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KIND Gala 2017

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Per the popular demand for an elegant evening with dinner and dance, VNHelp once again offers KIND Gala to our supporters and friends. Join us for a delightful dinner, dancing & entertaining night on Sat 11/11/17, benefiting humanitarian programs in Vietnam. See  photos of KIND Gala 2016 here.

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Mùa Thu Cho Em on Viễn Đông Newspaper

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Please check out an article about Mùa Thu Cho Em on Viễn Đông Newspaper which is based in Orange County, California. The article was published on Saturday, 09/09. Here is the online version.

Đây là bài báo viết về Mùa Thu Cho Em xuất bản ngày 9/9 từ Báo Viễn Đông tại Orange County. Vui lòng nhấn vào đây để đọc bài báo điện tử .

2015 News and Activities

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

August 2015 Vietnam Trip Report

We had a big group this year travelling to Viet Nam for charity. Besides our regular companion, Kathy Nguyen, Nga and Liem’s family of 4 also joint us. We visited 7 orphanages: Thien Binh, Tu Hanh, Vinh Phuoc, Pho Hien, Hoa Yen, Ngoc Tuyen and Ngoc Hoan. As last year, we awarded the children who did well in school last year with gifts and treats for all the children. There are many special events during this trip:

Thien Binh orphanage has a new English teacher: Tai Le. Tai is a retired mechanical engineer who relocated to Viet Nam this year. He was a very generous donor and is continuing his charity mission, supporting orphans. We met our long-time generous donor for the first time in Viet Nam. Besides teaching English 3 days per week, he is also translator for tour group visiting Thien Binh, assisting in Sponsor-A-Child paper work, general helping in garden, kitchen, and yard. H4VO would like to acknowledge and thank Tai for his contributions.

Five medical students from Creteil University, Paris, came to stay at Thien Binh orphanage from August 1 until 19. They volunteer to stay at Thien Binh (no AC) for almost 3 weeks. They involve in all activities at Thien Binh. Their supports include: – Sponsor the trip to Vung Tau for 90 children from 2 to 18 year-old. It was so much fun, we highly recommend for everyone to become life-guard for 90 children for couple hours. – Financial support for building a house for mentally challenged girls. They also help with painting and breaking bricks for raised floor. The house was completed while they are there. – Many activities: taking care of babies, art, playing balls, kitchen helps, …
Despite being bitten by mosquitos so many times, they still prefer to stay at Thien Binh rather than a hotel. I saw so many happy faces at Thien Binh with definitely many tears when it is time to leave. We appreciate these 5 students for spending time to care for the orphans.

Four years ago, Kathy Nguyen, a young person, found us online and decided to join us on our charity trip to Viet Nam. She spent 5 full days volunteering at Thien Binh orphanage, visited many other orphanages, children hospital, leprosy village, metal institutes. She has come back to Viet Nam 3 more trips to do the same thing again. She is very good with the children and they are longing to see her every year. Her level of contribution increases every year. Kathy’s family donates $1200 on this trip. Half is buying necessities for the orphanages, a quarter is for “bun thit nuong and xa xi” treats for the children and elders, and the rest is for school supply. She is like our daughter now, an adult adopted child!

On this last trip, Jasmine Nguyen, a youth, first time in Viet Nam, spent many days at orphanages. Jasmine met her sponsored child, Tang Nhu Nha, at Tu Hanh orphanage, a happy moment for both. Jasmine is also very enthusiastic doing volunteered work at orphanages. The children love her and look forward to see her again. Despite with multiple mosquito bites on the first day, she thinks that it is a privilege to volunteer at the orphanages. Kathy and Jasmine tested the children English with “hang-man” game. She spent her saved allowance to buy new sandals for the children; their shoes were old, torn, or non-existence. Jasmine’s dream is to come back and volunteer at orphanages again. She is now learning Vietnamese with intensity! Jasmine also volunteers in the U.S., setting up online photo albums for Sponsor-A-Child program.

Volunteer work is very addicting, gratifying, and fun!!!

H4VO salutes the young people with big heart and willingness to be friend and provide hopes for the orphans.
Our flight got delayed due to typhoon in Taiwan but it is rewarded by meeting aboutMEMO.org group on an additional trip back to Thien Binh. A big cheer is for aboutMEMO.org for dental and medical mission at Thien Binh orphanage. Thanks to 50+ volunteered dentists, doctors, and students from UC San Diego, Irvine, and Los Angeles, all the children got medical and dental check-up. There were many tooth filling and pulling, and many tears. It is great to have the outreach support to give orphans better lives and future.

And most of all, we would like to thank all of you who have been supporting H4VO mission for all these years. Without your support, none of these successes would have been possible. Sincerely,

2010 News & Activities

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Thiên Bình children achieved academic excellence in the 2009 – 2010 school year

H4VO is proud to recognize many Thiên Bình orphans who achieved academic excellence in the 2009 – 2010 school year. With your support and partnership, H4VO continues to work with the administrative staff at Thiên Bình and other orphanages to provide opportunities for the orphans to achieve their dreams and potentials.

Jewelry fundraising event by Khoa To

In October 2010, Khoa To organized a private jewelry sale fundrasing event, benefitting the children of Thiên Bình. At the conclusion of the event, $1100 was raised, $1000 of which was matched by National Instruments. All $2100 was donated to the children at Thiên Bình.

Donation from the children of St. John Neumann Catholic Church

In June 2010, the children of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin collected pens, pencils, and tooth brushes for the orphans in Vietnam.

2010 visits to orphanages

Last year, many friends and staff members of H4VO made special trips to the orphanages. They also brought gifts and donations to the children.

  • During Christmas 2010, H4VO staff visited Thiên Bình and Điều Giác orphanages. They brought foods and gifts to the children.
  • In June 2010, Khoa To visited Thiên Bình orphanage and delivered the donations from the children of St. John Neumann Catholic Church to the children at the orphanage.
  • In January 2010, Jennifer Le visted Thiên Bình orphanage.
  • In January 2010, 20 bicycles were donated to the children at Điều Giác as gifts from Tài Lê and H4VO’s matching fund. The bicycles are used by older children at Điều Giác to shorten their long commutes to school.)

 

2011 News & Activities

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

July 2011 Vietnam Trip Report

December 2011

H4VO greatly appreciates the donation of 1100 presents to be given during Christmas holiday to orphans and elders at many orphanages that we visited during previous trips from Mr. Tài Lê. Additionally, his donation is also used toward purchasing a second solar heater for Từ Hạnh orphanage this winter season.


H4VO formally added Từ Hạnh orphanage to our list of sponsored orphanages.

October 2011

For the past few months, H4VO has been working with the orphanage administrators at Từ Hạnh orphanage to finalize the logistics for sponsoring the orphanage.

We are now pleased to formally welcome Từ Hạnh to our list of sponsored orphanages!

H4VO provides long-term financial committment to our sponsored orphanges to ensure the well-being of the orphans. We also receive regular reports from orphanage administrators regarding the well-being of the orphanage, and of the sponsored children.


Vietnam trip brought back photos, stories, and report of great progress.

July 2011

This past July 2011, Thắng Trần, director of H4VO, made a two-week charity trip to Vietnam with his family and three volunteers, Kathy Nguyễn, Chương Ngô, and Jessica Vũ and her young chidren. They visited H4VO-sponsored orphanages, Thiên Bình and Diệu Giác, and six other orphanages.

Some of the volunteers spent days at some orphanages playing with the children and teaching them math and English. This was not only an opportunity for everyone on the trip to bond with the children, but it was also a great way for the children to learn about H4VO at a personal level. Along with great memories and photos, they also brought back valuable information about the needs of other orphanages in the region.


H4VO 2011 Summer Benefit Concert concluded with great success.

June 2011

On behalf of the Vietnamese orphans, H4VO would like to express our gratitude to our volunteers, performers, sponsors, and everyone who has made this event a great success.

We also would like to thank Jaime Richards for this review of H4VO’s Summer Benefit Concert in the Oakland Tribune.

We look forward to having another great event next year.


An email from Kelly Le.

April 2011

We would like to share with you an email that we recently received:

My name is Kelly Le, also known as Ai Lien. I am an orphan myself, and used to live and grow up in Dieu Giac Orphanage. However, I am more fortunate to be adopted and brought to America. I am going back to Vietnam this December and asking for donations from friends to help the orphans over there.I admire you, and those who have good hearts to help people who less fortunate. Because of people like you, the orphans like myself have hope for a better future.

Kelly Le
PS: my website is bringsmiles.webs.com

Please check out Kelly’s website and help support her projects.


Thiên Bình adopted more babies

March 2011

Three more babies have recently be adopted by Thiên Bình. The orphanage now has a total of over 100 children. With your support and partnership, H4VO continues to work with Thiên Bình and other orphanages to help supplement daily diets and care for these youngest orphans.