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Organizations Providing Humanitarian Aid in Vietnam

Although a vibrant and lovely country, Vietnam is among the poorest in the world. These organizations provide wonderful opportunities for adoptive parents to give back to the people of Vietnam. Volunteers and donations are needed for environmental, health, education, training, camps and many other worth while humanitarian projects in Vietnam. Which one woud you like to support?

Children of Vietnam
Degenhardt Foundation
East Meets West Foundation
Families in Vietnam
Friendship Bridge
Kianh Foundation
Love of Vietnam Expressed
PeaceTrees Vietnam (PTV)
PLAN & PLAN International
Social Assistance Program for Vietnam (SAP-VN)
Spiral Foundation
World Wide Orphans Foundation

Children of Vietnam
Children of Vietnam - Vietnam Humanitarian Aid programChildren of Vietnam provides direct educational, nutritional, medical, and housing assistance to Vietnamese children and their families. Direct aid is extended through a range of programs that include school and bicycle scholarships, street children meal programs, medical assistance. In addition, Children of Vietnam sponsors several sustainable development programs that train families to raise small livestock, farm high yield rice and raise fruit trees. The organization was started in 1998 by Ben Wilson, a local businessman in Winston-Salem, NC. Currently, most of the organization's efforts focus on Da Nang and surrounding areas.

Degenhardt Foundation
The Degenhardt Foundation provides humanitarian aid to the children and families of Vietnam under the direction of Dawn and Joy Degenhardt. Dawn is the founder and was the CEO of MAPS for 27 years - she retired two years ago. Joy has lived and worked in Vietnam for the past fifteen years providing humanitarian aid and adoption services. The Foundations has a number of volunteer projects. For example, for the past five years volunteers distributed the Christmas Shoe Boxes for Samaritan's Purse to Orphanages and Children's Centers from North to South just before Tet holiday. They also provide gifts and Tet parties at each center. Other volunteer projects are designed to fit the needs of a particular group. For example, this summer one volunteer project was designed for a Pennsylvania college group of 34 people going to provide OT services to an orphanage and to work in three other orphanages doing different projects. Projects include a dental project, at Ben Tre, a Computer Project in Danang, and Summer Camp Project in Hoi An.

East Meets West Foundation
SponsorshipEast Meets West Foundation is a non-profit humanitarian organization that partners with the people of Vietnam to improve their health, education and economic conditions in an effort to ease poverty and encourage self-sufficiency. Less than 15 percent of the budget is earmarked for general administration.

Le Ly Hayslip, whose life story is told in the movie and her autobiography Heaven and Earth, returned to her village of Ky La in Central Vietnam to start East Meets West in 1988. Over the last 10 years, the nonsectarian foundation has completed hundreds of projects and, in the process, Hayslip's dream has come true.

The East Meets West Foundation’s core programs focus on providing low-income children with a good education, clean water and vital medical care. Key interventions include a surgery program to heal heart defects in children, a scholarship program, a dental program, support for children with disabilities and an innovative Clean Water Program that brings potable piped water to over a hundred thousand people in Vietnam. EMW is also partnering with Atlantic Philanthropies to build key components of Vietnam’s medical and educational infrastructure. Recently completed projects include a 200-bed cardiovascular center in Hue and a twelve-story English Language training center in Da Nang.

Families in Vietnam
Families In Vietnam helps the poorest of the poor in Vietnam to care for their own children. We have 50 children in our program. Their families receive holistic support wherever needed to care for their own children, including school fees, housing expenses, medical care, pre-natal care, job assistance, adult literacy, clothing, family planning, and tutoring for the children who have missed many years of school while working to support their families. Ten of our children are special needs kids whose families have committed to keeping them out of the orphanages in spite of their dire circumstances. We send them to a special school where they learn basic literacy and job skills each day while their parents work. Sponsors are needed for birth control for the moms and sponsors for tutoring for several children who are way behind in school due to the years they spent begging and selling postcards to support their families.

Friendship Bridge
High quality nursing education is a vital component of a strong health care infrastructure, and Vietnam’s health care system urgently needs professional nurses. Friendship Bridge Nurses Group (FBNG) seeks donations for a model Master’s in Nursing Program at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City. In collaboration with our Vietnamese colleagues, FBNG has developed Vietnam’s first ever Master’s in Nursing Program. In 1991, Vietnam had no Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs—now there are ten. However, there are only 40 nurses with a master’s degree in all of Vietnam and only 32 of those hold degrees in nursing. We have brought 55 U.S. nurse educators (with masters and doctoral degrees) to Vietnam from a variety of private and public universities in states throughout the U.S. Volunteerism has been the basis for our success, but to successfully implement an advanced curriculum, train the next generation of educators, and mentor nurses to take leadership roles, we must properly finance the initiative. Sustainability is built into the project in that these educators are training their successors who will then be financed by universities in Vietnam.

The Kianh Foundation
The Kianh Foundation is a small UK charity helping disabled and disadvantaged children at Hoi An Orphanage in Hoi An, Central Vietnam. Hoi An Orphanage is owned and run by the Vietnamese Government. The Kianh Foundation was founded in September 2001 by two English friends Jackie Wrafter and Jacci Garside; it became a registered charity in the UK in December 2002 and an INGO in Vietnam in January 2006. Up to 70 children live at Hoi An Orphanage; 26 of the children have a range of physical and intellectual disabilities, mainly Cerebral Palsy-related. The Foundation employs nine Vietnamese members of staff; it has built, and runs, a special education classroom and playroom, provides physiotherapy, improves nutrition, arranges surgeries and assists in building maintenance at the Orphanage.

Love Of Vietnam Expressed, Inc.
L.O.V.E. is a Christian humanitarian aid organization based in Da Nang. Our main focus is to provide relief to the local people in the following areas: providing educational scholarships and other needs to enable poor children to go to school through the university level; providing medical and dental services, both emergency and long-term; nutrition - including provision of rice and baby formula; sponsorship program - linking sponsors with impoverished children in Vietnam, to provide for educational and other needs. We also assist other groups to come to Da Nang, including medical and dental mission teams, we provide disaster relief, and try to be an encouragement to the local people and churches.

PeaceTrees Vietnam (PTV)
Each year an average of one child a week is killed or maimed by landmines and unexploded bombs left over from the Vietnam war in Quang Tri Province (QTP), Vietnam alone.  PeaceTrees Vietnam (PTV) was founded to put an end to this killing and maiming of innocent children.  With global citizens working alongside the Vietnamese to clear mines, plant trees and provide mines awareness education, the legacy of war is being transformed into a healthy future for the children and families of Vietnam.

PLAN USA and PLAN International
PLAN International, an international, humanitarian, child-focused development organization without religious, political or governmental affiliation. Their work benefits the children, their families and their communities in the neediest parts of the world. Sponsorships are a unique feature of their program. PLAN Vietnam humanitarian projects and PLAN International Vietnam humanitarian projects include a variety of child sponsorships and humanitarian programs specifically for Vietnam. A unique feature of this program is that you can arrange a tour and visit with your sponsored child if you are in the area.

Social Assistance Program for Vietnam (SAP-VN)
SAP-VN was founded in 1992 by a group of young and caring professionals to provide direct relief to poor and needy people, especially orphans and handicapped children, mainly in health care, education and social welfare. Orthopedic surgery provided to more than 1224 poor, physically SAP orthopedic caredisabled children in Vietnam. Currently, hundreds of children are waiting for sponsorships. If you sponsor a child, you receive a case history and an update on how the surgery goes. Cleft Palate/lip surgery financed for over 926 cleft-palate/lip surgeries throughout Vietnam. Sponsorhip provides corrective surgery and medical follow-up. Wheel chairs provide the gift of mobility to handicapped children in Vietnam for whom surgery is not an option. Education programs include scholarships, new classroom construction and a free meal program for orphans, handicapped or poor children. Medical Supplies have been obtained from US hospitals and pharmaceutical companies for hospitals in Vietnam. Free Health Care through clinics and free dental care sponsored by SAP-VN.

Spiral Foundation
Submitted by Ellen Fitzenrider
"My local Buddhist Sangha (The Mindfulness Community of Hampton Roads) has been assisting children in and around Hue for ten years, first through building a school in the remote countryside, then establishing a school for children with disabilities, L'Ecole D'Aimee. Our latest project, Committee for the Relief of Poor Children in Vietnam, provides surgery (heart, congenital birth defects, etc.) for children through the Hue Medical College. Children born with congenital heart defects in central Vietnam are often not provided with life-sustaining surgical care due to lack of funds. The amount needed to provide surgical care for a child with the potential for a normal, healthy life is only $875. Yet, even this small amount is too much for a family living on only $28 per month. Working in cooperation with a French-trained cardiac surgeon at Hue Central Hospital & the Head of the Office of Genetic Counseling & Disabled Children at Hue Medical College we want to help as many of these children as we can. Donations can be made through The S.P.I.R.A.L. Foundation, specifying the Vietnam Program. The SPIRAL Foundation joined with us in supporting this program a couple of years ago."

World Wide Orphans Foundation
World Wide Orphans Vietnam Humanitarian ProgramDr. Jane Aronson's World Wide Orphans Foundation sponsors an HIV/AIDS Training and Treatment Project in Vietnam. As part of their program, they provide medical support, medication and training for long-term medical care to the HIV-positive orphans at Tam Binh, Ba Vi and in Vung Tao. Supporters receive an informative newsletter.


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