Children Of Vietnam

Rating: 4.92 stars   79 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International

Location: PO Box 18039 Greensboro, NC 27419 Greensboro NC 27419 USA

Mission: Children of Vietnam works to change for the better the lives of poor,homeless, orphan, disabled, and vulnerable children in Vietnam.
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 Program Areas: Education Healthcare Housing Hope System of Care for Children with Disabilities Empowering Foundations for Women & Their Children
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Children of Vietnam (COV) has received two significant grants from Dining for Women (DFW). In 2009 and again in 2012, when $45,000 was earmarked for Empowering Foundations for Women and their Children (EFWC) to be distributed over a two-year period.

In March of 2013, I organized and led a group of 18 members of DFW to Vietnam. We dedicated two full days of our journey to visit COV in Danang. We met the staff and a large number of single mothers who were recipients of a micro loan from EFWC. We were impressed in a number of ways:
1) The COV staff was professional, passionate and organized. They love what they do, and it shows.
2) Candidates are identified by social welfare workers, after which COV staff make an objective assessment based on income, number of children, living conditions, etc. In addition, they consider each woman’s skills and goals to help her decide what kind of income-generating enterprise to pursue. One woman bought a cow, another started a broom-making business, another started to grow mushrooms, etc.
3) COV works with the system, enrolling regional government officials and representative from the Women’s Union to participate in their processes.
4) In addition to the micro-loan, they provide wrap-around services to include health care checkups, nutritional supplements, scholarships for the children, home improvement where necessary, etc. Also, basic items like rice cookers or fans are provided to improve the quality of life for the women. There is much follow-up and support to ensure that the women succeed.
5) The women we met were proud and confident. It was evident that the grants have made a significant difference … which, of course, gives their children a chance at a quality education, food in their bellies and, ultimately, a better life.

They are doing great work!

Marilyn Murphy, CEO
The CTP Group
Woodland Hills CA

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was fortunate to be able to visit Children of Vietnam in DaNang in March 2013 with a group of 19 Dining for Women members. (In 2009, Dining for Women donated a total of $27,000 to COV which benefited 60 women and/or their children.) Not only did we meet the impressive staff of COV, but we spent two days with some of the participants of the Empowering Foundations for Women and their Children Program. We visited the clients in their homes and saw first-hand how COV has changed the lives of these women and their children. What I love about this program is how they partner with government agencies and with other community organizations to provide wraparound services to each family. It's a smart and effective use of resources, and I was very impressed. This IS a great nonprofit and is worthy of on-going support. Wonderful job, COV!

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

Children of Vietnam has provided life-changing support to the children I worked with in central Vietnam. I fully support their work and am grateful for all they have done and continue to do.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Terrific organization for such a worthwhile cause. COV does such a fantastic job educating the public on how much a dollar can provide for the families and children in need.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I greatly admire the Children of Vietnam organization for their exemplary assistance to the poverty-stricken people of Vietnam, who continue to suffer the effects of the war with America. More organizations should follow their example and undertake the rebuilding of Vietnam, which was decimated by that 10 year war. COV has a 5-star rating in my book.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been amazed at how much has been accomplished with what we here in USA would consider to be very limited resources. The work that COV goes way beyond the "bricks and mortar" aspects of aid. It builds international relationships and enhances international understanding.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have visited COV' s office in Danang, Vietnam to have a number of their projects outlined and explained. I was most fortunate to visit a number pf the people benefiting from these projects and in my eyes these"projects" became friends helped! I visited the new home of a mother and her children. It was easy to see the family's joy in their new home provided by COV as well as the excitement over the new bike provided by COV which would allow the son to attend school. I also met and visited with a college student attending college on a COV scholarship. Owning a cow can be very important to village families providing assistance to a family in many ways. I was very touched when I saw many families receive one of these animals from COV Bikes can change lives as well and COV awarded bikes to a number of people as well and I visualized the impact on individuals and families. I also visited a beautiful kindergarten in a village which I found difficult to leave as I so enjoyed the beautiful children cared for and guided by such invested and caring teachers. These were some of the well guided programs that I visited.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am amazed at the volume and breathe of services offered to individuals in Vietnam through this organization. They assist children with special needs, but also women and families who are at risk. I deeply believe in helping people become self sufficient within their own community, and COV strives to find what it takes to help them find this equilibrium. Mostly, my heart is with the children and I am always delighted to hear of the medical, educational and emotional support to help the most vulnerable in the beautiful country of Vietnam. I am privileged to be a friend of Nancy Letteri, and learn so much from her travelogues when she travels there. The photos speak a million words, all of which lead to the heart of the people.

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