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Kids Without Borders

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Involve and inspire youth in service worldwide.

Results: Founded in early 2001, we have engaged thousands of volunteers in our community (Washington State) and from around the world servicing uncounted children and people in more than 20 countries. We are an all-volunteer organzition, and 100% of contributions/donations go to support our programs and projects.

Target demographics: with opportunities to volunteer and serve others.

Direct beneficiaries per year: uncounted number of children and youths in the U.S and in several developing countries

Geographic areas served: the U.S and more than 30 countries

Programs: Hand Me Up. Power of One. Teach Me To Fish. HumaniTours. Make Agent Orange History.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Shelley B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Kids Without Borders for over a decade. I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Vietnam on a humanitarian tour five years ago. It was one of the greatest experiences of my lifetime. To see what this organization has done in our local community as well as internationally, is inspiring. It proves that one person with a dream can truly make a difference. Son Michael Pham, the founder of Kids Without Borders is a role model for true humanitarianism.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

About three years ago I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting one of the orphanages in Vietnam. I remember the love and joy that the kids contagiously spread all around. There was a beautiful little girl named "Nhi" who played the violin with me and at that moment I realized how much I wanted this organization to prosper. This organization was not only able to provide a place for orphans in nearly 30 countries to live, but was also able to prepare them for the future. Seeing just a few hours of volunteer work be turned into such a big impact for a child was amazing to witness. The staff and facility is great and I can't wait to see how much this organization will grow.

Michelle385

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited one of the locations that Kids Without Borders serves in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam the Go Vap Orphanage. It's an extremely well run facility filled with love. While there I had the opportunity to assist with donations through my own network and play with the beautiful children. I think that the truest testament of the culture/environment is the staff. I met someone special named Linh which was one of the orphanages "children" and has stayed with the organization as one of the "mothers" of the children and expressed that her service there is the way for her to give back to what she has received. It's truly beautiful experiencing the work and lives that KWB touches first hand. Thank you for all that you do!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow. Kids Without Borders is truly something special.
Our organization first had the opportunity to partner with KWB about two years ago. From the beginning, they have assisted our team with our projects, recruiting volunteers, establishing our organization's goals, spreading our name, and becoming a 501(c)3. Their team is a group of truly special people. They're the type of people who inspire our team of youth to become the best that they can be. Thank you so much to Kids Without Borders for all that they do--can't wait to continue serving together:)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I was privileged to travel with KWB to Vietnam last year and witness both the needs being served and the effectiveness with which Son Michael and this charity serve those needs. The welcome was so warm everywhere. My wife and I are both looking forward to making another trip with KWB and continuing our support.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, I am grateful to be a part of the Kids Without Borders team that supports orphans and under-served children in more than 30 countries. I am especially excited about the Teach Me To Fish that provides scholarships to support orphans in Vietnam when they leave the orphanages at the age of 18 and start life on their own. I can never be more thankful to the Founder Son Michael Pham for his dedications to the community, and for his mentorship and leadership since I came to America to study. My experience with the organization is invaluable and priceless.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful privilege to go with Son Michael to visit some orphanages in Vietnam. I was overwhelmed by the greeting we all received from the administrators and the children. He and KWB provide so much more than the extremely necessary material things like clothing and supplies. He gives his whole heart to those children and those children love him right back. A truly amazing organization and a truly inspiring man leading the charge!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent and Inspirational work has been accomplished to date for the benefit of the KIDS world across, however it doesn't end year! This is just the start; The of Founder of KWB-Son Michael Pham is personally known to me and he is committed to this cause for KWB without any reservations. Year of Year the need grows, yet the challenges are met with enthusiasm and passion. Thank you Son Michael for your dedication to this organization and making it possible to provide KWB with many resources and successes! KEEP IT UP, we are with you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met the founder of this organization and I found him very enthusiastic, inspirational. He also has a big heart which moves me and makes me want to help him with his work. He and his volunteers have done a lot of work to help children with disadvantages in Vietnam, and other countries. His charity activities are well-implemented and objective. I am honored to work with him.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year since 2009, the Khmer Village Program has been able to provide new clothing, shoes, and/or toys to children residing in Chamkar Chek, an impoverished village in coastal Cambodia, thanks to Kids Without Borders. KWOB also facilitated a Rotary Club grant for KVP to install a deep well with hand pump in 2012.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

Such an inspirational organization! Run by volunteers, KWB has worked with children and their families all over the world. I feel so fortunate to have experienced this firsthand with KWB programs in both India and Vietnam.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently returned from Viet Nam with Kids Without Borders, 9-24-13. Son Michael Pham President of KWB was the guide extraordinaire! VIsited 6 orphanages from Hanoi, Haiphong to Ho Chin Ming City. This trip was most effective in providing direct personal contact with administrators, staff and the kids. A key highlight was witnessing direct involvement with the kids by local University students (Haiphong) and teaches and students of a private school (9Ho Chin Ming City). KWB is well connected and well known throughout Viet Nam. KWB is an outstanding example of an NGO.
I will be returning in '14. 5 stars + is my rating. A transformative experience for me.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've traveled with Son Michael Pham to Vietnam in the past, and have seen firsthand the work he does there. No one in the organization is paid; it is 100% volunteer. The programs in Vietnam have helped many orphans prepare for a life outside the orphanages, and many have entered universities for further education. It's a great organization.

2 Jim_77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in a humanitour to Vietnam with Kids Without Borders. We visited both Peace Villages and orphanages in the north and the south of Vietnam. In he north, we visited an orphanage in Ba Vi, North of Hanoi and an orphanage in Hai Phong, south of Hanoi on the coast. In addition we visited the Thanh Xuan Peace Village in Hanoi. At all the visits we were accompanied by volunteer students from Universities in the Hanoi. In the south we visited an orphanage and a Peace Village in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). My over whelming feeling, in addition to seeing how many kids need help as a result of Agent orange, was just how many lives are being positively affected by an organization of all volunteers. It's just hard to fathom. My personal experience of holding kids and talking to kids as well as delivering medical and dental supplies has made a simple trip turn into a positive life changing experienced or me.
Kids Without Borders has helped,and is helping thousands of Kids and with future commitments will continue to do so. Kids who have the deck stacked against them in a culture where family is important have been and continue to be given a helping hand to have a better life. Kids with medical problems have been given a new lease on life because of Kids Without Borders so I will continue to volunteer and donate to this wonderful organization.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with Son Michael Pham, the founder of Kids Without Borders, twice to Vietnam and have seen first-hand the quality of work that Kids Without Borders is doing. Son Michael has a true passion for the organization's mission. And Kids Without Borders is making a really positive difference in the lives of many young people.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

For newly arrived refugees in Seattle area, Kids without Borders is proactively supporting with warm clothes as well as get the refugee kids to be involved with actual sorting and organizing for future arrivals. Treating clients with dignity and respect as well as concept of pay-it-forward is very much appreciated.

2 Brenda47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids Without Borders builds bridges for greater understanding. On my trip to Vietnam through KWB, I found new friends in organizations that make a difference in the lives of children--children who are without parents or may be disabled from the effects of Agent Orange, or who are highly talented and need help to take the necessary steps towards opportunities. Vietnam is a country I once feared; KWB was able to break down such perceptions through its person-to-person connections.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I connected with Kids Without Borders and its founder Son Michael Pham in 2002 when preparing to travel to Ethiopia as part of a Rotary International project to inoculate children under 5 with the polio vaccine. Kids Without Borders supplied each of us with a 70 pound suitcase of clothing for children in orphanages in Ethiopia. Since there were 85 of us on this trip, we were bringing almost 3 tons of clothing to children very much in need. This was my first humanitarian trip and it became a life changer for me. Seeing kids in need and how we could help them was a heart warming experience. Again in 2004 I connected with Son Michael Pham to travel to Vietnam with a group of 20. Our purpose was to visit 6 or 7 orphanages from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. With the generosity of Kids Without Borders each of us again had a suitcase filled with clothing, school supplies, dental supplies and other items, almost 1500 pounds of good for the kids in the orphanages. My life changed again, and I realized I would be a part of Kids Without Borders to help others again and again. Which means I traveled to Vietnam with Son Michael Pham, now Chu (Uncle) Son to me, again in in 2006 and 2010 and am planning to go again in 2014. Each trip is different, although seeing the same children in the orphanages and how they have grown and matured has been a real blessing. Several years ago My wife and I sponsored one of the children, Giang, who was graduating from High School in the orphanage in Hai Phong, so that she could attend a culinary arts school after her graduation. And Giang is now working in her desired vocation in life and doing very well. We are very proud of her accomplishments. On all of these trips, thanks to Son Michael and his organization, Kids Without Borders, we have made a difference in so many lives. And KWB operates with no personnel expense as everyone involved is a volunteer. Kids Without Borders truly is that, helping kids throughout the world have a better life! Thank you KWB and Chu Son! I truly believe in this quote by Paul Shane Spear: "As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my opinion, Kids Without Borders is a highly inspirational program that gives people of youth and higher an experience to work with and help other children. I was adopted from Vietnam and it was my first time visiting my home country at the age of 12. Now, I am 14 and I long to return again and visit all the special people we met. Chu Son Michael Pham is a very good person who looks out for all the children who need help. I am really glad we participated in this program and highly recommend it to others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think that Kids Without Boarders is an amazing program that gives kids like me a different perspective in what it means to truly help and volunteer. I was 10 when I went to Vietnam with my mom and sister. Now I'm 12 and still remember what fun it was to be there and knowing somehow you have cheered someone up today. I would love to go back someday and help some more.