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.
Winter 2014 Speaking Tour, East and Southern U.S.
February & March 2014
Mike will be traveling and speaking in the east and southeastern United States this winter. Look over his itinerary, and spread the word to your friends and family.
Sunday, FEBRUARY 23
Roanoke Friends Meeting
22 Kirk Avenue SW
Contact: Jenny Chapman
Tuesday, FEBRURY 25
6:30 PM potluck
Presentation follows potluck
Charlotte Friends Meeting
570 Rocky River Rd.
Contact: Jo Ann and Denny Fernald
Wednesday, FEBRURY 26
Black Mountain, NC
Swannanoa Friends Meeting
137 Center Avenue
Contact: Anne and Bob Welsh
Sunday, MARCH 2
University Unitarian Universalists of East Orlando
11648 McCulloch Rd.
Contact: Martha Kirby
Tuesday, MARCH 4
Tallahassee Friends Meeting
2001 Magnolia St.
Contact: Toni Fuss-Kirkwood Tucker