Play for Peace’s club in Vietnam, A New Day Social Work Group (AND), organized a variety of fantastic activities in 2018, using the power of play to bring together many different people across divides. This incredibly talented and motivated group of young social workers formed the country’s first Play for Peace club in 2011, and ever since, have surprised and motivated our global community with their spirit, energy and love for the children and youth they work with through Play for Peace.
As a club, AND is focused on working with the most vulnerable members of Vietnamese society: underserved children and families from minority groups, rural communities, and the LGBTQ community, all who face different struggles and discrimination. Highlights from AND’s 2018 work include workshops about empowering female students, as well as about sexual education in schools, and a training about how to manage large groups in large spaces. Newly gained skills from these events were marvelously applied at the organization and in the implementation of the mid-fall Moon of Love Festival, which was a full day activity with 800 participants.
A New Day Social Work Group is constantly looking to improve their skills and to join forces with like-minded partners. In 2018, new volunteers were trained in Play for Peace methodology, and a cooperation with the Lumen Choir allowed the group to work hand-in-hand on new educational projects and fundraise together.
Check out our 2018 recap video so you can see the the important work AND accomplished last year. Be ready for more to come in 2019!