CSIE and our Australian advisor Cherrell Picton spent the afternoon of our last working day in the week visiting VUN Art, where disabled people turn fabric scraps into Vietnamese artworks.
Here, we met with Mr. Le Viet Cuong, Director of Vun Cooperative and Chairman of Disabled People Association of Ha Dong District, Hanoi. He talked about the motive that urges him to establish Vun. Being a disabled person himself, Cuong understands the difficulties and disadvantages as well as numerous challenges that people like him face when applying for a job.
In 2017, with the suggestion of the Standing Deputy Secretary of Ha Dong District Party Committee, Cuong established Vun Art. Here, disabled people are provided with safe and friendly accommodation. Moreover, they are trained to turn pieces of cloth that are supposed to be discarded into lively paintings and canvas bags. They are Dong Ho pig, mouse wedding, Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), Guom lake made from Ha Dong silk.
During this trip, we were fortunate to meet a special teacher of all disabled people at Vun Art, artist Dang Thi Khue. As a talented artist who always aspires to preserve and develop traditional cultural values, at the age of 74, Ms. Dang Thi Khue is still passionately about bring art to life. She shared, if it were not for the humanitarian Vun Art with its enthusiastic founder and a traditional silk village that has been through many ups and downs of Vietnamese history, a talented artist like her would never spend the last few years of her career teaching people with disabilities with almost no wage.
Vun Art also provides creative experience space. Young people, students, even foreign tourists can now take part in making paintings and visit the famous Van Phuc Silk village with its historical relics such as temples, communal houses, one-thousand-year-old banyan tree, …
CSIE’s friends can learn more about Vun Art in Social Enterprise Casebook Vietnam – Ireland which is scheduled to come out this October.