A DELEGATION, consisting officers from the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and Ministry of Health as well as volunteers with different professional backgrounds, left for Vietnam yesterday for the 4th AseanYoung Professionals Volunteer Corps (AYPVC) project.
Two project officers departed earlier in preparation for the incoming delegates from the 10 Asean countries. The volunteers will be working for two weeks in Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam.
AYPVC is a regional programme initiated by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Brunei Darussalam, which was endorsed during the Eighth Asean Ministerial Meeting on Youth in May 2014. In the first phase last year, volunteer expeditions were conducted in Cambodia, Indonesia and The Philippines, which focused on healthcare, education, social enterprise, special needs care and agriculture, where over 80 Asean young professionals were mobilised.
For the second phase, volunteer expeditions will be conducted in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar in early 2015.
The delegation will be joined by 18 volunteers from Asean member countries and 17 local volunteers as well as members of the local partner, Hearts for Hue, to conduct a series of activities involving life skills training, waste management and construction.
Participants will work with the local community to develop a solution for the waste management problem faced in Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam. At the same time, the volunteers will also be constructing a fence for the kindergarten school and conduct life skills workshops for the children in the community such as on environmental sustainability and hygiene.
Khairunnisa, Project Manager for AYPVC Vietnam, said, “I’m truly looking forward to this project as one of the focuses will be on environmental sustainability, which is a cause I have been championing for under Green Brunei. We have brought together a diverse group of volunteers who come from different backgrounds to participate in this project and we hope to be able to work with the local community to develop sustainable solutions and activities. It will not just be about community development itself, but also to promote Asean community through cultural exchange.”
The fifth AYPVC project in Laos will be conducted at the end of this year in Pakse where volunteers will be engaged in social work involving women’s development through empowerment of entrepreneurship, technical and marketing skills as well as children’s development by teaching children basic skills and confidence building.
Present to send off the delegation was Zafri bin Haji Mohamed, Acting Director of Youth and Sports Development from Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.