22 November 2004
Ha Noi, Viet Nam:
Koen Van Acoleyen of the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV), presented the third annual UNV Ambassador awards to 10 outstanding students of Hoa Sua Vocational Training School for Disadvantaged Youth in Ha Noi.
This annual award, designed to encourage student excellence, was personally initiated by UNV Honorary Ambassador Takehito Nakata when he visited the cchool in August, 2002.
“My humble contribution to these awards is one way to encourage these young people to study and to work for a better life, and push poverty a step behind” Ambassador Nakata said.
“These awards that are generously provided by Ambassador Nakata,” said Van Acoleyen, “recognize the important contribution of the school management and teachers, the volunteers who have committed to the disadvantaged youth’s training and employment and the effort of the students who have overcome their difficult circumstances “
Hoa Sua was established in April 1995 by a group of retired teachers. The purpose of the school is to provide vocational training in cooking, catering, patisserie, baking, restaurant service, industrial sewing and small business management for disadvantaged youth in Hanoi.
Over the last 8 years, more than 1100 students have graduated from the school and been placed in full time jobs with businesses throughout Ha Noi. Hoa Sua is now expanding its activities to other local communities, not only in and around the capital but also to Sa Pa and taking on students from youth care centres throughout the country.
UNV in Viet Nam has been actively supporting the school since 1998.
Background on the UNV Ambassador Award:
Takehito Nakata became the first Honorary Ambassador for UNV in 1993 following the death of his son, Atsuhito Nakata. In April 1992, Atsuhito was shot and killed during the course of his duties as a UNV District Electoral Supervisor with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC). This event led Mr. Nakata to abandon his import-export career to follow in his son's footsteps by promoting human rights and the work of the United Nations in the international community.