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May 1, 2011

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May 1, 2011

My wife and I started supporting GIBTK about 8 years ago. At first we felt this organization would give immediate help to needy children of Vietnam, preventing hunger, offering needed corrective surgeries and building safe homes. But this organization goes far beyond triage and stands out from others by building long term relationships. Children are not only given needed medical and nutritional support but are shown love and concern for their future as leaders in a ever changing Vietnam. I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam in 2006 with Robert Kalatschan and see first hand the life changing work being done there by GIBTK. We followed up with children who had previous orthopedic and life saving surgeries, visited families who had new homes built for them and stayed in touch with children at the orphanages. I'll never forget the kids lining up for hugs at the orphanages. Recently, my wife and I have the privilege of supporting a young man in his college studies. We are proud to be a part of Giving It Back To Kids.

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

The follow up of Robert and his Vietnamese staff in improving the lives of the people of Vietnam.

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

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April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

After serving in Vietnam in 1969, I went back two years ago and hooked up with GITBK in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Da Nang, and Hanoi. I saw hundreds of children and families served by an organization that has minimal adminstrative overhead and a Director and wife who think this is Gods "calling" for them. Houses for despartely poor; wheelcharids for the crippled, open heard operations for children with no chance, kindergartens and the "works" where no schools existed before., bicycles, blankeys and hugs for every child craving affection. Robert Kalatchan gets way ahead of himself sometimes because he finds it hard to say no. I would to.

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I delivered bicycles and blankets and three grand to help out some heart patients.

Ways to make it better...

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

Gear it up a notch with an advisory board and greeter reach into the charitable world of giving.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I wanted to save a life.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Because the kids was sitting on his mothers lap right in front of me.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Surely.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 16, 2011

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April 16, 2011

I met Robert through a good friend. I visited his website and impressed the works that they have done for the poor kids in Vietnam. I invited Robert and Dorothea to our church to share their ministry. We were blessed to listen to what they shared about the works they did, and we supported financially in occasions. We trusted their works and their hearts for God. We continue to pray for their ministry.

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We read Robert's updates every time he went to Viet Nam. We know the ministry is getting bigger and God opens more doors for them to do the His works.

Ways to make it better...

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

Pray and support more financials.

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

We were introduced to GIBTK some years ago now -- The organization and its approach to how they spend our donations was quite impressive to my wife and I -- We want our donations to be used the best way possible and it is with GIBTK - We think that it is so good that we have included it in our will so that it will be helped even after we are gone - So, please keep up the great work that you are doing -- L & M

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

By receiving information and photos of the child who got a heart operation --

Ways to make it better...

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

Like to be able to spread the word of just what they are accomplishing with kids and wheelchairs --

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

The kids it serves

Why did you make your donation at this time?

We donate when we can -- We are retired --

What would you tell others about this organization?

Trust them that your money is being used well --

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 15, 2011

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April 15, 2011

My wife and I have watched this organization grow from the ground up at astonishing speed. The alturistic committment by Robert and his family and friends and volunteers to caring for others is an example for all. Once logged onto his website robert@givingitbacktokids.org you recieve updates on the events, concerns, and outreach activity with photographs and life stories that has touched our hearts.

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

In their charity and outreach and events sponsored by Giving It Back To Kids.

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

If I had the time volunteer to assist in their activities.

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

I have been friends with Robert and Dorothea Kalatschan for many years and have been involved with "Giving It Back To Kids" almost since its beginning. I was there when a little Vietnamese baby came into their lives. When they went to Vietnam to find a little sister for him, I saw their hearts captured by the many needs of the Vietnamese people. I taught public school in Southern California for 30 years and education is very important to me. I became a donor and when my husband passed away, I helped to start a scholarship program in his name for children that were graduating from the orphanages or for those who had no opportunity to further their education and make their dreams come true. Robert and Dorothea have created a charity that is relational, not just situational. They developed long-term relationships and have become like parents for many of the children and families they have helped over the years.They care deeply about the people, their needs, and ways they can give them a lift up, whether it be by life-saving surgery, providing a wheelchair, building a home, opening a home for unwed mothers, building kindergartens or providing a loving home for street children. I wrote to children in several of the orphanages and now am thrilled to see those little ones graduate from the orphanages and have the support to further their education which will lead to a good job in the future. I have watched the teams that go over to Vietnam with Robert and Dorothea learn what it means to give of themselves and develop a world view that will impact the lives of countless needy around the world.

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GIBTK has had a tremendous influence on my life as I began to look beyond myself to see the needs of others. My health has not allowed me to go to Vietnam but my heart goes with Robert and Dorothea on each and every trip. Their daily updates and pictures keep the needs of the Vietnamese poor in my mind and heart. I taught in Garden Grove and had many delightful Vietnamese children in my classes. I feel that this has extended my love for these people.

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I feel that Robert, Dorothea and their board and staff have made very wise decisions as this organization has developed so rapidly. They are guided by love mixed with great wisdom. I really could not improve on what they have accomplished.

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

Robert and Doretha have done a tremendous job impacting many aspects of Vietnam thru "Giving It Back To Kids". They are wonderful pioneers of childrens work and a role Model to many.

Having been to Vietnam to see first hand of the work being accomplished with Robert, I am a peace in being
a donor and friend of their work.

My hope is that many others will find great joy in contributing and helping in this tremendous humanitarian work.

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

I personally participated with Robert in meeting with those Leaders who could help Robert in Vietnam.

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

If I would make any changes I would recruit Board Members with more Asian international experience.

April 13, 2011

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April 13, 2011

I love this organization because I love the vision of helping children that desperatately need it. This organization gives hope to people who would not otherwise have it if not for Dorothea and Robert Kalatschan who started GIBTK. These two people give their lives to help so that others see the love of Jesus by giving parents hope that their children will live by receiving heart surgeries; that people who had to crawl can now receive wheelchairs to experience life again; that build homes so people can have shelter and provide for their children; that give students hope to get an education and flourish in society; the list goes on and on. The two things I love most is the heart of the organization which is the heart of God and their integrity in honoring everything they say they do they will do.

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by receiving a full packet on all the information concerning children we bought heart surgeries for. We got to see their request letter, their thank you letter and we receive letters from GIBTK personally saying thank you. Above and beyond what we would expect or need but it is so reassuring that GIBTK is doing what they say they will do and do it with such loving hearts.

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

Ideally it would be great to get sponsorship letters from the child that are interpreted rather than updates as it personalizes your relationship with the child a little more, but realize it is tough due to the language differences.

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