Updated Jul 09, 2020

HopeBox: Good Food. Great Cause.

https://www.hopeboxvn.com

Huong Dang

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Work-based therapy to foster sustainable reintegration of Vietnamese gender-based violence (GBV) survivors.

Our experiences with GBV survivors suggest that the lack of a transitional employment model that is trauma-sensitive greatly impedes GBV survivors’ sustainable reintegration. Current agencies providing vocational and job placement services for GBV survivors do not have the capacity to address psychological issues commonly found among survivors such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and a...
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Our experiences with GBV survivors suggest that the lack of a transitional employment model that is trauma-sensitive greatly impedes GBV survivors’ sustainable reintegration. Current agencies providing vocational and job placement services for GBV survivors do not have the capacity to address psychological issues commonly found among survivors such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorder. As a result, many GBV survivors may choose to drop out or can only partially benefit from these services. Our decision to develop a project that synergises employability skills with work-based therapy stems from our experiences working with GBV survivors in Vietnam. We realise that employability skills (job search, problem-solving and interpersonal communication) and life skills are crucial for GBV survivors to secure employment and advance in their career, but there is a severe lack of agencies providing these skills in Vietnam. Post-pandemic economic recovery is crucial to women’s empowerment and gender equality. After more than a year of operation, HopeBox has been able to fill the gap in the market by providing gainful employment opportunities for five women hailing from GBV and disability backgrounds. Our services have evolved organically as we gain more experiences working with GBV survivors.
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The overall goal of this project is to ensure survivors of gender-based violences (including domestic violence, human trafficking and other forms of abuses) can gain relevant employment skills while restoring social and psychological functionings.

Focus Areas:

Gender-based Violence, Social Services and Economic Empowerment

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Implemented In:

Vietnam

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5
Lives Impacted to Date
3
Key Partners
1
Country Implemented In
100
Customers
6
Employees
$10,500
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Our innovation to develop a project that synergises employability skills with work-based therapy stems from our experiences working with GBV survivors in Vietnam. First of all, we realise that employability skills (job search, problem solving and interpersonal communication) and life skills are crucial for GBV survivors to secure employment and advance in their career, but there is a severe lack of agencies providing these skills in Vietnam.

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Solution

Our project provides a transition model that provides employability skills (including hospitality skills training, career development skills, leadership training), business engagement opportunities and work-based therapy (psychosocial education, relaxation techniques and outsourced trauma counselling services) for GBV survivors. The synergy model will enhance their sense of safety & self-esteem, interpersonal and vocational skills, social capital and psychological functioning within 06 months.

Target Beneficiaries

Our "Pathway to resilience" has been curated by consulting with women who are victims of gender-based violence and their main concerns and ambitions in life. The beneficiaries currently include women who hail from ethnic minority backgrounds and or/ have a disability and have been a victim of gender-based violence (human trafficking and domestic violence).

Mission and Vision

We want to ensure survivors of gender-based violence (including domestic violence, human trafficking and other forms of abuses) can gain relevant employment skills while restoring social and psychological functioning. We want to economically empower a woman so she and her children can live a life free from violence. The first objective of "Pathway to Resilience" is to break the cycle of violence by providing GBV survivors with a comprehensive psycho-economic package.

Competitive Advantage

Current agencies providing vocational and job placement services for GBV survivors do not have the capacity to address psychological issues commonly found among survivors such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorder. As a result, many GBV survivors may choose to drop out or can only partially benefit from these services. To address these gaps, our innovation provides a transition model that provides employability skills (including hospitality skills training, career development skills, leadership training), business engagement opportunities and work-based therapy (psychosocial education, relaxation techniques and outsourced trauma counselling services) for GBV survivors. The synergy model will enhance their sense of safety and self-esteem, interpersonal and vocational skills, social capital and psychological functioning within 06 months.

Planned Goals and Milestones

2020 -Increase HopeBox to 30 women fully employed women by December 2020 (Goal) -Five scholarships for children who are victims of gender-based violence from our Back to School initiative so they can continue their education (Goal) -Become a registered Charity in Australia (Milestone) 2021 -Open a HopeBox in HCMC, Vietnam (Milestone) -Overseas placement/internship for HopeBox team member in Australia (Goal)
Funding Goal80,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted30
New Implemented CountriesVietnam
Recruit2 management, 1 advisor, 1 counsellor

The Team Behind the Innovation

CEO & Founder: Huong Dang: KOTO trainee turned successful business woman. Managing Director: Eleanor Sander O'Hearn, only 27, her background is in hospitality & tourism. Board Member: Duong Do is a social worker & human geographer by training. Board Member: Joanna Woood is an education counsellor of Vietnam & Thailand at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi. Board Member: Background in Environmental Sustainability & expertise in Women Empowerment, Sustainable Development, Measuring Social Impact.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Jun 2020
New Product Or Service
May 2020
Lives Impacted
5
Apr 2020
New Country Implemented In
Vietnam
Aug 2019
Key Partnership
ORGANIZATIONAllens Law Firm
Jul 2019
Mar 2018
Created

Supporting Materials

HB2020PAMPHLET-orientation-null.pdf
HopeBox-A4-Tourist-Tri-fold-EN-AW-OL-orientation-null.pdf