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

Bedding for chidren

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

Flood in Central Vietnam 2020

Flood in central Vietnam 2020
Flood in central Vietnam 2020

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.

We have helped build another new bridge in Xà Phiên village, Long Mỹ district, Hậu Giang province. It is called ‘Kênh Cùng’ bridge, in hamlet 2, and is approximately 5 km from the ‘Đê Ngăn Mặn’ bridge that we helped rebuild previously.

The original old concrete bridge collapsed many years ago. The locals used bits of timber and bamboo trunks to construct a makeshift monkey bridge so that the children could go to the nearby schools.

Existing bridge

The new bridge, replacing the old bridge, is 30 m long, 3 m wide and with 5 Ton capacity. It was also designed by NEMO Construction Consultant in Vietnam, who has been providing us with pro bono bridge design services.

Design drawing for the new bridge

To allow easy passage of rice barges, the new bridge is a bit higher than the old bridge.

The total cost of the bridge was VND 158 million, of which Vietnam Foundation contributed VND 110 million (approximately AUD 6,600), the local authorities and people the remainder.

To allow proper alignment of the new bridge with the existing road, a local peasant donated some land for use in the approach to the bridge.

Construction work started straight after the ground-breaking ceremony on 17 November 2018.

Prof HC Hoài and Ms N N Mai at the ground-breaking ceremony

The new bridge under construction

The new bridge was completed and opened for traffic on 6 January 2019.

Present at the ceremony were many joyful locals, our representatives, Prof. Huỳnh Công Hoài and Ms Nguyễn Thị Huyền Trân, as well as Ms Nguyễn Ngọc Mai representing the Đồng Tâm Charity Group, which managed the bridge construction, and Mr Nguyễn Văn Vương, the engineer who designed the new bridge, representing NEMO Construction Consultant.

Many locals were so happy to have a new bridge that they brought along home-made food to celebrate the bridge opening and also approached our representatives to say thank you.


The new Kênh Cùng bridge


We helped build a new bridge to replace an old, rickety timber bridge in Hậu Giang province. Known by the locals as ‘Cầu Đê ngăn mặn’, it is located at Hamlet 7, Xà Phiên village, Long Mỹ district, 227 km from Saigon and 65 km from Cần Thơ.

Condition of the old bridge


Approaching road at one end of the bridge


The old bridge was in an appalling condition, presenting a huge danger to all users. In fact, it had caused many serious accidents for the locals, especially children going to the two nearby primary schools and a secondary school.

A very brave bridge user!



The new bridge is of concrete construction, 28m long, 3m wide and with 5 Ton capacity. Total cost amounted to VND 261 Million (about AUD 16,000), of which Vietnam Foundation contributed VND 140 Million, local people and authorities VN 80 Million and the Đồng Tâm Charity group, which managed the construction, VND 41 Million.

Design drawing of the new bridge


Ground breaking ceremony for the construction was held on 12 August 2018.

New bridge under construction


Bridge construction was completed in early October 2018.

The opening ceremony was held on 20 October 2018 with the presence of our representatives in Vietnam, Prof HC Hoài and Ms NT Huyền Trân, representatives of the Đồng Tâm Charity Group, the bridge design engineer and local people. Many local school children were presented with gifts of books and stationery on the occasion.

The new bridge at completion


First official walk across the new bridge. From Left to Right: Mr NV Vương, the bridge designer/engineer, Prof HC Hoài, VNF’s representative, Ms N Ngọc Mai, representative of the Đồng Tâm Charity Group and Ms NT Huyền Trân, VNF’s representative.


Local children, people and representatives of the groups which were involved in the bridge construction celebrating on the new bridge.


The plaque for the new bridge


Letter from Vietnam Foundation President Dr Nhan Ly


2nd of May, 2018

Dear friends,

                                                Recycled Bicycles Project for 2018

Vietnam Foundation’s Recycled Bicycles Project commencing in 2012 has three aims: (i) to provide high-quality, used bicycles to poor and bright school children in Vietnam, (ii) to provide employment to local businesses and (iii) to promote environmental sustainability in Vietnam.

Last year we delivered a total of 400 recycled bicycles:  150 bicycles in Central Vietnam (Quảng Trị – 40 bicycles, Thừa Thiên – 70 bicycles, Quảng Ngải – 40 bicycles) and 250 bicycles in the delta region of southern Vietnam (Trà Vinh – 60 bicycles; Cà Mau – 40 bicycles; Đồng Tháp – 30 bicycles; Hậu Giang – 30 bicycles; An Giang – 30 bicycles; Bạc Liêu – 30 bicycles; Tiền Giang – 30 bicycles).  This project has been managed by a former Scout leader in Hue and Nhom Hanh Trinh Yeu Thuong (Journey of Love Group) in Saigon, these volunteers receive no remuneration for their time and in some instances pay for their own expenses.

Our target this year is also to raise $18,000 to deliver 400 recycled bicycles ($45 for each refurbished bicycle) in central and southern Vietnam where the refurbishment will start in early June 2018 for distribution around the beginning of the school year in September 2018.

We sincerely thank you for your generous support in the past years to make this happening and to bring smiles and hopes to poor school children in Vietnam. We look forward to your support this year for this ongoing project.

Please send your donation to:

    Cheque posted to:     Vietnam Foundation: 137 Lancelot St, Blacktown, NSW

    Bank transfer:          Vietnam Foundation Account No. 900626631
ANZ Bank: BSB 012-226

(Please note new BSB number & quote your name or identification)

    Overseas transfer:    Use the SWIFT/BIC code ANZBAU3M

You are welcome to visit our up-to-date website for more information, including facility to make your donation via PayPal: .

Have a nice day and best regards,


Lý Gia Nhẫn,

President – Vietnam Foundation