REI-Vietnam News

Category  –  Special Events

REI 2018 Global Forum

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Bringing the Family Together

Conference, forum, or family reunion? Resource Exchange International’s gathering of our worldwide staff in Colorado this July was all the above. The last time our global staff came together in this way was in 2014. It was time to sit down together as field and administrative staff, share our stories, refresh our vision of building people to build their nation, and tool up to advance our work!

Chúc mừng năm mới!  Happy New Year!

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The Traditional Tet Holiday in Vietnam

Hey, culture vultures! Rather than focus on REI-specific teams and activities this month, we are changing the pace to give you a larger view of Vietnamese culture through this month’s special holiday, Tet, or the Lunar New Year. Don’t worry; we’ll be back with news from the REI world next month!

REI-Vietnam Highlights of 2017

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The Year in Review

The end of 2017 is upon us! A time for reflection and gratitude for what has been accomplished as we continue to build people to build their nation. As we look back, here are some of the highlights of the year that come to mind.

Pham Thi Phuong Luong

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From Tea Talk volunteer to YSEALI award winner

October 4th has seen a number of significant events over the years. In 1927 sculptor Gutzon Borglum began working on Mount Rushmore. In 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik. And in 2011, our dear friend and colleague Luong met Tea Talk’s founder Michael Ong for the first time.

Institutional Partnerships

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Partnerships of Friendship Investing in Vietnam

Partnerships can come in many forms. There are legally binding partnerships, as defined by contracts. There are partnerships formalized in writing, expressing expectations and agreed-upon goals, as defined by Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs). And there are informal partnerships, perhaps best defined as partnerships of friendship. These partnerships of friendship greatly increase the impact of REI as we seek to build people to build nations.

Resource Exchange International

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A Global Vision of Building

How would you describe REI? An ancient Indian story speaks of six blind men who were brought to an elephant and asked to describe it. Each spoke of the part he touched. To the one who touched the leg, the elephant was like a pillar. To the one who touched the side, it was like a wall, to the one who touched the tusk, it was like a spear, and so forth. How would you describe our work? It may be bigger and more varied than you think! This month we want to give a birds-eye view of the work of Resource Exchange International.

A Presidential Visit

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(or, who is that man with Madame Lien?)

If you follow the news, you already know that President Barack Obama visited Vietnam in May in order to continue strengthening U.S. - Vietnam relations. During a reception on May 24 he gave a speech on that topic to a number of specially invited guests. Among those guests was Madame Lien, our REI Representative in Hanoi.

New Year’s Resolutions

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Clarifying REI's Direction in 2016

A new year! A time of celebration, and also a time of reflection and renewal, when people think about the past year, reviewing their direction, recommitting to doing that which is good and right and helpful, and often making resolutions to change, to improve, to make a fresh start. This is a good time for us here at REI to consider what we are doing well, where we can improve—indeed, to consider why we exist at all.

Underwriting REI

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Investing in the Future

REI, including its subset, REI-Vietnam, is a non-profit organization. There is an old joke about a businessman who said that his business, too, was a non-profit organization. “Although,” he said wistfully, “it wasn’t intended to be.” In our case, from our origins, our intent has been to give, to share, to train, to exchange, to build, without expectation of payment. But it does take money to do what we do. Where does that money come from?

The Award of Excellence

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Vietnam Honors REI with a Special Award

How do you spell success for an international non-government organization (INGO) such as REI-Vietnam? When working with people this is not always obvious, but however success is defined, the government of Vietnam judges REI-Vietnam as being successful. We were one of 33 INGOs out of 568 working in the country to be honored with the Award of Excellence for 2014. Not only that, but PACCOM, the agency which oversees INGOs, asked REI to write a letter describing what we do and our relationship with our Vietnamese hosts, to be published nationally. Only three INGOs (one from Europe, one from Asia, and one from North America--us!) were asked to do that. We are honored.

REI Family Reunion: Same Vision, Different Fields

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REI-Vietnam Director Brian Teel teaching on metrics
From time to time any healthy family will get together for a few days to enjoy one another’s company. The REI family gathered together for our Global Forum in Monument, Colorado last month, from July 6-13, in order to renew and deepen relationships, as well as to clarify our vision and sharpen our tools. We schedule this every three years, and it is always a time of encouragement and motivation!