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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

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1 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.

1 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.

4 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 .

3 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.

3 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.