CayDa Foundation is keeping a running list of autumn projects that Vietnamese Americans are supporting (or would like to support) that fit into the overarching theme of inspiring people, the meaning of Tết Trung Thu.
The VIP2012 Vietnamese In Philanthropy Yearbook, an annual yearbook of Northern California community organizations whose primary mission is to work within the Vietnamese community, has been released online at:
The printed version is still under development, but we will notify everyone when it’s are ready. For VIP2013, we are limiting entries to Northern California only, due to insufficient capacity within CayDa to handle a national database, and regional collaboration among organizations is our priority.
CayDa Foundation’s Reduce Poverty Challenge
Get one or all of the We’re All In The Same Boat Awards by reducing the percentage of Vietnamese in poverty to meet the San Francisco / Oakland metro area average:
CayDa Foundation’s Reduce Poverty Challenge
Get one or all of the We’re All In The Same Boat Awards by reducing the percentage of Vietnamese in poverty to meet the Santa Clara County average:
On March 29, 2012 I (Bao Thien Ngo) attended a poverty forum entitled “Breaking the Chain of Poverty in Silicon Valley: A Community Coordination Forum” hosted by My Project Youth Connect, an organization dedicated to connecting youth, parents, teachers and community members to free resources by organizing community events and educational leadership workshops to promote a lifelong learning environment.
We all know that the proportion of children living in poverty is higher than the poverty rates for all people of all ages. We also know that poverty erodes a child’s ability to learn. Education reform and addressing poverty have to go hand-in-hand.
We came together on March 20, 2012 at the AACI building to advance a purpose:
Silicon Valley Asian American Voices
Deepen understanding of immigrant experiences and contributions, bridge relationships between diverse communities, and empower people with the resources to promote immigrant integration and bring about community change.
The dinner was merely a way for individuals to share their personal background story, and show people that everyone are really more similar than stereotypes, prejudices, and propaganda lend us to believe.
Below are the list of organizations and the mission statements of the dinner’s participants. The directory is structured this way to reflect the area of work each of us was engaged in, so that one may be able to answer the question: how can we leverage each other’s strengths? The answer to that question will require thoughtful contemplation.
SAN JOSE - April 1, 2012 - This past weekend CayDa Foundation hosted its inaugural Journey Through Viet Music Cultural Bootcamp aimed at youths in the music field to learn and appreciate Vietnamese music as a source of inspiration for their own songwriting. The bootcamp brought together a dozen youths to a log cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz.
Reader: Can you help my nonprofit with translating an article from Vietnamese to English? Help!
Just so you know, the going rate for translation is $5 to $7 per page (using translators in Vietnam) for your basic translations, and as high as $10 to $30 per page for specialized industries, e.g. legal, medical, etc. I expect translation to be cheaper in Vietnam than in the U.S. due to cost of living, but if your target audience is Vietnamese Americans, a translator with a background in Vietnamese American marketing helps avoid cultural faux pas. Sometimes a phrase makes sense in Vietnam, but seems sketchy and suspicious to Vietnamese Americans because of their memory of the war.
Since you are a nonprofit organization with probably no budget to pay someone to do translation work, and are looking for someone to donate their time pro bono, I would suggest you post your request on Sparked.com. It’s a website that allows people to microvolunteer, such as translating a single document. Once you post your request, I can then forward your request to several friends who I know. If they “claim” the assignment and do the work, then they get public recognition for completing the task. I like to be able to keep track of my friends’ efforts this way. Proof of volunteering helps me determine a person’s character when I do business with others. After all, I like to take care of my friends who do pro bono work.
Make sure your request includes some specifications on the scope of the project (deadline, how many pages, etc.) and a link to the webpage or a file attachment with the text. Also mention that you don’t accept machine translation.
March 9, 2012 - SAN JOSE - CayDa Foundation published its action plan overview in addressing health disparities among the Vietnamese population in Santa Clara County.
In December 2011, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department was commissioned to conduct a Vietnamese Health Assessment of its county’s Vietnamese population. The department assembled an advisory committee of Vietnamese community leaders to review and prioritize the pressing needs within the community. Out of 45 health issues reviewed by the advisory board and its subcommittees, and finally through a community forum, three issues emerged at the forefront: Health Insurance & Healthcare Access, Mental Health, and Cancer & Cancer Screening.
The action plan highlights the recommendations found in the Vietnamese Health Assessment, an analysis and proposal of impact metrics, and lists specific projects at fulfilling the recommendations.
For example, in 2011, more than one-fourth of Vietnamese adults in Santa Clara County (26%) reported not having some kind of health insurance. To help uninsured Vietnamese adults achieve coverage parity with the county average would require helping 8,000 Vietnamese adults get coverage. Achieving parity with Asian/Pacific Islander community in the county would require another 5,000 enrolled. CayDa proposes a health coverage enrollment drive that educates the public about health coverage options. Another proposal calls for implementing an ethnic marketing sub-task force that studies and trains others on best outreach and marketing practices for communities with individuals of limited English proficiency and different cultural beliefs on health.
CayDa Foundation is seeking public review of its action plan as it moves into its next phase of project proposal development, which would include looking for potential partnering organizations, sponsors/grantors pledging support of the project, and defining project details such as locations, team structure, and specific processes and protocols.