NEWSLETTER 15 - 31 May 2012

Dear Members and Friends:

Welcome to the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre Newsletter for 6 - 31 May 2012. We would like to announce several changes amongst the key staff of the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre:

May 2012 was the last month of work for our Administrator Ms. Giang Ngan Ha, who has left the centre to join her husband and family in a posting in Indonesia. As the longest serving staff member of the  VUFO-NGO Resource Centre Ms. Ngan Ha has contributed greatly to our work. We will miss her greatly and we wish her all the best!

We are happy to announce the recent appointment of Mr. Arthur Hanlon, our new Communications Advisor, recruited through Australian Volunteers International. Arthur has worked in journalism, public affairs and government media relations in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa. He has extensive experience in newspaper and magazine publishing, editing, writing for broadcast, and communications strategies for government. Arthur comes to the  VUFO-NGO Resource Centre following 10 years as Communications Director of a major development agency of the Western Australian Government. Feel free to contact Arthur at <[email protected]> and he will be happy to assist you with all communications issues.

We are also pleased to announce that Ms. Bui Thi Kim Ngan began working at the centre as our new Administrator, replacing Ms Giang Ngan Ha. Ms. Ngan comes with more than seven years of professional experience working with ActionAid, Save the Children, Danish Development Assistance Programmes and Netherlands Development Organization in Vietnam. Please join us in welcoming Ngan to our team!

Latter-Day Saint Charities (LDSC) has changed its Country Director in Vietnam. Mr. Ullrich Michel left this position on May 15 and Mr. Bruce Jones, together with Ms. Kathy Jones, succeeded him. The email address for LDSC's new Country Director is <[email protected]>

There are three Working Groups' meetings scheduled for the second half of May 2012:

* Disability Working Group on 23 May at 2:00 PM;
* Disaster Management Working Group has changed the meeting date from 18 May to 25 May at 2:00 PM;
* Ethnic Minorities Working Group on 29 May at 3:00 PM.

All the meetings will take place at the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre. Please check the 'Calendar of Events' section on our home page for the latest updates and possible changes.

Warm greetings from the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre's Team!