From “I” to Others is a long-term non-profit project that 1648kilomet builds from the ground up. In its first two years, the group funded the project from their own pocket. All sponsorships went into workshop logistics, accommodation and travel expenses for local and international facilitators. Fortunately, they received tremendous support from friends and partners – Ngo Hong Quang, Kim Young Nam (South Korea), Ichi Go (Germany), Christopher Boyd (Belgium), Nguyen Minh Nam (Ve Voi Project), Ibsen Tiny Stage, Mekongaholics, photographer Son Tran, fashion designer – restaurateur Chuong Dang, June Entertainment, and many others.
In 2019, with the support of Mekongaholics and three other projects, 1648kilomet landed a sponsorship from Lime Orange. However, due to Covid, the grant was cut down to half the original amount. Yet thanks to that, the project activities in 2020 had longer duration, reached more young children in special circumstances, and 1648kilomet was also… less busy. Unfortunately, a performance-exhibition event expected to open to the public was cancelled.
Van Quy Ngoc Ai and Vu Ngoc Khai take turns to organise, facilitate, raise funds, and take charge of communications. “There were many times we were so desperate and just had to cry out ‘Why is no one lending us a hand!’”, Ai laughed and told us. While there were many times they wanted to take a break, both founders of 1648kilomet shared that “From ‘I’ to Others” is not only a project for the public, but also for themselves. Each member of the group acquired tremendous knowledge and experience to develop and scale up the project, while maturing on their own path of self-healing and self-care.