3CF Updates From the Field: A Week in Vietnam, Part II

Board Member Sara Cannon visited Vietnam in September, 2015, with 3CF partner: Thriive, an organization that builds prosperity and pays it forward in vulnerable global communities. Thriive is a unique charity that supports small business development through providing loans to small businesses, who then pay “forward” the full value of the loan to marginalized groups in their communities through donations of business goods, services, or job training. In her recap from the experience, Sara reflects on the adjustment from service mindset, to business mindset, to a mindset that blends the two.  

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Building A Community-Based Dental Health Program In Nevada

What I have learned through years of community health programming both in the US and internationally, is that driving positive health outcomes and behavior change requires careful observation, commitment to iterating program operations/delivery over time, convening a network of stakeholders to support the process, and strong persistence.

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From Seed To Sustainability: Using Gardens To Promote Educational Outcomes And Community Development

By way of her vision and leadership, Sister Christine created an opportunity for the parents in her school to support their children’s education. She received a grant that was both literally and figuratively seed money, to create a resource that now receives ongoing support from the village and in turn benefits their children. In my view this is what active participation looks like, and this is how to create economic independence.

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