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Flood in central Vietnam 2020

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

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