(MTO 4 - 29/4/2007)
Recently, blog has been criticized due to the publication of some vulgar and inappropriate content. There are many sexually provocative stories and images that have been publicly posted in private blogs, which has induced a negative view from the public against the young people.
Nonetheless, there are still many “Useful blogs” besides those useless blogs. Charity blogs are those contribute towards social development and cohesion, towards a better Vietnamese community, a peaceful world…
1. Free hugs
“Free hugs” is a campaign originally inspired by a young Australian, Juan Mann, to enhance human connectivity in our society. With its simplicity and effectiveness, soon “Free hugs” was delivered across borders to many different parts of the world.
And here the campaign came to Vietnam. The importation of “Free hugs”, as well as its rapid development in Vietnam was notably contributed by a group of bloggers called “The group of happiness markers”. Their goal is “firstly to create the happiness for yourself and then to generate it to your community”. These bloggers are planning further activities in the future to bring people together, to help improve the social cohesion. One of the most out standing production of this team in recent time was the publication of “The Sail” magazine, an e-book combining all excellent writing pieces of their members published in every 15th day of the month. The two new-born issues of “The Sail” have particularly attracted attention of Internet citizens. This initial success is a strong motivation for the group to work on the project and expand their network greater towards a full of bliss Vietnamese community.
2. “Knowledge Present”
“Knowledge Present” is a donation project for children in mountainous area in Simacai (Laocai), organized by Vietnamese Youth Volunteer (VYV) organization. This is certainly not the first charity program organized by VYV. The organization has been operating since the establishment of Olympia forum (VTV3). One year after the foundation, VYV, having had approximately 100 official members, has ran many meaningful charity events for the community. Essentially, such programs are:
- Hosting Mid-Autumn Festival 2005 for children in Ha Cau child-care center (Hanoi) and friends who have difficulty circumstances in open-house (HCMC)
- Visiting blind students at Nguyen Dinh Chieu primary school (Dist. 5, HCMC) on the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Association on March 26th, 2006
- Hosting the donation program for children with difficulty situation after Chanchu typhoon in Quang Binh- Quang Nam
- Organizing the “Children’s Festival” (1/06/2006) in three parts of the country: Northern area at Ha Cau – Ha Dong, Middle Area at Hoi An and Southern area at
SOS house HCMC.
- “Website designing to promote and distribute productions for charity organizations” project was chosen to be in the top 14 projects (out of 139 submissions) in “Project
for Community” Competition, hosted by Tuoitre Newspaper, British Council and Prudential.
- Organizing and participating in VN2015 meeting in Nam Dinh (16-17th Sep. 2006) to collaborate with other community organizations to achieve 8 goals of the millennium.
- Organizing the donation for the victims of the Xangsane and Durian typhoon.
- Organizing “Happy Mid-autumn festival” in 3 parts of the country” Soc Son (Hanoi – northern Vietnam), Hue- Hoi An-Quang Nam (middle Vietnam) and Ho Chi Minh (southern Vietnam) from October 5-8th, 2006.
3. “Tend to Peace” Album
“Tend to Peace”, recorded from early March 2006 to March 2007, was a production of “external people” – Vietnamese students studying abroad, patients and children. 100% of its profit was contributed to the charity fund dedicated for less fortunate people. The album was sponsored by GFO (Gentle Fund Organization) – a non-profit and non-government organization in Singapore Of all the singers presenting in this album, there is the voice of Anh Thu (the girl performed together with Michael Jackson more than 10 years ago in “Pop King’s” trip for peace). There is also the contribution of blogger Tran Tuyen (nick cuoihk), who has passed away because of cancer on March 18.
This album is remarked with many other special situations. Recently, the album has been introduced widely in many blogs for charity purpose. GFO Hanoi hopes that, through this project, they would be able to help more people who are living with misery in Vietnam.
Combined by Dang Hai
|An article in MUC TIM Newspaper|
quynhanh (Theo BCH NVT)