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Young WLIN Ambassador Thu Ngan: Dedicated to Child Drowning Prevention in Vietnam

Thu Ngan studied in England before moving to Switzerland to pursue a degree in Hospitality at one of the leading training schools in Switzerland; S.H.M.S. (Swiss Hotel Management School). Born in a family of eight brothers and sisters Thu Ngan gets her motivation mainly from her parents. Both are successful entrepreneurs, and rather than feeling pressured by their success, she considers them as role models, encouraging her to develop further.

Thu Ngan mostly confides to her mother, the entrepreneur – Le Thanh Hoa – Director of Thanh Hoa Beauty Salon Center, who is an active member of the Women Leaders International Network of Hai Phong – WLIN Ocean Club. Besides being a dedicated and loving mother, Mrs Le Thanh Hoa is also very strict, which is an asset to any businesswoman. For Thu Ngan, her mother is a shining example of what she aspires to become in the future.

It is through her mother’s involvement in the WLIN network that she came to appreciate its relevance. She soon decided to join the network and become the first Ambassador of Young WLIN in Switzerland – (YWLIN) – Network for young people with the determination and desire to become a female leader. Commenting frankly about her personality, Thu Ngan’s family upbringing has encouraged her to become a Business Woman. She is confident that in her role as Young WLIN Ambassador, she will manage to attract more young women with similar attitudes and goals of becoming a female leader and role model.

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While studying abroad, Thu Ngan has always stayed in touch with her home country and kept track of its developments and difficulties. One of the issues that stands out is the high number of child deaths due to drowning – according to the World Health Organization (WHO) 11,500 children die yearly from drowning in Vietnam alone.

“Green Generation” is a Fund aimed at minimizing child mortality in Vietnam due to drowning. The Fund was founded by The WLIN network and Water Sports Association of Vietnam, in collaboration with Children Welfare Fund of Vietnam. The focus is on children in remote areas who do not have access to basic training facilities for swimming. Currently, the fund is calling for sponsors at home and abroad to help the children so that future generations can live and learn in a green, clean and safe environment.

Thu Ngan has called for her friends –Vietnamese students in Switzerland as well as all foreign friends – to donate to and support the Fund. She will also join the casting at the contest of the Miss Vietnam Heritage Global 2016, attracting many young Vietnamese women from around the world. Thu Ngan hopes that through this contest, as well as through her personal network of friends, she will be able to raise up to $200,000 for the “Green Generation” fund. In the upcoming summer holidays, she will return to Vietnam and use the proceeds that she and her friends have raised to come to remote regions in order to enable the building of local swimming pools in remote areas.

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