Ho Chi Minh City, VN – Ryan Mai and Madeleine Mai, the DURI.AN Founders, Christina Hoang, DURI.AN International Associate, and Hang Luu, DURI.AN’s Vice-President of HCMC Operations, met with Kelly Vo, LIN Center’s Head of Corporate Partnerships and Fundraising to discuss possible future projects and partnerships.
As an NGO based in Vietnam, LIN Center has a great deal of experience in working on impactful projects that directly help communities throughout Southern Vietnam. With over 250 local nonprofit partners, LIN Center provides grants, guidance, and training for budding nonprofits so that they can focus more on direct impact. In addition, LIN Center focusses on building connections and partnerships for organizations that share similar missions and goals.
DURI.AN is excited to work with Kelly and LIN Center and be introduced to their network of partner nonprofits who are working endlessly to better the lives of people in Ho Chi Minh City and other parts of Southern Vietnam.
LIN Center's information is linked below. More information on this subject coming soon.
In this video, LĂN, another group of passionate Gen Zers, interview the Founders of DURI.AN while on the field trip to Van Ho, Vietnam to visit the kids who benefit from the school lunch program.
Video produced by LĂN.
The DURI.AN Team met with a group of college students to discuss menstrual hygiene and the stigmas surrounding periods in Vietnam. As an organization inspired by hearing the stories of others, understanding the stigmas in Vietnam meant so much to us. We learned that girls in Vietnam use the word “red light” or “it” because they are afraid to use the word period. We also learned how “guilty” and “dirty” the girls would feel when they had to talk about periods.
Inspired by Nadya Okamoto, the founder of PERIOD, the DURI.AN founders led a talk to take the first steps in breaking the stigma.
Ryan encouraged the students to just start by saying the word, “period.” “It is not a bad word,” said Ryan. Madeleine told the group that periods and menstruation is a natural human need that happens to half of the population. The DURI.AN team hopes that these students left the talk with the tools to start breaking down the stigma.
In a partnership with PERIOD. The Menstrual Movement, the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health worldwide, DURI.AN distributed period packs to these college students to cover three menstrual cycles per student.
Shoutout to CSDS for organizing this event! More information coming soon.
Vân Hồ — They say seeing is believing. But it’s not that simple. Seeing is also understanding. It’s knowing. And it’s feeling.
When my sister and I started DURI.AN, we shared a simple commitment to give back and help young people. After kicking off operations with CSDS in December for our school lunch program, we have made so much progress! We saw pictures and videos in the comfort of our own living room. Seeing it then was still believing, feeling, and understanding.
But today, I had the chance to visit the school in Van Ho, Vietnam. I loved being able to see the kids with my own eyes instead of through a screen. We played games with them, served them cookies, did some arts and crafts, and packed goodie bags.
Today, I felt. I learned. And I actually understood them with my eyes. It’s a different level of feeling when you’re there.
My heart was full of love when seeing that these kids had a hot meal to eat. But it was also broken knowing that there is so much more that we have to do to let these children have access to basic necessities like running water, clean clothes, a working bathroom, and more.
Out of the countless things that I took away from today’s experience, perhaps the most important has to be my authentic passion and dedication to continue.
I owe it to these kids to continue this school lunch program. I owe it to my team at DURI.AN to never stop making a difference. I owe it to my partner, CSDS, who’s endless dedication to helping these children is inspiring. I owe it to my sister and co-founder who pushes me to put in 110% everyday. And I owe it to my parents who inspire and motivate me nonstop.
I am so thankful for the entire CSDS team led by Director Don Tuan Phuong. We would not have been able to pull this off without you! And to the entire team of LĂN, I’m so glad that I got to meet you all. I’m inspired by your work. Looking forward to building a strong partnership and collaboration with you in the near future!
There’s still so much we have to do, so much we get to do. We’re just getting started.
Founder & President
Hanoi — The DURI.AN team, led by Ryan Mai and Madeleine Mai, met with Director Don Tuan Phuong at the CSDS office in Hanoi. CSDS introduced the Lăn Team, another youth-led nonprofit in Hanoi supporting the lunch project in Vân Hồ. The team collaborated to prepare the program for the next day school visit. We also started brainstorming for future projects and how to make it more sustainable.
On Saturday January 26, 2019, DURI.ĂN VP of Hanoi Operations, Quyen Bui, met with CSDS Director, Don Tuan Phuong to discuss the progress of the lunch program for 85 preschoolers in the Pa Che 1 Village and Pa Cop 2 Village, in the Son La Province of northwest Vietnam. To date, we have served over 2500 meals since the program started on December 17, 2018. CSDS has made two monitoring visits to record the progress of the program. CSDS was also accompanied by local volunteers who collected winter clothing and blankets for the children.
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85 kids got to eat today! We are so excited to kick off this amazing project! Our partners in Vietnam will be visiting the kids this week, and we are so excited to share photos and videos!! 🎉🎊
DURI.AN was granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on November 29, 2018. All donations are tax deductible!