the school’s operating costs. The new floor service will also provide 4 rooms for rent, which shall generate income for the School while helping the students to concretely apply their knowledge. 

Since it opened in 2002, and after nine promotions of students, 100% of the 324 students who passed their final exam have found employment in the restaurants and hotels of Ho Chi Minh City region.

Another purpose of this project is to transfer management and administration skills to our Vietnamese partners from DELISA (The Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Department of Ho Chi Minh City) who will ultimately take on full management of the catering school. TGH has planned to withdraw towards the end of 2010.

In 2010, TGH and the school management are also working on a counselling scheme for the students. By following each student’s progress in a personalized way, we aim to reduce the rate of absenteeism and “dropping-out” from studies during the school year.

Also see : the Internet Site of the French General Consulat in Ho Chi Minh City

Empowerment of the Vocational Training Centre for Disabled People in Hô Chi Minh - Phase II

For this second year of funding, the project continues the activities initiated in 2006-2007 in the Vocational Training Center for Disabled People.

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 Area of expertise

Psycho-Social

 Key figures

 Duration: 9 months 09/2007 - 04/2008
 Budget: K€140

 Funding

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  • Funding: The Rhône-Alpes region
  • Beneficiaries: The Rhône-Alpes region
    • The center's students: 300 to 400 people per year (depending on the duration and type of course)
    • The center's staff: 64 people
coiffure

Hairdressing training
Photo : TGH ©

Couture

Sewing training
Photo : TGH ©

Presentation of Implementation Action

For this second year of funding, the project continues the activities initiated in 2006-2007 in the Vocational Training Center for Disabled People. Extra efforts will be dedicated to developing the Vocational Training Consultancy Service and the Job Center.

During Phase II, the general objectives of this project’s first phase will be maintained, (e.g. improve the quality of training provided by the centre and facilitate disabled people's access to employment). In addition, Phase II’s new general objective is to Contribute to improving the occupational integration of disabled people in Ho Chi Minh.

This will operate via 5 specific objectives:

  • Ensure that more disabled people benefit from academic and vocational training.
  • Ensure that more disabled people benefit from vocational integration and having a job.
  • Empower the skills of the center’s staff and raise their awareness about the particular situation of disabled people.
  • Improve the quality of training spaces for disabled people.
  • Evaluate the possibility of creating, in the centre, a practical workshop designed for severely disabled students who cannot enter the work market on a regular basis.

Support a Vocational Training Centre for Disabled People

Founded in 1998 on decision of the Hô Chi Minh City Comité Populaire, the Vocational

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 Area of expertise

Psycho-Social

 Key figures

 Duration: 12 months 06/2006 - 05/2007
 Budget: K€144

 Funding

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  • Funding : The Rhône-Alpes Region

Training Centre and Job Centre for Disabled People is a state-run institution attached to the Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Department of Ho Chi Minh City (DELISA). Its activities opened on May 25 1999.

It is the only centre in Ho Chi Minh offering free vocational training to disabled people. Since May 2003, the centre has also been assigned the task of teaching general studies to disabled people for whom schooling has been interrupted.

General objectives

  • Improve the quality of training offered by the centre and give employment opportunities to disabled people.

Specific objectives

  • Improve the quality of teaching material
  • Simplify access to the centre for the disabled.