Friday, March 21, 2014

Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit in Vietnam - Day 2.

The day started in Hanoi, where Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess took a visit to Vietnam's President , HE Mr. Truong Tan Sang . The President asked the Crown Prince Couple to give greetings to King Harald and Queen Sonja , who made ​​a State visit to Vietnam in 2004.

Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix
Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix
After meeting with the president , the Royal copuple traveled to continue in Hue . The city is considered Vietnam's cultural capital , and several of the city's temples, mausoleums and paodas are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of these is the city's Citadel , and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess met representatives of the local government - the People's Committee of Hue . Committee underlined the importance of cooperation with Norwegian organizations for decades.

Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix
Norwegian organizations have been present in Hue for years. Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette - Marit visited Huong An Secondary School in the afternoon , and projects run by Norwegian Church Aid , Norwegian People's Aid and Football for all .

The royal couple were given a briefing on the work NPA doing in Vietnam. They are active in several parts of the country, mapping , marking and removing mines . The mines detonated under controlled conditions so that roads and farmland is again safe. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess got even detonate a cluster bomb under the current demonstration.

One of the projects NPA is engaged in in collaboration with Football for all .

Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix
Football for all works with children and young people in Hue - and their engagement is broader than the name would suggest. Organized by the interest in football, children learn also about democracy and cooperation , hygiene , HIV / AIDS and other important issues .

Together with Norwegian People's Aid , the Football for all its own demining project that saves child's play by cleaning playgrounds and soccer fields for mines and cluster bombs.

Yesterday the Crown Prince Couple kicked off a football game on Huong An. They also got to talk to children , parents and teachers about the project.

Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix
Vietnam makes climate change impacts greatly. Heavy rains , typhoons and flooding are affecting more and more often , and the average drown ten children each and every day as a result. Norwegian Church Aid has taken account of the situation , and runs swimming lessons for children in Hue .

Hundreds of children with Vietnamese and Norwegian flags met Royal couple when they came to learn more about the project . The children demonstrated training and swimming exercises on land and in the river close by.


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