Several went on to contribute to Vietnam's development, launching founding projects, founding factories and other social enterprises.
Here is the story of one of those projects.
Doan Ket/Ket Doan
In 1985, Nguyen Van Hau, one of those YCW leaders arrested, later co-founded a rural development project in Lam Dong province in Vietnam's Central Highlands, not far from the city of Dalat.
|Mr Hau at a local spinning factory in 1990|
|Meeting with local govt officials in Gia Lam to plan the pilot farm project.|
Silkworms are distributed to more than 1000 local families, who raise the silkworms to silk production stage.
|Prize for the best silk producer in 1996|
The project continued to develop with the support of the French Catholic development NGO, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, which was founded in 1961 by the French YCW, YCS and other Specialised Catholic Action movements in response to Pope John XXIII's appeal to combat hunger and poverty.
|Chinese experts advise on how to improve production 1996|
|Doan Ket staff meet with CCFD-Terre Solidaire representatives|
Yet, the project they founded has continued to grow and develop successfully to this day under new management by the Ket Doan Company.
|Mulberry plantation at Vi Tien Farm in 2019|
|Hatching the silkworms|
|Workers prepare the leaves...|
|... for the silkworms|
|Local farmers nourish silkworms through the stages of their development|
|..Silk cocoons produced by local farmers for sorting and sale|
|Meeting at Vi Tien Farm between Ket Doan and Karen YPD leaders.|