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Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities

On the occasion of International Day of People with Disabitlities, a sanctioned day that occurs annually on December 3, a wide range of activities and events were organized in Vietnam. This year’s theme is “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all".

In the framework of the project “Supporting people with disabitlities” funded by Caristas Australia through the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD) in Gio Linh district, Quang Tri province , 3 clubs of people with disabilities (PwD) in 3 project communes held a various meaningful activites for both their members and non-members.

On December 2, 2013, the project officer and the club management boards paid visits to 15 economically disadvantaged families whose member are living with some form of disability and gave them gifts.

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Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hoa, Head of Gio My commune’s PwD club                            Ms.Lê , a member of PwD club in Gio My commune sharing her               handing a present for a disadvantaged PwD living in the project’s area.            experiences in overcoming challenges and developing livelihood.

Also in the meeting, with an aim to further encourage and stimulate the PwDs’ spirit, 2 PwDs were honored by the communal People’s Committee and the project for their success in overcoming disabilities and improving their livelihoods.

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The project officer and Mr.Nguyen Huu Tai – Vice Chairman of Gio Linh People’s Committee giving presents for 2 honored PwDs 

 Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hao, Head of PwD club in  Gio My commune, expressed  sincere thanks to SRD, the  donor and the project in his emmotional speech at the meeting. “I really appreciate the practical activities that the project brought to our club and PwD, especially the recent study tour in Quang Nam province. After the tour, the project has supported the PwD with a dove raising model, which is suitable to our health conditions. I will encourage the club members and other PwDs in the commune to to adopt this model ",  said Mr. Hao. Thereafter, Mr. Hao read a poem that he composed as a present to all people living with some kind of disabilities as him. Participants in the event were all moved by his emotive voice and poem.

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The poem, composed by Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hao, was written down carefulful by himself

The activities celebrating the International Day of PwD by the project were valued highly by the local authorities in 3 communes. Fully participating in the meeting, representatives of the three communal People’s Committee expressed their encouragement and consideration to the PwD. No discrimination and no barrier, all participants felt connected to each other in an open and integrated atmosphere which accords fully with the theme of International Day of People with Disabilities 2013.


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