Crowdfunding Iu Mien Museum, Ta Phin, Vietnam
I co-founded Red Dream Project with Linh Ngan and Ly May Chan at the end of 2010 in Ta Phin, Sapa, Vietnam. Ta Phin is a small, impoverished village in the mountainous northwest province of Lao Cai, Vietnam, populated mainly by ethnic minority groups. The rapid development of tourism in the village has contributed to inequality between neighbourhoods and the loss of ethnic traditions and livelihoods as villagers chase the tourist dollar.
I am helping this community for more than 5 years, and I will not stop until we get a really positive impact with this project. I knew it would be difficult and hard to get good results. One day someone told me “Viviana, if you want to change something you will need almost ten years to get there”. And that’s true, but I am really a passionate person committed with this community. There are no deadlines for any social project, we need to be committed and keep trying to find the best solution for the community.
And I could never do it without the help of many donors around the world and all sponsors of all charity events we done in Hanoi, Vietnam.
That is why we now want to complete the project with a new goal that is to transform it in a Iu Mien museum. It is always a challenge, but could work. And as a good friend told me in my last trip to Vietnam in May “Viviana, if this works, it could be a good model for other villages and it will be wonderful to have amazing museums like this one”.
I cannot wait to come back and make it real! As always all donations will go exclusively for the project.
The Iu Mien people are a Southeast Asian subset of the Yao people, a minority group originally from China. Displaced by the Vietnam War, many settled in the United States from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. From China, the Iu Mien migrated to Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.
This project will attract tourists to this house and make it alive, that is the big challenge! We need someone to run the house and pay this person fairly for this new job. But we need to make it more attractive and bring people there to learn more about this ethnic group. The tourism in the area has grown and we are sure that this could finally work. The fundraising is to buy the different ethnic customs from Vietnam, Laos and Thailand and organize the house as a museum. Local people will be grateful if we can bring tourists there. Only then, they will use also the house, working in a beautiful and peaceful place and not at the side of any road.