HANDS IN THE RICE PADDY – More than twenty years of humanitarian work in Vietnam

2014 November 3
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The Rogue Valley Chapter of Veterans for Peace is proud to present Mike Boehm, Executive Director of Madison Quakers, Inc. with a slide presentation and discussion of a series of current peace and reconciliation projects in Vietnam.

Mike Boehm and Phan Van Do at My Lai

Mike Boehm and Phan Van Do at My Lai

 Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

Jackson County Library, Large Conference Room
205 South Central Ave., Medford, OR

Park in front of the library (free after 5 PM) on Central Ave and use the front door to gain access to the building. Try to be there before 7 PM.

A veteran who served in Cu Chi, Vietnam, working in Operations from 1968 to 1969, Boehm first returned to Vietnam in 1992 to help build a medical clinic. During this time he began to come to terms with his own experiences there and to understand the tremendous capacity of people-to-people projects for building peace and reconciliation between societies.

In 1995 Boehm met Phan Van Do, a teacher of English in Quang Ngai province, and their successful collaboration in Quang Ngai province on behalf of Madison Quakers, Inc., has resulted in providing loans to more than 3,000 poor women in 17 villages including My Lai, building on the Grameen Bank model of micro credit. In addition they have helped facilitate the construction of four new primary schools in My Lai, the My Lai Peace Park and construction of more than Compassion Houses for extremely poor women, victims of Agent Orange and extremely poor veterans. Since 1996 they have facilitated, through the Art Penpals project, the exchange of art work between the children of My Lai and Madison, WI.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information contact Jim Woods at woods@grantspass.com or 541 956-5287.

Madison Quakers, Inc. is a 501( C ) 3 tax exempt organization, EIN 39-2004266, created to support this work in Vietnam. Learn more about Madison Quakers Inc. at http://mqivietnam.org/

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