Welwyn Garden City woman discovers 'The real Vietnam'

A WOMAN from WGC has described a charity trip to Vietnam as an 'extraordinary experience'. After a tough selection process, Yolanda Narain was picked to go on Oxfam's communication and exposure tour in Vietnam. The 42-year-old, who has worked at the

A WOMAN from WGC has described a charity trip to Vietnam as an "extraordinary experience".

After a tough selection process, Yolanda Narain was picked to go on Oxfam's communication and exposure tour in Vietnam.

The 42-year-old, who has worked at the Oxfam shop in Fretherne Road since 2007, was "privileged" to see the benefits of the charity's work in the south-east Asian country.

She said: "We landed in Hanoi where the most extraordinary experience was about to begin.


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"After the typhoon Kammuri struck Bao Yen in August 2008, Oxfam implemented a humanitarian programme in collaboration with the county's people committee.

"We visited one of the communes which benefited from the programme and the local people seemed pleased to see us and were keen to tell their experiences."

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Muong Hum was next on the list for Ms Narain her three fellow Oxfam volunteers.

It was there where a programme aimed at changing the attitude towards education and teaching was being implemented by the department of education in collaboration with Oxfam.

Ms Narain, originally from Spain, of Parkway Gardens, said: "We visited several schools there and I noticed a sense of gratitude was always present, inside and outside the classroom."

The final destination for the group was Cam Ranh.

When asked what the best part of the trip was, Ms Narain, who works as a full-time scientist at Roche, WGC, replied: "To see the real Vietnam, to notice the respect for the older generation and the generosity shown by those who did not have much."

An Oxfam spokesman added: "Yolanda went on tour so she can talk to potential supporters and she can see for herself the progress Oxfam is making.

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