VASF is pleased to announce our 2011 fellows! We're excited to have Traci Pham, Nathalie Chau, and Rachael Carson join us as our inaugural class of fellows. These three talented ladies will be working with Friends of Hue this summer implementing very exciting and meaningful projects.
Traci Pham is a lawyer from Sydney, Australia and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Law Program at Stanford University. She has practiced law as a corporate associate in Sydney and Hong Kong, and will be starting in London after this fellowship. She has been involved in charities extensively, with a personal special interest in education. She has received the Order of Australia - the national award for significant contributions to community service in Australia. She hopes to focus her time on FHF's micro-finance programs.
Nathalie Chau is currently in her junior year at Berkley University, studying biology. Natalie is deciding between a career in economics, public policy, and health and medicine. Her spare time is spent in outreaching to at-risk high school students. Her fellowship will focus on public health education in rural areas.
Rachael Carson is a 2010 Union College graduate in International and Chinese Public Health. Rachael has a special interest in social entrepreneurship in developing countries. She has a lot experience in China (fluent in Mandarin) and has spent the last 9 months in Vietnam, much of it with FHF as a development analyst. She hopes to focus on the FHF's launch of an Artisan Center, which will offer entrepreneurial skill training and sales development to the underprivileged in Hue.
Stay tuned to this blog to hear more about their adventures and experiences in Viet Nam.