A little summer update for you with all the goings-on at Step Forward.
We can now say for sure that our first workcamp project and housing build will take place in March 2015! Max and Thu will be travelling to Vinh Long in September to meet again with the local authorities and finalise our first project-site. Once all the final details are worked out we will really appreciate all your support searching for volunteers and fundraising for the build so watch this space!
Whilst we are finalising our workcamp project and raising money, we are devoting our time to developing our STEP Forward Club. This is a group for Vietnamese youth who want to participate in social development activities as well as a working environment that encourages personal development and responsibility through leadership. This is a key area for us as our workcamp projects will not run continuously and we are eager to provide a platform for Vietnamese youth to empower themselves and raise awareness of social issues in Vietnam both inside and outside the country.
The wheels of the club are in motion and weve held our first orientation day for Vietnamese volunteers looking to join and become an integral part of our activities. It was a great success as everyone was able to meet, discuss their ambitions and visions for the club and really start to make inroads towards planning our first event for the Mid-Autumn Festival in September. Whilst our club members will have the opportunity to join our workcamp projects, we want to give them a chance develop themselves by encouraging regular events and activities organised and executed by the local volunteers themselves. Big thanks to our awesome friend and colleague Thuy for taking the time to help us put it all together!
We will continue to organise orientations and trainings, which will be open to all to all club members, on a regular basis; with our next orientation day coming in mid-July.
Our first fundraising event will take place in two weeks in Adelaide, Australia. Organised by our program coordinator, Tony Haddad. Tony will host what will be the first of many events in the name of STEP to raise awareness amongst his friends and collect our first donations. The first event will be a classic house party. We hope to raise up to and above $200 to be utilised as part of the budget for our Mid-Autumn event in early September.
That's all for now folks, thanks again for your support and please continue to help us raise awareness for our projects by sharing our website and facebook posts! Contact us via our website if you would like to learn more or have a deeper involvement with us!