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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, International, International Relief

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

Community Stories

131 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was great to work with the team in Vietnam, virtually. They had a dataset that they wanted to get more insights from, which I was able to help out on. I loved learning from the experiences of those on the grounds and having an impactful change on the org.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a beneficiary of Children of Vietnam organization for 4 years. I was received scholarship to continue having access to higher education from 2016 to 2020. Staffs of COV have a warm- heart and a big love with poor children and families. COV is an wonderful organization that helps children and families in education, breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. They give the children and me a bright future so I could not finish my study at university if I did not have supports from COV. I am very grateful to this helps and I hope that COV are always powerful and developing to help more children and families in Viet Nam.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

COV started with friendship of a Vietnamese and American and has come to serve thousands in Vietnam. The board is active and engaged and through my volunteer work it is clear that COV has strong ties with staff, government officials, and the community in Da Nang and the surrounding area. It was a pleasure to work on a project with this amazing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with over fifty 501(c)3 organizations in the United States. I found none more personable, understanding, connected, and passionate about their cause than Children of Vietnam. I will always look back fondly on the enriching experience of such a wholesome environment.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A former board chair frequently shared stories with me of the positive ways COV transforms the lives of the children and youth the organization serves. Her anecdotes of triumph and success inspired me to join the US staff. I am proud of the work we do in Vietnam to build brighter futures for the most vulnerable children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the privilege to work with COV this past February - May and had a great experience working with them. COV board is very experienced and knowledgeable while the staff in Vietnam are very passionate with what they are doing. You can clearly see the impact they are making in Da Nang.

Thinh H.

Donor

Rating: 4

COV is a great non-profit with great people leading the org. I've been working with Suzanne & Nancy on a project to publicly fundraise for their scholarship program. They are very open in communication, resourceful, and straightforward. I really appreciate everything that are doing for the less unfortunate kids in Vietnam.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed and supported the Children of Vietnam efforts for many years. Children of Viet Nam is an amazing organization that helps children and families in breaking the cycle of poverty, ill-health, and homelessness. They give the children a bright future. I completely believe and support the work of this wonderful charity for children and families.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organisation that makes a huge impact on the lives of Vietnamese families. I was really impressed when visiting the projects they support and seeing the positive results of their work.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with Children of Vietnam (COV) was one I will not forget. I have known about COV for many years as my mother was on their board, however it wasn't until I participated in their annual bike ride in Vietnam that I really understood what they did. This experience allowed me to see the beauty of the Vietnam, along with visiting people impacted by COV. This ranged from students receiving scholarships to single mothers leveraging micro loans to support their family.

The most impactful example of this, was visiting a single mother who benefited from COV's micro loan program. She sold tofu in the streets of Da Nang, and made roughly six US dollars a day. During our visit she started serving our group her tofu, as a gift for visiting her. This was extremely humbling and inspiring to see someone with such generosity and gratitude to us.

Overall, this is something that I will never forget, and has also made me a life long COV supporter.

Patrick E.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children of Vietnam is a humanitarian organization dedicated to building communities and providing pathways to success for children and their families in Vietnam, breaking the generational cycle of poverty. COV also provides relief for children and their families who are in crisis situations. For almost a quarter century, COV has made a real impact for families in areas of Vietnam that need a boost.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I believe so passionately in Children of Vietnam's mission of breaking the cycle of poverty for children in Vietnam that I participate every March in a three day cycling event of almost 100 miles. It's a hot, humid ride through the countryside and villages in central Vietnam but I wouldn't miss it. The fifty+ riders have a chance to see COV's grassroots programs providing immediate help to children and families in crisis. COV focuses on the children in the family and within the community to maximize the sustainability of its efforts. Working with the families in partnership with local government establishes a permanent bond between the two groups that will outlast COV's temporary involvement after it moves on to the next District which needs its help. Children of Vietnam strives to be passionate, effective, efficient and transparent. It is all of those!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to have visited Children of Vietnam programs twice, once in 2014 and then again this past March. My first trip was through a Dining for Women-sponsored travel experience that focused on non-profit NGOs in Cambodia and Vietnam, of which COV was one. I was incredibly impressed by all aspects of COV. Therefore, my second visit was specifically for the purpose of raising funds through their Cycling Out Child Poverty event.

I cannot speak more highly of any organization! Their mission, vision, organization, leadership, and staff are beyond remarkable. The important work COV undertakes in providing desperately needed services (and hope) to populations of underserved and forgotten families is inspirational without being enabling.

I believe in Children of Vietnam so much so that I purchased airfare to Vietnam, contacted friends to sponsor me in my efforts, and then pedaled 100 miles over three days to support the organization. I set what I thought was an ambitious goal to fundraise $2500 and was wonderfully surprised to find COV's beautiful efforts resonated with so many friends. Participating in Cycling Out Child Poverty was an honor! Awareness was elevated while funds were raised to improve the lives of those most vulnerable.

A John Holmes' quote sums up my thoughts and COV's generosity of purpose, "There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up." In times of such negativity, creating meaningful and dramatic change is empowering to me as a citizen of the world.

Carolyne M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

COV is indeed a force for good. Summer 2019, I was a communications intern at the Da Nang office. I spent a lot of time with COV's Empowering Foundations for Single mothers and their children as well as the education program. Being at the ground was eye-opening. I got to learn about the COV's maverick model; a comprehensive, pro-poor, multi-stakeholder, multi-dimensional approach to SDG 1on poverty alleviation and SDG 5 Female emancipation / Gender equity. Taking a closer look at the model, it captures nearly all the UN's SDGs, which is quite phenomenal. I was fortunate to witness and document the transformative impact of the work that COV is doing on the ground to change the lives of the deserving people of Vietnam. It challenged my ivory tower understanding of the complexities of poverty and poverty alleviation approaches. COV's wrap-around services approach to address the multi-faceted causes of poverty and sustainably create structures that prevent poverty slippages thus creating a kind of safety net for the most vulnerable groups.
I was lucky to attend the opening of Alua primary school for the C'tur tribe who, are an ethnic minority group living in the mountainous and rural area of Quang Nam province. I also appreciated the COV transparent approach which entails creating partnerships with the local community to build capacity for the people. COV is indeed doing incredible work of interrupting the intergenerational poverty cycles by giving the agency to Vietnam's most vulnerable groups. It's pro-poor and local community partnership approaches helps COV to cut any bureaucracy and embezzlement of funds since the money is given directly to the individual and not some middle avenue thus amking COV very personal in it's aproach.

I was amazed at the fantastic leadership and the staff's commitment to their work. I dare say that no amount of monthly salary can adequately compensate the COV staff for their work. By accompanying them on the field, I can only say that their commitment and dedication to their work is commendable. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to document the success stories thanks to COV's philanthropic efforts. Being with COV this summer gave me a deeper understanding of the massive transformative work that COV is doing to alleviate poverty such as building sustainable systems through business training.

COV is helping transform the lives of the children with disabilities, rural ethnic minorities, youth, single mothers, and children from underprivileged backgrounds, thus ensuring that no one is left behind, they all can have a voice and control over their lives. It was impossible to see how a small microloans could transform the life of a single mother and those of her children. It made me realize that no donation is too little. Every single contribution counts. I had an incredible experience that words cannot adequately describe.

1 Deirdre C.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor through Dining for Women, I visited Children of Vietnam in 2014. We spent two days in a village outside Danang to meet the women we had helped COV support through housing, economic development, and scholarships for their children. Their stories touched our hearts and we were amazed to see how much COV had done to improve their lives. We also visited a school and met with 12 year old girls who had received COV scholarships. We were very impressed by how much these girls valued their education and how poised they were when speaking with us. They are truly the future of Vietnam!

Since that visit, many of us have continued to support Children of Vietnam, and several have returned to volunteer. We get frequent updates on the many wonderful things COV is doing for the poor of Vietnam, which makes us proud to contribute.

1 Ginger Creevy

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a leader of a Dining for Women chapter in Portola Valley CA I first became aware of Children of Vietnam and found them to be one of the most outstanding organizations which we have sponsored through the years, The values of the organization are outstanding and their understanding and caring for the children is first class all the way. The leadership of this organization is superb and they do an amazing job of raising these children out of poverty providing them with the full foundation of everything they need to become successful and contributing members of their community. Several of our members have traveled to Vietnam to see the charity and their work and their stories and photos upon return have left a lasting image of nurturing and careful planning that is a hallmark of our Dining for Women projects. Wish that each of our programs could have this type of strong leadership. It is amazing what they do with so little. I support their organization with my charity dollars, even after learning of 12 programs a year for 7+ years - they are top rated with me!

1 Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

In the five years that I have known Children of Vietnam, I have found them to be exceptional good at providing poor Vietnamese children with the things they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. COV has built schools, provided food and shelter, given educational scholarships and medical care for the disabled. They have helped single mothers start and maintain their own businesses with micro grants so that they can support themselves and their children. Children of Vietnam significantly improves the lives of children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I traveled to Vietnam four years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Da Nang office of Children of Vietnam. They have a very dedicated staff who work with poor women and their children by helping them to secure safe housing, provide nutritious meals, access medical care, receive school scholarships and empower women through micro-loans and job training. Visiting women and children who had benefitted from Children of Vietnam's support was transformative for me. I have stayed in contact with COV since that visit and even rode my bike in Vietnam with a group in March 2018 to raise funds for their programs and projects. Fantastic organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It was a great joy to join the staff of COV and visit 3 of the children that they are working with in their disabled children's program. All 3 children have shown great progress since COV started working with them. I greatly appreciate that their in-country staff are all nationals and therefore speak the language and understand the challenges of their culture. COV is serving in areas of need that are greatly underserved and making a difference in the lives of families. Anyone who supports COV can be assured that their contributions are making an impact in local communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

We wanted to raise money for this organization because we knew how much the money could benefit people in Vietnam who were less fortunate than we were. The director and workers of the organization took us on a tour to see all the benefits people received due to donations from other people. We were able to see single mothers receive financial assistance and be able to provide care for their family. We met children with disabilities be provided with care and taught life skills to become self sufficient. They also showed us schools being built so that students can be provided with proper education. This organization has provided so much for the people of Vietnam.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living in Winston-Salem, I had heard about Children of Vietnam for years before learning more and finally joining in their relief effort. Do not be fooled by this small Greensboro based organization -- it has a wide and lasting reach into the most desperate and impoverished communities of Vietnam.

On a recent bike tour, I witnessed the fruits of 20 years of faithful partnership in providing relief and hope to children, women, and families. I toured schools COV supports, designed for individuals with special needs including those affected by Agent Orange. I shared lunch with Kindergartners whose classrooms were built by the generosity of COV supporters. I met with families who had access to clean drinking water and who climbed out of the poverty cycle because of COV micro-loans to launch small businesses, support their family and educate their children.

COV is doing more than relief work, they are providing a hopeful alternative to enrich lives and eradicate the systemic and widespread poverty of a beautiful nation and people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rarely do you encounter a charitable organization and its support team that truly stand out for its cause. Children of Vietnam (COV) does that and much more! Started as a grass roots effort based on the desire to help Vietnam and its people, especially the children with basic needs. This organization is exceptional in that you can visit the kindergarten you donated and can travel with key staff members to meet the beneficiaries of various COV efforts. Newer COV programs such as Empowering Foundations for Women and Their Children are exceptional in providing sustainable projects to charitable relief efforts. This organization is truly driven by passion and the desire to help others. Check it out!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with COV several years ago when I was given the opportunity to intern with the organization during as a part of my Masters program. Their unique mission is what initially interested me but their great work is what has kept me involved over the last few years. COV works to provide bright futures for thousands of children by educating, healing, sheltering and nurturing them. The organization is very well run and respected for the results they achieve.

I recently got the opportunity to travel to Vietnam and participated in a fundraising cycling tour with COV. We visited a daycare center for victims of agent orange where Children of Vietnam provides funding for a community garden as well as healthcare and special therapies for the kids, a kindergarten built by COV and where they provide vitamin fortified meals for the students, and a center for children with disabilities where COV works with the children, their parents, and their doctors to come up with an individual care plan for each child.

All of this is only the tip of the iceberg of what COV does to care for these kids. It was wonderful to see how well thought out programs and carefully spent dollars are changing the lives of the most disadvantaged and poor children and families in Vietnam. You can be sure that any donations given to Children of Vietnam will have a real, meaningful, and lasting impact on the lives of many!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a veteran of the Viet Nam war and I travel to Viet Nam annually to volunteer in medical missions. I am aware of the work being done by Children of Vietnam in the central highlands. These are areas of great need and Children of Vietnam is meeting a tremendous purpose. The variety and diversity of their programs is helping children, single mothers, and others in this underserved area. I commend them highly.

rggdoc

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently traveled to Vietnam and participated in a fundraising cycling tour with Children of Vietnam. We met many beneficiaries of COV services, from victims of Agent Orange, to children with mental and physical disabilities, to single mothers who received education and micro-loans to start their own businesses and lift their families out of poverty. It was so wonderful to see how well thought out programs and carefully spent dollars are changing the lives of the most disadvantaged and poor children and families in Vietnam. You can be sure that any donations given to Children of Vietnam will have a real, meaningful, and lasting impact on the lives of many!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a donor to Children of Vietnam. In 2014, I traveled to Danang, Vietnam and had the privilege to personally see the incredible work they do. I met and visited with women and their children who participate in COV programs. The lives of these families have been forever changed. One group of women I visited were participants in the "Empowerment Program". After a careful needs assessment, COV provides them assistance with nutrition and living conditions, healthcare, education and micro loans. The women I met went from poverty and hunger to starting their own businesses, feeding their families, and keeping their children in school. And follow up by COV confirms the continued success of these women. It is amazing at how thoughtful programs and well spent money can break the cycle of poverty and effect permanent change. It was truly amazing to witness first hand. I can't say enough good things about this organization and their staff. I'm so glad to be a donor to Children of Vietnam.

Donor

Rating: 5

This past March I participated in the Children of Vietnam Cycling Out Child Poverty 20th Anniversary ride. Through this experience I was able to meet many of the board members, U.S.-based and Vietnamese-based staff, who helped to introduce us to many of the wonderful projects that COV sponsors throughout the country. It was an incredibly moving experience to meet such dedicated individuals and to see the impact that the organization has on children through schools and communities through a variety of nutrition, scholarship, medical and empowerment programs. It was clear, that as an organization COV has developed many meaningful relationships with local community leaders, private businesses, and government officials that allow them to maximize the impact of donations to benefit Children of Vietnam!
-Geno C.

1 Scott W.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a COV donor for about four years. Earlier this year, I got to participate in COV's annual bike ride fundraiser, "Cycling Out Child Poverty." Besides having a great time exploring some of Vietnam's cultural heritage sites, I was able to see a lot of the work COV does on the ground in Central Vietnam -- from building kindergartens and providing meals for them, to helping community organizations that work with children with disabilities, and empowering single mothers with micro-loans. I can say that I was very impressed with the work, the staff, and what COV is able to do to stretch its resources. The impact of the organization is real, and this was affirmed by many local community leaders we spoke with, and who presented at the 20th anniversary banquet. COV is doing fantastic work and changing lives.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Children of Vietnam deserves kudos for all its good deeds helping kids in Vietnam. I and a friend have pledged a six-figure matching grant to build 15 kindergartens for Co Tu minority children in Vietnam who live in rural areas near the Laos border. COV builds and equips the kindergartens, then the local community hires and pays a qualified teacher and pays all future building maintenance costs.
COV also provides bicycles, tutoring programs, programs to help low-income parents and more. It is my favorite charity! Dr. Larry Hungerford

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got involved with Children of Vietnam in summer 2011 as a fellow in the Asian American Pacific Islander in Philanthropy's cohort of VIETFellows--a group comprised of 2nd generation Vietnamese Americans learning about the history of Agent Orange in Vietnam and its disastrous effects on communities exposed to the deadly dioxin even 40 years after the end of the war. It was through my placement with COV and time spent in the Hope System of Care program that I came to respect how much impact a small group of dedicated staff from a small non governmental organization can make in the lives of so many vulnerable children with disabilities (CWD) and their families living in remote areas of Da Nang City, Vietnam. The staff of COV, and especially my supervisor in the Hope System of Care program, astounded me with the energy they put into their work and the genuine strides they took to ensure that those in a position to do something about the welfare of CWD were doing something no matter how small the effort. I left COV in late 2011 believing a brighter future was possible for these children thanks to the efforts of COV, its allies in Da Nang, and supporters around the world.

Fast forward years later and my and COV's paths cross once again when I was hired to become their grants & administration assistant. With even more privy to the internal operations of the organization, I find myself astonished on an almost daily basis by how far strong vision, leadership, and belief in a mission can sustain an organization and lead them to do the great things COV has done in its 20 year history. Without being bias, I can honestly speak to the integrity and compassion of COV's leadership evident by the network of steadfast donors and supporters who continue to build brighter futures for the children of Vietnam with COV through their time and monetary gifts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children of Vietnam does incredible work with a population that so very much needs our assistance. The staff cares so much about the Vietnamese children and goes beyond its donations and generosity with frequent trips to Vietnam to visit the areas in most need and work directly with the families benefiting from their terrific work. As a parent who adopted a boy from Vietnam with hearing loss, they have worked with us to focus on assisting children with special needs, particularly those with hearing impairments.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been working with Children of Vietnam now for almost 7 years and have had the privilege of visiting their programs on the ground 3 times. The COV staff are so passionate and knowledgeable and you can tell that they really care deeply for those that they serve. They are always trying to find ways to give a hand up, not a hand out. I've seen the work they do first hand, and the smiles on the children's faces in kindergarten show you how much COV means to them. I'm also so excited about their Empowerment through Enterprise project that they are doing with Rise Against Hunger. I was able to attend a workshop for that program and got to see how much the lesson impacted the women enrolled. COV is a great steward of any donation and they are working hard to make the biggest impact that they can on the people of Vietnam. I highly recommend them for anyone looking to give!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone is a bit skeptical about donating to a cause that they have not personally been involved with. I can understand because I felt the same way. When I became aware of Children of Vietnam several years ago I wanted to check it out to make sure the funds were being used as stated. I found out that COV had been approved to participate in the Federal n Combined Federal Campaign Fund (Federal workplace donations). This status helped me feel more comfortable donating money to COV. Since then, I have continued my donations to COV for many years, and I am certain that the money I donate is used judiciously and prudently. The COV newsletter keeps me informed of current projects in the DaNang area. I have participated in several fund raisers and have encouraged my friends and family to donate to COV.

Recently, I have become even more involved with COV as a volunteer. This experience has provided me more insight into Children of Vietnam. I have found the individuals involved to be extremely caring and compassionate. They are focused on COV's mission of building bright futures for the vulnerable children of Vietnam.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Almost 20 years ago my father founded Children of Vietnam. He fell in love with the children that were in need in that country after working there for several years. I have traveled to the country twice and have participated in numerous fundraisers for the organization. I feel strongly about doing this because I feel smaller charities need our support. They spend much less money from donors on administrative costs that the vast majority of larger charities. For years my father hand wrote thank you notes to anyone that donated, whether it was $10 or $10,000. He, as well as Huong Luong, the Country Director in Vietnam, and many other volunteers have poured theirs hearts into this charity. For that reason, I am determined to do what I can to help it thrive in the future. If you are reading this as a potential donor, please make the decision to support this group. You will not find a more dedicated charity anywhere. Elliott WIlson

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Donor

Rating: 4

It was our son who first introduced us to Children of Vietnam.

John was in freshman year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison when he began to support Children of Vietnam through selling his mixtapes during free hours on campus.

John was mixed race. His mother was Vietnamese and his father, German/Irish descent. At an early age John was drawn to Hip-Hop as a means of self expression and identity. He produced many videos which can be seen on YouTube under John Vietnam. A name he chose to express his heritage. After his untimely death, we learned of his involvement with this charitable organization which now carries an educational fund bearing his name.

Over the past five years, we have seen the benefits produced through our donations by constant updates and photographs provided by the organization on their website and Facebook page. We have seen structures built, school supplies, desks and bicycles provided so that these children might gain an education, as well as medical and hygienic access, otherwise unavailable due to family finances or location.

Although John is gone, his legacy remains and his family and friends continue to support the work of Children of Vietnam. We highly recommend and encourage others to do so also.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been making contributions to Children of Vietnam for about one year. In September 2016 I was in Vietnam traveling and doing volunteer work. I was very fortunate that I was able to spend a day traveling with Nancy Letteri the executive director of Children of Vietnam and some of her Vietnamese staff members.
I found Nancy Letteri to be an extremely capable and compassionate leader. I know that she volunteered at Children of Vietnam for several years before she became the executive director. I also met several of the Vietnamese staff and found them to be dedicated, thoughtful and efficient.
During the day of our travel we visited an orphanage which COV supports. We were able to speak with students there who were getting tutoring from adults who were paid by COV.
These tutors had previously been provided scholarships so they could obtain degrees and now they were tutoring young orphans. I also got to interact with a little girl who had been found abandoned and malnourished. In the month she had been at the orphanage she had gained weight and she touched all of our hearts with her beautiful smile.
We also visited a small business woman who is being helped financially in order to be able to support your family. Near the end of the day we visited a government building where children of Vietnam awarded grants/scholarships to children from impoverished families. I was given the privilege of going on stage to present some of these grants. It was a beautiful experience of getting smiles and thank you's in Vietnamese and the best moment was when a tiny boy looked up at me and said "thank you"in perfect English.
I was in the military in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969 and spend a great deal of time interacting with Vietnamese in villages and working with Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. During this time I witnessed a great deal of poverty and hardship. Still today many challenges face the poor of Vietnam. The programs COV embraces range from providing micro loans, providing healthcare and nutrition, scholarships, and even bicycles so children can get to school. Children of Vietnam provides for the basic necessities of people, especially children, who are in critical need.
I believe their organization is extremely effective at using the resources available to assist the children. I will continue to support them and encourage anyone who wants to help deserving children to contribute to this compassionate and effective organization.
I wholeheartedly endorse Children of Vietnam because it is led by people of integrity and provides critical help to those who have so little.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I visited a special event in rural Quang Nam Province, southwest of the city of Da Nang, in Vietnam, for some of the children supported by the Dragoon Scholarship Fund, which is administered by the Children of Vietnam NGO. We support one 7th grade student and got to meet Thanh for the first time. She was very personable and appreciative and we look forward to seeing her next year at the annual "Chocolate Ceremony" on March 11, 2018.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently had the opportunity to personally meet staff members of the Children of Vietnam and to learn more about the various COV projects that are enhancing the lives of children and families in Vietnam. There is no doubt in my mind that the success of these programs is due in large part to the passion and dedication that the staff brings to their work.
But success requires more than passion and dedication, it also requires sound administrative practices. I was in Vietnam to attend a scholarship event and it was there that I witnessed the staff’s oversight and hands-on attention to detail that ensures that donations are put to their most efficient use for the ultimate, long-term wellbeing of the children.
My memories of that day in Vietnam will first and foremost be of the smiling faces of the children and the hospitality shown to us by the villagers where these children live but not far behind will be my feelings of respect and admiration for the Children of Vietnam and for their wonderful, selfless efforts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I recently returned from spending a week with Children of Vietnam staff and board members in and around DaNang, where COV is uplifting so many lives. COV micro loans and training enable single mothers we met to emerge from despair to become owners of thriving small enterprises, able to feed and support their children. COV university and public school scholarships enable impoverished students we met access to skills and job opportunities that can lift their families out of poverty. COV creates hopeful life possibilities for children we met in a school for students with physical and cognitive disabilities, many exhibiting abnormalities typical of the multigenerational genetic impact of exposure to dioxin in Agent Orange, an herbicide American aircraft sprayed over millions of acres in Vietnam. COV distributes food to orphanages, hospitals and kindergartens. We went to the opening of a newly-constructed kindergarten classroom in a remote indigenous village, this one built with funds donated by a board member there with his daughter, all of us enjoying the songs and laughter of the children. COV is building other kindergartens in other remote villages. COV met with government officials and local civic organizations, all working cooperatively with COV for the benefit of children. If you are looking for a nonprofit to support that is making a powerful difference in people’s lives, you have found such an organization in Children of Vietnam.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Recently I had the privilege of visiting Children of Vietnam in Da Nang and It was really wonderful to see the impact that they have on the local community and the children that they help. I really felt that it was obviously such a worthwhile charity and we certainly learnt an awful lot in such a short space of time. The team were fantastic and had a great rapport with the families which we met. I look forward to keeping up with the work of Children of Vietnam.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donors to Children of Vietnam for many years. We know that our gifts will be used efficiently to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children.

Many of the COV programs are focused on lifting children out of poverty through education, health care, and equipping those with disabilities with the skills and tools they need to make themselves self-sufficient. We have met some of the Vietnamese staff and have seen their compassion and enthusiasm to help those in need.

It has been a joy to watch COV grow, while still using all available resources wisely to help those most in need.

3 Binh M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am really grateful to COV organisation which gives me a chance to continue my study at university. Moreover, I can also take part in useful activities to help me become more mature. I believe that the help of COV will be a great encouragement for me to build a brighter future. I promise to do my best to achieve good results. Thanks COV organisation a lot.

2 Trần Quốc T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Today, I write my thinking with deep gratitude to Children of Vietnam Organization.
Thank COV to give me a special occasion to be a beneficiary of University Student Scholarship Program, give me one more chance, conditions and motivation to go to school. The University Student Scholarship Program also help me to have a chance to join useful social activities and extracurricular activities like soft skill training, help me to mature more, care more about others. I promise to try our best to achieve good studying results and enthusiastic participation of extra-curricular activities of scholarship programs. Thanks Children of Vietnam very much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m writing these words to express my sincere appreciation to Children of Vietnam (COV) for all the things the organisation has provided me for the last four years. I truly own it a great debt of gratitude.
COV's support and help have changed my life in a positive way. I once thought of stopping my dream of higher education in the first year of university due to my difficulties in earning a living as well as my inability to pay the tuition fee. Fortunately, the organisation came to me as a light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to its tuition fee and monthly living expense allowances, I could continue and realize my dream which seems to help me build a brighter future. Just 2 days ago, a COV' member from U.S. gave me his motorbike he had used when he was in Vietnam (the photo). It truly gives a big support to my current job hunting.
Not only has COV supported my finances but the organisation has also supported my mind. Its care and helps have brought me a strong belief that I am cared about, I am supported and I am not alone on the long way ahead. Living in difficult circumstances sometimes gets very discouraging so it is glad to know someone out there still cares about and supports me. The belief has been one of the strongest motives to push me forward. If I hadn’t been supported by all of you while my life had been surrounded by all the darkness, I wouldn’t have a mind strong enough to nourish the dream of a bright future.
Also, COV has created a good environment for me and other beneficiaries to develop ourselves. Humanitarian activities we have ourselves conducted with the organization’s encouragement and support as well as fee-free extra-curricular activities and English classes the organization has carried out for us have contributed to preparing us for our job hunting in the near future. To me, being the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the humanitarian campaign “Cycle out Child Poverty in Vietnam” is certainly an unforgettable memory in my life. It was the chance that I did something though small for COV in return. Surely I will always do my best to contribute to the organization’s development and to bring opportunities to people in need like COV does.

5 Nhung V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i am honored to receive the scholarship of Vietnam Children organization . I not only supported monthly living expenses , but also to participate in social activities useful . Children thanked Vietnam held a lot .

4 Emmett J. H.

Donor

Rating: 5

A few years ago, I did a search for "children" and "Vietnam"; mainly because I am a teacher of young kids and I'm very aware of how challenging the situation is for Vietnam. I found Children of Vietnam, and did some research. This is an ideal charity for me, and, I hope, for you. Their goals are clear and quantifiable. They say will build a school and they do. They tell you a few dollars will buy schoolbooks -- and they provide kids with schoolbooks. They're not rebuilding the whole infrastructure, but they are doing noble work in taking care of the most vulnerable people on this planet. And it's done without reference to nationality nor religion. The newsletter will keep you informed of important work, so you can see how your dollars are put to work.

4 Trương T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for COV almost five year. I usually hear our partners, in particular government ones: We are very busy to cooperate with COV. And then we are happy to see our poor and vulnerable people getting better life. The beneficiaries get wraparound support, from health care, education, housing... to livelihood.
Thank you very COV for giving me a chance to help other people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

COV is a wonderful organization that takes their initiatives to heart by reaching out and changing lives of the under-privileged. I have volunteered with them for over 10 years. The staff in America and Vietnam are extremely dedicated to their mission and are a joy to work with. Seeing their programs first hand in Vietnam is inspiring. I have met the 25 Bright Girl Scholars and they are now aspiring to be doctors and policewomen. I've also visited three recipients from the Empowering Foundations for Women and their Children Program, focusing on impoverished single mothers with children. The gratitude the families and children show is palpable and the hope in their eyes is brighter than any wishing star. Thank you for making such a difference in so many lives, including mine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4 Khanh

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 David332

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Advisor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Advisor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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


3 Susan Woessner Wilson

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

COV was breathed into existence through a deep compassion for the children of Vietnam and has matured due to the careful nurturing of Ben Wilson (Founder and President) and those who share his vision. Beginning as a response to the needs of children who lack proper medical care, suffer the effects of poor nutrition and face the inability to receive an education, COV has maintained a clear vision since it's inception in 1998. The fudiciary accountability and the wise use of resources have engendered trust among a broadening base of supporters and has allowed COV to impact the lives of countless children and their families in Vietnam. COV continues to broaden its services and is transforming and saving the lives of children.

2 Ping N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a master degree candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, I can adamantly say that working with Children of Vietnam has been the vital experience that strengthened my education and enriched my life. I have been working with Children of Vietnam for the past three years - and will always look forward to work with this great organization. First, I worked as a volunteer at their fundraising events and then as an intern for the organization in DaNang, Vietnam.

As an intern, my main objective was to capture and understand the life experiences of these single-women and their children. I also taught English to the Vietnamese COV staff and to young scholars, who are children of family of low-income. I was clear of my objectives and the execution of my plan. Yet, I did not expect to be so profoundly transformed by working with COV staff and experiencing life at a 20/20 eyesight.

COV staff are extremely professional and generous. They are graceful in the ways they treat people, especially to me as an intern who knew little about Vietnam, Vietnamese language, and Vietnamese culture. Yet it was not only grace that made this particular group of people so endearing to my heart. What struck me so deeply about COV staff is that they are incredibly generous and passionate about the work that they do. All of the COV staff truly believe that their work is influential and critical to their community. As such, they work extremely hard to transform a community of need into a community of hope, change, and empowerment.

Additionally, working with COV has transformed the way I viewed my life, thus my career choice. As an undergraduate at Chapel Hill, I sat somewhat on an ivory tower of success. I was academically successful and fairly decent in my living conditions. I have seen poverty plenty of times in TV and researched about people living in poverty. Academically, I possessed the theories and the knowledge about what poverty is and how we could effective resolve it. When I applied to be an intern for COV, I expected to bring my knowledge as a college student to Vietnam to teach people on how to live a more sustainable and empowered life. Yet having met these incredible women and their children, I realized I know little to nothing. I did not expect to be so profoundly educated and transformed. To be brutally honest, they did more to change my life than I did to impact theirs. These women opened up their homes and their life experiences for me to capture and to understand. They know more about living and how to sustain their lives more than anybody can, especially more than any U.S college students. How or why? because despite the challenges of their lives, they are still living and smiling! They do not view their lives as inferior or as unfortunate. They work with the hands they are dealt with. As such, I admire them - their strength, their courage, their knowledge, and their humanity. It is through working with COV that I gained a sense of humanity and understanding about poverty that no books, no great novels or no Nobel Prize-winning or ivy league professors could teach me. COV gave me an opportunity to humanity and a life-changing experience.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Children of Vietnam is expert at developing and administering services for their target population and has improved the lives of thousands of Vietnamese children as a result. COV operates with fiscal responsibility as a top priority. In-country staff is diligent about making sure programs are effective and aimed at those truly in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a social worker with 30+ years of experience working with families in need, I approach nonprofits with a critical eye and expecting to see wasted resources. Children of Vietnam is the exception to the rule. This is an organization that was founded in a grass roots manner with a clearly established mission and the human resources to get the job done and done well. As they've grown into their current size, their goals remain the same, which they accomplish based on the tried and true methods established by their founder, Ben Wilson, and his staff in Danang. Dollars donated to COV are used efficiently, improving thousand's of children's lives in a setting that otherwise offers little hope for their basic needs to be met in the future. COV focuses on providing services for essentials which in the areas in and around Danang are sorely lacking.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Seeing the many, many children with happy faces who are now living because of Children of Vietnam Programs is a wonderful reward for their effort! So many walking who previously could not, so many
with perfect operating hearts who previously were gravely ill, so many semi-plump and well fed who were previously hungry or mal nourished. The efficient operation of their staff is remarkable, squeezing total value from every dollar available. !!!
Ben Wilson

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Board Member

Rating: 5

COV is a great non-profit organization. I traveled to Vietnam on 3 occasions to see their work first hand before becoming a member of the Board of Directors. I continue to be amazed at the low administrative costs and the efforts to maximize every dollar donated to the benefit of the children we are helping. I can also attest to the hard work of our board members who cheerfully donate of their time, talents, and their own money to further our work. We have tremendous staff in Vietnam and an excellent Executive Director in the USA who is passionate about our work and loves the people of Vietnam. I can whole heartedly recommend this organization to anyone longing to help make a difference in the world. Your donations have a direct and substantial impact on the children we serve and the community in which they live. Thank you for your support!

2 Marianne H.

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent charity. They use donations towards helping children and their families by buying basic things that we take for granted. They regularly update donors with their progress and work. I will continue to support this worthy charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization. They really use donations to directly help and change peoples lives. Seeing photos posted on their FB page of people benefiting from my donation makes my day.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor / support of COV for over 4 years now and i'd like to express my gratitude to them for being one of the few honest and trustworthy non profit organizations I have ever work with! They are my top supporters and everything they have done for the underprivileged children to create a sustainable income for families has been phenomenal. Every donation send to them have been used wisely and constructively and that is hard to come by now-days. I am honor to be able to support them with their mission and had the life changing opportunity to work along side with them this summer traveling back to Vietnam assistance at the orphanage Hoa Mai! Such a blessing to have found and connected with the wonderful staffs and volunteers of COV! Highly recommend this to anyone

1 Jan_30

Donor

Rating: 5

Children of Vietnam provides specialized care for children and their mothers that help the most with their individual situations. As an economist, I like the economic assistance (microloans) they provide that will help the mothers build small businesses that will bring in consistent income to help their families. I appreciate that OOV partners with government agencies and with other community organizations to provide services tailored to the needs of each family. I’ve always received timely news about the charity, and the director, Nancy Letteri, is energetic and dedicated to making sure that the donations are well spent.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was able to visit Children of Vietnam offices in Danang with a group of women who are members of Dining for Women, a women's giving circle. The offices were clean, orderly, and beautiful-something I look for in not for profits as it shows respect for the staff and the clients served. We heard presentations for the Executive Director, the program directors and staff members. We then were split into groups and spent two days visiting some of the clients, single mothers, who have received micro loans to enhance their home based businesses, or home improvement or other support that enables their children to attend school. Between the three groups, we must have visited and met over 45 women and their children who were recipients. Our visits were facilitated by staff members and interns who translated for us. I was impressed by the professionalism of the staff, the collaborations with government entities, the rate of return of the loans that were offered, and the impact that was clearly evident in the lives of the women and families served. Another aspect I noted was the wrap around services and the case managements plans that continued support of different types to assist the single mothers and their families to achieve their goals. This is a very impressive organization and I felt my donations are being used efficiently, effectively and making a big impact - what more could a donor want?