Kidpower Vietnam was established in 2008 by Lecturer Faculty of Sociology and Management Psychology Thuy Phung. We offer workshops in schools, especially those serving children with disabilities and have translated Kidpower materials and handouts into Vietnamese. Thuy has introduced Kidpower to Olympica Schools in Hanoi, which is training their staff, students, and families in Kidpower and also sharing our program with other educators in Vietnam. The staff of this progressive school received training for their families from Thuy Phung and is now taking leadership in bringing Kidpower to Vietnam far more widely than is possible for Thuy.
They sent their program director, Nga Phoung Hoai, and a board member and their lower school director, Ly Vu Thi Dieu, to the Fullpower Core Program Training and are working with us to translate our materials into Vietnamese and to continue their training and also plan to sponsor the Kidpower Vietnam Center.
The first lesson I learned from Kidpower is that you will do a much better job of teaching safety to others if you feel safe inside yourself. When I got upset with my roommate during the Reaching Out Conference in Montreal, I felt that I needed to be polite and not say anything at first. Irene noticed that there was something wrong with me and asked. I remember her telling me, “Your feelings are important, and you need to speak up about what makes you uncomfortable so that you feel safe.”
After that, I spoke to my roommate. We made a plan that worked for both of us, and we had a great time at the conference. Since then, Kidpower has helped me many times in my life. I feel happy in sharing what I’ve learned with others!
~ Thuy Phung, Kidpower Vietnam Director