French-Vietnamese NGO holds fun-filled family day in HCMC

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Poussières de Vie, a French-Vietnamese NGO, held its annual Kermesse family day event at the Saigon Zoo December 16 to raise funds for disadvantaged kids.

Thousands of people, including a lot of kids, came out to enjoy live music, dance performances, magic shows, delicious food, an exhibition of drawings by students and lucky draws.

Kermesse 2012, titled, "A family day for a good cause" was the organization's fourth annual event. Last year, it attracted around 14,000 people, making it the biggest charity event in Ho Chi Minh City.

Made up entirely of unpaid volunteers, Poussières de Vie (PdV), meaning "Dust of Life" is an independent, values-based, apolitical, secular nonprofit which aims to help some of Vietnam's most disadvantaged people through funding and administering a variety of projects in Ho Chi Minh City and Kon Tum province.

Founded in 2002 by Patrick Désir and Olivier Petiot, PdV projects have since helped thousands of children. And the founders want to promote lasting change in the lives of Vietnamese disadvantaged children by reenrolling them back into school, providing vocational training and aiding in their personal development.

PdV managers say they train poor youths to use computers and speak English to broaden their horizons.

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