My wife and I started supporting GIBTK about 8 years ago. At first we felt this organization would give immediate help to needy children of Vietnam, preventing hunger, offering needed corrective surgeries and building safe homes. But this organization goes far beyond triage and stands out from others by building long term relationships. Children are not only given needed medical and nutritional support but are shown love and concern for their future as leaders in a ever changing Vietnam. I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam in 2006 with Robert Kalatschan and see first hand the life changing work being done there by GIBTK. We followed up with children who had previous orthopedic and life saving surgeries, visited families who had new homes built for them and stayed in touch with children at the orphanages. I'll never forget the kids lining up for hugs at the orphanages. Recently, my wife and I have the privilege of supporting a young man in his college studies. We are proud to be a part of Giving It Back To Kids.
After serving in Vietnam in 1969, I went back two years ago and hooked up with GITBK in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Da Nang, and Hanoi. I saw hundreds of children and families served by an organization that has minimal adminstrative overhead and a Director and wife who think this is Gods "calling" for them. Houses for despartely poor; wheelcharids for the crippled, open heard operations for children with no chance, kindergartens and the "works" where no schools existed before., bicycles, blankeys and hugs for every child craving affection. Robert Kalatchan gets way ahead of himself sometimes because he finds it hard to say no. I would to.
It was exciting to see children's lives changed through life changing surgieries, meet the children in the orphanages, and help provide wheelchairs for people who had lived crawling on the ground their entire lives. Having traveled with them 3 times and had numerous people from our church also travel with them and having made sizeable donations, I can vouch for their integrity, passion and effectiveness.
GIving It Back To Kids focuses on the children of Vietnam, although it helped transform my life - a middle aged man from Southern California.
For years I received emails on the great work being done by GIBTK's. It sounded great but I was disconnected... attempting to assess their effectiveness from the safety of a nice office and comfortable life. So I took the opportunity to join them on a trip to Vietnam, which changed everything.
Although well traveled, this trip stripped me of my agenda and placed me square into an endeavor that ventured into the toughest places to touch those with the greatest need. There was nothing institutional or disconnected about it. Everything about GIBTK's demonstrates a loving, personal heart that deeply cares.
This trip recalibrated my life. After seeing the difference a few can make to so many, returning to the same of life of business pursuits lost its luster.
Thank you to Giving It Back To Kids for the invaluable work that you do!
In my opinion traveling will broaden anyone's mind; including traveling to a third world country. Traveling to Vietnam as a 14 year old brought perspective to my life because growing up in America people tend to take things for granted. I would like to thank Robert and GIBTK for making me appreciate what I have.
I am a 16 year old high school student and was fortunate enough to go to Vietnam with this amazing non-profit organization. Robert, from Giving it Back to Kids gave me the opportunity to carry out my Eagle Scout Project in Vietnam where I assembled and distributed 50 wheelchairs to the community. Even two of the children from the orphange helped out and had such a great time.
On our mission we spent the night at an orphanage where we played soccer, frisbee, jump rope, and even some of the games the kids had made up themselves. The children at the orphange really brought me to realize how lucky I am to be living in a place where I do not have to worry if I will be eating later that day or become terribly sick.
Overall my experience in Vietnam was life changing. Giving it Back to Kids is a wonderful organization and has helped many children by paying for the heart and orthopedic surguries they cannot afford. I would love to go back to Vietnam and see all of the kids again because after seeing the tears in their eyes as we were leaving, there is no way how i could not go back.
My name is Eric Bezko and my company is Global Research for Charitable Donors. Since my business is doing due diliegence of ministries and NGO's, friends often tell me about ministries that they heard or like and ask me to do due diligence for them. After revewing Giving It Back to Kids IRS 990 forms, (NO U.S.A. office overhead etc) meeting with the founder, and also getting feedback from 2 people I personally know that went to Vietnam with the ministry, I personally give them a 9.5 on a 10 scale of how a ministry should be run.
As a volunteer, I've witnessed firsthand the impact that Giving it Back to Kids has in Vietnam. The programs include funding orthopedic, heart and eye surgeries, orphanage support, disaster relief, housing, college tuition support, an unwed mothers' home (where the women can continue their education and raise their babies), and wheelchair distributions through partnership with Free Wheelchair Mission. GIBTK is gaining even more favor there as the programs become well known by the communities and local authorities for the services they provide through the donations, hearts and actions of supporters.
I took a missions trip to Vietnam with Robert and Dorothea last year. I had no idea how big Giving It Back To Kids has gotten, until I saw the miracles happen before my eyes in Vietnam. The moment that touched me the most was seeing a young boy after a year of getting heart surgery. I was told a brief backround on some of the children, and was told the child couldn't even put his head up. His mother was stressed out and doubtful of anything we could do for her son. After an hour of prayer, a sponsor, and a ton of more prayer, and year later, I could have sworn there was never anything wrong with that child. That boy was healthy and playing with other teens running around the room. The translators explained to the hopeful children needing heart surgeries that this boy had no energy a year ago. Now look at him. I was impressed and touched. The boy's mom was positive and encouraged others, telling them that she was once in their shoes. It was just one of my amazing experiences from Giving It Back to Kids. My life has been changed forever.
I met Robert through a good friend. I visited his website and impressed the works that they have done for the poor kids in Vietnam. I invited Robert and Dorothea to our church to share their ministry. We were blessed to listen to what they shared about the works they did, and we supported financially in occasions. We trusted their works and their hearts for God. We continue to pray for their ministry.
We were introduced to GIBTK some years ago now -- The organization and its approach to how they spend our donations was quite impressive to my wife and I -- We want our donations to be used the best way possible and it is with GIBTK - We think that it is so good that we have included it in our will so that it will be helped even after we are gone - So, please keep up the great work that you are doing -- L & M
My wife and I have watched this organization grow from the ground up at astonishing speed. The alturistic committment by Robert and his family and friends and volunteers to caring for others is an example for all. Once logged onto his website firstname.lastname@example.org you recieve updates on the events, concerns, and outreach activity with photographs and life stories that has touched our hearts.
On one summer trip to Vietnam with GIBTK, there was a room full of desperate parents bringing in their sick children in hopes to be a recipient of a life saving heart surgery. One by one, Robert the organization's founder listened to each story with tears in his eyes and told the families that with them help of generous donors, GIBTK would be able to pay for their child's surgery. The next year when I returned, I was saw those same children after the surgery and their parents with joy and hope in their eyes that had not been there just a year before. This isjust one example of what this amazing organization does year after year.
I'm not a risk-taker and while Robert and Dorothea Kalatschan had asked me many times to be part of a team with GIBTK I was too scared. Finally, in 2007 I broke through my fears and my family and I traveled to Vietnam. This experience truly changed my life. We delivered wheelchairs to people who had crawled their entire lives. Unthinkable by American standards but proudly I can say that GIBTK has partnered with Free Wheelchair Mission and provided over 50,000 wheelchairs to needy recipients in Vietnam. I've held the babies of Mom's who without GIBTK would not have been born. Thanks to a program called The Father's House, these young unwed teens are able to keep their babies and their dignity. GIBTK provides support to many orphanages but I can tell you personally how fun it is to take the kids to a water park for the day or treat them for pizza and ice cream thanks to GIBTK. GIBTK is all about relationships and caring about people. I can't wait to be a part of another team with GIBTK.
Hi, I'm Beverly. Since my husband retired from pastoring in 2007 we have been living in Vietnam seven to eight months each year doing charitible work. Vietnam is not new to us, we have been coming here on short trips for the past 18 years. I met Robert last year, and after visiting some of GIBTK'S charitible works in both Saigon and Danang, I immediately recognized that I wanted to participate in the work he has so wonderfully established. He is a man with a genuine fathers heart, and it's easily recognized by the many people he serves here in Vietnam. Last year I began working with The Fathers House and have found wonderful fulfilment with serving there. I have also had opportunity to observe the many other charitible works he has established and can sincerely say that in the 18 years I have been coming to Vietnam, I consider GIBTK'S the greatest charitible organization I have encountered here. And its character and integrity is of the highest degree.
I have been friends with Robert and Dorothea Kalatschan for many years and have been involved with "Giving It Back To Kids" almost since its beginning. I was there when a little Vietnamese baby came into their lives. When they went to Vietnam to find a little sister for him, I saw their hearts captured by the many needs of the Vietnamese people. I taught public school in Southern California for 30 years and education is very important to me. I became a donor and when my husband passed away, I helped to start a scholarship program in his name for children that were graduating from the orphanages or for those who had no opportunity to further their education and make their dreams come true. Robert and Dorothea have created a charity that is relational, not just situational. They developed long-term relationships and have become like parents for many of the children and families they have helped over the years.They care deeply about the people, their needs, and ways they can give them a lift up, whether it be by life-saving surgery, providing a wheelchair, building a home, opening a home for unwed mothers, building kindergartens or providing a loving home for street children. I wrote to children in several of the orphanages and now am thrilled to see those little ones graduate from the orphanages and have the support to further their education which will lead to a good job in the future. I have watched the teams that go over to Vietnam with Robert and Dorothea learn what it means to give of themselves and develop a world view that will impact the lives of countless needy around the world.
I met Robert a few years back when my daughter went to his orphanages in Vietnam to work. It was a remarkable experience for her to see the work being done and contribute in a small way. We have stayed in touch since then and I have watched at a distance the growth and breadth of Roberts work - its amazing for sure. If there is a charity worth supporting it is this one!
I have personally experienced the Kalatschan family in action- and am in awe of the love they have for the children of VN. Our family had a trip with Mr. California short pants in 2007 and it forever changed our lives. We were so inspired that we are all planning a trip back in the very near future. Seeing the needs in person and feeling the heart aches of so many young children in need has given us the desire to help GIBTK in any way we can. This is one non-profit that is making a difference one child at a time. GIBTKids- is in it for the long haul and continues to minister to VN.
I have been volunteering with GIBTK for six years and have sponsored a chikd for four of those years. The key word to this organization is LOVE lots and lots of LOVE! Robert & Dorthea has so much love and respect for the families, children of Vietnam and just give so much of themselves which flows over to us volunteers as well as people traveling over to help. We all just want to continue to give because of the love we see thru the eyes and actions of these two people and their family!
Robert and Doretha have done a tremendous job impacting many aspects of Vietnam thru "Giving It Back To Kids". They are wonderful pioneers of childrens work and a role Model to many.
Having been to Vietnam to see first hand of the work being accomplished with Robert, I am a peace in being a donor and friend of their work.
My hope is that many others will find great joy in contributing and helping in this tremendous humanitarian work.