VIETNAM & INDIA
After a mission lasting 7 years, and more than 300 Youth supported, LP4Y decided in March 2020 to terminate its activities in Vietnam. New projects encountered administrative difficulties, and the main cities closed down slums, scattering the poorest populations. Economic growth has led to a reduction in extreme poverty and Youth find it easier to make a living. Teams have been reassigned to other countries, to the excluded communities in greatest need.
Following the gentrification of the district and the enrichment of its population, the teams accompanied the remaining Youth until the end of their program and left the district of Hossenpur. The Stars of the center, like those of the former center of Chetla, continue to count on the support of the coaches of TDC Howrah and to be actors of the LP4Y ecosystem in Kolkata.
NGOC HA - HANOÏ
The Young women at the Life Project Center Ngoc Ha come from ethnic minorities in the provinces to the north of Hanoi. Far from their families and particularly vulnerable to trafficking and hardship, they live in one of the two LP4Y Youth Hostels. About 100 Youth have been supported since 2015. 25 Young women inaugurated the Bread & Smiles Café in June 2019 and successfully managed the catering and delivery service of quality pastries, dishes and desserts. The center closed in 2020.
BUI THI TU
Responsibility Step, Bread & Smiles
“Before joining LP4Y, I went to high school but I could not go to university because I was living alone and had no money. When I left to come to Hanoi, I was hoping to find a place to help me achieve my dream. I found LP4Y that is my motivation, my rainbow and my magical door. There, I am learning things I never knew before and how to succeed. I now understand that I have eyes to see, ears to listen, hands to do everything, and feet to go. Moreover, I feel the sympathy and love of the other girls with who I live. We come from everywhere but we treat each other like sisters and share joys and sorrows. We all have dream to escape from poverty and to become useful people. I believe I will become tour guide and that everyone in LP4Y will achieve their dream. Everything is difficult at first but if you really believe in yourself and do your best, you will succeed.”
GO VAP - HO CHI MINH
2019 was a good year for the Life Project Center Go Vap. The Youth in the Revival program have successfully developed their activity, making furniture and objects out of recycled materials. A new program was created, dedicated to supporting the hearing impaired. These Youth are socially excluded, and have no professional opportunities. In their management of Bread & Smiles - making and selling breads and pastries, they interact with the outside world, learn to assert themselves, become independent and acquire key skills for finding decent work. Almost all the Youth have completed internships in various sectors, which is an essential step in their integration. The center closed in 2020.
THIEN NGUYEN MINH
Star of LPC Go Vap, Sport Advisor at Decathlon , Ho Chi Minh
“I was born in a poor place in the countryside of Vietnam. Joining LP4Y helped me to improve my English, IT and communication skills. It gave me a better professional posture and a team spirit. Now, I work as a sport advisor at Decathlon. I learn how to sell products, to discuss and give the best advice to the customers. Decathlon is one of the biggest retailer sport companies in the world and with over 80,000 employees. I am very proud to be part of it.”
LIFE PROJECT CENTER - HOSSENPUR - KOLKATA
Hossenpur, in the South-East, has become gentrified and the Youth come from far away to develop their skills within the 2 programs: Tomorrow’s Food School and RIDE (Responsible and Innovative Driving Education). It is therefore likely that the Life Project Center will be moved to Taratala in 2020. Taratala is a former industrial area with 100,000 inhabitants, more than 25% of whom are excluded Young adults living in extreme poverty.The center closed in 2020.
Management Step, R.I.D.E
“I am following LP4Y training since May 2018. During Responsibility Step, my coach encouraged me to find an internship. After a successful interview, I did an internship of two weeks in the Food & Beverage Department of IBIS Hotel in Kolkata. At first, it was very difficult because I was working 10 hours a day without sitting and they gave me a lot of tasks. Then I learnt a lot of things on food service for business guests and also on hierarchy and professional discipline. I felt like I had a real job. Now I feel more confident and I have more knowledge. It will help me to apply my skills in my future job. Doing a discovery internship is very useful.”
LIFE PROJECT CENTER - CHETLA - KOLKATA
Chetla, Kolkata, is a neighborhood of contrasts: a single street can separate a vast slum from a middle class residential area. The center which operated out of an old traditional house, was home to the Toto Café and Toto cleaning programs, and offered a kitchen, training rooms, and living quarters for the staff. Most of the Youth came from the neighboring slums, such as New Alipore to the south-west. The Chetla LPC partnered with the Cambridge Academy Open School which offered math, Hindi and English coaching to the Youth. At the LPC they prepared food for sale at the Toto Café, as well as at the Alliance Française du Bengale where the Youth went three times a week. The center closed in 2018.
Responsibility Step, Toto²
“My name is Anand Mallick, I am 21. I live in Kalighat and I like practicing Martial Arts. I have dropped out of school because I didn’t have enough money to keep going. A friend of mine, Krishna, talked to me about LP4Y and I joined the program on April 19th 2017. My dream job is to become a car repairer. At LP4Y, I have english and computer training. Also, I learn to serve the customers and how to cook. Now, every week, I manage the cafe at the French Alliance of Bengal. It’s a very good professional experience.”