March 2013: An Opportunity to Connect and Celebrate
This seven minute film clip was produced by VTV3, considered by some Vietnamese to be the equivalent to 60 Minutes in its importance to the people of Vietnam. The film documents Vietnam veteran Mike Boehm as he works with his Vietnamese partner Phan Van Do to facilitate Madison Quakers, Inc. humanitarian projects in My Lai and elsewhere in Quang Ngai province, Vietnam.
Mike's Trip to Vietnam included these highlights:
• C O M P L E T I O N O F A W A T E R W E L L •
Mike and Do visited Nghia Tho village where extensive drilling for a waterwell took place in 2012. To date, thirty-five families are served by this new well; families that had never had clean water before.
Before a well was installed, this woman had to walk miles with her heavy water buckets.
• M I C R O L O A N S F O R E N T R E P R E N E U R I A L W O M E N •
Mike and Do visit Binh An village where MQI established a microloan fund many years ago. Their visit coincided with the beginning of a new loan cycle and they watched as local women received their loans from the Binh An Women’s Union.
• M Y L A I P R I M A R Y S C H O O L ' S A R T C O N T E S T •
The children of My Lai are always excited when MIke and Do arrive, as they anxiously await the art contest sponsored by MQI. Most of these children have not received any formal training in the visual arts, but they are adept at illustrating the important facets of their homes and communities.In addition to the art contest, some of the children performed a traditional dance.
A Short Background of our organization:
Beginning with the My Lai Loan Fund, established January 10, 1994, Madison Quakers, Inc. has established a number of projects in My Lai and more than 20 other villages in Quang Ngai Province.
The objectives of these projects go beyond economic aid. These projects empower women, provide a more secure livelihood to impoverished families,, encourage community involvement, and increase the self-confidence of the people receiving assistance. Most importantly, these projects give people hope.
The Sound of the Violin
(english language version)
Read more about the history and production of this film.
Fall 2013 Speaking Tour Midwest & Western U.S.
Mike will be traveling and speaking in the midwest and western United States this fall. Look over his itinerary, and spread the word to your friends and family.
Saturday, OCTOBER 19
Minneapolis Friends Meeting
Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center
Sunday, OCTOBER 20
Lake Fellowship Unitarian Universalist
24575 Glen Rd.
Wednesday, OCTOBER 23
Buffalo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Buffalo Community Center
206 Central Ave.
Sunday, NOVEMBER 3
Thursday, NOVEMBER 7
Olympian Unitarian Universalist
2300 East End St. NW
Sunday, NOVEMBER 10
Gresham Unitarian Universalist
1133 NE 181st Ave.
Monday, NOVEMBER 11
John Haynes Memorial Veterans Hall
Conger and Locust Streets
Contact- Fredy Champagne
Tuesday, NOVEMBER 12
Palo Alto, CA
Palo-Alto Friends Meeting
957 Colorado Ave
Friday, NOVEMBER 15
Summit UU Fellowship
8778 Cottonwood Ave.