The Vietnam Project is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to improve the quality of life for poor, disadvantaged, and disabled people in Vietnam.
We believe the highest expression of charity is to help people to help themselves. Principal forms of assistance are micro grants for small business start up, vocational training, and education.
All recipients are personally evaluated. All funds are distributed by two members of our Board who travel to Vietnam once or twice a year at no expense to the Vietnam Project.
There are no third parties or intermediaries. All board members are volunteers. We have no rent, utilities, employees, or travel expenses. We have no political or religious agenda.
One of our recent activities included paying for heart surgery for two Vietnamese children. One of them, Danh Hua Ky Phuong, a one and a half year old girl with ventricular and atrial septal defects, was referred to us by Miss Yen, our heart surgery coordinator. Phuong's dad, 27, is a trash picker who earns about $2.00 per day. Her mom, 25, stays home to take of her. Surgery was on December 9th, 2011, and although she spent a little longer than usual in hospital due to infection, she is now home with happy parents.
Our newest project addresses the serious need of having clean and safe drinking water available in the dry season. We built 2500 liter concrete tanks to collect rain water during the monsoon for eight families, four in Thanh An and four in Tan Phu Tay. Our cost per tank was about $53.00.
For more information about this project, go to the dispatch section of our website, and read the February 22, 2006 letter.
Direct Food Aid
Between November 2010 and February 2011, we gave 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of rice to 564 people. 464 of them were referred to us by the Peoples Committees in six towns. 100 of them were blind or severely visually disabled from various towns in Mo Cay Bac district.
Early in December the price of rice was edging up almost daily, so we bought about nine tons and stored it in borrowed space. We then transferred it to 15 kilogram sacks as we made arrangements to distribute it in the various towns. Our cost: $4,515.
In January and February 2009, we purchased and distributed sets of 10 exercise books to 516 students in four schools – three elementary schools and one middle school. Our cost: $2.01 per child. The exercise books are used for daily classroom work and for homework. In our last Dispatch from Vietnam we addressed the subject of human trafficking. We believe that the root cause is poverty, and that education offers the best chance for a better life. Our gifts help keep kids in school and improve their study environment.
In 2009, we gave a set of school clothing to 229 students in three schools – two elementary schools and one middle school. Our cost: $3.73 per child. The children are all recommended to us by the school principals, and we and our helpers personally hand each child a gift wrapped set of exercise books or clothes at a ceremony held at each school.