To Nhi Vannier, a Vietnamese who went to France in 1961, at the age of 13, has spent most of her time promoting cooperation between Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An and the northwestern French province of Cotes d’Armor.
After a long time studying in Paris, To Nhi decided to live in Cotes d’Armor and ever since has taken part in many local social activities from 2000-2007 she was elected Chairwoman of the Cotes d’Armor Vietnam association. Even now she is still vice chairwoman of the same association.
With a smiling face and a brisk gait, To Nhi has a way of getting along well with most people, both French and Vietnamese.
She said since the association was established in 1994, the association has focused on educational projects for disadvantaged children in Nghe An province and has received considerable support from Cotes d’Armor provincial authorities.
“Every year we have exchange programme to help improve the capacity of teachers and doctors from Nghe An and Ha Tinh,” she said.
To Nhi always wants to contribute to the development of her mother land, especially in eliminating the hunger and reducing poverty as well as developing the French language in Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces.
“We aim to help poor people in Nghe An develop animal husbandry, open a restaurant or start a new business. In addition, we hold various cultural activities to introduce Vietnamese culture,” said To Nhi.
To Nhi also wants to do more useful things for her home country by getting more French and overseas Vietnamese people involved in the association’s activities.