This second VCLI camp will focus on the skills needed to build an effective environmental project: design thinking skills, skills to communicate with community, government, donors, campaign development skills, etc., so that the students can apply them to build projects after the end of the first camp of the “Foundation Phase” (14-17 December, 2019). These are 10 projects aiming to solve the “problem” of coping with climate change built by 46 young leaders aged 16-26 after conducting fieldwork, observing the current situation and contact directly with localities affected by climate change in the Mekong Delta.

“In recent years, climate change is more evident in Vietnam, with increasingly serious pollution in big cities and severe sea level rise in coastal provinces and the Mekong Delta, young people are very concerned about this issue. Future generations, when inspired and fully supported with information, knowledge and skills gained in programmes like VCLI, will I believe be motivated enough to act for a community project to respond to climate change. ” Ms. Hoang Thi Minh Hong – CHANGE’s director excitedly shared more after the first camp – “I hope after the first camp, future leaders will continue to work together and form teams with different projects that CHANGE can support in the future. These projects could be any projects related to climate change from media campaigns, awareness raising for young people and businesses and forest protection, etc… ”

At this second phase of VCLI, each group will have a separate mentor who has experience working in the social field. They will support, advise, give advice to the groups to complete the project, ensure that the activities are feasible, optimize costs and maximize the impact brought to the community. Each group will present their detailed projects on the last day, and the organizers will choose the best 6 teams to go on to the “Incubation” stage and receive 1,000 USD support to carry out the real project.

“Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho City belongs to the Can Tho River, which is in the Mekong River basin, is being affected by the “waste” problem in the river that directly affects the lives of the people living in Cai Rang floating market.” Green River group – including Hoang Son, Tran Long Hai, Tran Thanh Tam, Bui Ngoc Bao and Bui My Nhat shared their experiences after visiting impacted community. “We will carry out the mission of returning Cai Rang River to its original state with the “CaiRang Green River” project, and then there will be many other “Green River” projects such as “HaTien Green River”, “DongThap Green River”, … and especially “CuuLong Green River” to return the Mekong Delta to its original state.”

“First of all, I hope the participants of the program can learn more about issues related to environmental pollution and climate change. From that, awareness of environmental protection can be raised through practical actions.” Ms. Phuong Uyen – currently working at the Creative Incubation Society Co., Ltd., one of the instructors of the second camp, added, “I think this is an opportunity for them to learn and experience, not just about building and developing ideas, but also about how to turn their solutions into reality. And I believe that participants can meet people with similar interests and values, and in the future, they can work together to create more positive impacts for the community.”

Vietnam is one of the countries heavily affected by climate change. Each year, weather events become more complex and unpredictable, causing very high mortality rates and damage to infrastructure, such as schools and health centers, and has a negative impact on livelihoods of urban and rural disadvantaged populations (according to UNICEF). Since the beginning of 2020, the Mekong Delta has suffered a record drought in the past 100 years. In particular, Ben Tre has over 5,200 hectares of damaged rice fields, about 20,000 hectares of fruit trees, 72,000 hectares of coconut and more than 1,000 hectares of seedlings and ornamental plants are at risk of being affected. Long An estimated that the affected rice fields in the dry season is about 13,500 hectares (according to Natural Resources and Environment newspaper). As a result, the quality of life and economic income of local households are also seriously affected.

VCLI 2020 is pleased to receive the support of our partners including SIHUB, UPSHIFT and UNICEF.

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