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What We Do


Our heart is for the people we work with, their families and communities 

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What We Do


Our heart is for the people we work with, their families and communities 

Social development

Healthy Families - Healthy Communities Project

A multi-initiative project impacting various social challenges in the community

Since late 2012 AM has been leading a comprehensive program to develop healthy communities in northern Vietnam. 
We define health in this regard: not merely as an absence of disease, but in a more holistic sense, as thriving. We believe God created us to live in harmonious and caring relationships. These kinds of relationships are a key factor for holistic well-being and health. Caring relationships should begin in the family and be expanded towards the community. A healthy community demonstrates care for the needy and vulnerable, and values every member.
Together with our local partners, AM has identified 4 main target groups in which we work to make a positive impact.

  • Young children
  • Teenagers
  • People living with disabilities and their families
  • Survivors of domestic violence

POVERTY REDUCTION

Fish Cage Project

The objective of the Project is to raise income for poor households living by rivers.  The Project provides funds to communes to set up credit schemes assisting people to purchase breeding fist, construct fish cages and train in fish raising techniques.  Stage I of the Project began in 2006.  All credits were collected in 2007 and were rolled over to Stage II of the Project.  In 2009, 100% of the loan could be recollected and all funds were reinvested to start Stage III.  In 2011, the Project concluded Stage III and 100% of the loan could again be collected.  Stage IV began in 2011 by reinvesting the repaid loan and is expected to finish the end of 2013.  

 

Cow Bank Projects

The goal of these projects is to raise income and living standards of poor households by giving funds to selected households to purchase a cow.  The household will return to the local project management unit the firstborn female calf which will then be transferred to another poor household.  Allianz Mission currently operates Cow Bank Projects in four districts in northern Vietnam: Dan Phuong, Chuong My Districts of Hanoi, Vo Nhai District of Thai Nguyen Province, and Bac Son District of Lang Son Province.  

 

Piglet Production Projects

The initial objective of the Project was to raise income for poor households affected by avian influenza.  This was to be done by providing credit to them to purchase pigs in order to produce piglets.  The Project also includes training of local veterinarians as well as initiating a local information network in animal husbandry.  The Project is currently being implemented in Chuong My District of Hanoi. 

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Project Updates


The latest updates on AM's projects every quarter.

Project Updates


The latest updates on AM's projects every quarter.

The 1st Quarter 2017

The Income Generation Project in Vo Nhai

Since 2014

The 2nd loan cycle has started in Dong Ra village (Dan Tien commune), La Khoan and Lang Cu village (Phuong Giao commune).

The villagers meet and vote for the ones who will receive the loan of this cycle. Two farmer groups have been formed with 20 beneficiaries in each group. Each benefiary will receive 5,000,000 VND as a loan to start raising pigs. After two years’ time this loan will have to be paid back in order to start another cycle.

In this cycle, the beneficiaries decide to raise a new kind of pig which produces less fat and bring higher profits. AM continues to support the beneficiaries with the capital loan having been recovered from the previous cyle, technical trainings and close monitoring. In participating this cycle, the beneficiaries are encouraged to join a saving scheme of the farmer groups.

The Cow Bank Project in Vo Nhai

Since 2015

Two farmer groups in Deo Uynh and Lang Giang village meet to share information of the development of the cows. Some beneficiaries concern about their cows being failed to get pregnant or deliver. In general, the cows are growing normally and getting used to the local conditions better.

The beneficiaries are quite unconfident taking care of their cows during pregnancy and delivery. It shows that both farmer groups need an extra training on cow pregnancy and delivery.

Number of Beneficiaries               30

Number of Cows                           30

Number of Pregnant Cows           16

Cow Bank Project in Bac Son

Since 2015

Two farmer groups in Don Ngang and Binh An village meet to share information of the development of the cows. The cows have not got used to the local conditions and therefore are growing slow. In Don Ngang, two cows died of blood infections. In Binh An, three beneficiaries left the village to work in a factory and their cows have been transfered to two other beneficiaries, of which a new beneficiary has received two cows.

The beneficiaries are looking forwards to having calves to be delivered for them. The beneficiaries have seen some calves having been born, which encourages them to look after their cows better. Most of the beneficiaries ask AM to support them with another kind of fodder grass which requires less water and care. Some beneficiaries share their concern that their cows are not growing well.

Number of Beneficiaries               38

Number of Cows                           38

Number of Calves                         3


The 4th Quarter 2016

The First Cow Bank Project in Bac Son

2008 -2016

In 2008, Allianz Mission officially partnered with Lang Son province. With this new partnership, AM was introduced with Bac Son district to implement a Cow Bank Project in Tran Yen and Tan Tri communes.

In 2009, the Cow Bank project was started with the first four farmer groups in four villages (Tham xi, Suoi Tin, Khua Ca and Lan Ca 1). Most of the first clients wanted to do something new for their income, because many of them had never raised a cow. They usually raise bufallos for farming and not for income. Some clients decided return the project cows and stepped out of the project. The cow developped very slowly because they did not yet get used to the local conditions.

Tham Xi village has 82 households, 71 poor households.

Suoi Tin village has 73 households, 61 poor households.

Khua Ca village has 78 households, 38 poor households.

Lan Ca 1 village has 62 households, 51 poor households.

The indicators of the project inputs at the beginning look as below:

Total number of beneficiaries:           78

Total number of provided cows:         78

Total number of provided bulls:         4

In 2010, the cows continued to grow slow and some cows died of diseases. Some other clients returned project cows and stepped out of the project. Some project cows got pregnant and gave a good sign of future benefits. Some clients in Suoi Tin village could hand over female calves to the next clients, starting the second generation of project clients.

In 2011, the cows now looked much nicer than before. The cows really got used to local conditions and grew better. Some more calves were born for the clients. Not a client returned their project cow. Some other clients in Suoi Tin village handed over female calves to the next clients. The number of new beneficiaries in Suoi Tin village continued increasing.

In 2012, the clients in Tham Xi, Khua Ca and Lan Ca 1 village could also hand over femal calves to the next clients, icreasing the number of new beneficiaries of the project in all project villages.

In Aug 2013, AM and the district cleared the contracts with the families binding with the bulls provided by the project as a positive sign of the local ownership of the project. The clients in all project villages were very happy with their cows and calves. The cow herds were developing well and double in number. Many families actually owned their cow herds, some even with three or four cows in the shelters.

In 2014 the project clients continued to raise the project cows with high interest. Some new clients received a female calf from the previous clients. Many old clients, who returned a female calf to hand over to a new client, now could own their herds of four or five cows. More people in the project villages are waiting for female calves from the project cows. The project cow herds continued developing well.

In 2015, the cow herds developed well and the revolving loan cycle was maintained by the farmer group members, which helped increase the number of beneficiaries in all villages. Most of the clients of the first generation paid back their loans in form of a female calf, and the project expanded to the 3rd generation already.

In Dec 2016, because of the good results and the effective management of the local authorities, AM decided to transfer the ownership of 4 cow herds in the first 4 villages to the local partners in Bac Son. After the transition, the local Project Management Commeetee will continue to manage the Cow Bank project in the 4 qualified villages (locally owned the project) and sustain the revolving loan cycles without AM’s financial supports.

The indicators of the project outcomes by the end of 2016 look as below:

Total number of beneficiaries:           106

Total number of cows:                        210


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