The Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific (AFAP) has been working in Vietnam since 1989 and opened its representative office in Hanoi in 1996; becoming the first Australian NGO to do so. In Vietnam, AFAP is well known for pioneering work in developing community-based biological control programs for Dengue Fever.
Over the last 20 years, AFAP has worked to deliver programs in Vietnam in the sectors of agriculture, health, water, food security, education, credit, sanitation, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, and governance and social accountability through the implementation of 30 large projects across 20 provinces, valued at more than $30 million USD.
As part of the fight against poverty and livelihood insecurity in Vietnam, AFAP programs have worked with and for the poor and vulnerable, including ethnic minorities, women, youth and the elderly, and the displaced and landless, through community-based approaches
From 2014 with the financial support from Dr. Vance Gledhill, AFAP has supported and deployed a Community-Based Tourism project in Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province. The project helps local people to build a new livelihood sourrceas a means of gradually reducing hunger and poverty.
An Thinh Tourism Joint Stock Company main functions are managing domestic and international travel services, communications, events, promotion, arranging visas and transportation services. Over the past year An Thinh has renovated the Hoa Binh Hotel and also made investments in a 3-star yacht servicing Hoa Binh lake, whilst making improvements to the infrastructure and services for local attractions.
An Thinh shares many similarities in assessing and recognising the potential of the landscape and people of Hoa Binh. They also share the same lofty humanitarian aim to help local communities. An Thinh has gradually become a partner of AFAP in many activities, including support for poor children and for advertising and promoting tourism products in Da Bac district, Hoa Binh province.