For our human rights project in social studies, my group and I communicate with HeartBeat Vietnam and help them. Our task was to create tools for Heartbeat Vietnam (Rad Kivette, the director of heart beat Vietnam) to use in their 45 Outreach Clinics every year to connect with the rural familes with malnutrition and poor sanitization. What we did so far was make a poster on how to sanitise our body and to feed good food so that people can lower their health risk, and did a few research about Congenital Heart Disease, since it's the main situation in HB Vietnam.
What did you do that made you feel that you made a difference? Why?
We made a poster specialize for the rural mothers in Vietnam (translated) on how to wash our hands properly along with how to feed well to ourselves. We also told Rad Kivette (Director of HB Vietnam) that we would help him and ask hime what he needed help with. I think this made a big difference because now the rural mothers without proper sanitation and food are able to know how to take care of themselves better.
Did anything happen that made you feel uncomfortable? If so what, and why do you think it made you feel this way?
We had a lot of confusion on what our task was because when we send Mr Kivette the email, we didn't really understand what he was stating, so then we emailed him again and he clarified it. There were also some parts where we had fault with our posters since we each have different ideas and different ways. Everyone's idea was good so it was pretty hard to decide which one to do, that's what made me feel this way.
Has the experience affected your worldview? How?
Yes, I learned that not only CHD happen in the US or Vietnam, it's everywehre around the world. Families with disablity to proper healthcare result an unhelathy offspring. In addition while researching websites, I noticed that there are a huge amount of families with poor sanitation.
In this project on Human Rights, we focused on improving/learning about bodily care and world healthcare. This is an important skill because rural and poor families with poor sanitation and malnutrition are becoming unhealthy, that also can be inherited to their offspring. One thing I improved while working on this project is my ability on how to present in front of people and go with the flow. This blog post provides a reflection on my work, as well as a sample of what I accomplished.
What did you learn from visiting other exhibits?
I learned the different ways how other exhibits provide help to their Organization they're working for. I also learned that there are far worse issues out there than our issue, and NGOs such as HB Vietnam, Harvest baking etc are devoting their time to help them.
How can you continue your involvement with this group or social issue?
I heard that in High School there is group who also works with Vina Capital Foundation or HB Vietnam, and I might consider joining the group. However, if not then I will try my best to donate and help these young children with CHD live.
How did my collaboration with classmates help me focus my ideas or provide new insights?
Since we were pretty much focused, ideas kept coming in. For example, instead of picking out something from the internet, we make it ourselves. Like the hand washing and Healthy Eating plate to form our final poster. :
Our final presentation was a success, even though there were so little mistakes in our speaking, we were able to overcome by working as a team. We also get to meet the representative of VCF, Ms. Linh Nguyen. (She was really friendly and nice). It was a great experience for my group and I, we learned a lot of new things like speaking up and how to hook people into our presentation. We also had fun when visiting other exhibitions. I guess a thing if I could change about our presentation, would be creating some kind of activity and reward them with to make our presentation more fun.