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Viet Nam National Volunteer Awards 2014
Honoring volunteer efforts for the development of Viet Nam

The year 2014 in Viet Nam is known as "the Year of Volunteer Youth". This year has been ended with good impressions on volunteering activities across the country. These again, have confirmed the involvement of youth and volunteers in different aspects of social life, and effectively supported the development of Viet Nam. It’s impossible not to mention the organizations and individuals, who have contributed outstanding initiatives and efforts in order to identify, resolve, as well as raising awareness of the community towards social issues.
The National Volunteer Awards (NVA) is aimed at bringing recognition and encouragement to volunteer involving organizations and volunteers, who have shown dedicated services and excellent achievement in volunteer works and activities for the community, and contributed to the development and national defence of Viet Nam.

Officially launched in July 2014, NVA 2014 has attracted plenty of attention and participation from not only the volunteers but also the young community in Viet Nam. After meticulous consideration and evaluation, 11 organizations and 5 individuals, representing the best typical examples of volunteerism across the country in the year of 2014, have been selected to be honoured at the Awarding Ceremony out of approximately 300 applications with detailed profiles and descriptions of volunteer initiatives, activities and future directions (see the list of winners in the appendix below).

The National Volunteer Awards is an annual activity starting since 2011, held by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in collaboration with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program in Viet Nam, the media (VTV6, Thanh Nien...) and stakeholder organizations.

UNV supports the National Volunteer Awards as a way to recognize the value of volunteerism in building more equitable communities and fostering a more cohesive society in Viet Nam.

The NVA awarding ceremony was conducted on January 18th, 2015 at Park 23/9, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
We encourage you to visit the NVA’s website – www.giaithuongtinhnguyen.vn for more detailed information on how to participate. We hope to see you next year in the Awarding Ceremony with our best initiatives and contribution to voluntarism.

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Appendix: List of winners

Organizations

1. Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union at Petroleum Technical Services Corporation (PTSC)
2. Ea Sup Youth Social Work Team, Dak Lak province
3. Ha Noi Tour-guide Volunteer Club, Ha Noi
4. G9 Team – “Warm-hearted Night Porridge” program, Ho Chi Minh city
5. Volunteer youth team supporting patients at hospitals, Ho Chi Minh city
6. “Red Sunday” blood donating program by Tien Phong News
7. 2014 Social work program of Thanh Nien News
8. 2014 Social work program of Tuoi Tre News
9. “Warm clothes in the country’s borders” program
10. Poor High-land Student Fund - “Com co thit (Only rice is not enough)” program
11. Student Association of the University of Science and Technology and Viet Nam National University in Ho Chi Minh city.

Individuals

1. Mr. Bui Van Lam, President of Bac Giang Student Association in Hanoi
2. Mr. Tran Minh Trung, Secretary of Youth Union branch in Phuoc Loc, Tan Loc ward, Thot Not district, Can Tho city
3. Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Giao, former student of University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City, former Manager of Brown Coffee project
4. Ms. Nguyen Thuy Tien, Manager of Breast Cancer Network in Viet Nam
5. Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Nhan, the 52-year-old volunteer donating blood 79 times.
 
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