This Trust was set up in Australia in 2002 to help the forgotten people of a forgotten war, people who continue to live with the consequences of the war that we call the Vietnam War and that they call the American War.
The Trust’s Orange Cows projects raise money around the world to buy individual breeding cows in Vietnam for people who would not normally be able to afford them, families of Agent Orange victims in remote communes near Hue in central Vietnam. A breeding cow can secure ongoing income for them.
Members of these families suffer often terrible genetic deformities attributable to the US spraying the Agent Orange defoliant over the Vietnamese forests and countryside during the war.
Since 2007 the Trust has raised enough money to buy more than 150 cows to give to people in five communes near Hue.
Can Van with her new cow at Hong Trung 2011
In 2012 we commissioned the University of Agriculture and Forestry in Hue and the University of Tasmania in Hobart to assess our Orange Cows projects. Their investigations revealed that while the projects were meeting their objectives, in many instances the village recipients were under-equipped to cope with the cows. The mortality rate of the cattle in some communes was too high.
At the end of 2012 we asked Professor Ba and his colleagues at the university in Hue to conduct training courses in the communes. They have been very well received and we are now looking at setting up pilot programmes in the communes to better educate the people about their cattle. It may also be that pigs may be a better option for them. Time will tell. We will concentrate on training and education before buying any more herds.
Another aid group in Vietnam, Vets for Peace, is assisting us with the program.
Prof. Ba training cow owners
Any contributions would be greatly appreciated. The money will be spent wisely, ensuring we get the best value for your dollars and that the recipients, present and future, have the best chance of optimising their opportunities with their cows, water buffalo, pigs, poultry, whatever is deemed in their best interests.
All the money the Trust receives, 100 per cent, goes to the benefit of the recipients in Vietnam. The trustees bear all other costs themselves. This article appeared in The Weekend Australian on April 9/10 2011.
Any donation is most welcome. You can pay by PayPal on this site, send a cheque or make a direct deposit to our bank account. Donations are not tax deductible.