For many of us who have been fortunate enough to build a good and meaningful life for ourselves and to contribute to our society and communities, education has been the key to unlock our potential and our ticket out of poverty towards a better future. Speaking personally, as a recipient of an Australian scholarship, I am forever grateful for the opportunities it gave me, and I have been looking for a way to pay back that debt of gratitude, to give to poor children in Vietnam the same head start and the same opportunities to transform their lives and to become valuable members of their communities.
I am therefore delighted to announce the launch of Vietnam Foundation’s “Build A Future” program, in cooperation with the following charity partners in Vietnam, who are offering a wide range of scholarship and/or mentoring programs, each designed to suit the circumstances and needs of the children:
1. Chung Tay Vì Cộng Đồng (Volunteer Together As Community):
✓ Target recipients: Poor and deserving high school students in rural Vietnam.
✓ Pay for cost of school fees, books, school supplies and medical / accident insurance
✓ Mentoring of students through a local network of trained mentors, including annual summer camps to help the students build confidence and develop life skills.
✓ Target recipients: Primary school age children without “hộ khẩu” (proof of residence), and marginalised and forgotten children in and around Saigon.
✓ Pay for cost of school fees, books, uniforms, school supplies and provide necessary financial support to enable these left-behind children to attend school and to escape from the homeless life of subsistence.
✓ Mentoring of students as needed and life-skills training.
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Established in June 2021, Rotary Club of Saigon has delivered over 200 wheelchairs, Oxygen Concentrators to makeshift hospitals in Saigon and more recently Baby Incubators to hospitals in Cần Thơ, Saigon, Quảng Trị and Huế. Its president, Ms Kiều Vương, received a scholarship in primary school that has changed her life. She is now a successful lawyer and for the past 12 years has given back to the community through her own scholarship programs, initially working with the help of her former high school teachers in Quảng Trị Province, and more recently with the District 2 Women Association in HCMC to organise free classes and support for 40 abandoned and undocumented children from Year 1 to Year 12, who were unable to attend schools due to lack of home address and identity papers.
Vietnam Foundation’s exciting and life-changing “Build A Future” program will be coordinated by our newly formed and dedicated Education Committee, which is also developing a suite of life skills and soft skills training resources as a value-adding overlay to the existing mentoring programs of our local charity partners.
The annual cost of scholarship for each child is from $250 to cover school fees, books and school supplies, up to $750 to include living expenses depending on the personal circumstances of each child.
You have the opportunity to contribute to VNF “Build A Future” program and/or to sponsor one or more children of your nomination to take part in their life journey and to develop a more personal connection with them through the Program’s communication channel.
All our local partners including their mentors and volunteers working in the program will have to comply with local laws and regulations on Child Protection, as well as with VNF’s own Child Protection Policy and Guidelines.
To help us make a strong start on this worthwhile and life-transforming program, please donate generously to this appeal by one of the following methods:
Bank transfer: VNF Vietnam Relief Fund
CBA Bank: 062 334 11559666
(Please provide your full name and email addressfor receipt)
PayPal: Click on the link below for no-fee PayPal Giving Fund donations:
Thank you very much for your swift and very generous responses to our Vietnam Covid-19 Relief appeal. We are deeply touched by the overwhelming support of so many generous friends and supporters, with a large number of both individual and corporate donors from all around Australia and overseas, many of whom we have never met or known.
As of today, we have received a total of $73,804 and have provided the following funding amounts to our charity partners in Vietnam:
Providing health-grade PPEs, sanitisers, cleaning agents and basic medication to major makeshift hospitals, supplementary meals for patients, front-line health workers and volunteers in quarantine centres and hospitals, as well as Covid-safe emergency hospital transport for poor Covid patients.
Providing emergency relief funding to support orphans under lockdown at the orphanage.
This makes a total of $74,000 and our Covid-19 appeal is now officially closed. Any new donations received after this date will be allocated to our general fund for projects in Vietnam.
Thank you for trusting us with your very generous donations and extending a helping hand to the people of Saigon and surrounding areas in their most difficult time.
As this Covid Appeal draws to a successful close, we are now preparing to launch Vietnam Foundation’s exciting and life-changing ‘Build A Future’ scholarship and mentoring program to provide the opportunity for a better and sustainable future for poor and disadvantaged children in Vietnam through the power of education. We will write more to you shortly about this transformative initiative.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
It has been a tough time for every one of us. We hope that you and your families are safe and well during the pandemic.
Thank you very much for your swift and very generous support for our recent Vietnam Covid-19 Appeal. We are deeply touched by the overwhelming response of so many generous friends and donors from Australia and abroad, many of whom we have never met or known.
As at the time of this letter, we have received $49,679 from 115 donors as direct responses to our Vietnam Covid-19 Relief Appeal.
In addition to the above heart-warming result, we have also received contributions from the following Facebook Covid-19 Fundraisers:
– Concert For Saigon Covid FB Fundraiser by Ann Phan, her talented children and their friends: $5,832 from 47 donors.
– Young supporter Mai Ngọc Châu’s (USA) Birthday Covid Fundraiser for VNF: $387.
– Our own VNF FB Fundraiser: $7,544 from 61 donors.
This makes a total of $63,422 so far for our Vietnam Covid-19 Appeal, a fantastic result.
We have sent your donations in 4 separate transfers to our two major charity partners in Vietnamfor their Covid relief works totalling: $45,000 to Chung Tay Vì Cộng Đồng (Volunteer Together As Community) and $15,000 to Hành Trình Yêu Thương (The Journey of Love). In addition, we have also sent $3,000 to Diệu Giác Orphanage in Saigon to help the orphans through the Covid crisis.
Our charity partners have been working tirelessly to provide much needed health-grade PPEs, sanitisers, medical equipment, basic medication and meals to the patients, front-line health workers and volunteers in quarantine centres and hospitals, as well as free meals, food and Covid-safe emergency hospital transport to poor people hard hit economically during the crisis. Your donations have helped make possible their critical relief work in a significant way.
Please take a few minutes to watch this short Youtube video in Vietnamese from Chung Tay Vì Cộng Đồng highlighting their Covid-19 relief works where English subtitles are available with a selection in Youtube’s Settings.
As daily case numbers in Saigon and surrounding areas are still high (around 4000 currently) and the Covid situation in Vietnam is fluid and evolving, there is still a lot more work to be done, and we will endeavour to continue supporting our partners as much as we could.
Thank you for trusting us with your very generous donations to enable us to extend a helping hand to the people of Saigon and surrounding areas in their most difficult time.
We sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and well during the worsening COVID-19 pandemic around Australia.
It is tough everywhere, and right now the situation in Vietnam is very grim. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused so much human and economic damages and suffering in Vietnam. Thousands of people are being hospitalised and have died, and the daily number of infected cases is still increasing exponentially.
All those deemed to be ‘close contacts’ (designated as F1 in Vietnam) are being quarantined in make-shift centres, and thousands are without adequate masks, sanitisers, blankets and food. Poor people infected with COVID-19 cannot get to the hospitals due to a severe lack of free emergency vehicles operated by local charities such as our partners. The hospital system is overwhelmed, with doctors, nurses and staff exhausted and unable to cope due to the severe shortage of health-grade PPE, medication, consumables and medical equipment.
Saigon is the epicentre of the current pandemic surge, with surrounding towns and cities also severely impacted.
As the needs are so overwhelming and desperate, we cannot wait. Our charity partners in Vietnam are in the thick of the relief work, supporting quarantined centres and hospitals. Right now they are doing all they can around the clock to deliver PPE, food, basic medication, and to provide free emergency transport to poor close contacts and infected people to make-shift quarantine centres and hospitals. Vietnam Foundation has been supporting these partners with our own limited funds.
But it is not enough. So today we are launching our urgent Vietnam COVID-19 Appeal to seek your help in this mammoth task.
In this hour of need, please dig deep and donate to this appeal by one of the following methods:
VNF Vietnam Relief Fund
CBA Bank: 062 334 11559666
(Please provide your full name and email address for receipt)
Click on the link below for no-fee PayPal Giving Fund donation
All the monies from your tax-deductible donations will be used to support our local partners in all the above COVID-19 relief works to reduce infections, provide basic medication, food and PPE in quarantined centres and hospitals in Saigon and surrounding hot-spots .
All donations will be acknowledged, and receipts will be issued for taxation purpose.
Thank you for joining us in extending a helping hand to the people of Saigon and surrounding red zones in their most difficult time.
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VNF partners in Saigon: Hành-Trình-Yêu-Thương group provides free transport to the patients and Chung-Tay-Vì-Cộng-Đồng group supplies free grocery in their zero-dollar shop.