With great pleasure, we present to you the VNF newsletter for April 2021

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Towards the end of 2020, seventeen (17) water vats with capacity of 2600 litre each were donated by VNF to the hamlet of My Thanh of Giong Trom district in Ben Tre province. In the last few years, residents in My Thanh hamlet have been increasingly facing the severe shortage of drinking water due to the encroachment of salt water into fresh groundwater supplies. It has worsen the poverty already existed in the area with badly needed money being used to purchase drinking water and extra time and labour devoted to securing usable water. The donated water vats have alleviated many problems for the lucky recipients.

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Ben Tre water vat
Completion ceremony

In 2020, 300 rainwater vats, with 1000-litre capacity each, were fabricated and delivered to families in Commune My Lan, a poor and remote area in Kien Giang Province, which has no access to clean water. This has been identified as one of the most common causes of gastro and skin diseases in rural Vietnam.The total cost of this project was $16,127.52.

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Completion Ceremony
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Finished Products
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Vats being transported to families
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A happy recipient

VNF has recently funded a new project in collaboration with our Vietnam in-country partner Trần Quyết Thắng of R4K to recycle 200 old bikes destined for land fill, by repairing and refitting with new or recycled parts. These fully refurbished and newly painted bicycles will be distributed amongst school children from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds in rural and remote areas. Nghệ An, Thanh Hóa and Thái Bình were initially selected as target provinces. Due to a greater than expected demand, the target provinces have been extended to include Hà Giang and Quảng Trị . It is expected that the entire 200 bikes will be completed and delivered to the children by February 2021. The first 20 bikes were delivered to students of Khâu Vai Junior High School in Mèo Vạc (Hà Giang) in December 2020, to be followed by another 20 bikes to primary school students in Đa Krông (Quảng Trị). Here are some photos of the recycled bikes, and new or recycled bike parts ready for assembly.

Here are more photos including about 30 recycled bicycles that have been completed by our Vietnam in-country partner Trần Quyết Thắng. These were delivered in late December 2020 to students at a school in Mèo Vạc district, Hà Giang province. Mèo Vạc is located within the rugged landscape on the Vietnam-China borders, populated mainly (over 80%) by Hmong ethnic minority.

On 29/11/2020, with AUD5000 provided by Vietnam Foundation’s flood and storm recovery fund, VNF’s in-country partner Dr Trần Đức Anh Sơn procured and delivered essential provisions, fittings and fixtures for Phong Thủy Kindergarten, Quảng Bình province, to enable the school to take in children from the nearby Đại Phong Kindergarten.Đại Phong Kindergarten was badly damaged during the recent floods and storms, and a philanthropist from Hanoi will be providing funds for the repairs and rectification of the actual school building when flood water recedes. In the meantime and until the school is repaired, made safe and operational, 150 children at Đại Phong Kindergarten needed to be temporarily transferred to Phong Thủy Kindergarten, which already had to cater for its own 250 existing preschool children. As a result, funds were urgently required to support and accommodate these additional 150 children. Following consultation with Phong Thủy Kindergarten, Dr Sơn decided to use the funds provided by VNF to procure beds, hot water units, water purifiers, electric fans, LED TVs, laser printers, and consumables to increase the school’s capacity and services. VNF would like to thank Dr Sơn for his tremendous efforts in effectively coordinating and managing the delivery of this well targeted and much needed relief work.+21

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Here is a selection of photos provided last week by one of our in-country VNF partners, Dr Tran Duc Anh Son and his associate Nguyen Phong, who are delivering relief to flood affected areas. Dr Son and his team visited severely impacted villages and communes in Quang Tri and Quang Binh provinces from 15/10/2020 to 20/10/2020. This included Hai Thuong commune, Hai Le commune, Dong Le ward, Xuan Thuy commune, and Phong Thuy commune. Rice, instant noodles and other foods, medicine, and life jackets were distributed to flood victims. Additional cash was gifted to the elderly, women and children who were deemed to be the most vulnerable and with the greatest need. The relief effort is now focussing on the work of repairing and rebuilding homes and schools damaged by floods in these communities.

28th October 2020

Dear friends, members and supporters,

Thank you very much for your very generous and swift support for our recent Vietnam Flood Appeal. 

We are deeply touched by the overwhelming responses of so many generous friends and donors from Australia and abroad, many of whom we have never met or known before. 

We have received $31,578.45 from 109 donors as at the time of this email. Official receipts for tax purposes have been sent to all donors with known email addresses. If you have not done so, please let us know your email address so we can send receipt to you. 

We have sent:

➢ $5,000 to Tuổi Trẻ Newspaper

➢ $5,000 to Chung Tay Vì Cộng Đồng (Joining Hands For Community) Voluntary Society: Please visit their Website and Facebook

➢ $8,000 to Dr Trần Đức Anh Sơn and his associates

➢ $5,000 to Mr Trần Quyết Thắng of Rebike For Kids

These organisations are well known and trusted in Vietnam for their prompt and effective relief work. Your donations have been used to buy essential provisions such as medicine, food and day to day needs such as clothing, blankets, cooking utensils, etc. As this newsletter is being sent out, these much needed provisions are being urgently delivered to flood victims in Hà Tĩnh, Quảng Bình, Quảng Trị and Thừa Thiên provinces in Central Vietnam.

The worst is not over! Central Vietnam is bracing for more flooding: Hurricane No. 9 hasarrived in Central Vietnam today, 28th of October. We are keeping in touch with relief partners in Vietnam to send the remaining balance of your donations.

Our relief work will continue as we need to help with the rebuilding of houses and schools damaged by flood, the provision of seeds to farmers. This work is vital for the people of Central Vietnam to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. 

Thank you for trusting us with your very generous gifts to enable us to reach out to the people of Central Vietnam in their most difficult time.

Yours gratefully,

Lý Gia Nhẫn

President – Vietnam Foundation


15th of October 2020

Dear friends, members and supporters,


In recent days, the heavy rain and flood in Central Vietnam have caused so much damage and suffering. Many people have died and a lot more are still missing. Thousands of houses have been flooded, hundreds of homes have been completely destroyed.
Today we are launching the urgent Vietnam Flood Appeal to help the flood victims. Your donations will be used to buy the necessities, medicine and food for the victims.
Help must be delivered quickly as the situation is very serious. More and more people are sick and hungry as food and medicine are running out.
Right now our people in Vietnam are working closely with other charity organisations to make sure your donations reach the victims safely and as quickly as possible.


Please follow one of the following methods to make a donation:


Bank transfer: Account Name: VNF Vietnam Relief Fund BSB: 062 334
Account No.: 11559666
(Please provide your contact details or email address and your full name for receipt)


PayPal: Click on the PayPal Giving Fund button in the Donation section of
our website


Cheque: Please make cheque payable to “VNF Vietnam Relief Fund”
& post to:
Vietnam Foundation
137 Lancelot St, Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia


Your donation is tax deductible. All donations will be acknowledged and receipts will be issued.
Below are some images of flooding areas. Your donation means so much to the people in Central Vietnam. We are grateful to any help and support that you can give us in this Appeal.


Yours sincerely,
Ly Gia Nhan
President – Vietnam Foundation

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Son Thuan bridge had been a dream for the people of Son Phu village until now. The precarious foot bridge, consisting of a small tree trunk, two long narrow planks and a thinner branch to hold on, was the only connection the people of Son Thuan hamlet had to the outside world. Children had to pass this bridge to school everyday, adults and especially the elderly had tremendous difficulties navigating this treacherous route. Many accidents with tragic consequences have resulted.

Today we announced the completion of the new Son Thuan bridge, bringing to an end the long suffering of Son Phu village. Son Thuan bridge has been completed with the help of Vietnam Foundation and a local charity group Dong Tam of Phap Van Temple. Total monetary cost was VND 170 million (approx AUD 7,100) with VND 110 million from Vietnam Foundation and the rest from funds raised from local public by Dong Tam charity.

The bridge building started on 15/07/2019 and finished on 17/08/2019. It was built in record time thanks to the contribution of local people and students from Phap Van Temple. At the opening ceremony, the gratitude from the overwhelmed local residents was a gentle reaffirmation of Vietnam Foundation effort.

Dear Friends & Supporters,

Vietnam Foundation’s Recycled Bicycles Program, which started in 2012, has three aims:

  • to provide high-quality, recycled bicycles to poor and bright school children in Vietnam,
  • to provide employment to local bicycle and recycling businesses and
  • to promote environmental sustainability in Vietnam.

We thank you for your generous support in the past years to make this happen and to bring smiles and hope to poor school children in Vietnam. This year our target is to raise $20,000 to deliver 400 recycled bicycles (the cost is only AUD 50 for each refurbished bicycle).
The refurbishment will start in early June 2019 for distribution around the beginning of the school year in September 2019.  

The good news for this year is that all your donations are now tax-deductible in Australia.

You can make a donation in one of the following ways, or visit the Donation Page on our Website.  

  1. Direct Bank transfer to VNF Vietnam Relief Fund:
    CBA Bank
    BSB: 062 334
    Account No. : 11559666
    (Please note our new bank account details & quote your name for receipt)

  2. PayPal Giving:
    Click on the PayPal link below to go to the PayPal Giving Fund website:
    PayPal Giving
    (New free service from PayPal with no fee to VNF)

  3. Paypal: Click on the PayPal link on our Donation Page
    (PayPal will charge VNF a small fee)

  4. Cheque: Please write cheque to “VNF Vietnam Relief Fund” & post to:
    Vietnam Foundation: 137 Lancelot St, Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia

We look forward to your support this year for this worthwhile ongoing program.