Marie Schlei Association (Germany) and its projects to Vietnamese women
With the aim to promote the understanding and show the solidarity of German women with women in developing countries in the world, particularly in the South, the Marie Schlei activities focus on fund raising from the society and from fund of welfare or fund for international development assistance of German government to support women in the developing countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, especially in the field of training, knowledge and life skills improvement to reduce poverty and eliminate hunger.
Being a non-profitable association, the Marie Schlei Association now composes of 900 members in the whole country, mainly in
Under the spirit of enabling poor women to enhance their income, thus improve their living conditions, actually there are over 150 projects, funded by Marie Schlei, being carried out in the developing countries, including Vietnam, which are focusing on agricultural production, fruit, flowers growing, vegetables production, conservation and marketing, husbandry raising/keeping with cultivation, sewing, tailoring, embroidery... through the provision of training, improvement of knowledge and skills in these fields.
Moreover, one of the persuadable ways taken by Marie Schlei to raise funds and develop its members is to invite the representative of its beneficiary partner in different countries to
In 1999, during the participation to the seminar on “Women in politics” in
Apart from the provision of loans to poor women for investing in production, the projects have focused on organisation of trainings in order to provide them knowledge and skills on business planning, production management, losses-profit calculation... and others related to their specific production models, helping them to develop their household economy and to reduce poverty.
Although these projects are in small scale, that have partially brought practical interests to people and women in the project sites. The projects have contributed not only to higher income, life improvement forpeople and women in project sites, but attracted more active women's involvement in WU’s activities, thus contributing to help VWU to implement well its objective as planned.
Through implementation of these development projects, the cooperation between VWU and the Marie Schlei Association is more and more close. Annually, VWU and WU at grass root levels are very pleased to receive Ms. Christa Randzo Plath visiting the projects during her mission to
In September 2002, as the invitation of Marie Schlei, the VWU’s representative went to