Children require special attention due to their immaturity physically and mentally, they need the protection of the family and society. In addition there are children with special needs such as disabled children, orphans, street children who face a considerably more disadvantaged upbringing than other children same age. The Vietnamese people have recognized this issue and are striving to make a difference. In conjunction with this movement, CSDS has devoted special attention to these children.
Party and State have become masters of their claims and the huge potential of young people in national construction and defense of socialist Vietnam. During the rapid development of science, technology and knowledge economy, learning to respond the development requirements and it became necessary for the needs of each youth. Step into the integration period, receiving multiple streams of thought, different culture from the outside, a part of our youth today, they build their self or caught up in an unhealthy lifestyle, including the expression “moral degradation”. Realizing that, CSDS will strive to promote the work of volunteers and youth development. For the purpose of: “Education, training, training of young generation of Vietnam to develop comprehensive, becoming a young workforce with high quality and promoting the role of shock and creativity of young people in the industry industrialization and modernization of the country “.
The environment is as much a burning issue in Vietnam as it is across the globe. Vietnam faces problems regarding pollution and environmental degradation which impacts on the lives of the local population, the sustainability of water and land resources as well as impacting on the area’s flora and fauna. To contribute to environmental protection and combat climate change, CSDS is implementing projects on environmental protection, such as projects to support community-based ecotourism programs by local women and fishermen in the Giao Xuan – buffer zone of Xuan Thuy National Park.
Vietnam is a country mainly based on agricultural activities and production. In fact, 80% of the population is working in agriculture and forestry. Women have an important role in these two branches as they accounted for 70% of rural labor force in the country. Although there are many government policies promoting poverty reduction in recent years, the population in rural and remote areas are still facing many difficulties. To contribute to poverty alleviation and empowerment of women in society, CSDS have collaborated with Communities and Social Organizations Centre (CSOD) and are in the process of raising funds, implementation of credit programs and savings in the 2 district (Lap Thach and Tam Duong in Vinh Phuc Province), northwest of Hanoi.
The Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) is a Vietnamese non-profit organization legally registered in 2009. CSDS is addressing development issues in Vietnam with particular focuses on climate change for environment protection, women empowerment through sustainable livelihood support, children support through social inclusion, youth development through international exchange and non-formal education. Geographically, CSDS is now active in different regions in Vietnam: Ha Noi and surrounding provinces in north Vietnam, and Ho Chi Minh City in south Vietnam
Don Tuan Phuong – Founder/ Director
Mr. Phuong is a co-founder and director of Volunteer for Peace Vietnam and Center for Sustainable Development Vietnam. He has been working very actively to promote non-formal education and eco-tourism in Vietnam and other countries. He has taken part as an organizer in many education projects and programs which aim to bridge the gap between Europe and Asia, such as Youth in the EU and China: Working Together to Common Challenges
Nguyen Thi Kim Que – Vice director
Que grew up in a village just outside Hanoi. She graduated from the Vietnam National University with a Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.) She always wanted to give back to her local community. Her aim was to introduce new ideas, skills and enthusiasm to the Vietnamese people.
For several years Que worked as a volunteer with a number of international organisations such as Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO – A British NGO), Action Aid International (a British NGO) and UK Aid (the British Government’s Department for International Development.), etc.
Joining CSDS in early 2011, her aim was to support the local Hanoi community through international volunteer initiatives. She believes the work currently being undertaken in Hanoi is practical and reflects the real need of the community.
Que’s best advice for a volunteer is to prepare yourself fully before arriving in Vietnam. She believes that: It is important for new volunteers to balance their expectations
in order to adapt to the Vietnamese way of life. Most importantly bring an open mind!
Nguyen Doan Huan – Project coordinator
Nguyen Ba Khai – New Horizon project coordinator
Khai graduated from Hanoi University of Industry. Khai has been working in CSDS since 2011. He is a sociable and good-humored person. He enjoy participating in social activities and movements to give his hand to disadvantaged people and communities. At present, he is working as a project coordinator at New Horizons Project in Quoc Oai, a district of Hanoi’s outskirts
Nguyen Thi Thuy – New Horizon project officer
Thuy graduated from Hanoi University with Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Since she was a university student, she has participated in many social activities and movements. She hopes to bring her small contribution and ability to help and support the unlucky individuals and communities. She has always hoped to work in non-governmental organizations who mainly act for community. At present, she is working as a Project Officer at New Horizons Project.
Nguyen Thi Thu Hien – Program officer
Nguyen Thu Trang – IT support
Trang graduated from Hanoi University of Science and Technology. Although her main major is software engineering, she has a lot of interest in social activities and wants to contribute to the community. She has worked in a variety of projects to support the disabled, environmental protection and education.
Phan Thi Mai Anh – Intern
“To talk about myself, I admit that I’m quite chidish and have a hot temper. However, at CSDS, I do not have the condition to expose my hot temper because everyone at CSDS is extremely nice, friendly, and pleasant :3 That I become a part of CSDS family is one of the luckiest things in my life. Thank you, CSDS xxxxxxxxx”
Nguyen Thi Hai Yen – Intern
Bachelor of International Studies – Hanoi University.
Since Yen was a student, she has always spent her time on activities related to sustainable development. She has experience working in some NGOs and social entrepreneurs in Vietnam.