GIving It Back To Kids focuses on the children of Vietnam, although it helped transform my life - a middle aged man from Southern California.
For years I received emails on the great work being done by GIBTK's. It sounded great but I was disconnected... attempting to assess their effectiveness from the safety of a nice office and comfortable life. So I took the opportunity to join them on a trip to Vietnam, which changed everything.
Although well traveled, this trip stripped me of my agenda and placed me square into an endeavor that ventured into the toughest places to touch those with the greatest need. There was nothing institutional or disconnected about it. Everything about GIBTK's demonstrates a loving, personal heart that deeply cares.
This trip recalibrated my life. After seeing the difference a few can make to so many, returning to the same of life of business pursuits lost its luster.
Thank you to Giving It Back To Kids for the invaluable work that you do!
In my opinion traveling will broaden anyone's mind; including traveling to a third world country. Traveling to Vietnam as a 14 year old brought perspective to my life because growing up in America people tend to take things for granted. I would like to thank Robert and GIBTK for making me appreciate what I have.
I am a 16 year old high school student and was fortunate enough to go to Vietnam with this amazing non-profit organization. Robert, from Giving it Back to Kids gave me the opportunity to carry out my Eagle Scout Project in Vietnam where I assembled and distributed 50 wheelchairs to the community. Even two of the children from the orphange helped out and had such a great time.
On our mission we spent the night at an orphanage where we played soccer, frisbee, jump rope, and even some of the games the kids had made up themselves. The children at the orphange really brought me to realize how lucky I am to be living in a place where I do not have to worry if I will be eating later that day or become terribly sick.
Overall my experience in Vietnam was life changing. Giving it Back to Kids is a wonderful organization and has helped many children by paying for the heart and orthopedic surguries they cannot afford. I would love to go back to Vietnam and see all of the kids again because after seeing the tears in their eyes as we were leaving, there is no way how i could not go back.
As a volunteer, I've witnessed firsthand the impact that Giving it Back to Kids has in Vietnam. The programs include funding orthopedic, heart and eye surgeries, orphanage support, disaster relief, housing, college tuition support, an unwed mothers' home (where the women can continue their education and raise their babies), and wheelchair distributions through partnership with Free Wheelchair Mission. GIBTK is gaining even more favor there as the programs become well known by the communities and local authorities for the services they provide through the donations, hearts and actions of supporters.
I took a missions trip to Vietnam with Robert and Dorothea last year. I had no idea how big Giving It Back To Kids has gotten, until I saw the miracles happen before my eyes in Vietnam. The moment that touched me the most was seeing a young boy after a year of getting heart surgery. I was told a brief backround on some of the children, and was told the child couldn't even put his head up. His mother was stressed out and doubtful of anything we could do for her son. After an hour of prayer, a sponsor, and a ton of more prayer, and year later, I could have sworn there was never anything wrong with that child. That boy was healthy and playing with other teens running around the room. The translators explained to the hopeful children needing heart surgeries that this boy had no energy a year ago. Now look at him. I was impressed and touched. The boy's mom was positive and encouraged others, telling them that she was once in their shoes. It was just one of my amazing experiences from Giving It Back to Kids. My life has been changed forever.
On one summer trip to Vietnam with GIBTK, there was a room full of desperate parents bringing in their sick children in hopes to be a recipient of a life saving heart surgery. One by one, Robert the organization's founder listened to each story with tears in his eyes and told the families that with them help of generous donors, GIBTK would be able to pay for their child's surgery. The next year when I returned, I was saw those same children after the surgery and their parents with joy and hope in their eyes that had not been there just a year before. This isjust one example of what this amazing organization does year after year.
I'm not a risk-taker and while Robert and Dorothea Kalatschan had asked me many times to be part of a team with GIBTK I was too scared. Finally, in 2007 I broke through my fears and my family and I traveled to Vietnam. This experience truly changed my life. We delivered wheelchairs to people who had crawled their entire lives. Unthinkable by American standards but proudly I can say that GIBTK has partnered with Free Wheelchair Mission and provided over 50,000 wheelchairs to needy recipients in Vietnam. I've held the babies of Mom's who without GIBTK would not have been born. Thanks to a program called The Father's House, these young unwed teens are able to keep their babies and their dignity. GIBTK provides support to many orphanages but I can tell you personally how fun it is to take the kids to a water park for the day or treat them for pizza and ice cream thanks to GIBTK. GIBTK is all about relationships and caring about people. I can't wait to be a part of another team with GIBTK.
Hi, I'm Beverly. Since my husband retired from pastoring in 2007 we have been living in Vietnam seven to eight months each year doing charitible work. Vietnam is not new to us, we have been coming here on short trips for the past 18 years. I met Robert last year, and after visiting some of GIBTK'S charitible works in both Saigon and Danang, I immediately recognized that I wanted to participate in the work he has so wonderfully established. He is a man with a genuine fathers heart, and it's easily recognized by the many people he serves here in Vietnam. Last year I began working with The Fathers House and have found wonderful fulfilment with serving there. I have also had opportunity to observe the many other charitible works he has established and can sincerely say that in the 18 years I have been coming to Vietnam, I consider GIBTK'S the greatest charitible organization I have encountered here. And its character and integrity is of the highest degree.
I met Robert a few years back when my daughter went to his orphanages in Vietnam to work. It was a remarkable experience for her to see the work being done and contribute in a small way. We have stayed in touch since then and I have watched at a distance the growth and breadth of Roberts work - its amazing for sure. If there is a charity worth supporting it is this one!
I have personally experienced the Kalatschan family in action- and am in awe of the love they have for the children of VN. Our family had a trip with Mr. California short pants in 2007 and it forever changed our lives. We were so inspired that we are all planning a trip back in the very near future. Seeing the needs in person and feeling the heart aches of so many young children in need has given us the desire to help GIBTK in any way we can. This is one non-profit that is making a difference one child at a time. GIBTKids- is in it for the long haul and continues to minister to VN.