The Vietnam Friendship Village - Van Canh
Trip Start Mar 03, 2008
11Trip End Apr 01, 2008
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Each 2 years the International Committee consisting of representatives for the country committees of Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the U.S. meet with the Association of Vietnamese Veterans (VAVN) to examine the progress made over the past 2 years and agree on the plan and budget for the next 2 years. This process normally takes 3 or 4 days, but because of the 10 year celebration the meeting and celebration were combined making the visit a time of intense activity.
The first thing I noticed as we neared the Village was the new entry gate. It looked more like the Arc De Triomphe than the entry to a healing facility for children. Perhaps it was the colonial influence. As we walked the grounds we were impressed by the major expansion since 2004.
The opening ceremony
The meetings were the culmination of months of informal work mostly by email creating draft reports and budgets in Vietnamese, English, French, German and Japanese.