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Re: [OLPCVietnam] OLPC Vietnam Workshop at SFD 2010 Summarization

Thanks Yang,
I am so sorry to hear that you were sick. I hope you will be fully recovered soon.
Take good care,
Nancie :)

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 8:33 PM, Yang Ha Nguyen <[email protected]> wrote:
On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 05:16:39PM -0400, Nancie Severs wrote:
Hi Lilly and all,

Last January, a lovely young volunteer for OLPC, Marina applied to the
Contributor's Program and received 5 XOs to bring with her to HCMC. She was
placed by a volunteer agency to do some work for 3 months in HCMC, while
taking a break from the corporate world. (Marina has an MBA.)

The OLPC Wiki project page is at:


She blogged the experience - a relevant example of classes can be found at:

Marina writes:
The shelter is called Ba Chieu. There are 6 girls with 5XOs who finished
XO/Sugar training in March 2010. They can show you what they have been using
XOs for and you can teach them new things and make sure they have up-to-date
version of Sugar. You can call the manager ahead of time to schedule the
visit, her name is Truong Thi Yen on (08) 515 0556. Feel free to read more
about our training course at http://saigonolpc.wordpress.com
Marina :)

*Bà Chiểu Home* <http://www.web-central1.com/BaChieuHomeVietnam/>

Add: 149/1 Nguyen Van Dau, Ward 11, Binh Thanh Dist, HCMC
Tel: (+84). 85.150.556
The Ba Chieu Home for disadvantaged and homeless girls in Ho Chi Minh City
was set up in May 1996 with initial funding from the *New Zealand* Embassy.
It is administered by the Women’s Charity Association of Ho Chi Minh City, a
voluntary, non-governmental organisation set up in 1989 under licence from
the HCMC People's Committee. After the first two years, the Embassy could no
longer fund operating costs, so I have organised fundraising and private
donations mainly from New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses with a
Vietnamese connection ever since.

Marina did fabulous things with the teenagers and the XOs! It was even
written up  here.


It will be very helpful to see what has become of the girls and the XOs with
a follow-up visit. I'll bet the XOs can be connected to the Internet and
have a software update!  The girls will be glad to have Lilly answer their
XO questions in Vietnamese! And a follow up visit will help us all to gauge
what happens when XOs are given without structured ongoing support.

On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 3:19 AM, Lilly Nguyen <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi Nancie,

That sounds great. Can you say some more about this girl's shelter? Who
gave them the computers? How did this person find out about it?


 aim: deuxlits

On Sep 21, 2010, at 7:12 PM, Nancie Severs wrote:

Hello! Thanks Yang for the terrific report and for everything you are doing
to help spread OLPC and free open software for children in Vietnam! And
Nguyet, I love the photos. They are great.

This is wonderful. Lilly, I will get put you in touch with Marina. *I
don't know if there is anyone else in HCMC besides Mario, yet. But,
somewhere in a girls shelter in HCMC, there are 5 XOs, some teens that know
the basics of how to use them, and they have a wireless router and sometimes
Internet. Wouldn't it be great if you could check in on these girls, and
have 1 session with them. Perhaps you could plan to just run software
updates and answer questions for them when you are in HCMC in November.  *

Thanks again everyone!

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 4:51 AM, Lilly Nguyen <[email protected]>wrote:

Hey everyone,

Thanks for sharing. Yang and I were trying to find more information to
share with people about TPHCM OLPC, but alas could not.

I definitely plan on attending FOSSAsia in November and would love to meet
you Mario and anyone else who will be there on the list.

As you can, the talk isn't too long and I'd be more than happy to do this
kind of introductory presentation, but would like to have someone else to
also do some of the talk for the more tech-specs-aspects of the XO.

Maybe we can plan an informal meet-up for the OLPC-sters during FOSS Asia?


 aim: deuxlits


It was my pleasure to work for OLPC Vietnam.  Too bad that I was so sick
in the last few days that I couldn't reply your emails.

I'm afraid that I can't go to FOSSAsia.  My family has a very serious
business on Nov 11, so I have to stay in Hanoi the whole week (from Nov
8 to Nov 11).  If anyone is to attend that event, please summarize OLPC
activities each day, so everyone else (including me) could catch up with
you.  If you want to do some preparation in Hanoi before FOSSAsia, I'm
so willing to help.

With kindest regards,

Yang Nguyen
Web log: http://cmpitg.wordpress.com/
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