TWENTYFOUR participants from 10 Asean member countries completed a two-week volunteering project in Hue, Vietnam on December 5.
The volunteers come from various backgrounds including medicine, education, environment and development.
Ampuan Dr Siti Nur Hanisah binti Ampuan Dr Haji Brahim and Dr Shahriman bin Haji Husain from Ministry of Health, Awg Nurul Izzul bin Zakeria from the Ministry of Development, Hjh Nurul Amal Akmalina binti Haji Talip from the Volunteers Unit of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Abu Hurairah bin Haji Mohammad and Ak Muhd Hizami bin Pg Haji Yasmin represented Brunei Darussalam.
The Asean Young Professionals Volunteer Corps (AYPVC) is an initiative by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (Brunei Darussalam), endorsed last year during the Eighth Asean Ministerial Meeting on Youth (8th AMMY). The project in Vietnam is the fourth AYPVC expedition; previously projects were conducted in Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
The programme aims to bring together youth and young professionals from all over Asean to support local communities with skills transfer and service delivery. The programme has mobilised over 100 volunteers in total.
AYPVC Vietnam was organised with the support of Hearts for Hue, a local NGO dedicated to improve the quality of life of Hue’s resettled boat people in the areas of health, education, sanitation, environment, hygiene awareness and household economic development, with particular attention to child development.
The volunteers spent two weeks from November 23 to December 5 conducting various activities related to environment and education in Vinh Tri Village, Hai Duong Commune.
The volunteers delivered several workshops for the kindergarten and primary school children, and for the youth and the local community. The workshops focused on English education, environment, confidence building, and waste management problems faced by the community.
The volunteers also collaborated with the local community to conduct a mass cleaning campaign to clear up the waste collected at several locations on the sand hill.
They also helped build a fence and gate around the kindergarten and set up flower and vegetable gardens.
As a follow up of the project, the local community will donate for the construction of a playground for the kindergarten, and the local youth community will continue to develop more programmes related to environment to ensure the sustainability of the project activities.
Khanh, Chairman of Hearts for Hue expressed his appreciation to the Brunei Government and the programme organisers. He acknowledged the efforts and contributions of the volunteers to the community in the areas of environment and education, highlighting the knowledge
and ideas they have shared for the community to solve their waste management problem.
The closing ceremony was held on December 5 at the kindergarten school compound and attended by the students, parents and members of youth union and the local community.
The ceremony was aimed to promote cultural exchange between the local Vietnamese and the Asean countries.
The objectives of AYPVC are to promote awareness of Asean among the communities through exchange of knowledge and understanding of culture, and to share the skills and expertise of young professionals through volunteer work and training.