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How we spend

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2014

August– We started a Vietnamese translation project of the same software used in Thailand, DoudouLinux, to benefit disabled children. The Vietnamese translation is made by the Sao Mai Center. Funds are provided by the Mantovan Association of Bolzen, Italy (4.000 Euro) and by us.
June– We decided to use the remaining balance (about 1.600 Euro) to provide a Thai translation of DoudouLinux, the software already used in English in the  Chonlada life-skills Project.

2013

April- We contribute 5,000,000 VND  for the women in the DongNai  province computer training program.

January- We have a balance of about 1,600 Euro deposited in the Mantovan Association account.

2012

In 2012 we stopped the Computer Education for Blind Women program, and allocated part of our balance to the Sao Mai Computer Center (about 1,000$), and part to  the Chonlada life-skills Project, an innovative computer based project started in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) in 2011,  to develop cognitive, motor and social skills in children affected by Down syndrome, autism and other disadvantaging conditions (about 1,500 Euro).

Our financial contribution to the Sao Mai  Center is recorded by the Center administrator.

Our contribution to he Chonlada life-skills Project is recorded by Mantovan Association of Italy and the beneficiary Dulhabatorn Foundation of Thailand.  

2008-2011

From 2008 to 2011 we have focused  on scholarships for blind women in the Computer Education for Blind Women Program.

Since we started the program in 2003, forty one women have been trained  with standard scholarships of 3 months, renewed or extended as necessary. 

We also contributed to the cost of their blind trainers.

Our financial contribution is recorded by the Sao Mai Center administrator.

2007

We covered the following:

Scholarships.

Long term education program in favor of Ms Phan Thuy Phuong to acquire advanced computer skills and to attend a public school near the Center.

Two saomaicenter domains.

Our financial contribution is recorded by the Sao Mai Center administrator.

2006

We covered the following:

English language classes held at the Center (May-September).

Scholarships.

Long term education program in favor of Ms Phan Thuy Phuong to acquire advanced computer skills and to attend a public school near the Center.

The domains saomaicenter.info and saomaicenter.net .

Research on the Internet to update the Sao Mai website.

Our financial contribution is recorded by the Sao Mai Center administrator.

2005

We covered the following:

English language classes held at the Center (January – May; September – December).

Scholarships.

Long term education program in favor of Ms Phan Thuy Phuong to acquire advanced computer skills and to attend a public school near the Center.

Study on potentials of Symbian cellular phones for the blind.

Study on PHP scripts.

Research on the Internet to update the Sao Mai website.

Our financial contribution is recorded by the Sao Mai Center administrator.

2004

From December 2003 to December 2004 (13 months) the Fund has covered the costs of the following:

1) Long term education program in favor of Ms Phan Thuy Phuong to acquire advanced computer skills and to attend a public school near the Center.

2) Six-month education program (until May 2004) in favor of Ms Nguyen Minh Thuy to acquire advanced computer skills and to attend a public school near the Center.On 10th June 2004 Ms Thuy has left the Center to go back to her Province where she teaches computer (to blind students) at the local school and at the Blind Association.

3) English language classes held at the Center.

4) Scholarships.

5) Maintenance of the Braille printer (embosser).

Our financial contribution is recorded by the Sao Mai Center administrator.

In 2003 Sao Mai Computer Center has submitted two projects that have received funds from the World Bank and Samsung. It is a first small step on the long and difficult way towards self-sustainability but it has allowed the Center to cover some of its running costs from December 2003 for a few months.

2003

From December 2002 to November 2003 (12 months) the Fund has covered the costs of:

a) Free blind-to-blind computer classes at different level. Mainly students from the Ky Quang Pagoda, located in the Go Vap district of HCM, where some 90 young blind live and study but don’t have access to computers. Tuition may vary from simply reading and writing Vietnamese texts, to using Windows applications, navigating the Internet, or printing in Braille.

b) Long term scholarships for blind women trained in the Center by blind instructors.

c) Short term scholarships for specific purposes or limited research study (e.g. search and download of software for the blind, download and conversion of web pages in Vietnamese)

d) Allowance for blind coordinator of Education and Research.

e) English classes as an essential tool in computer education.

f) Creation of the Web Team Training Program to provide web developing skills to blind computer users.

g) Maintenance of the Braille printer (embosser).

h) Power, Telephone and Internet account.The running costs of the Sao Mai Computer Center for the Blind Center (without maintenance of the technology) require more than 1.000 US$ per month for rent of the building, electricity, telephone, Internet, blind trainers (full and/or part time), transportation of students to attend classes, technician, administrator, two full time blind vice-directors, cleaning and night watching.

Our financial contribution of about 6.000 US$, to cover the running costs from December 2002 to November 2003, is recorded by the Sao Mai Center administrator.


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