2020 News

The End of a Season

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

For the past 10 years, Fiona Briers has journeyed with many marginalised women in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They have acquired sewing and handicraft skills, providing programs that continually increase their abilities and expertise, and offer women experiences with formal work structures. Bright Solutions’ highly crafted interactive children’s play products are not just delightful; they are the means through which a woman’s livelihood, self-esteem and capacity towards economic independence is provided.

It is with sadness that we share the following news. After much deliberation and a careful assessment of the situation of Bright Solutions based on professional analysis, the decision has been made that the time for the impact and effectiveness of Bright Solutions has ended. There have been high impact changes in Vietnam and Australia due to the effects of COVID-19 on marketing and distribution. Key outlets and markets are closed and unlikely to reopen.

Bright Solutions as it currently stands, will close by the end of June 2020. Although a difficult decision with serious implications for all, Fiona Briers shares that it seems timely and God-directed for many reasons,

“To you all, we thank you for walking with us along this 10-year journey. You have been our strength and ever-appreciated supporters. I indeed value your prayers as we proceed through liquidation; that the Lord will grant me discernment in ways to daily encourage each woman; for the Lord’s unending mercy to help us finish well!”

GMP’s SA/NT Partnership Coordinator, Val Zerna, visited Bright Solutions just before the COVID-19 travel restrictions and reported, “Pray for Fiona and the Bright Solutions women in this time of significant change. Especially for Fiona – there will be the challenge of concluding the organisation, and the major reorientation of life after a decade of passionate service and connection in Vietnam.”

GMP thanks Fiona for her incredible commitment and investment into Bright Solutions and the women. Bright Solutions will officially remain operational until the end of 2020, although the empowerment program will be closed. The remaining six months’ goals are to help the Bright Solutions’ women transition successfully to new microenterprise businesses or alternative options, whilst selling all remaining stock. The Bright Solutions website will remain operational. Now is the time to order and buy their products online to assist them to finish well.

If you would like to purchase from the Bright Solutions range, you can do so at their website www.brightsolutionsvietnam.com/products/

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