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Leyna Nguyens Love Across the Ocean

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: To provide a safe learning environment for children and help them and their families with basic human needs.

Target demographics: impoverished children and their families, and refugees

Geographic areas served: Southern California, Vietnam, other countries

Programs: construction of schools, sponsorship of children, humanitarian relief, medical missions, gifting of farm animals

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My organization Ket Doan Association and I have been partnered with LATO for the past 4 years. We sponsored 8 children via LATO program. LATO has been a great partner and provided us documentation whenever we need. In addition they setup a small gathering for us when we go back to VN to visit our sponsor children's.

5 Mike192

Donor

Rating: 5

LATO is a wonderful charity that helps so many children and family's in need. For about the cost of a monthly gym membership we might take for granted here you can sponsor a child's schooling, school supplies and meals for a month! This program is great because you get updates and pictures of the child you're sponsoring and can keep track of their progress. If you don't want a monthly commitment you can also help through LATO's meaningful gifts program where you can donate farm animals to families in need or just donate any amount any time where your contribution could go towards building a school or supplying fans to people in the extremely hot Vietnamese summer. I'm proud to say I support LATO and the fact that all donations go to the children and families that need and are so thankful for the help.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful nonprofit that helps so many to receive so many beneficial
services and supplies that may otherwise be overlooked by others. My knowledge of seeing people so humbled by the sheer kindness of this organization to not only provide service, but actual deliver them to remote areas that would otherwise be forgotten. The President and founder Ms Leyna Nguyen is such a profound giver and works tirously to achieve her goals by devoting herself and funding not only as the President, but rolls her sleeves up and works to help provide the necessary services. LATO is poised to be a driving force for the better good of all mankind.

4 Someone Who Cares 19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every LATO event I have attended has been amazing and very educational. Leyna brings people together with a common goal- to help others. Everyone does what they are able to in order to meet goals. The celebrity poker events are fun and everyone has a good time, while helping humanity. Additionally, LATO updates us on where our donations, gifts and volunteering service goes to. There are pictures, letters, videos, etc. I love LATO and all the people I have met throught LATO.

2 Jim_39

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been very proactive with a number of charities over the years. LATO is a very special charity that directly impacts people in need. Leyna Nguyen exemplifies the character and leadership that makes LATO such a successful and honorable nonprofit.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of LATO since the beginning of 2016, and continue to be amazed at the boundless time and energy Leyna puts into this worthwhile cause. She does it from the heart, and she has a tremendous one!

This is a family affair in more ways than one. Leyna, her brother and her parents all work tirelessly to find young people in need overseas and coordinate to get them sponsorship funds and other necessities so deserving children can eat and attend school. Leyna and her family give of themselves and their time, with no recompense, always exploring new angles to help. In the process, those who receive help become extended members of her own special family as they watch over them. And those of us who contribute become cherished members of LATO's family as well.

This is not one of those admin heavy charities where you contribute $1 a day to help an unknown starving child in a 3rd world country, where most of the funds actually go to a corporate office, This is a lean organization that gives out all that it takes in, and more. Also, you get a chance to know the child you sponsor, witness how the money you donate helps, and receive words of thanks back from the child.

The critical measure of any charity is whether the funds collected make a difference in the way they are intended. LATO achieves great success in applying donations where they are needed. And that's why I don't hesitate to give and give again.

3 Greg67

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of LATO for 5yrs. I know that every penny goes directly too those in need. Not one person from top to bottom gets paid to work in this org. it all goes to those who are less fortunate than you or me. I donate my time & Love

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Genuine organization with meaningful and benificial help to those who are in need in Vietnam.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Just became associated with LATO ladt year. Love Leyna Nguyen as she does such an amazing job helping so many children in need.

4 Lauren117

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization. LATO for approximately 2 years. Leyna works tirelessly for thes children who have no parents. She is giving these kids a chance they may not have been given. I don't only volunteer, I also donate.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a proud donor and volunteer of this great organization. The work and dedication to helping others is second to none and anyone that has ever been involved with LATO will know that. God bless the people of LATO.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I usually don't write reviews , however I find myself thinking about all the children that Leyna Nguyen have helped. I myself is an orphanage , lost both of my parents at the age of one. I am lucky enough to be here in America to start a new life with all the opportunity to succeed in life. Love Across The ocean is an outstanding nonprofit organization who I find that I can trust. Leyna and all her volunteers are people who is dedicated all their time and expecting nothing back. Recently, I know Leyna went back to Vietnam to provide free dental for the children and family in need. My heart melt when I saw pitures of Leyna and the Dentist who work long hours to help these children. Every dollars donated to LATO goes directly to those in need. My heart always have a special place for LATO and will continue to support this AMAZING nonprofit organization.

5 leannla

Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about LATO during a fundraising event a few years ago. I also had the pleasure of meeting Leyna Nguyen for the first time that night and was so inspired by all that she does to help others. Her kindness and dedication to help make a positive change in the world has helped countless families in Vietnam who barely have enough food and water to survive. Instead of taking extravagant trips during her vacations, Leyna chooses to spend her time off in Vietnam helping distribute food, medicine, and even providing dental work to those who have never even seen a dentist their whole lives. Leyna and LATO’s volunteers are people who dedicate their time without expecting anything back. I have a special place in my heart for LATO and I will always be a supporter of this wonderful nonprofit where I know that every dollar I donate goes to those who truly need it. Thank You Leyna and LATO for making a difference!

5 Sheila L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My grandparents were long-time supporters and donors of Love Across the Ocean. They passed away a few years ago. I remember how they always spoke highly of Leyna Nguyen, the founder of LATO. They used to tell everyone in the family how wonderful and selfless of a person Leyna Nguyen is for dedicating herself to help the less fortunate in Vietnam. My grandpa taught us to always show compassion by extending a helping hand (to be like Leyna Nguyen :), and that the more we give, the more we’ll receive. I had the pleasure of meeting Leyna about two years ago at a LATO event and I must say she is everything my grandparents talked about and much much much more! On a personal level, Leyna Nguyen is kind-hearted, a giver, so devoted to helping others without expecting anything in return, and just a wonderful person inside and out. I truly admire her selfless determination to help the less fortunate. You can say that I am and always will be a true supporter of LATO. If you are reading this, I hope to see you at the next LATO event!! Thank you Leyna Nguyen of LATO for your meaningful work and for making this world a better place.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m proud to be associated with Love Across the Ocean (LATO). I know that all my donations are 100% spent on helping to construct schools, donate food, clothing, and medicines. Also, I am able to donate animal gifts to help families to be able to provide for their families. Recently, LATO was able to provide free dental services to families in need. LATO goes above and beyond to help others. I am happy to be associated with this organization and would recommend anyone who is looking for a charity to donate to, this would be the one.

4 pklma

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm confident to say that I've found a non-profit organization I can completely trust to donate my time and money.

Love Across The Ocean (LATO) is a non-profit organization founded by Leyna Nguyen. LATO has reach out to help and change countless lives of poor people and children in Vietnam. I've witnessed Leyna Nguyen and her volunteers work tirelessly at her Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament and many other charity events to raise money.

I'm humbled and honored to say that I've been a volunteer for LATO since 2009. I hope that one day I'll have an opportunity to travel with Leyna Nguyen to Vietnam so I can personally help distribute food, livestocks, medicine, bicycle and fans to the less fortunate.

5 Ái K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love Across The Ocean (LATO) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to helping Ocean Country children and their families. LATO provide clothes, foods, medicines, school's supplies, dental care and emotional support so that the people can experiences the "normal" joys, knowing their lives are significant and meaningful to each and every one. I'm glad that I get to know Leyna Nguyen, her warmth and her humility is evident in that she never draws attention to herself, is not afraid to dig in and do the hard work of serving others. I'm trust 100% , that my donations will go directly to all the needy people through LATO, and will continue to support in any way that I can, so that LATO can spread further to many countries that in need of help. Thank you LATO and Leyna, for an opportunity to help others. Keep up the good work.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LATO is a great charity! I love that you can purchase chickens, pigs and cows to help those in need. They all reproduce which makes it the gift that keeps on giving! The poker tournament is my favorite event, Leyna does such a wonderful job as hostess you really do see her good charitable works. Helping those in need in Vietnam with the many necessities that they need. I chose this charity because I can see how much good LATO does . I am happy to volunteer my time to help my brothers and sisters in Vietnam

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Love Across the Ocean started with one person, then spread to a small circle of friends and family. Today, we're lucky to have the support of people, young and old, from all over the world, as well as celebrities who help make our events FUN! We're still a small organization with no paid employees. We all volunteer our time and efforts to carry out LATO's mission. There is no office, no fancy brochures, and so basically--no overhead! This means more money goes to the people who need it.

Our Mission
Children are our first priority. LATO dreams of a day when those least able to care for themselves aren't forced to rummage through garbage for food. Originally created to build and renovate schools, LATO soon found itself helping families who struggle to feed themselves on a daily basis. Our volunteers travel to rural areas of Vietnam to distribute food, medicines, and clothing. We search for well-performing students who can't afford to go to school and help them get the education that will open doors to a brighter future. On some projects, LATO works with other non-profits to provide scholarships and build or renovate schools.

As others have mentioned, neither Leyna, her board of directors nor her volunteers are paid for their services and 100% of the donations go to help others.


4

Donor

Rating: 5

Great charities are those where the money you give goes to the people who need it, not to the people who run it. LATO is an all-volunteer organization that is transparent about what it does with donations. You can see who you're helping, and the results are amazing! You won't get fancy brochures and there's no office you can visit, but you have direct contact with the founder,board members, volunteers, and in the case of sponsoring children, you even have direct access to the children you're helping. Trust is everything when it comes to charity, and LATO's outstanding Leadership and performance earns that trust and respect. That's why I have been a supporter for 15 years. Feel confident you are helping the right people, when you do it through LATO!