Duong Hoa, March 2004
, following a three-day orientation and team building workshop in Occidental, California, the five members traveled to Duong Hoa commune in March, 2004. They spent two weeks working alongside the Vietnamese to build a three room primary school. The team stayed in Hue and commuted to the project site each day. East Meets West contributed $8,000 to the project, matching the VVRP’s contribution. The team photographs are by team member Charlie Wishart. The last four photos, showing the completed facility, are courtesy of John Ward, our representative in Viet Nam.
Team XIX at Team Training in Sebastopol, California. Back row: Barbara Wotila and her husband, Steve Little (Facilitator), Charlie Wishart
Team's first glimpse of Hanoi on way to Freedom Hotel where we stayed for three days en route to project.
Meeting with officials of the District Office of the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, VVRP's Viet Nam sponsor.
Meeting with local officials on site
Team's first look at job site in Duong Hoa Commune
Digging right in on first day
Barb Wotila and Vietnamese mixing concrete with Steve Little, her husband, supervising
Project starting to look like something
Steve Little, stripping concrete forms for re-use
Dan Knox, carrying concrete
'Where's the donkey?' Pun intended! (Charlie Wishart hauling concrete block. Steve Little watches.)
Negotiating Team purchase of tools and equipment at 'Ace Hardware'
Barb Wotila, 'livin' large' in Hue, where the team stayed during the project, commuting each day to Duong Hoa
A night out in Hue. From left to right: Dan Knox, Team interpreter, Phom Thi Yen Nhi, Charlie Wishart, Steve Little, Barbara Wotila.
Lunch with crew, last day on site
Fully outfitted crew, courtesy of Team XIX
Team XIX with crew. Last smiles before sad goodbyes
The kids.... This is what it's all about.
The school in Duong Hoa is finished
The classroom stands equipped with the desks and chairs for the pupils.
The official handover of the school in Duong Hoa accepted by Mr. Chien and attended by John Ward as representative of VVRP and EMW.
Completed school, another perspective.