by Gia Loc
Recycled materials turned into art
A huge snake made of used tyres stands in the front of a park in Buon Ma Thuot City in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.
Cannons, trains, roosters, fish, teapots and cups, tables and chairs and other products dot the park, all made from used tyres and steel. Other recycled materials such as CDs make up a huge dog and other sculptures, which took six months to design.
About 200 sculptures at the five-hectare park opened on January 29.
The goal of the recycling programme was to call for people to protect the environment, use natural resources properly, and reduce costs of waste treatment.
With total capital of VND300 million (US$13,000), it was organised by the province's Urban and Environmental Co Ltd.
Learning how to write from life
The Learning Literature from Life Project, conducted by teacher Do Duc Anh at Bui Thi Xuan High School in HCM City's District 1, is a four-month project which began in January.
Forty-five students in five groups learn skills such as interviewing, researching, reporting, essay writing and event organisation.
They go on field trips to find story ideas, and each group writes five or six reports or essays, all of which are printed in a book.
They also organise an event and provide a short video clip to advertise their books. An audio book to post online is also made.
If the books sell, the turnover is used to help the disadvantaged, including some of those chosen to write stories.
Kangaroo Mother Care helps parents
The aim of the Kangaroo Mother Care programme is twofold: to help mothers bond with their premature or low-birthweight babies by placing them on their chest, and to improve the health of the child by offering warmth and skin-to-skin contact.
Used at many hospitals in Viet Nam, the Kangaroo method is now being used for fathers at the Obstetrics and Paediatrics Hospital in the northern province of Quang Ninh.
Thieu Van Thuong of the province said he learned how to hold his child after he was taught by the hospital nurses.
His wife gave birth to twins, including a girl and boy in the 31st week of the pregnancy. With the method, the son slept well in his father's arms.
Thuong told Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer) online newspaper that at first he was afraid that the baby would fall off his chest. But he later relaxed and found a strong attachment through the skin-to-skin contact with his son.
Dr Tran Thi Minh Ly, the hospital's deputy head, said that parents felt more comfortable holding their premature babies every day at the hospital.
Many fathers were moved to tears, Ly added.
The Kangaroo method also stimulates breast milk production, according to experts. The heart beat, blood pressure and breathing of the babies become more stable.
About 4 million babies worldwide die each year in the first week of life. The Kangaroo method can help 25 per cent of them to survive, according to kangaroomothercare.com. — VNS