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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.
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 .
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,
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.)
Thursday, August 17th, 2017
July 2011 Vietnam Trip Report
Our orphanage trip was a great success, even though it only lasted two weeks. We visited eight orphanages, a mental institution (Trại Điên), and children at a cancer hospital (Bệnh Viện Ung Bứu). Among the eight orphanages, two of them are the orphanages that we currently sponsor, Thiên Bình and Diệu Giác, three orphanages are in Bà Rịa, Vũng Tàu, one is in Bình Chánh, one is in Hóc Môn, and another is in Hồ Chí Minh City. In addition to clothes and basic medicines like Tylenol and vitamins, we donated soccer balls, crayons, pens, and Frisbees to the children.
In the first week, we organized small feasts at our sponsored orphanges, Diệu Giác and Thiên Bình, for the children and care takers. We had a great time enjoying the party and bonding with the children. After that, Kathy Nguyễn, one of the volunteers, spent a week at Thiên Bình teaching English, math, and playing with the children. Chương Ngô, another volunteer, also spent a full day at Thiên Bình with the children. On the other hand, Jessica Vũ and her young chidren, spent time with her sponsored child at Diệu Giác. It was great to see the bonding and connections among our volunteers and the children. This was not only an opportunity for H4VO volunteers to bring joy to the children, but it was also a great way for the children to learn about H4VO at a personal level. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Kathy, Chương, and Jessica for being great H4VO’s goodwill ambassadors on this trip.
We are pleased to report there has been a lot of great progress that Thiên Bình and Diệu Giác made in the last two years. For example, at Thien Binh, the children receive tutors afterschool to help them with homework. They also are taking full advantage of the computer lab that H4VO donated to them last year. In addition, they have a teacher who comes once a week to teach the middle school, and high school children separately in two group on how to use MS Office applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Each course is one year long, and they plan to add the basic web design and building (HTML) to the existing curriculum.
We also had the opportunity to watch some of the older kids showing off their vocational skills. Kathy and Chương even sat down with some to learn the art of making flowers. Flowers made by the orphans are sold at the libraries to supplement the orphanage income. A few seventeen years old or older children are enrolled in carpentry and paper mill trainings at the local shops with the potential of being offered jobs there after the training. At Diệu Giác, out of the five orphans who recently turned eighteen, one is in a vocational training, three are preparing for the college entrance exam, and one is still undecided.
Aside from Thiên Bình and Diệu Giác, we also visited other orphanages and talked to the administrators for better understanding the needs and the best way for H4VO to extend our assistance to other orphans beyond Thiên Bình and Diệu Giác:
- Từ Hạnh Temple manages an orphanage with seventy-six children. They are all are under sixteen years old, in which many of them are under five. Due to its vicinity being close to factories with poor surrounding population, the number of dropped off babies has increased in the last five years.
- Vĩnh Phước Temple is another orphanage managed by the Buddhist nuns. It is a small place and isolated from the main road with only twelve orphan girls.
- Rosa orphanage is managed by Nam Hưng Catholic Chuch. It is located in Hóc Môn with about thirty children.
- Phổ Hiền Temple orphanage is in Vũng Tàu. The head nun at Phổ Hiền treats the orphans like her own children and does not even consider her facility as an orphanage. This is the best managed and organized orphanage with much welcome and hospitality. We often visited this orphanage in our previous trips to Vietnam to give mental support and respect. She often referred us to other orphanages that need support.
- Bửu Tích Ni Tu orphanage is in Vũng Tàu with thirty-seven children who are all girls. The children were studying during our visit. They learn Chinese in fifth grade. During this visit, we also made donation to fulfill their wish lists, including calculators, sandals, and books. This orphanage requires children to go through seven years of Buddhism theology, after which they can select their paths in life.
- Tu Viện Thành Long orphanage is in Vũng Tàu with forty children who are all boys. This place is more isolated and does not get a lot of visitors.
Along the way, we also heard heart-breaking story of a father dropping off his baby at the orphanage, but then took her back after two months. The child later died due to insufficient care. It is our hope that as we expand H4VO sponsorship to new orphanages, stories like this can be avoided. By working with the administrators at our sponsored orphanages to improve the basic living conditions and offer long-term education, and career development, we hope that parents in destitution can find some comfort and hope in entrusting their children lives in the care of these orphanages.
Besides the orphanages, we also visited the Mental Institute (Trại Điên). We brought 500 kg of rambutan, tea bottles, bread, and cooked corns and handed them out directly to everyone. We also visited the children at the cancer hospital, and handed out cash, cookies, and candies to each of the children.
In summary, it was a short but very memorable trip for everyone. We were happy to meet the cheerful children and see significant progress at our sponsored orphanages. We are also glad to have the opportunity to learn and develop relationship with other orphanages. It is our great honor to be entrusted with your donations and support, and to see how our partnership is taking part in helping these orphans feel loved and be productive citizens! We also would like to relay the gratitude of the orphanage administrators to you for your support. Prior to H4VO, the orphanages occasionally received donations from visitors, but it is the long-term commitment from H4VO, through your donations and support, that enables them to implement the long-term education, and career development planning for the children.
We would like to thank our friends and volunteers for making this trip a productive and memorable experience. We would especially like to thank ChịNinh and Chị Vân for being our guides and providing us with great hospitality while in Vietnam; Kathy Nguyễn, Chương Ngô, and Jessica Vũ for sharing invaluable moments with the children. Above all, we would like to thank every friend of H4VO. It was your support and generous donations that enable H4VO to bring the cheerful smiles and hope to the orphans.
A generous donation from Tài Lê this holiday season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PS: my website is bringsmiles.webs.com
Please check out Kelly’s website and help support her projects.
Thiên Bình adopted more babies
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.