Dates: April 11-14, 2016
Location: Taiyuan Yangqu County
Visiting Staff: Aiju, Guan Ying
Organization: Shanxi Yong Qing Consulting Services
Main Places Visited: Cheese factory, Summer camp, and Medical department
Traveling Conditions: It took about 2.5 hours to get from Lanzhou to Da Shu Xiang. The first hour was spent traveling on the highway; then the next 1.5 hours was spent traveling on the county road; the remaining hour was spent on the winding road in the mountains.
In the spring of 2016, Transparent Fish Fund field visit volunteer John Kieu visited the floating community that lives around Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. He reported on the floating toilet project we implemented in partnership with Wetland Works and the World Toilet Organization.
Before embarking on the journey to the floating villages, I met face to face with Taber of Wetland Works at his office in Phnom Penh. During the meeting, he gave me an overview of the living conditions and climate of the floating communities around the Tonle Sap Lake. According to Taber, there is a huge shortage of water due to drought as a result of climate change. For the past 3 years, rain has been scarce in the region. Because of this, water levels on the lake and connecting rivers have dropped considerably, causing some houses that were floating to now being situated on land. Another effect of drought is the reduction of fish population in the lake. So because of these factors, living conditions on the lake are quite dire.
Learning from the Model in Vietnam
In March 2016, Teddy (a TFish volunteer) and Corinne (from Stepping Stones) traveled to Vietnam to learn how Orphan Impact conducts their computer training classes. This will help them bring the program to China. Follow along as Teddy shares updates and insights from the trip.
A pilot project in partnership with Qinyuan in Gansu
Field Visit Dates: January 13–15, 2016
Location: Caizi community in Lucha village, which is in Huining County of Gansu Province
Representatives and Report Authors: TFish Staff Chang Aiju, Guan Yin, and Wang Li
Follow-Up Visit Objectives:
Microloans for Women
The Microloans for Women was a pilot project launched on May 12, 2015, when twenty families were selected for loans of 2000 yuan (about $320 USD) each. Their investments were in livestock of their own choice. The project is co-sponsored by Transparent Fish Fund and Qinyuan Rural Development in Gansu. TFish contributes the loan capital, while Qinyuan manages the local affairs.
In January 2016 we visited the Rehabilitation Prison No.2 in Hanoi. We met with people who have been recovering from addictions and have experienced God’s salvation and restoration in their lives.
HIV Positive, Living with Hope
Thank God for His amazing work to change many broken people who are deeply addicted, suffering, and have no way out except to become His children. The Vietnamese Christian Restoration Ministry has been helping these people and bringing them back to God for years. We’re thankful to be able to attend their group and worship God with them with all our hearts. Praise God for saving them from the power of the darkness and giving them the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God to overcome and know the meaning of life. A lot of them have HIV but they live in peace and promise to spend the rest of their lives to serve God and help the other people who in the situation like them. We’re encouraged and graceful! Praise the Lord.
Changed Lives in Prison
On January 5, 2016 we visited the prison in Taipei. The weather was not too cold, and after some heavy rain we had a chance to visit some prisoners with Pastor Thu. These prisoners had heard the gospel from Pastor Thu and had accepted God as their Savior. We had 20 minutes to visit these people. We started to greet each other like two strangers, but we felt like we had known each other as family. We talked and shared our stories sincerely.
In January 2016 we visited Taichung, where Pastor Chinh has a ministry to care for Vietnamese laborers there at the Center for Christianity. We were able to hear stories from people whose lives have been changed because of this ministry. Here are some of their testimonies.
As part of our due diligence commitment, Transparent Fish Fund representatives personally visited families who received cows in Vietnam in January 2016. In order to reach them from Bac Son city, the Allianz Mission staff led us on a 1 hour and 30 minutes hike that covered 8 kilometers. We navigated muddy slopes and crossed rivers to visit these recipients in rural, mountains areas.
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