Friends of Project RENEW to Expand Operation Sphere in Vietnam
In the meeting, Bob Frank said FPR wanted to expand its area of operation to Quang Ngai and Kon Tum, where they planned to help more Agent Orange victims, and veterans' families relocate and destroy unexploded bomb mines. Frank hoped VUFO and the People's Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM).
|Phan Anh Son, Vice President, General Secretary of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) (right) and Bob Frank, Chairman of Friends of Project RENEW ( FPR) (left).|
According to Phan Anh Son, foreign NGOs operating in Vietnam can always seek assistance and consultant from VUFO and PACCOM in dealing with administrative procedures. VUFO and PACCOM agree to work with FPR to effectively distribute aid to the needy.
|Students in Quang Tri receive gifts from Project RENEW.|
In a sideline interview with VNT, Chuck Searcy explained FPR's extension. Quang Ngai and Kon Tum both suffer heavy consequences of the war. Quang Ngai and Kon Tum have 39% and 48.68% of their natural land area polluted by unexploded bomb mines, respectively. However, they have not received much international support.
With their experience in Quang Tri, FPR hopes to help Quang Ngai and Kon Tum to deal with the war legacy. FPR plans to provide education for children in rural areas and children affected by the war, and health support for Agent Orange victims. It will also eradicate bombs, raise awareness of local people about the danger of unexploded bombs and offer them safety instructions when finding exploded bombs.
|A lesson of safety instructions when finding bombs held by Project RENEW.|
Friend of Project RENEW is a non-profit humanitarian organization based in the United States. It aims to seek support from American organizations and people for Project RENEW - an initiative to tackle the war legacy in Quang Tri.
Project RENEW has implemented practical activities to deal with the consequences of war such as detecting and destroying unexploded bombs and mines, educating people about safety when finding unexploded bombs. Besides, it provides loans, financial donations, vocational training, medical assistance, and prostheses donations for Agent Orange victims and those injured by bombs and mines left after the war.
By 2021, Project RENEW has relocated, destroyed 105,000 explosives, cleared 9.3 million sqm of land, educated 160,000 children about the dangers of landmines, and sent prosthetics for more than 2,000 victims of war and landmines.
|Children in Quang Tri learn about the danger of underground bombs.|
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