DIOCESE LONG XUYEN
HOA GIANG PARISH
Hoa Giang hamlet, Hoa Dien village, Kien
Luong district, Kien Giang province –
Tel. 84 77 3853 557 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS IN REMOTE AREA
My name is Reverend Augustin Van Dung PHAM, parish priest at
Hoa Giang parish, Long Xuyen diocese in
PROJECT RATIONALE and OBJECTIVES
Hoa Giang parish covers three hamlets of Canal Kinh 1, Hoa Giang and Nui Trau in Hoa Dien village, Kien
Luong district in Kien Giang province, a remote south western
According to the parish census in 2008, in Hoa Giang there are 557 households with 2200 catholics. Besides the 3 hamlet of the parish, there are other 5 neighbouring hamlets in the region : Núi Trầu, Kinh 1, Hoà Giang, Thạnh Lợi, Cờ Trắng, Hòa Lạc, Cảng, Tân Điền. Catholics account for nearly 47 % of the population (4313 of 9189). The majority of the population are of Vietnamese background with 12 % of Khmer background (1107/9189) and 0.6 % Chinese (50/9189). The socio-economic status of the region is deemed poor. People are still earning their living in traditional ways which resulted in high unemployment rate amongst youth.
Since the early 1990, there have been a number of community development activities to help the poor people, especially the young students by the parish council to help the locals of all religious affiliations. There have been some small but encouraging improvements. However, there are still a lot of works to be done to improve the socio-economic profile of the region.
Personally and collectively, myself and my parish council, we have a humble dream of establishing a vocational training centre for the region of Kien Luong - Ha Tien, which in our vision, would assist young people to gain basic trade skills which enable them to find unemployment in the open economy market, therefore help themselves and their families to move out of the poverty trap. Most of the families are living under the poverty line and cannot afford to send their children to the vocational training centres in the major provinces or cities.
It is therefore most desirable that a local vocational training centre is to be established and operated by the local catholic communities in social-economic development model so that the young students of these disadvantaged families could attend and gain essential trade skills which enable them to find a skilled job and earn their living in small businesses or in the factories which are recently established in the local developing Kien Luong - Ha Tien townships and provinces.
In a larger region of Kien Luong – Ha Tien, there are 7 other parishes with 12.363 catholics amongst 133.862 population. i.e 9.23 %. The evangelisation target population for our parishes are still very high. It is hoped that by establishing a vocational training centre for the disadvantaged people, the local catholics will be able to show their compatriots what is the Good News our Lord has brought to the world.
For these above reasons, we would like to have some financial assistance to establish a vocational training centre to serve the local people.
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES
This project will be based on the principle of a community-based and community-directed
process that explicitly combines social and economic development and is directed
towards fostering the economic, social, ecological and cultural well-being of
communities and regions. As such it recognizes, affirms and supports all the
paid and unpaid activity that contributes to the realization of this
well-being. This project is indeed a true community-based self-reliant
and sustainable partnership for social-cultural-educational-economic
development between the local parishes, the local communities and the
well-known education specialist Don Bosco Salesian Brothers in Thu Duc,
The project will be implemented by pooling resources from :
CONTRIBUTIONS FROM HOA GIANG PARISH :
Land : The proposed vocational training centre will be built on the land owned by the parish with usable area of 12.768 square metres, located at Hoa Giang, adjacent to the main road from Kien Luong to Hoa Dien, only 980 metres from Kien Luong township, easily accessible to students from the whole region. Please refer to the attached map (Appendix 1).
Labour in Construction : Parents of future students will be asked to donate their labour in unskilled task in construction of the building in return for a training place.
BUILDINGS FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE will be designed by architect and
technicians according to the training purposes with adequate multipurpose
training facilities and administrative functions for potential future
development. We are looking for de bono design work by architect lecturing at
PROPOSED TRAINING COURSES : The following courses will be offered at the centre :
TARGET STUDENTS : Young students (16-30) from local region with minimum Year 6 education level.
PROJECT ESTIMATED COST
Land : offered by Hoa Giang parish, value estimated at $ AU 60,000;
Building : estimated at $AU 75,000;
Training Equipment : estimated at $AU 25,000;
Instructors Fees and Administration Cost : donated by Don Bosco Salesian Brothers of Thu Duc.
A detailed financial costing report will be prepared for your perusal prior to the initiation of the project.
The project progress will be monitored and evaluated through community-derived and appropriate economic, social, cultural and ecological indicators. Specifically, rate of participation by community members, unemployment rate a baseline and employment rate of graduate students, education level, community satisfaction.
Regular transparent progress reports will be prepared and made available to sponsoring organisation and community.
It is hoped that this community economic development will be considered by your organisation for financial assistance. This project will certainly provide long-term social-economic-cultural-spiritual benefits for the local residents who have suffered from a long history of war traumas and social neglect of underdeveloped remote areas. Your consideration will be greatly appreciated by the parish and their local compatriots.
For further information on this project, please contact me on the above contact details.
Rev. Augustin Van Dung Pham
Hoa Giang Parish Priest
August 12th, 2008
Proposed Location of Hoa Giang Vocation Training Centre