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ChildFund organised surveys to develop regional development roadmap

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Trinh Thao My

Sponsor Relations Assistant 

Hoa Binh Office

Luc Van Viet 

Program Officer 

Cao Bang Office

Nguyen Thu Hue

Social Worker 

Bac Kan Office

Pham Thi Diu

Sponsor Relations Assistant

Hanoi Office

Nguyen Tuan Khoi

Public Affairs Assistant 

Hanoi Office

Gen Z refers to people who were born between the year 1997 and 2012. Unlike Gen Y and Gen X, Gen Z has early access to the Internet, making them easier to integrate into modern society. Therefore, it can be said that most Gen Z do not find it hard to familiarise themselves with a new working environment in comparison with older generations. However, Gen Z still has invisible fears, thoughts, and feelings. Today, let’s chat with 5 Gen Z representatives from 4 offices to understand more about a generation that is growing rapidly in quantity at ChildFund Vietnam!

 Hi, nice to meet you all! Can you tell us about your reasons for choosing to work at ChildFund Vietnam? How did you feel when you first started working here?

My: At that time, after finishing university, I decided to work in Hoa Binh and was introduced to ChildFund by my friends. My friends told me that ChildFund was recruiting for a position that really suited my academic background, which is social work. So I decided to give it a try, partly because I used to work with children before that.

Viet: I was first impressed by ChildFund thanks to its great contributions to the development of Cao Bang province and the scale of this organisation.

As a man who has been living in Cao Bang for such a long time, I was determined to join ChildFund to jointly support local people in my hometown. That is the reason for which I applied to ChildFund.

At first, I quite struggled because this was a new environment with new colleagues, but luckily everyone in the office helped me integrate quickly with the work.

Hue: I still remember the exact time when I first knew about ChildFund. That was the end of April, 2021. On that day, when I was surfing Facebook, I came through a recruitment post for the position of Intern on ChildFund’s page. I applied, and fortunately I was selected even though I just graduated from university and didn’t have as much work experience as other candidates.

The probation period was quite stressful for me. The person who helped me a lot to solve all my problems was my line manager at that time. He helped me handle the work by providing clear guidances and suggestions.

Diu: ChildFund is an organisation that fulfills my career aspirations – working at an INGO. For me, NGO is a place that can help me develop myself and expand personal networks with a friendly and dynamic working environment.

Both excitement and fear were my feelings when I first worked at ChildFund, but it’s really great to be able to do the right job in an environment you want to be a part of. 

I started working right at the time when Hanoi was carrying out social distancing measures. Hence, I did not have the opportunity to meet and receive direct guidance from colleagues. I was always afraid that I would not perform well. However, all members of the SR team have been very supportive, helping me to complete the job on time and with high quality.

Khoi: I decided to apply to ChildFund because I want to strengthen my professional skills and take part in an international working environment. My 2-month probation period was affected a lot by the COVID-19 pandemic, I did not have many chances to meet all of my colleagues in person. Luckily I was fully supported by my manager and other teammates, and I gradually familiarised myself with assigned tasks.

So in your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of Gen Z when working at ChildFund??

My: I think being young is already an advantage . I’m still young, so I don’t mind any challenges at work. In terms of SR tasks, I think I can take advantages of being a Gen Z when interacting with students because the generation gap between us is not huge. Also, I suddenly discovered my new passion for photography at ChildFund, and I am looking forward to sharpening my photography skills!

Viet: The advantage of a Gen Z like me is that I am dynamic, eager to learn new things and can allocate a large amount of time to my work. The biggest limitation, of course, is a lack of experience and personal network.

Hue: The advantage for me is that I can flexibly use technology to support my work. I have researched and applied many tools while working so that I can handle my assigned tasks with ease. For example, when translating documents, I usually use Quillbot or Grammarly tools to speed up the process. About the difficulties, I think just like other ChildFund Gen Zs, I don’t have too much experience 😄

Diu: Since one of ChildFund Australia’s strategies is adaptation to changes and innovations, I think this is an advantage for young people like me. Because I’m young, I can adapt to new changes quite quickly. Besides, I feel quite excited when welcoming new changes.

Khoi: I also believe that being a Gen Z is indeed an advantage. I am willing to learn and discover new things everyday, and I am eager to step out of my comfort zone and welcome new challenges. However, I should spend more time reading about activities of ChildFund and other INGOs to gain a deeper insight into NGO organisations since I do not have many experiences.

Can you share one of your most memorable moments with ChildFund??

My: My most memorable one is the campaign to distribute goods for  people living in Hoa Binh during the Covid pandemic. I and other colleagues worked to pick up and check goods until 12 at night to make sure we would be be able to bring necessary items for the local people and children. At that time, I could feel a sense of intimacy between me and other colleagues. Everyone tried to assist each other, just like a whole family!

Viet: To be honest, I haven’t worked at ChildFund for too long so I don’t have many memories, but I’m looking forward to the coming Retreat! 😊

Hue: The memory that I may never forget is the friendliness and sociability of all my colleagues here. The sense of intimacy between me and other colleagues – even though we may not know each other before, is something that words cannot describe. I never feel isolated at ChildFund.

Diu: It is about the COVID pandemic again😅 I was admitted when Covid started to break out, thus completing the necessary procedures before onboarding was such a difficult task for me. I had to delay the start date of work and use all means to have enough documents to complete the application. Looking back, it was quite hard but it worked out in the end. 😁

Khoi: I joined ChildFund during the Tet Holiday, so I got the lucky money from ChildFund and the Public Affairs Team even before I officially started my work 😀 It was such a warm welcome for me.



ChildFund Vietnam organised surveys to develop regional development roadmap in the next 3 years

News by: Nguyen Thi Thu Hue – Social Work Officer; Dinh Ngoc Duy  – Social Work Officer; Ly Thi Phuong – Project  Officer

In July, ChildFund Vietnam and the districts’ People’s Committees have organised surveys to develop regional development roadmap in the next 3 years in Hoa Binh, Cao Bang and Bac Kan provinces.
Participating from all three provinces are nearly 1000 people, representing the community including children, youth, parents/caregivers, teachers, people with disability, village and commune officials, and district leaders.
Through this survey, difficulties and challenges were shared and discussed by representatives of children and adult groups, including issues in child marriage, children lacking self-care and protection skills, child malnutrition, child labour, online safety for children, school violence, etc. The community’s voice is a crucial basis for ChildFund Vietnam to develop a suitable development strategy and plan in the coming time.
See more:
– Photos from Cao Bang here
– Photos from Hoa Binh and Bac Kan here 

Closing of project “Equal access to quality health services for mothers and children in mountainous areas in Kim Boi and Tan Lac district, Hoa Binh province in the period 2019-2022”

News by: Ung Thi Hien – Project Officer

After 3 years of implementation, the project “Equal access to quality health services for mothers and children in mountainous areas in Kim Boi and Tan Lac district, Hoa Binh province in the period 2019-2022” has delivered noteworthy results:
  • 7,672 caregivers in 11 communes are introduced to and given advice on the “Maternal and Child Health Monitoring book”
  • 3,135 caregivers and 88 village health workers are trained on skills to take care of newborns in the first 1,000 days
  • 1,481 children received micronutrients, leading to a reduced rate of malnourished children
  • 04 child-friendly clinics (03 at commune level and 01 at district level) were decorated with the participation of children
In addition, the project also achieved many remarkable results in improving the quality of antenatal and infant health care services and promoting maternal and child health and nutrition through interventions to improve health care knowledge in the community.
These results were shared at the Project Summary Workshop in June, organised by the People’s Committee of Kim Boi District and Tan Lac District in collaboration with ChildFund Vietnam. Participating were representatives from the Department of Health, Center for Disease Control in Hoa Binh province, the district’s Women’s Union, district health center, parents from project communes, etc.

First year Review Workshop of the project “Ready for Primary School”

News by: Dinh Thi Thu Ha – Project Officer

At the end of June, the First year Review Workshop of the project “Ready for Primary School” was successfully held in Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh province. Attending were delegates from the Department of Education and Training…

At the end of June, the First year Review Workshop of the project “Ready for Primary School” was successfully held in Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh province.
Attending were delegates from the Department of Education and Training of Hoa Binh province, the Program Management Unit and technical team, authorities from 04 project communes, representatives of the board and teachers from kindergartens, primary & secondary schools, and representatives of parents of children with disability.
On this occasion, members reflected on good progress, discussed points to improve as well as suggested ideas to help improve the project in the following areas:
– Transition from kindergarten to elementary school
– Methods to create a diverse environment inclusive of multiple languages
– Teachers of grades 2-5 applying the student’s writing assessment toolkit
– Develop a school development plan with integrations of transition, disability and gender
– Skills to take care of children/children with disability

ChildFund Vietnam co-organised Suoi Hoa Commune Communication Contest

News by: Nguyen Manh Cuong – Swipe Safe Project Officer

This year’s Suoi Hoa Commune Communication Contest…

“Accompanying children as they navigate the online environment” – that is the topic chosen for this year’s Suoi Hoa Commune Communication Contest organsed by ChildFund Vietnam in collaboration with the Culture and Sports Department of Tan Lac district and the People’s Committee of Suoi Hoa commune. Eight teams from 8 villages of the commune with members ranging from adults, youth to children participated in the contest with impressive and unique performances carrying meaningful messages such as:
Preserving local culture – Teenagers today spend much time surfing on the Internet and using smart devices and the Internet, which can lead to them forgetting about Muong ethnic culture as they absorb modern cultures from all over the world. Therefore, children need to be taught about traditional culture as well as how to learn good things through the Internet.
Through a short skit, a group of children in Day village spoke out about how children fighting, filming and posting violent videos online can lead to negative impacts on the victims, thereby calling on families and schools to guide children on to use social networks with respect, help them understand the harm they can cause by posting negative information online.
A 6th grader from Mat village also used a picture presentation to encourage elimination of prejudices against men and strengthen the role of women to promote gender equality in the community.

Children’s Forum of Bac Kan province

News by: Nguyen Thi Thu Hue – Social Work Officer

2022 is the 9th year of the Children’s Forum organised by the People’s Committee of Bac Kan…

“Student discipline is the last resort when there is no other choice. However, in reality, many schools still overuse this method. Such approach is not appropriate because it can cause children to commit more violations. Instead, we should find out the root cause of the problem and listen to the children’s thoughts to have a more appropriate solution.”
The above is a sharing from Mr. Sam Van Du, Deputy Director of Bac Kan Department of Education and Training during a dialogue between leaders of departments and children at the Children’s Forum of Bac Kan province taking place from 5 to 8 July.
2022 is the 9th year of the Children’s Forum organised by the People’s Committee of Bac Kan province in collaboration with ChildFund Vietnam. The forum is an opportunity for 66 children from 08 districts and cities – representing more than 80,000 children in the province – to be trained and discuss issues related to children and have a direct dialogue with provincial leaders.
Through exciting and active working sessions and with the effective support of members of the Organising Committee, 04 groups of issues related to children were well discussed for solutions including physical and emotional violence against children, child sexual abuse, child marriage, child neglect and child protection online.

Baseline survey for the Child Protection project 

News by: Tran Thu Giang – CP Project Officer

At the end of July, ChildFund Vietnam cooperated with the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs…

At the end of July, ChildFund Vietnam cooperated with the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs of Kim Boi district, Hoa Binh province to conduct a baseline survey for the Child Protection project (CP) in four communes of Du Sang, Hop Tien, Nong Dam, and Cuoi Ha.
The baseline survey’s target group consists of representatives from the Standing Committee of CP at the commune level, group of teachers who are the focal point for CP in schools, group of students in grades 5 – 8 and their parents/caregivers. With the support of social workers and CP workers in the commune, more than 250 people in the official community-based CP system has participated in the survey, ensuring objectivity, transparency, and honesty of the input data for the project.
With the enthusiastic contribution of local people, the survey has obtained reliable responses. ChildFund Vietnam and local partners make it our best effort to build an effective community-based CP system, placing children as the highest beneficiaries so that they can develop in a safe and healthy environment.


Count down to Retreat 2022

Are you ready for the upcoming Retreat? The Retreat 2022 marks the start of the new strategic period with lots of promising breakthrough ideas, overcoming all the challenges and barriers. In the mean time, let’s watch the video below to see what exciting things await us at the end of this August! 

* Filmed by Tran Van Tu – Child Protection Project Coordinator


ChildFunders in the reporting season

From the end of June to July every year, project team members are often super busy with report writing activities.

Despite the heavy workload, each member tries their best to complete the report with high quality, providing convincing evidence, analysing issues sharply, and drawing valuable lessons to implement projects more efficiently.

That’s why after each reporting season, the project members often looks a bit different (like Nguyen Manh Cuong – Online Safety Project Officer in the following photo 😊)

* The photo is just for fun



Project Areas' Culture: Lunar mid-July festival of Tay & Nung people

Bac Kan and Cao Bang are places where the Tay and Nung ethnic people live in a large concentration with specific cultural features.

The full moon day of July is one of the very important holidays of the Tay and Nung people, taking place on the 14th and 15th day of the 7th lunar month. In Tay and Nung language, this day is called ”Pay Tai”. “Pay Tai” means “visiting the wife’s family”. The wife and her husband will bring the offerings including one duck, “gai” traditional cake, wine, fruit, sweets, etc. to the wife’s house. This is an opportunity for children to show their gratitude and love to their parents.

Unlike the Lunar New Year, when people make “chung” cake and eat chicken, on the full moon day of July, people will enjoy duck meat and make “gai” cake. Everyone in the family will gather to make cakes and prepare the altar for worshiping ancestors. For those who live far away from home, this is also an opportunity for the family to get together. The atmosphere on these days is often very hustle and fun.


Each reporting season, the ChildFund’s Project Officers are very concerned about how to write a good report that fully and accurately reflect the project’s activities. Understanding these concerns, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Phong – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager would like to share with us some tips by answering the frequently asked questions of Project Officers as below. 

Each project may have different reporting requirements. However, overall, a good project report should meet several important criteria as follows.

Appropriate, clear and concise presentation. Ideally, a report outline, with specific headings and requirements, should be developed and agreed upon among stakeholders right from the project design stage, so that people responsible for reporting could apply consistently.

Any statement made should be accurate and sufficient evidence, either quantitatively or qualitatively, should be given to support those statements. For example, if a statement made in the report says “The project has successfully organized the training course and has raised awareness for 30 parents/caregivers on child protection”, then evidence on an increased percentage of people who have accurate knowledge about child protection, based on comparison of pre and post-training assessment results, should be given.

Comprehensive and logical analysis of issues and challenges during project implementation and actions taken. For example, if the report raises an issue of “The project is behind schedule”, it should explain why the project was delayed, what activities were delayed, what was the cause, and how it affected the progress towards achieving project goals and outcomes, what measures have been taken and what are the results.

First, each project should have a clear and detailed monitoring and evaluation plan. The M&E plan is developed and agreed upon by specialists, project staff, provincial managers, and MEL team as soon as a new project is approved.

Next, MEL team together with specialists and project staff develop monitoring and evaluation tools and implement monitoring and evaluation of project activities according to the plan. Finally, they synthesize, manage and process the results of monitoring and evaluation against the impact, outcome and output indicators of the project, at different times during the life of the project. These results are the evidence to include in the project reports.

Monitoring and evaluation is a regular and continuous activity of the project to ensure the quality of the project’s activities and results. Therefore, the information and data obtained from monitoring and evaluation activities are very important to include in the report. To increase the effectiveness of monitoring and evaluation activities, apart from ChildFund Vietnam staff, local partners also play an important role. ChildFund Vietnam is promoting the application of a participatory monitoring and evaluation approach to increase the participation and enhance the ownership of local partners in ensuring project activities’ progress and quality. ChildFund Vietnam’s Senior management team also promotes the improvement of knowledge and skills in monitoring and evaluation for the staff. Accordingly, ChildFund Vietnam project staff and local partners need to be trained to improve their knowledge and skills in monitoring, evaluation and planning, need to participate in designing tools, implementing monitoring and evaluation plan, and use the results of project monitoring and evaluation to improve the effectiveness of project activities.

Before sharing about how to analyze the causes and consequences of problems, I would like to share about the problems that were discovered. Project problems are understood as difficulties or challenges in implementing activities or things that need to be considered and resolved so that the project can achieve its goals. The same matter can have many problems, it is important that we identify correctly the core problem to come up with the right solutions.

For example, the report raised a problem as “Parents rarely participate in project activities, but mainly grandparents do”. This can be seen as a phenomenon rather than a problem. To determine the problem for this phenomenon, we can ask ourselves: what does the fact that parents rarely participate in project activities, but mainly grandparents do instead, lead to or how does it affect the achievement of the project goals? The answer may be “Grandparents are not fully able to take care of and protect children”. We can have similar follow-up questions to dig deeper. The final answer may be “Children are not as well cared for and protected at home as proposed by the project”. That is the core problem that we need to identify. Determining the correct core problem will help us do better cause and effect analysis and find better solutions, which in turn will bring many benefits to the project, including planning activities to achieve the targeted goals.

There are many techniques for analyzing the causes of and solutions for a problem. One of the quite simple and familiar ways is the PROBLEM TREE model. This model places the problem on the TRUNK, the causes on the ROOTS and the results/consequences on the BRANCHES. This technique was also applied during ChildFund Vietnam’s community consultation to develop a 3-year strategic plan in July 2022.

We need to have a clear understanding of the project targeted participants, project objectives and the expected changes that the project would bring to different target groups. These changes can be about knowledge, attitude, behavior, living conditions, social status, system operation, etc.

Success story writers will monitor and capture changes in target groups to select the most significant change cases and document them using text and images. This process should start early and continue throughout the project lifecycle.



In addition to disaggregating outcome and output data by gender, disability, ethnicity, etc. to include in the report, the strategies, efforts, and methods that the project has implemented to promote Gender equality, disability inclusion, social inclusion should be mentioned.

In the project report it is necessary to answer a number of questions:

  • How has the project shown interest in promoting gender equality, disability inclusion and social inclusion in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation stages?
  • What efforts have been made and with what results, together with specific evidence?


July 2022


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