Global Partnership Project: Partnership Project Inspection Visit (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam)
Wesley Zaidan, in collaboration with partner organizations, is conducting projects to assist local communities in achieving self-sustainability through leadership development and skill training, thereby improving economic strength, welfare, healthcare, and education. These projects aim to foster social and economic independence by actively involving and collaborating with the local community. The Partnership Project is one of the initiatives launched in 2020, inspired by the legacy of missionaries who dedicated their efforts to the development of education and welfare in Japan and Asia.
In January 2023, marking the first visit since the project’s inception, the Representative Director, Rev. Hikari Kokai Chang, and External Director, Rev. Paul Kong, visited project sites in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Their visit facilitated deeper interactions with staff from partner organizations and local communities.
Wesley Zaidan, in collaboration with UNFPA Cambodia (United Nations Population Fund Cambodia Office), has been supporting a project since 2022. The project aims to develop a mobile safety app system that provides education to vulnerable women and girls about gender-based violence (GBV), including sexual harassment. It also serves as a safety network (shield) to protect them from violence and prevent incidents of sexual violence and harassment. During the visit, the representatives from Wesley Zaidan met with UNFPA Cambodia staff, gathered feedback from young people regarding the smartphone application currently under development, and received progress reports on the project.
Wesley Zaidan, in collaboration with CHAD (Community Health & Agricultural Development), Mission Initiative Office, and local communities, is currently implementing a 5-year project in Vietnam and Laos. The project focuses on establishing self-sustainable and resilient communities in rural areas through capacity building and training. The ultimate aim of the project is to improve food security and hygiene.
During the inspection, they visited the sanitary toilet facilities and wells constructed as part of the project.
This machine significantly reduced the need for a 5-kilometer journey to the town and allowed for the optimal utilization of rice. The visit effectively showcased the collaborative efforts of the community and the project’s smooth progress.
Wesley Zaidan, in collaboration with CHAD (Community Health & Agricultural Development), Mission Initiative Office, and local communities, is implementing a 5-year project in Vietnam and Laos. The project aims to build self-sustainable and resilient communities in rural areas through capacity building and training, with a focus on improving food security and hygiene. The project is currently underway in 3 villages.
While there have been delays in obtaining activity permits from the government for the Laos project, the community leaders have demonstrated exceptional dedication to promoting sustainable community development. The community leaders have taken the initiative to undertake a range of activities as part of the project, such as constructing toilet facilities and conducting training programs. Although the project’s progress may not be as fast as desired, their dedication and commitment to building self-sustainable communities are clearly visible.