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.