Appel Lorient Sin-Tai Viet Nam

About us ?

Welcome to the website of the association call-Lorient

( or APPELorient, or APPELOrient !)

Acting for the promotion of the child to Lorient

 19, Avenue de la Marne 56100 Lorient France

Phone: 02 97 21 23 92


Identifying SIRET No.: 503 132 722 0001
Recognized association of general interest (DDFP56, Ref. 44/2011)
President: Dr Gildas Treguier

CALL-Lorient is an international organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of the child, created 1988 (J.O. the 7 July 1994, 1/06509) to answer the "call" of children victims of diseases, poverty and conflict, in the extension of actions CALL, NGOs born in Vietnam in 1968.

By field activities and research, CALL-Lorient supports partners working for child protection: Hospitals, health facilities, training centers, institutions and associations invested in health, Education and integration.

In Viet Nam, all of our actions is grouped in the program “Born in Viet Nam 2012 - 2018”

By adding a cultural dimension to medical vocation initial, CALL-Lorient helps strengthen ties between Vietnam and Britain.

In recognition of all the actions for the promotion of trade between Britain and Vietnam, CALL-Lorient has been the Minister of Culture of Vietnam the Medal of “Friendship with Viet Nam”, one of the highest honors attributed to the non-vietnamiens, in a ceremony chaired by H.E. Mr Nguyen Ngoc Son, Ambassador of Viet Nam in Paris (Monday 16 November 2015).

Volunteer, partnership, duration, transparency and competence: these five principles guide our commitment.



From Lorient to the far East: more than 300 years of trade

City born of maritime in exchanges 1666, Lorient has always had the look the Asia-oriented.

For more than 25 years (1988), the city of Lorient supports medical exchanges maintained with Viet Nam by the call Orient association, dedicated to the health of the mother and of the child in line with actions taken by the appeal, NGOs born in this country in 1968.

Since 1992, the Centre hospitalier de Bretagne-Sud is partner of several institutions of reference in Ho Chi Minh City and in two provinces (Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang). Programmes in perinatal medicine, dozens of professionals Lorient and Vietnamese learned to share their experiences : Exchange of good practices, training missions, reception of trainees in care in Britain.

At the same time, the Morbihan Department pursues a decentralized cooperation with the province of Khanh Hoa over the years 90. And many Breton companies have developed activities in food industry and maritime economy in Vietnamese provinces: Piriou, Glon, Olmix...

Reconnecting with their roots, 'viet khieu' families of the diaspora in the years 80, but also mixed couples of years 2000, help to maintain strong ties between the country of Lorient and their country of origin.

At the Université de Bretagne-Sud, Vietnamese students are welcomed each year, in disciplines varied: computer, mechanics, Engineering, literature...

More and more, franco-vietnamiens mixed couples and children of the adoption looking for their origins also irrigate these networks of exchange between Brittany and the Indochina peninsula.

In may 2011, the city of Lorient hosted a multidisciplinary large-scale event which, celebrating these growing exchanges, has been able to raise an buried part, most often underrated, history of relations between Lorient and the Indochinese peninsula: embedded missionaries from the 17th century on ships of the Compagnie des Indes departing from Lorient, adventurers and Breton sailors become mandarins in the Court of the Emperor Gia Long in hue in 1802, officials of the colonial administration in the years 1920, Indo-Chinese workers required in the arsenals of Lanester en 1942, artists passionate about Vietnam in the years 50, movements of support to the Vietnamese resistance in the years 70 …

Can we give meaning to this 'back and forth' that lasts for more than three centuries?

All time, Atlantic peoples have not worn by a certain "idea of the East.", that led them to the edge of these distant worlds?

More accurately, and while for many Lorient Eastern history of their city is essentially associated with the India and China, as it is true that these two immense countries monopolized most of the Chronicles of the Compagnie des Indes, that is the reality of trade between Britain and the Indochinese peninsula since the 17th century, two territories that initially all opposed, the distance, culture, the way of life, the ambitions, But what ultimately, Maybe, close to everything, starting with the maritime facades?

These relationships between the Pays de Lorient and Southeast Asia can be identified in six periods, extensively studied each, other well-documented but little analyzed, some little known.

  • 1666-1775 : With the company of the Indies, Explorers, missionaries and traders to the Indochina peninsula
  • 1775-1825 : The epic of the "Breton Mandarins. (Jean-Baptiste CG, Philippe Vannier, Laurent Barisy…), with Nguyen Anh, the future emperor Gia Long, during the conquest of his throne.
  • 1825-1858 : Minh Mang in you Duke, "white" period?
  • 1858-1945 : Sailors, Administrators and Breton missionaries during colonial times
  • 1945-1975 : The wars of liberation of Vietnam
  • Since 1975: With peace, new relations between Viet Nam and Brittany

An entry of this story is to be written, in relying on recognized references (Philippe Haudrière, Frédéric Mantienne, Le Thanh Khoi, Pierre-Yves Manguin, L.E. Louvet...), on testimonies the old one (Michel Duc Chaigneau, A. of Kergariou …), other recent (the families of sailors, Traders, officials, doctors… having lived in Southeast Asia; Vietnamese families here and there …), and also on archives little or not explored (Municipal archives of Lorient, Archives of the Navy, Foreign missions...).

Adding a cultural page to the medical dimension of its investment in Vietnam, the objective of the association call-Lorient and his friends "enlightened amateur" is not re - invent the wheel of history, but to attempt to render a part of the Breton memory from the far East, and more specifically of Viet Nam, in order to build together a future based on exchanges of quality between our territories, based on reciprocity, at the heart of an environment globalised.