March 2013: An Opportunity to Connect and Celebrate

  Published on May 21, 2013

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)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Read more about the history and production of this film.

 

Fall 2014 Speaking Tour, South and Western U.S.

PRESENTATIONS
October and November 2014

Mike will be traveling and speaking in the southern and western United States this fall. Look over his itinerary, and spread the word to your friends and family.

Sunday, OCTOBER 12
Little Rock, AR

Little Rock Friends Meeting
9:30 - 11 AM
3415 W Markham Street
Contact- Dave Schoen
daveshoen@gmail.com
501- 613-2296

Wednesday, OCTOBER 15
St. Louis, MO
7:30-8:30 PM
First Unitarian Church
5007 Waterman Blvd.
Contact: Augustine (Augie) Underwood
314-952-3697

Wednesday, OCTOBER 22
West Plains, MO

7 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church
Yellow House Community Arts Center,
209 West Trish Knight Street
   (formerly Cleveland St.)
Contact: Maggie Beedles
maggievi@fastmail.fm
Barry Debrown
barryland1@gmail.com

Thursday,OCTOBER 23
Stillwater, OK

7:30 PM
Stillwater Friends Meeting
Stillwater Girls Lodge
315 W 12th Ave
Contact: Ron Brooks
405-313-0416
stillwaterquakers@gmail.com

Sunday, OCTOBER 26
Montrose, CO

1 PM
Three Valleys Worship Group
2900 Sunnyside Rd
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Contact: Richard
h-970-252-3410
c-970-765-4744
Purdy81403@Q.com

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 4
Medford, OR

Rogue Valley Veterans For Peace
Contact: Jim Woods
woods@grantspass.com
541-956-5287

Friday, NOVEMBER 7
Redding, CA

7:00 PM
Redding Quaker Meeting
First United Methodist Church,
Fireside Room
1825 East Street
Contact: Sue Morehouse
suemorehouse@sbcglobal.net
530-917-4619

Monday, NOVEMBER 10
Santa Rosa, CA

7:00 PM
Veterans For Peace
Chapter 71
North room, 1351 Maple Ave
Contact: Bill Simon
bsimon733@sbcglobal.net
707-563-6002

Thursday, NOVEMBER 13
San Diego, CA

7:00 PM
Veterans For Peace
Friends Center
3850 Westgate Place
Contact: David Barrows
barrows.david@att.net
h 619-297-4516
c 610-512-7739