Keep It Beautiful Vietnam
KIBV Keep It Beautiful Vietnam is an international non-governmental organization that aims to foster the sustainable development of Vietnam through the three areas environment, education and charity. The organization headquartered in Switzerland has been granted the Project Certificate of Registration status in Vietnam in 2018. Since its inception, KIBV has engaged in various activities towards a sustainable direction in accordance with KIBV’s goal and mission.
KIBV has been playing an active role in environmental protection with a specific focus on Vietnam’s littering issues. International NGOs often face a number of challenges when they enter into Vietnam and try to spread their messages or raising awareness for a cause. For that reason, KIBV has very early on outlined the rationale of their project vis-à-vis Vietnam’s central and local government with the objective of gaining their trust and credibility and in order to not only be able to operate legally in Vietnam but also to reach out to a wide public audience at for instance educational institutions.
One of KIBV’s weekly activities is organizing exhibitions and workshops in different schools in the Hòa Bình Province, ranging from elementary to high schools. During these workshops important information on the environment is exchanged and littering issues are addressed, advising the young students on their important role in protecting the environment. Since its foundation in 2017, KIBV has visited about 40 schools throughout Northern Vietnam and introduced more than 30 thousand students to aspects of environmental protection as well as sustainability. The number of students involved in the awareness campaign is expected to grow rapidly with at least two exhibitions and workshops at schools being organized every week.
The initial results have been very encouraging as demonstrated by the positive reaction and attitude change by the young students, their motivation to learn more about recycling and promise to dispose of trash properly as well as their commitment to reduce waste.
In an effort to protect the environment, countless cleanup events have been coordinated and organized by volunteers from KIBV and increasingly also other local organizations and businesses that make sustainability part of their corporate identity. KIBV quickly has changed people’s mind and behaviour on a very important topic impacting their lives. In order to increase impact on a large scale, public competitions related to environmental topics have been held which attracted thousands of participants from both rural and metropolitan areas. As part of competitions such as the “Environment Messenger” or “Green Products”, many participants were drafting articles, producing videos or other content on the subject. KIBV will continue to address and target the public, local as well as international businesses, local authorities and pursue measures to broadcast KIBV’s important mission. KIBV intends to gradually expand its project to different provinces and cities of Vietnam.
Education has always played an important role in KIBV’s mission, especially since environmental awareness is part of these educational programs. One of the most popular programs that KIBV has been organizing since 2017 are free English classes for poor children. KIBV has been recruiting international volunteers with teaching experience to deliver high quality English lessons that at the same time also addressed environmental issues.
This was most welcomed and appreciated by the local people who cannot afford their kids to go to English centres. KIBV wants to support the young generation of Vietnam to help them improve their competitiveness in society. Besides learning English, children also learn about aspects of environmental issues and solutions such as pollution and recycling.
In 2019, KIBV will be working on a project at Lac Village-Mai Chau Hoa Binh with its vision to preserve and maintain this traditional weaving village of Vietnam. By offering poor and disabled women in the area free accommodation and training classes to produce traditional, handmade and sustainable weaving products, KIBV tries to make a positive environmental, humanitarian and cultural impact. Once proof of concept has been demonstrated, the program will be expanded to other traditional villages in Vietnam in order to help maintain and promote these villages with a view of fostering sustainable production.
Charity has been a cornerstone of KIBV’s activities. KIBV works hard to raise awareness and help from the community, organizes events and is expected to have one or two charity trips to Vietnam every quarter. The KIBV office has become a collection point to receive donated clothes. Since the program started, many people have come to offer their help and contributed the success of KIBV’s activities. Collecting clothes also reflects our environmental efforts as we try to extend the life-cycle of clothes whilst at the same time bringing people in need meaningful presents.
Since its inception, KIBV has been organizing charity events in some poor villages of Vietnam on the occasions of international children’s day, mid-autumn festival and other events at orphanages and disability centres. Volunteers of KIBV try to raise funds among the community and by making recycled crafts. With a low budget but a big heart, KIBV and its volunteers try to make a difference in Vietnam – one school, one cleanup and one village at a time.