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2014 Vietnam Animal Welfare Conference a rousing success!

Thanks to the hard work and commitment of YDV and the generosity of HSI, the 2014 Vietnam Animal Welfare Conference turned out to be a rousing success. More than 50 people were in attendance for the two-day conference at the Hotel Continental in Ho Chi Minh City, including representatives from Yeu Dong Vat, Hanoi Pet Rescue, YDV Dalat, Vietnam Animal Welfare Organization, Asia Animals Foundation, PETA Asia, WSPA, WCS, IOGT-VN, We Act For Animals, Animal Rescue Danang, Vietnam Animal…

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Added by Robert Lucius on September 19, 2014 at 11:51am — No Comments

1st Vietnam National Animal Welfare Conference

We have been dreaming of this for a long time, but we are now about a month and a half out from Vietnam's first national animal welfare conference. The conference will be held in Ho Chi Minh City from September 13-14 at the Hotel Continental…

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Added by Robert Lucius on August 1, 2014 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Planting the Seeds of Compassion Scholarship

Kairos Coalition’s Planting the Seeds of Compassion Scholarship has been assisting 74 children of low-income families in Nam Thang village, Tien Hai District, Thai Binh Province, Vietnam since 2012. The pilot program will last five years (2012 - 2017), and is sponsored by the Kairos Coalition and other generous supporters. About half of 74 beneficiaries are members of the local Catholic parish, but the rest of the beneficiaries are non-Catholic children. We provide each Middle…

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Added by Robert Lucius on August 1, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Vietnam Factory Farming Workshops....coming in March!

Just wanted to share an exciting project that Kairos Coalition is currently working on.  During the week of 4-8 March, we will be working with Humane Society International and Yeu Dong Vat to conduct a series of workshops aimed at developing a deeper and broader public awareness about the disastrous implications of rapid industrialization of the animal agriculture sector in Vietnam. 

 

1) During the afternoon of March 4th and 7th, we will be conducting information awareness…

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Added by Robert Lucius on January 21, 2013 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Restored Hope Foster Home, Part II

Many of you will recall our plan to establish a communal foster home for dogs and cats rescued off the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam....a place where these scared and injured animals can find love and be prepared physically and temperamentally for eventual adoption into suitable forever homes. 

The Restored Hope Foster Home opened last spring in part through a grant of $1,500 in March 2012.  We followed up with a subsequent grant of $3,500 in August 2012 and recently…

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Added by Robert Lucius on January 18, 2013 at 10:06am — No Comments

Planting Seeds of Compassion Project Phase II

In December 2012, Kairos Coalition provided tuition grants totaling $2,800 to 74 primary, secondary and university students for this school year.  It may not seem like a lot of money but this was enough to cover the tuition and fees for these students for the first half of the 2012-2013 school year.  This was a continuation of the previous school year tuition grants top 74 students.  2 dropped out of the program so we added two new students to the scholarship rolls.  

Since the last…

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Added by Robert Lucius on January 18, 2013 at 9:40am — No Comments

2012 Kairos Coalition Planting the Seeds of Compassion Scholarship

This is a short video from the ceremony to award the 2012 Kairos Coalition Planting the Seeds of Compassion Scholarship to each of 74 children from Nam Thắng village (Tiền Hải District, Thái Bình Province, Vietnam). I was particularly move

d by the young lady who spoke as a representative of the group (at the 3:06 mark)



Five are off the college this year and our commitment goes with them. How much does all this cost? $50 for primary school…
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Added by Robert Lucius on October 10, 2012 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Restored Hope Foster Home....The Tide Begins to Turn.

What if you could really make a difference?

Do you really believe it  is within your power to do so?

Believe me, it really is possible....and it starts right here: The Restored Hope Foster Home Project

 

Since 2010, the Kairos Coalition has been collaborating with an inspiring group of young Vietnamese volunteer animal welfare advocates.  This…

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Added by Robert Lucius on April 2, 2012 at 10:04am — 3 Comments

Happy passes on....

I am sad to share that Happy passed away at 1:30AM this morning (March 12, Vietnam).  Happy was one of the first cats in Vietnam to be equipped with a wheelchair following her rescue off the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.  Her story can be read here:  …

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Added by Robert Lucius on March 13, 2012 at 10:02am — No Comments

Kairos Coalition Announces Pilot Scholarship Program for Primary/Secondary School Students in Thai Binh Province

Because we believe that education is an important component for developing more humane societies, in March 2012, the Kairos Coalition will pilot a new scholarship program in Vietnam.  Over the next five years (2012-2017), we have committed to assisting 60-70 low-income middle and high school students from Tien Hai District, Thai Binh Province in the completion of their education by providing comprehensive scholarships sufficient to cover tuition and book expenses.  In return for receiving…

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Added by Robert Lucius on December 21, 2011 at 11:10am — No Comments

Animal Welfare Propaganda Poster Contest A Tremendous Success!

From September to November 2011, the Kairos Coalition collaborated with Yêu Động Vật (animal lovers) volunteers to plan and run a nation-wide Animal Welfare Propaganda Poster Contest in Vietnam as a component of the Kairos Coalition’s ongoing multi-faceted Humane Education program in Vietnam.

 

For the last seventy years, the Propaganda Poster has been a fundamental tool used by the Communist Party of Vietnam in its efforts to inform and educate the citizenry, extol…

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Added by Robert Lucius on December 20, 2011 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Vietnamese Animal Advocates Visit Thailand To Learn More About Companion Animal Rescue Operations

In May 2011, the Kairos Coalition sponsored a trip by three Yeu Dong Vat members to visit Bangkok, Thailand in order to conduct a fact-finding research mission about the operations and activities of SCAD Bangkok (www.scadbangkok.org) , one of Thailand’s best-known and most successful companion animal rescue/adoption and animal welfare education organizations in Asia.  SCAD was founded in 2002 by British Expatriate Sherry Conisbee. Originally, called…

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Added by Robert Lucius on December 20, 2011 at 8:56am — No Comments

Vietnamese Volunteers travel to the United States to attend Animal Protection Conference!

In October 2011, Kairos Coalition sponsored two representatives of Yeu Dong Vat to attend the 2011 No More Homeless Pets Conference held in Las Vegas, NV from 21-23 October. This conference, which is hosted by the Best Friends Animal Society, is one of the largest gatherings of companion animal advocates in the world.  Our YDV friends not only had the opportunity to attend highly informative and practical presentation and training sessions on subjects as varied as low-cost spay/neuter…

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Added by Robert Lucius on December 19, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Vietnamese Language Go Veg Guide Now Available!

I'm so thrilled to announce the completion (and availability!) of a Vietnamese Language Go Veg Guide (http://www.scribd.com/doc/71585820/Cam-Nang-an-Chay-Complete).  

This 21 page guide was developed in collaboration with Yêu Động Vật(ydv.rog) and Vietnam's Green Generation Network (Thế Hệ Xanh) with a generous financial grant from A Well…

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Added by Robert Lucius on December 15, 2011 at 10:17am — No Comments

Abused, disabled cats get wheelchairs and new homes through international effort

Sometimes, we don’t have to look very far for opportunities to do good things.

Often, they simply find us. Fate does all the hard work. We just have to keep our eyes open and be willing to take risks when such moments arise. All that is required of us is compassion, courage and perhaps a bit of faith.

I call these moments “Kairos” opportunities, points in time that collide with destiny to create a singular window of wondrous opportunity. These moments cannot be measured or…

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Added by Robert Lucius on December 15, 2011 at 9:57am — No Comments

In Hanoi, the Kairos Coalition has partnered with IOGT-VN, a domestic youth development NGO, to pilot a Humane Edutainment program aimed at fostering the development of a cadre of youth grassroots an…



In Hanoi, the Kairos Coalition has partnered with IOGT-VN, a domestic youth development NGO, to pilot a Humane Edutainment program aimed at fostering the development of a cadre of youth grassroots animal activists. IOGT-VN has ten years of experience in developing the leadership potential of Vietnamese youth, but had never before been involved in animal protection issues; however, they were intrigued by the Humane Edutainment concept and have quickly become its most enthusiastic… Continue

Added by Robert Lucius on March 14, 2011 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Humane Edutainment Workshop and the way ahead

On November 1, 2010, I and two other trainers flew to Hanoi, Vietnam to commence a nine-month Humane Edutainment pilot project in partnership with IOGT-VN and several other key coalition partners, including VietPet.com, Live…
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Added by Robert Lucius on November 18, 2010 at 12:31pm — No Comments

The Humane Vaccine

If oppression and cruelty to animals is a sickness… a cancer eating away at the soul of humanity and wreaking destruction upon all of creation, then perhaps a Humane Vaccine is what is called for…



Vaccines are biological preparations that are designed to improve an organism’s reaction to a particular disease. They can be created for prophylactic purposes…that is to prevent a future infection by a particular pathogen…or they can be therapeutic…intended to cure an existing… Continue

Added by Robert Lucius on July 24, 2010 at 9:52pm — No Comments

Why bother to engage the struggle in Vietnam?

A truck on Highway 8 in Laos transporting dogs for meat from Thailand to Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam today stands at the same…

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Added by Robert Lucius on July 19, 2010 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Time Travel is possible

Thanks for your interest in what Kairos Coalition is trying to achieve in Vietnam. Someone asked me the other day to describe in a single sentence the vision of Kairos Coalition. I answered that I could do better than that…I could do it in two words…“time travel”. That response got a pretty funny look, but if you think about it what we really are talking about is very much like the plot of that 1985 movie “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox and the Christopher Lloyd. Let me explain what I… Continue

Added by Robert Lucius on January 19, 2010 at 10:10pm — No Comments

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