People in Need has been operating in Vietnam since 2015. We concentrate on supporting small citizens’ initiatives defending human rights and democratic values and we help them in their development, closer mutual cooperation or even association with larger organisations or institutions. Our aim is to increase the efficiency of their activities, assist them in gaining the recognition of the local authorities and arranges contacts with organisations abroad.
One of the pillars of our programme are internships, usually month-long stays in the Czech Republic, during which the participants receive training in project leadership, team organisation, presentation skills, advocacy strategies of legal activities and other areas relating to civil activism. Intensive English language courses, meeting with experts from Czech non-profit organisations and state institutions, excursions and holding lectures for the public are also integral to the internship. The specific itinerary of the internship is based on the needs and skills of the participants.
Occasionally we also invite Vietnamese experts and activists to deliver authentic testimony to the public and also to representatives of the Czech state on human rights violation in Vietnam. We cooperate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
In Vietnam we cooperate primarily with independent groups advocating non-violent opposition against repressive power of the state. These people are trying to raise awareness in Vietnamese society about violation of human rights, they encourage civic engagement, attempt to conduct dialogue with various authorities and promote equality and plurality. We provide the necessary study materials in Vietnamese, organise training sessions and offer internships.
We cooperate with groups that prefer to search for positive examples and constructive solutions rather than just criticising the regime. We support their projects in the area of minority rights, environmental protection, freedom of expression, labour rights and we are one of the few not to avoid the controversial issue of political rights. We help to create projects focusing mainly on diffusion of information, by translation of books and articles, production of educational or contentious videos and texts, shooting reportages or organising training. We connect up our partners from informal groups with officially recognised non-profit organisations and international institutions, trying to motivate Vietnamese civil society to unite in its struggle for influence on the public affairs.
We are one the very few organisations in Vietnam that concentrate on the needs of the neglected and oppressed but nevertheless greatly courageous and essential civil initiatives.