These programs will be implemented when emergency situations happen and require material assistance for affected communities, for instance natural disasters, COVID pandemic. It can be goods or money to provide for the people who need external assistance to fulfill their basic needs due to the disasters happen. Prioritized target groups include children, women, the elderly and people living in remoted mountainous areas. Our main supports include: support blanket, basic food for adults and children, help to rebuild houses and restart business for living (adults), study (children) after natural disasters, provide materials for pandemic prevention and disaster risk reduction (example: lifejackets, generators, facemasks, washing hand liquid), provide water filtering system for schools in mountainous areas.Read More
Lying in the tropical monsoon area of the North West Pacific, Vietnam is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. It is affected by many kinds of natural disasters such as floods, storms, whirlwinds, flash floods, coastline erosion, droughts and landslides. Disasters in Vietnam cause grave impacts to economic sectors, increase poverty, adversely impact individual households and the community as large, cause environmental degradation, and induce serious health problems. Together with relevant stakeholders, CORMIS has been trying to provide technical assistance to local authorities at different at risk provinces, helping them to prepare well to be able to response to natural disasters without much impacts and can recover faster after disasters. Importantly, through our support, we always try to promote the meaningful contribution of ALL in developing resilience towards disasters. Our technical supports include: (1) Capacity building, helping the Disaster Risk Reduction Committees and other related target groups at different levels to make local Inclusive Disaster Prevention Control plan, (2) Supporting the local authority and international organizations to write guidelines/training materials on Inclusive Disaster Prevention & Control, (3) Supporting to write policy brief which is aimed at assisting advocacy efforts for better Disaster Risk Reduction, (4) Supporting to evaluate the current implementation of stakeholders and help to improve through the development of long and short term Disaster Risk Reduction plan at different levels, (5) Training INGO staff to know how to integrate, mainstream topics of integration in their work, (6) Supporting to implement other technical topics related to Disaster Risk Reduction, for example, Early Warning System, developing QGIS hazard map, (7) Support to develop strategy plan and advocacy at national levelsRead More
The WHO estimates that about 5000 people commit suicide every year in Vietnam and around 3.564.000 people are suffering from mental disorders, accounting for 4% of the whole population. Shocking data also reveals the extremely stressful reality faced by a particularly vulnerable population, people with disabilities. The Care Ability Program - Building Resiliency through Self and Collective Care has been implemented to contribute in a meaningful way to reduce the stress and improve the quality of life of community, especially the most vulnerable ones including people with disabilities. Our main supports include: provide TRE services for different groups following their needs, including the marginalized people (online & in person); provide training of community TRE facilitators who will become change agents and promote the mental health at community level, provide global certificate trainings for people who want to get specialized trainings... All these activities will be done in collaboration with the trainer team in the Asia region.Read More
Capacity building for Disabled People Organizations, Clubs of Women with disabilities to help them to be able to work independently and effectively. Without proper capacity, they cannot develop, implement and evaluate their implementation strategy which aim to help change the life of people with disabilities at communities. The capacity building also help these organizations to be able to implement effectively the tasks given by the local government. So, it will add their value and improve their active role in contributing to local sustainable development. Our topics of training include: meeting facilitation skill, operation strategy development and implementation, project management, club management, communication campaign, inclusive first aids, English etc…The needs of training will be consulted directly with the Disabled People Organizations before they are implemented to ensure they meet the requirements and solve the problems of Disabled People Organization. Besides the trainings, we have also tried to provide working equipment so that they can apply the knowledge learnt in their daily workRead More
The Upcycling project is created and implemented by CORMIS, the social enterprise Green Youth Collective (GYC) and Sutenainet Japan. This project's key function is to up-cycle used finishing nets from the fisher men, the high quality discarded fabrics from luxury hotels, resorts and tailors into useful products that directly benefit the at-risk communities in Central Vietnam. We aim to educate local youth and women-with-disabilities with entrepreneurial skills that secures income generation; and build community by connecting people and resources into the loop of sustainability. Besides the efforts of upcycling wastes, we have also collaborated with Clothes for Compassion from the Workshop to collect and give used high quality clothes for the poor people who need clothes in many provinces of Vietnam, including Danang, Quang Nam, Lang Son, Son La, Yen Bai Our main supports include: collaborate with partners to study and execute upcycling models using different kinds of wastes, set up and train the upcycling team on the knowledge and skills related to the model of upcycling, upcycle products and find the markets to sell the upcycled products, provide free upcycled products to the marginalized people for instance: hats for patients with cancer, school T-shirt for children living in mountainous areas….Read More
Support to develop the action plan to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in Community based Disaster Risk Management (technical consultancy for the National Steering Committee of People with disabilities of Vietnam) following the action program signed between Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Ministry of Labour Invalids and Social Affairs. Develop 2 models of building community houses which can be used for evacuation shelter, ensuring the accessibility for all people in the community (recognized to be a suscessful model of the National Steering Committee of Disaster Risk Reduction in 2018). Support the National Center of Disaster Technology and Policy to manage their website ensuring the accessibility aspect. Facilitating the consulting workshop collecting the opinion of children for developing the Global Action Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (in collaboration with Plan International). Inclusion of the elderly, children and people with disabilities in Disaster Risk Reduction (through technical consultancy for Plan International, CBM organization).Read More
Wastes (left over fabric, used fishing nets, fruit skin) have been collected and turned into daily useful products, contributing to reduces wastes discharged into environment, change of people mindset on waste with valuable resources. Disadvanted women have been built business capacities and other related skills for working effectively and independently Roles of the disadvantaged women have been changed from very passive to active. These women have started to contribute to the collective efforts of environmental protection through their strength. Awareness on environmental protection for public, including children through the efforts of upcycling - reusing have been increased. Resources inside the community have been mobilized and used effectively for a sustainable social and economic development in our localityRead More
Dung Mai devotes her life to CORMIS. She is President of the organisation and serve humanity
Micheal Lack came to help us making videos on our Project of Upcycling for Wellbeing
Helping Member - Mindfulness meditation
Plum Village is a global community of mindfulness practice centers offering retreats and teachings on engaged Buddhism and the art of mindful living, founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh
Paws for Compassion (PFC) mission is to improve the welfare of animals by combating animal cruelty and pet overpopulation through education.
Helping member - TRE® Global Certification Trainer and Certified Integral Coach
She also studied meditation, energy work and metaphysics, which complement recovery from trauma and personal development. She offers individual, couple, group, and corporate TRE® sessions and various meditation retreats, workshops in TRE®, including Global Certification Training. She combines different modalities and skills to support people's potential in living their lives to the fullest.
Helping member - A therapist and educator
Mariano is a therapist and educator dedicated to disseminating Mind/Body and Systemic (relational) methods that favor the natural health-recovering mechanisms, the capacity for self-regulation, the refinement of awareness, and the development of empathic human connection. His approach emphasizes the importance of building and strengthening peoples' autonomy and valuing the knowledge acquired from cultural heritage and life experiences.
Helping member - Upcyled fashion Designer
Helping member - Key partner in the Upcycling Program
Director of Sutenainet Japan
Business and IT
Person with physical impairment DPO Dien Ban, Quang Nam province
Since doing the TRE® exercises, I no longer feel sad and lonely as before. I find TRE® very suitable for people with disabilities, who always feel lonely and inferior. TRE® exercises help us to overcome that feeling and want to participate more in our community activities. I look forward to the TRE® exercises that will be available to more people with disabilities elsewhere. I would like to become a TRE® instructor for other people with disabilities. Please help me get the TRE® certificate
Person with physical impairment DuyXuyen DPO, Quang Nam province
I think my legs are paralyzed. Therefore, when doing TRE, I try to focus on my shoulders and arms. It is suprizing to me that my legs now shake after I try doing normal exercises with people who have normal legs. I feel so much happy. In my mind, it just comes up with a hope that who know if I try more with TRE, my legs can activate again and I can walk like other people?
Staff of Da Nang International airport
"Practicing TRE regularly helps me to sleep better, my body is also less tired"
Department of Responding and Post Disaster Recovery, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD)
I feel deep relaxation after practising TRE® exercises. Before I think such kind of shaking is not a normal state. Therefore, I try to stop my shaking. Now I know the benefits and know to practise for the shaking
a therapist and educator dedicated to disseminating Mind/Body and Systemic (relational) methods that favor the natural health-recovering mechanisms, the capacity for self-regulation, the refinement of awareness, and the development of empathic human connection
CORMIS is a serious institution that does wonderful work often with very little resources. I have the pleasure to collaborate with this wonderful group of human beings and I am a witness of the dedication and professionalism with which they work.
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"Thank you to the women at Cormis's Up-cycling Project for Livelihoods and Environmental Protection, who always put so much care and details to sewing our shoe bags. Every time I receive the final products, I'm both excited and curious because all the fabrics are selected from their up-cycling project, so each bag has its own unique point, no two bags look the same. Swing Love is very happy to contribute small tiny part to the upcycling project to increase the livelihoods of women with disabilities in Da Nang. Cormis also has a shop selling pretty recylced products on their Facebook page. Check them out! Oh, I gotta mention the way they mix 'n match old fabrics and bring them a new life, wonderful!
Center for children with disability, Long Tho Pagoda in Hue is a place that support 88 children with disability and need special care.
We have never had such kinds of practical skill sharing like this. The way of making biodegradable kitchen soap and enzyme liquid from the fruit waste is simple, easy to do. The materials to make the soap and liquid are available in our center so we can start making them after this training. Using the soap and liquid like this in the center we feel safe as they do not cause harm on us and the children. It is also good for the environment. Thank you for sharing this useful knowledge and skills for our center.
Program donating upcycled hats to the patients with cancer who is under the treatment at Danang cancer hospital.
Wearing the upcycled hat in the hospital makes me feel warmer in my soul.
Atuc primary and secondary school locates in remote mountainous area of Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province. The school has more than 90% of ethnic children
Acknowlegement! We are so happy to receive the support from CORMIS who has come over 300 km to help us recover from the previous storm. Their support include 1 tivi, 15 sets of tables and chairs, 11 fans, clothes and medicine for pupils. These are really useful gifts for our teachers and pupils as they will help us to better teach for the children with these equipments. Living in this remote area, with the limited budget we have, we cannot buy those equipment to support the teaching for children. Thank you so much for the kind support from CORMIS. Wish all the members of CORMIS have good health so that you can help more disadvantaged people.
My experience at Cormis is unforgetable. The first time i got involve with Dung and the ladies at Cormis was when my friend tagged me in a post about making masks for the hospital. I kindly offered my help. And from that moment i started my time Cormis. Actually they helped me by giving me useful things to do during a tough time in Da Nang. The ladies at Cormis treated me very well. And instantly i felt i was part of the group. They would feed me everytime i was there. And never accepted when i said no. Haha. Sometimes i would find a bag full of fruits on my motorbike. And nobody knew where it came from. I felt so appriciated for hat i have done for Cormis. There are so many ladies who are in need of work. Dung at Cormis provides them with work so they can have a normal life just like everyone else. And they deserve it. Despite having a disabillity, the ladies work so hard and never complain. Or maybe i just don’t understand when they complain haha. There were times when i went to Cormis when i was a bit moody. The ladies at Cormis would turn my mood around in a second by talking to me. Making jokes with me. They would just lift my spirit with their endless energy. I want to thank Cormis for letting me hang around and let me spend time with you ladies. I feel very lucky and i learn a lot during my time at Cormis. So in conclusion. My time at Cormis was great. Made new friends. Learned new things. Ate lots of vegetarian food. And laugh a lot with a group of beautiful and talented people. Cam on rat nhieu! Kong
The amazing time I spent with Cormis will be one of the highlights of my time spent in Vietnam. To see first hand the amazing work Cormis is doing for the Vietnamese Community is truly heartwarming. The team there is passionate, hard working and above all inspiring. Dung and the amazing women are working so incredibly hard to create opportunities and support the like minded people across Vietnam. Having the amazing opportunity to help and support the team at Cormis was truly one of the most rewarding experiences living in Vietnam. Meeting so many talented and hard working women that are not only creating amazing products but are building a supportive community that uplift each other even when times are dark. Thank you to the team at Cormis for all the hard work you do for the Vietnamese community. Michael Lack"
Eco Friendly store
After more than one year working with CORMIS I understand that it is the place where we all share, learn from each other for our development. For instance, through the upcycling work from the left over fabric which people throw away, they collect and upcycle them into useful things like wallets, pillow cover, hair tie, apron, etc. Besides, the used fishing nets have also been collected to upcycle them into cleaning items. This is really amazing! CORMIS helps the disadvantaged women use their existing strength, such us, their sewing skills to creat products that can be sold for increasing their income. They are also given environment where they can sit together to share their sadness and happiness in their life. This environment creates equality and happiness for the disadvantage people who have been given opportunities to learn and build their capacity. Besides, they are also be able to participate in other useful activities such as mindfulness, English, dancing which bring them lots of fun. There are many other community groups have given hands to collaborate and support CORMIS through their activities, for instance, community market from Paws for Compassion, Dork Dancing for their Mental health program. We all understand that we are equal. We should be treated equal. CORMIS has brought to our community a value that is the true connection among our humanity. Dung Mai you have done good job.
Member of Club of Women with Disabilities in Quang Ngai province
What I like most from CORMIS is that they support me the best for my spirit. So I have a tendency to think in a more positive way. I live more simply. No worry. No fear. I am fully aware of the day I live. I will think of tomorrow when it comes. (Đinh Thuỳ Dung – Tư Nghĩa district, Quảng Ngãi province).
Member of Women with disabilities in Hue city
The “Self and Collective Care” program initiated by CORMIS has helped me to stay in a comfortable mood. It helps me to learn more and therefore I no longer feel sad, inferiority with the fact that I am a woman with disability. Before, I often thought of negative things. My health condition now has also improved. I can sleep more easily and sleep very well. The physical pains on my body have been reduced, especially on my legs, hands and shoulder. My blood pressure is more stable. I don’t worry too much on COVID pandemic and think of it in a negative way. (Tran Hoa – Aluoi Town, Thua Thien Hue province)
Women with disabilities in Quang Ngai province
The CORMIS’s self and collective care program has helped us to change our priorities in our life. Not like before, now we consider health is an important priority. In this time of COVID pandemic, we have come together to practice breathing, yoga and tension release exercises. These activities have help our lungs to be stronger. Our mental status is stable. We are calm to response to the pandemic. What I like most in this program is the way they design the activities accessible for all of us. This has enabled us, people with disabilities to participate easily to protect our health. This program has also connected us together! (Phan Nga – Quang Ngai city).
Women with disabilities - Quang Ngai province
Joining the mental health program facilitated by CORMIS in this time of COVID pandemic has helped me to have positive energies, good mood. What I like most when joining the activities is that I have been able to connect with friends, uncles, aunts who have the same situation like me from different provinces of Vietnam. Their joy of living and smiles are the great medicine for me in this time. The devoted way of facilitating from Ms Dung and the yoga providers at each session per week attracted me to participate and these activities are now like the food which must have on my menu. The mindfulness meditation guided by the Nuns and Monks in being aware of the breath has enabled me to relax my body and can easily sleep.