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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

121 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!