14 local not-for-profit organizations submitted their projects to receive grants from the Narrow the Gap Fund 2013. All of these NPOs work with children facing difficult circumstances: some are working with street children, some are caring for orphans, some help children with disabilities or medical conditions and more. Just as the challenges facing children in our city are diverse and numerous, so too are the programs being offered by the NPOs.
In the next 10 days, LIN’s volunteer Grant Evaluation Committee will face a very hard challenge to selecting five (5) project proposals that they feel are the most impressive based on need, objectives, viability and impact. After that, from August 15-22, it will be the community’s turn – your turn – to vote for your favorite project online.
In the meantime, meet the members of the Grant Evaluation Committee.
Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Dung
Member, LIN Board of Directors
Retired Head of Coverage, Commercial Banking, Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, HCMC Branch
Ms. Dang Thi Ngoc Dung has joined LIN from Feb, 2012 as a Volunteer Board Member and is participating in Administration Committee and Fund Control Committee.
Ms. Dung graduated from University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City in 1980. After graduation, Dung spent 10 years at University of Technical Education Ho Chi Minh City and then more than 21 years in banking sector. She had taken the lead in various departments at a French bank operating in Vietnam, i.e. from Administration, Human Resources, Finance and Accounting Departments. Her last position at Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Ho Chi Minh City Branch was Director, Head of Coverage, in charge of business activities of the bank. She has currently been a board member of Bach Kinh Joint Stock Company.
Dung likes very much the below quote from Thich Nhat Hanh – ”The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers”-. Dung is happy as her knowledge/skills can be of use to others – even when she retires. She believes all people deserve equal access to opportunities!
Member, LIN Board of Directors
Director of Melchers Vietnam Ltd.
With over 20 years of marketing, business development and organizational management in the competitive commercial and industrial sector in Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and the Master Degree of Business Administration with Henley Management School (U.K.), Mrs. Tran Thi Bao Ngoc joined the Board of LIN at the end of 2011 looking for opportunities to apply these experiences to serve societal purposes.
Mrs. Ngoc experiences include starting up new operations, sourcing and developing new markets, managing marketing of high quality industrial goods as well as coordinating with various functions and national teams in the Asia Pacific. She is currently the director of Melchers Vietnam Ltd.
Member, LIN Board of Directors
Editor, Saigon Times
In September 2009, Ms. Tran Thi Thanh Hương was invited to become a Member of the LIN Board of Director. In that capacity, she also serves on two sub-committees of the Board as the Chairperson of the Fund Allocation Committee and a Member of the Program Committee.
In 2005, she won the award of International Ford Fellowship Program for a master program in International Development and Social Change in Clark University, USA.
Now she is a journalist/editor of The Saigon Times Group, Ho Chi Minh City.
Nguyen Thi Mai Hoa was a Project Manager for Save the Children in Vietnam from 2009 to 2013 in Alive and Thrive project with a focus on reducing malnutrition prevalence in children under two years old. Having educated background on Women and Gender studies and solid working experience on health development for children, she is very interested in health communication, behavior changes and applied health sciences to promote optimal public health practices, particularly for women and children. Currently, she is taking a break from her position to seek further development in her profession.
Ms. Hoang Tu Uyen
Hoang Tu Uyen is currently the coordinator of Education Programme, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, the Irish NGO with more than 15 years of operation in Vietnam. She is in charge of providing support to almost 400 disadvantaged students in HCMC and provinces in the Mekong Delta to prevent them from dropping out from school. Before that, she had many years serving as a lecturer and researcher at An Giang University. She has participated in many projects in development.
Uyen earned her master degree in Public Policy at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program.
Ms. Do Thi Hien
Do Thi Hien joined Saigon Children Charity (SCC) on May 2013 as a Project Manager of Working With Others Organization (WWO). With this role, she support local NGOs to apply WWO grants as well as monitor the grantees. She also ensure that project activities in the framework of WWO Scheme address directly or indirectly the needs, in particular the need for education, of children with disabilities in a comprehensive manner and consistent with SCC’s Strategy as well as with the criteria of WWO Scheme. Prior joining SCC, she worked with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Organisation, Hand in Hand Special School for Children with Disability in Nha Trang and Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.
Hien had the B.A degree of Special Education (Distinction).
Ms. Nguyen Quynh Anh has a background in Finance Investment and Commercial Banking. She is now working as a Project Manager at OpenAsia Group. She has volunteered at LIN Center since 2010 as Grant Evaluator and Volunteer Stories Competition Judge.
Since March 2012, Ms. Quynh Anh volunteered at 5 gio sang as Fundraising Consultant, working closely with 5 gio sang staff to develop a Fundraising plan for 2012.
Mr. Le Chi Thanh graduated from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) in 2010 with an M.Sc in Finance. He has 2 year experience in capital market as an equity research analyst, covering consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and banking sector. He also has 2 year experience in managing a research team, promoting business cooperation between employer and clients. He is now working as a freelance market researcher.
Thanh has volunteered at LIN Center since April 2013 as Grant Evaluator. Since July 2013 he started to support CED, one of LIN’s NPO partner, as a Fundraising volunteer.
Born in 1979, Le Truong Thanh Tien has been a manager at Trai Tim Yeu Thuong Volunteer Group for four years. He has a solid background in community services, being a member of Vi Cong Dong mien Nam, a network that connects more than 40 volunteer and charity groups in South Vietnam. Tien is a consultant at several volunteer groups including Gio yeu Thuong, Dau Chan Viet, Hanh trinh ket noi tinh nguyen, etc.
Ta Khanh Chi was born in a middle class family in 1989. After getting her degree in International Hotel and Tourism Management in Malaysia, she returned to Vietnam for an internship at New World Hotel. Chi later became General Manager at Ha Duyen Eco- Resort. Chi has participated in a number of charity projects in the past, including programs by WWF and programs supporting children undergoing cancer treatment in HCMC.