2017 News

[Once} Em Hair Salon had a manager [it} started to run better. There are two [classes] completed with 6 students. Two (2 ) of them are people living with disability. Both of them got job now [in their] hometown.

We have 3 stylists, one of them is female as Viti's suggest[ed]. They provide service to customers and train students. Each student has a training plan to follow. And the quality is checked regularly.

English for hairdressers have been applied for both salon and hair dressing class at REACH.

We have more customers who are foreigners. Many of them know about EM by googling "hair salon in Hanoi" - EM is listed on the first page with lots of good reviews.

We are planning to expand the training and promotion for more customers in the [future].

[Viti] You are always in our memory as a guider, a [teacher] who helped lots from the beginning. Your documents still be our guideline for developing step by step.

Nguyen Ngoc HANG (Ms.) Training Coordinator cum Business to Youth (6th December 2017).

Viti with staff at EM Hair Salon with Ms. Dzung EM Business Manager - standing far right.

Group of Afghanistan Women attending the English Conversation Classes at Sudbury House. Their teacher on the right is Hadia Masud who speaks five languages.


Once a week these Afghan women and other women from Asia meet at Sudbury Community House to build upon their capacity to speak Englisg through conversational classes.

Hadia Masud (far right) an Afghan woman is the teacher and is supported by volunteers. Hadia speaks five languages and my time with the group has provided an insight into the importance such classes provide to migrants who are now living in Australia.

Kas Jason Hohneck

Kasper Jason Hohneck (1984 - 2007)


Dedicated to our gifted and loved brother

Nicky, Amanda and Rachel November 2017.

"A beautiful free spirit cheerish and loved by all who knew him."

3-month assignment in Hanoi completed (10 June 2017)

Em Hair Salon TEAM June 2017

What a privledge it was to gain an insight into an NGO's approach to establish a Hair Salon as one of two projects they are working towards building sustainability.

Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) is the organisation who supported my assignment and Bob Waite from Australian International Volunteer Development (AVID on a longer assignment were at REACH at the same time. Therefore, it made sense - that to a degree - these two assignments would merge as Bob's role is around Governance and Business Structure linked to Social Enterprises.

Em Hair Salon targets local and foreign customers and working towards being a Top End Hair Salon. During my assignment REACH identified and appointed a former REACH graduate as Business Manager of Em Hair Salon and this enbaled progress towards setting up the foundations: procedures, regulations and policies and models. Ms Dung Nguyen also has a marketing and hairdressing owner/operator background so it was a great 'fit' for the role. She was a joy to work with and lstening to her develop her English Language skills will remain.


"To address the ongoing needs of the most disadvantaged youth across Vietnam and empower them by:

  1. Becoming a leading provider of innovative, practical and demand-driven skills training;
  2. Equipping our students with the confidence, belief and self-respect needed to grasp new opportunities;
  3. Providing solid employment opportunities while also providing workforce solutions for our business networks;
  4. Providing support and encouragement for our graduates' future development;
  5. Contributing to the national strategy for social & economic development."

Hands with Hands update post Earthquake Appeal, 2 years on - Author Kira Kay sourced 27th May 2017

Education tools and sponsorship"Close to 9,000 people died this day under collapsed buildings, and many thousands more suffered injuries. Even though the intitial emergency has passed the post-disaster situation is a complex environment to work in. I wish to give some insights here from my own experience, to help my friends and donors have a glimpse of our work in the field.

Having now spent the past several weeks here in Nepal, visiting the different projects... I am feeling thankful for what we have achieved together...

Despite the complicated challenges, Hands with Hands has been part of the positive impact:

  • Navigating the various government offices to gain the full approvals for our preferred safe eco building materials methods...
  • Rebuilding 8 permanent classrooms, with 4 more under construction;
  • Helping relocate temporary school buildings so that permanent rebuilding can get under way...
  • Moving house in our Annapurna Childrens Home and completing full child welfare audits to prove that our care of children meets the highest standards;
  • Successfully negotiating with a bullying group which was determined to take funds from our womens cooperatives, and ending the year with positive financial outcomes and expanded program;
  • Expanding and continuing the development of our organic agriculture that directly create food security for our CHildrens Home as well as providing life skills education..."

Building earthquake safe schools

" Many villagers do not have the resources or knoweldge to rebuild safely. This inspires our intiation to provide training and technology in the hands of villagers so they can rebuild one school house at a time. This is a long term initiative.... Through my years (17 now!) of working with my Nepali friends in various projects in education, children's and women's welfare, and organic agriculture, I have learned many good lessons. The most important is to respect the local knowledge and support empowerment of local people through education and skills development.."

Hanoi in Vietnam on a 3-month assignment

With REACH Staff at an event they hosted

Arrived early March and spent the first week settling into the hussel and bussel of what is Hanoi. My first time here and once settled into my accommodation then met staff at REACH, who have been so welcoming and supportive. Within the first week I felt very much at home and are looking forward to the challenges and development of the desired outcomes with this project.

The opportunity to see, work with and contribute to this organisation's services is a privledge. Changing the lives of disadvantaged youth (16-30 year olds) by providing access to formal education and training. With a staff of over thirty (including volunteers like myself) REACH provides training in various fields including: Web & Graphic Design, Hospitality, Hair Dressing, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping and Cooking.

After they graduate REACH provide their students with job placement support over six months. This is supported by strong businesses networks developed over many years. For some cooking students, this has included the opportunity to gain experience overseas in Japan as part of their training.

I am based at REACH's Head Office who also have 4 Outreach Centres located across Vietnam.

Travelling around Hanoi where the majority of people with their children get around on motorbikes is in stark contrast to Perth Western Australia - read more

In collaboration with Nina Cejnar

Nina Gejnar Founder Golden Deer

Working on a Picture Book manuscript which will form the basis for a collaborative project with Nina Cejnar (Founder of Golden Deer an organisation based in Germany) who contributed a chapter to my recent publication, bearing fruit Microfinance empowering women, families and communities. Nina's contribution in Chapter 10 is Social Investment.

Once the manuscript is completed Nina and I in collaboration are designing a project linked to building resilience in individuals and capacity in groups or teams. We are aiming to trial thiis initiative in March/April 2017.

Nina's organisational website

December 2016 Invitation to join the GLOW Project

I was invited to join a group of international network of researchers collaborating on the question, Is there a Global Living Wage that enables people, organisations and communities to prosper and thrive... read more about this new initiative

15-18th November 2016 - Attended the Nga Pae O Te Maramatanga Biannual International Indigenous Research Conference

My successful abstract submitted was the catalyst for attending the above conference hosted at the Auckland University in New Zealand. One that I would advocate for others contributing to this field of research to attend in 2018.

Honestly Woman Online Magazine Launched 9th November 2016 Queensland

Kim, Viti and Bev at her magazine launch in Brisbane

Bev Ryan is the Founder and publlisher of this unigue magazines. Bev also produced my second book below. I was delighted to be invited to contribute to her (first) Oct-Dec 2016 edition.

Kim, Viti and Bev at her launch held in Brisbane. It was great to catch-up with Kim as we met on a small group textiles trip to Gujarat Province in India in 2011.

This magazine offers free membership and a copy can be downloaded.available at

Linkwest - Two Peak Bodies Merge 25th October 2016 Western Australia

As an associate member of the Linkwest Board it was very exciting to be in the room with members associated with Linkwest Inc. and the Association of W.A. Community Resource Centres who voted to merge. The theme, 'Stronger Together' was embraced by all. Linkwest advocates and supports Neighbourhoood and Community Resource Centres across the State.

May 2016 Book Launch for my second self-published non-fiction book in New Zealand

2nd Book CoverThe Auckland Councils The Southern Initiative supported this book launch which was held hosted by Emeline Afeaki Mafile'o Cafe (Social Enterprise) located in the Mangere Arts Centre .read more