Ms Thi My Hoa Do
Operation Manager,
Foundation for International Development/ Relief (FIDR),

Our organization, Foundation for International Development / Relief (FIDR) has implemented Community Development Project with multi-sectoral approaches such as agriculture, tourism, traditional handicraft developments in Central Vietnam since 1998. During the periods, our staff recognizes each ethnic minority has unique and attractive culture to keep, sustain and inherit to the next generations as one of treasures of human being. Thi My Hoa DO is Operation Manager of FIDR with more than seven years of experience working with people of ethnic minorities such as Ca Dong, Gie Trieng and Cotu in Central Vietnam for supporting to improve their livelihoods through maximizing their traditional cultural values. She specializes in rural development and is responsible for overall operations in the series of rural development programs in FIDR. She holds MA of Economic Management and Rural Community Development.

Track 1 Discussion: 
Harnessing Youth Potential in Crafts and Performing Arts

Lessons Learnt From Working With Cotu Ethnic Minority For Preserving Traditional Intangible Culture

The Foundation for International Development/Relief (FIDR) is an International NGO established in 1990, aiming to build the society where children in developing countries grow healthy. FIDR set up the representative office in Danang city in 1998, to work on the different sectors for well-being of children. One of the uniqueness of its projects are that main beneficiaries are ethnic minority people such as Ca Dong, Gie Trieng and Cotu in Central Vietnam. As FIDR has always been working with people of ethnic minorities, through the practical experiences of last 20 years, FIDR staff has found and recognized that each ethnic minorities have unique and attractive traditional cultures, and especially, those unique cultures are kept and remained as intangible knowledge, skills and values in their society. In such situation, one of the projects on Comprehensive Rural Development to utilize local resources of ethnic minorities has been implemented since 2012. The effectiveness of the project is still maintained and sustained well, even after the completion of the project in 2020, so the project is called remarkable and distinctive project in central Vietnam. The key of contributed factors was “Involvement”, “Connection”, and “Social Cohesion” in the community, especially a role and function of youth was important. To strengthen those factors, the important role and function by youth are indispensable for the community development such as taking in modern knowledge, skills and tools for combining and bridging between old and new, traditional and innovation, and modern and classic in their community and society. The lesson learnt was withdrawn as following; 1) to make clear carrier path in the community, 2) to have clear case models for selection of their life, and 3) to make safe and hopeful community for their future.

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