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Children of Vietnam

Rating: 4.93 stars   84 reviews 5,170

Address:

PO Box 18039 Greensboro, NC 27419 Greensboro NC 27419 USA

Mission:

"Building bright futures for vulnerable children in Vietnam." We serve children by educating minds, mending bodies, sheltering families and nurturing their development. We build relationships, find the greatest needs, deliver aid, give hope to families, and establish futures for the poor, orphaned, disabled and vulnerable children.

Results:

Here are just a few: Provided complex and wraparound interventions for over 500 children with disabilities Support 600 children yearly with school scholarships Assist over 70 students attend university annually Distribute 1 million vitamin-fortified meals Build 2-3 kindergartens each year for remote ethnic minority young children Assist single mothers develop microenterprises Distribute 30,000 doses of parasite medicine annually keeping children healthy

Target demographics:

vulnerable children and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

30,000

Geographic areas served:

Central Vietnam

Programs:

COV Addresses the Needs of Vulnerable Children Through 6 Initiatives: Education Healthcare Housing Nutrition Hope System of Care for Children with Disabilities Empowering Foundations for Women & Their Children

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Reviews for Children of Vietnam

Rating: 5 stars  

As a Vietnamese person, i have seen so many wonderful contribution of Children of Vietnam to the children. COV has brought the hope to the hopeless. Thank you Mr. Ben Wilson, Ms. Nancy and Ms. Huong for your greatness.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I first learned about Children of Vietnam in 2010. The organization's track record and the founder and staff's commitment to Vietnam quickly became apparent. Despite having a small staff, COV continues to amaze me with its projects (ongoing and new) and the level of personal devotion each staff member carries. Vietnam is lucky to have organizations like COV. I hope more people will become aware of COV's work and support the organization so it can continuing to providing life-changing opportunities to the children and youth of Vietnam.

 
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I recently visited the Children Of Vietnam office in Da Nang, Vietnam. The COV staff in Da Nang is fantastic and they genuinely want to help families with children in need. I got to visit some of the children that are being helped and witnessed first hand all the great benevolent help that they are getting from COV. COV is a fantastic organization and I wouldn't hesitate to donate through them. Thank you to all the staff at COV!!!

 
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I was recently able to visit Children of Vietnam's in country office in Da Nang, Vietnam. Children of Vietnam supports children in poverty in Da Nang and Quangnam province. Seeing first hand how the organization functions was eye opening to say the least. I was impressed at the number of children directly assisted by COV- who provides funds for school tuition, books and uniforms to over 600 school children. Seeing the children's faces as they received their scholarships made the trip worthwhile. It was interesting to find that many of the parents attended the scholarship presentations- I realized how much they relied on COV help with their children's education.


I was privileged to observe Children of Vietnam's Hope System of Care program first hand at the annual evaluation day. Here medical professionals, educators and families with handicapped children are brought together with COV specialists to produce an annual plan to assist the children in all ways possible. This is a much needed program as the local government services are not sufficient to take care of these afflicted children.

COV has harnessed the best services available to support a wide variety of deserving children. The local COV staff are dedicated as well as professional. I am certain that the funds raised for Children of Vietnam efforts are meticulously administered to provide the best results possible. COV is an agency of positive change in DaNang and the surrounding province.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer and donor with COV since 2012. During the American War in Viet Nam I was a soldier in the two provinces south of Da Nang that are now part of COV’s Area of Operations. Doing volunteer photography with COV each March in Viet Nam takes me out to the locales of serious incidents experienced in 1968. Interacting with the Vietnamese peacefully with a camera rather than violently with a tank is helping me heal some very old wounds. This healing would not be possible without Nancy, Huong, and the COV organization.

Additionally, COV further helps me by administering The Dragoon Scholarship Fund I established in 2010. This is a small program focused on one of the many villages brutalized by my cavalry troop so long ago. Starting with six children this fund now supports 31 students as they progress through their schooling. Huong and her crew identify the truly needy children and ensure that the funds are properly applied.

If you happen to be a veteran of that war you might consider volunteering or donating to any one of COV’s worthy programs. You will likely do as much good for yourself as for the Vietnamese.

 
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I worked as an Accounting mentor for COV for 4 weeks in Feb\March 2014. This was an assignment organised by AFID (Accountants for International Development)where UK qualified accountants are matched with Non-Profits in Developing Countries to assist or advise on their financial processes and reporting.
I felt very lucky to become involved with and get to know the lovely COV team in Da Nang and especially to work with their accountant. The Director and CEO provide great leadership and I was made to feel very welcome.
It's a testament to the integrity of this organisation that I have myself become a sponsor to one of the COV supported students and intend to keep links with this Non Profit for many years to come.

 
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i have volunteered for many non-profits with varying levels of engagement and value, and I have to say working with COV was my best experience yet. Although they are small, it allow them to add a personal touch and you feel very valued as a volunteer. I first reached out to them as part of a community requirement for a leadership class, but over time i have continued to be drawn into their cause and mission. It was very fulfilling to see the strategy and plans we developed for them being utilized, communications was excellent even as busy as they were, and they were very open minded and appreciative of the work. Highly recommend Children of Vietnam!

 
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I last wrote about COV on the Great Nonprofits website two years ago. Since that time I again had the opportunity to observe COV operations in Vietnam, and I have continued to work with the board of directors in an advisory capacity on a regular basis. Every positive thing I said about COV in that first posting remains accurate to this day. COV continues to remain true to its mission, operating with absolute integrity and total transparency. They provide benefactors an opportunity to contribute with complete confidence that their precious donations are handled responsibly, used for their intended purpose, and really make a difference in the lives of needy and disabled Vietnamese children and their families.

 
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As a member of the board of directors, I again had the privilege this summer to visit COV operations in Vietnam and participate in several field trips. I came away with two primary impressions. First, COV has "heart". It starts with the founder, Ben Wilson, and the Country Director Luong Thi Huong, and flows down through the staff. Their deep compassion for those in need permeates and drives the organization. Theirs is a labor of love fueled by the desire to enable those they assist to acquire a better quality of life. And Second, COV practices the highest principles of charitable assistance: they enable the downtrodden to help themselves improve their quality of life, while maintaining their dignity throughout the process.
I was especially impressed with how, in their daily operations, they verify need to an established norm and then leverage their resources by acquiring the involvement and assistance of local officials and the surrounding community.
I left Vietnam with the positive feeling that COV is exercising truly good stewardship over the precious resources of our donors and benefactors in the way it carries out the charitable objectives of the organization. I can state unequivocally that COV is indeed bringing hope to the hopeless and improving the lives of so many needy Vietnamese children and their families.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Children Of Vietnam is the example of a caring person recognizing a need and responding. Ben Wilson was an engineer building a factory in Da Nang and saw the effect of poor housing and access to education on children from poor families. He organized COV in 1998 and started building basic houses and providing bicycles so children could get to school. This was expanded, after cutting through considerable red tape, to importing vitamins and medicines and providing tuition to vocational schools. He found ways to gain access for children with congenital deformities to have surgery. COV has sponsored two physicians who came to Winston-Salem for training in intensive care medicine and pediatric cardiology. Ben did this by traveling to Vietnam twice a year and developing a competent and caring local staff. COV's very low administrative cost is exceptional.
Edward S. Beason


 
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Where to begin. I became acquainted with Children of Vietnam in 2003 and my love for the organization and its mission grabbed me from the beginning. My late husband had served in DaNang and had always wanted to return. Through Children of Vietnam, I was able to fulfill his dream and his passion for its children. I have had the opportunity to visit Vietnam on four different occasions with COV, both as a volunteer and member of the COV Board of Directors. In working with the COV staff in Vietnam, I saw, first-hand, that each program is carefully developed and administered. Each child and family is treated with respect and dignity; every dollar/dong is spent carefully. My fondest memories were meeting with university students - hearing their life stories and dreams. I have been able to provide university scholarships for 2 young ladies and correspond with them on a regular basis. There is no better way to bridge the miles that divide us and truly make the world a family.

 
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When I joined the Children of Vietnam Board, I had never been to Vietnam and only read of the work done by this amazing organization. I have since traveled to DaNang 4 times. Visiting the Street Children program and working with the staff was one of the most heart warming an inspiring experiences of my life. The staff works directly with each child and family. Each penny and dollar is maximized to assist those in need. I have experienced children receiving scholarships, bicycles and homes. Tears of gratitude tell the story. Come and join us. It will change your life.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I was a Board Member of COV for over 6 years and am currently on their Advisory Board. In addition, I have traveled to Vietnam as a part of this organization on four separate occasions. The integrity of the staff in Vietnam is impeccable and all funds are used to help those truly in need. The following is an example.

COV provides bicycles to children who would walk 5-6 miles, one way to school. While I was there, COV received a names of needy children from district officials. After a thorough review of the listed children, by the COV staff, it came to light that some children did not meet the COV need criteria. Staff requested that these names be replaced.

I am so proud to be a part of an organization which honors the support of its supports and donors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reviewing the programs of COV while in Vietnam. I have had the opportunity to visit and interview families in need of housing and medical support. I have also interviewed university students in need of financial support. In addition, I have spent a number of days working in Street Children facilities in DaNang and experienced the tutoring program managed by COV to assist street children to meet their education goals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand Empowering Foundation for Women - a great program, which provides micro loans to women to help them secure meaningful employment, and thus, allows them to support their children.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I learned about COV after the death of my husband, who served with the US Military in Vietnam. Initially my support provided a link between my late husband's love of the children of DaNang and my passion to provide meaningful support to children in need. The experience became so much more. COV is now a part of my life.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

The short tem priority is to provide housing, education, nutrition and healthcare to children in dire need. However, the long term priority is to provide those children with skills, which will allow them to sustain a full and successful life.

What is its top priority in the long run?

The top priority is to provide resources to children, which will allow them to support themselves and their future families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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