Hi there, how are you? I hope this Saturday finds you well and if not feel a wave of healing energy coming you way.
Today I am introducing you to Vu Thi Hien a lecturer for animal genetics from Hanoi who made her dream come true in 1996: She applied for and won a scholarship to gain a masters degree in Australia.
Little did she know that this would the beginning for a new direction in her life and the lives of ethnic minorities in the mountainous north of Vietnam. Many of them suffered badly from deforestation of their forest homes. On a visit to the area Vu Thi realised that she needs to do something to save these people, their knowledge and in the process the rainforests of Vietnam too.
So she created a charity called ” “Centre of Research and Development in Upland Areas (CERDA)”. CERDA’s projects help local people in seven provinces and 50 communes to access their long-term rights to forests, becoming capable owners and creating sustainable income from forests. Traditional knowledge and customary governance is acknowledged in forest management and this encourages communities to protect forests effectively. The research that CERDA undertakes assists with lobbying at the national and international level for recognition of the rights of indigenous people and local communities. (Source YouTube Channel of Australia Global Alumni)
Please watch their video to find out more about the crucial work of this wonderful lady. Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog.
Happy Saturday to you all!!!!