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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

Mission: VCF/Heartbeat Vietnam is dedicated to improving the health and education of poor children accross Vietnam.

Results: Provided life-saving heart operations to over 8,327 children suffering from congenital heart defects; provided free health care to over 238,887 poor Vietnamese children in the rural areas; provided over 186 crash carts to rural hospitals; trained over 1,500 doctors and nurses in pediatric advanced lifesaving skills; implemented 70 water filtration systems; and provided 1,074 university scholarships to poor but academically-talented female ethnic minority students.

Target demographics: disadvantaged children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 35,000 children

Geographic areas served: Vietnam

Programs: 1. Heartbeat Vietnam: Heart Operations, Family Grants, Continuing Care, and mobile medical Outreach Clinics 2. Critical Response: pediatric emergency lifesaving training and crash cart donations 3. Survive to Thrive: improving the capacity for neonatal care with training and equipment donations 4. A Brighter Path: scholarships for female ethnic minority students

Community Stories

224 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The training program for countryside is very good for Vietnamese peoples. It gives doctor have change to practice skills that is very necessary. Thanks for Vinacapital,

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I hope that Vinacapital foundation will organize more and more training sessions by using conferencing to connect to many more experts in the US . I am highly appreciated it.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended most of the sessions of neonatal care organized by Vinacapital foundation and evaluated very helpful for doctors like us. thank you!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

thanks VinaCapital foundation and the videoconference for neonatal doctors. The sessions are very useful.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Neonatal care is an initiative of training via videoconference. Thank you VinaCapital Foundation and the talks of Dr Ringer

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I knew VCF more than 7 years ago, when I was invited to attend a telemedecine conference in congenital heart surgery. At that time, our hospital just started our open heart surgery program and my knowledge as well as my skill in this field were quite "poor". Thanks to these telemedecine and then the IQIC classes that VCF staffs usually send me notification, I gradually learn more experiences from many famous physicians and ICU nurses around the world . VCF together with Children's heartlink helped our hospital to organize the first PALS for nurses in Vietnam. Until now, we are cooperating in training our ICU nurses with PALS and evaluating the result of this program. Beside that, when we need more equipments to increase the number of children with CHD to be operated , VCF did't hesitate to help us with many syringe pumps for our ICU. From the beginning with 2 ICU beds and more than 100 operations per year, nowaday, with 6 ICU beds, we can do more than 300 cases per year and most of the cases are severe cases that are unable to wait longer for surgery. On behalf of our poor children with CHD, I am very grateful for what VCF have done . For me, this nonprofit organization deserves 5 start rate !

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very pleased to have a chance to participate in a tele medicine training program in neonatal field which was well organised by Vina Capital foundation. It was a useful program containing a series important lectures with updated evidence -base information. I personally found it very helpful and also believed that my colleagues agree with me. It means that there have been more Vietnamese newborn infants benefited from this program. it will be great to join with Vina Capital foundation in other medical activities in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been cooperating with Heart Beat Vietnam since the beginning of the program. It is tremendously helpful. Without the program we could not have been able to provide screening and cure for numerous poor children with congenital heart defects. The program have been saving many children's lives and helping us improve our capacity. Many thanks to VCF staff.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This progame is very usefully and necessary for nurse.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is very neccesary for us (medical doctor and nurses)

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank for this program. I was extended my knowlege. A hight quality project, so i hope that there' ll many good program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am Hoa. I was work as registed nurse at ICU of cardiovascular surgery department. Now, I am a nursing lecturer at Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University. I have been attend in Medical Conference Program Online about the intensive cares on new-borns and childrens. I am so delighted to be involved in this program. I believing what I could learn from here to saving the lives of vietnamese children with congenital heart disease. I think, the workshops and seminars on nursing management and leadership will be really useful. I hope that will be attending this program on next time.
Thank VCF so much.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A highly significant program, open up opportunities for more people to have access

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to this program, i have a chance to communicate with professeur Steven A Ringer. I'm specially interested in new - borns and the neonatal problems, so that i find these conferences telemedecine are so helpful. I wish that you could organise more conferences about the intensive cares on new-borns and childrens for us to exchange experiences between clinicians. Many thanks!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Tôi đã tham gia chương trình này và đã được trao đổi với nhiều chuyên gia trên thế giới cũng như các đồng nghiệp trong nước. Đây là một chương trình giao lưu rất bổ ích và cũng đã có nhiều bạn đồng nghiệp cùng tham dự.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VCF is well organised, has great visions and truly works for community

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I could learn a lot through listening to presentations and discussions and experience sharing sessions organized by VCF. Very useful. Hope they will have more learning events.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an interesting program. I had a good opportunity to enhance my knowledge and experience from famous professors.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been joining VCF from 2010, believing what I could learn from here to saving the lives of vietnamese children with congenital heart disease,

I was not mistaken. VCF has worked very efficiently with many programs, especially Heartbeat Vietnam, and rescued over 2000 children by giving them free cardiac surgeries. In addition, I've been impressed by the effectiveness of supplementary programs aiming to enhance the professional capacity of cardiologist and sponsor medical euipments for hospitals. Reading the profiles of the sick childrens make me feel touched. Foturnately, VCF team has been creating mircales to keep those kids alive, giving them a chance to grow up and enjoy their bright futures.

I am so delighted to be involved in some activites of IMIV, an educational initiatives within VCF. The workshops and seminars on management and leadership was really useful.

Overall, I believe that VCF is a great charity organization. They are contributing more and more to society of Vietnam.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Extremmely useful for our daily work and clinical practice!!
Thank you verry much!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks for VinaCapital Foundation, I see very good for your country. VinaCapital Foundation help me and any young doctor, children, student and a lot of people.
Thanks so much

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VCF has organized many programs to improve the capacity of health works. For example: the Medical Conference Program online in Hanoi and HCMC. City, Hue, Da Nang and Can Tho (workshop program for cardiovascular surgeons, doctors Internal Cardiology, Pediatrics-Emergency physician and resuscitation, pediatric nurse ...) and training PALS for Physicians / Nurses on Emergency Pediatric Resuscitation in HCMC. City, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Da Nang, Kien Giang and Can Tho. These programs have been very helpful to doctors in the province and saving the lives of many patients.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Neonatal Doctor in Da Nang City. I find the telemedicine organized by VinaCapital Foundation is very useful for my daily work. I hope the VinaCapital Foundation would organize more telemedicine sessions via videoconferencing for doctors all over Vietnam.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a nurse who participated in Basic Life Support training organized by VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) . The training was very helpful for our work. I hope that VCF will have more many useful training like that for us and for nurses in Vietnam

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

VCF is a grate NGO that I have been being a volunteer for 5 years . VCF has many wonderful activities to help the unhappy to have better lives. It also has many programs to train the junior doctor to improve their professional skills, and sponsor medical equipments for hospital...

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I run a medical network to help poor children afflicted with rare and difficult to treat diseases in Vietnam and came to know Robin King Austin CEO of VINA Capital Foundation. I'm most honored and privileged to be a partner of this great organization. Together we have brought to Vietnam Epidermolysis Bullosa medical mission from Australia in 2011 and, also since, implemented an annual Tumor Mercy Mission to bring Dr McKay MacKinnon to Vietnam to deal with very challenging tumor case --like that of the man with 200 lb tumor operated on in January 5, 2012-- and trained tumor surgeons at five locals hospitals in North and South of Vietnam.
I should like to share with you this news article which highlights some of VCF's lifesaving accomplishments and its great skipper : Fairy for Vietnam children with cardiac diseases < http://tuoitrenews.vn/features/8575/fairy-for-vietnam-children-with-cardiac-diseases > .
Sam-Ottawa/ Canada
VM2N

Virtual Medical Miracle Network (VM2N) is a bridge building effort to connect patients needing medical help to doctors, hospitals, voluntary, charitable and medical institutions in Vietnam and overseas that might be able to offer assistance. Our focus is on poor children afflicted with rare and difficult to treat diseases. The decision to ask for assistance rests entirely with a patient and the patient’s family. The information provided to VM2N will not be disclosed to any individuals or organisations not involved in a case or not called on to assist.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

It’s not difficult to describe VinaCapital Foundation: Vietnamese children with a broken heart are blessed to have Robin King Austin, VCF founder, as their fairy mother! I started out some four years ago helping my good friend Ben Wilson of North-Carolina www.childrenofvietnam.org find children with tumours to connect to UK www.facingtheworld.net, or help find children with clefted lips/ palates to connect to US Operation Smile.

Not really intending to stay, but I am stuck with and have been running a Virtual Medical Network (VM2N) since late 2008, with focus on poor children in Vietnam afflicted with rare and difficult to treat diseases. Being an economist, my strategy and platform was to try as best to match uncountable demands for medical urgent helps to limited supplies of the same –be they an op-or-die heart case or any other serious medical conditions not taken on by local hospitals-- calling on doctors and hospitals, in Vietnam and from overseas, to give the children a life-changing chance for a treatment. I always look for miracle workers, by networking and by knocking on medical doors, in Vietnam and overseas, on behalf of patients referred to VM2N. Robin is one of my greatest finds.

Robin, CEO of VinaCapital Foundation, is a God-sent friend to VM2N and a fairy mother to thousands of under-privileged children in Vietnam.

In partnership with VCF, we brought an Epidermolysis Bullosa teaching medical mission –funded by Thoi Bao News Canada-- from Australia and New Zealand to help Vietnam face with the dreadful EB challenge. EB is a dreadful skin diseases that no children anywhere deserve to suffer from --mortality rate is 87% worldwide, more so in Vietnam because of the environment, lack of hygiene, poverty and lack of expertise among VN dermatologists and skin hospitals... Until I got involved with EB in late 2010, on request from a reporter of Dan Tri -a major newspaper in Vietnam—to find helps for VN children, all children with EB were turned away from hospitals in Vietnam.... to suffer or die silently...

Being also instrumental in connecting Dr McKay McKinnon to Vietnam in June 2011 to operate on the man with the 200lb tumour and 2 other cases of disfiguring facial and whole-body tumour on two young ladies in January 2012, I’m so very lucky that Robin/ VCF has wholeheartedly responded to my call to help VN patients with tumours. Dr McKinnon’s last tumour mission, July 22 – August 3, 2013 organized by Robin/VCF, gave a life-changing chance to 13 tumour patients at five hospitals in the North and South of Vietnam, thus, accomplishing our two major goals: to help the patients and to train local VN doctors. A good friend of mine, publisher of Thoi Bao News Canada, funded the trip. We are working on the next Dr McKinnon tumour mission, slated maybe for early 2014.

In fact, in July 2013 at Viet-Duc hospital in Hanoi, 40+ tumour patients in the North of Vietnam flocked to the hospital to seek help, when they heard that Dr McKinnon was coming. Dr McKinnon examined and gave consultations to all and showed Viet-Duc surgeons possible surgery procedures that might help those people desperate to have a normal look and to live in dignity. We all know who this world-famous humongous tumour surgeon with golden hands and a golden heart is --hailed from Chicago. June 6, 2012 US TLC Discovery channel premiered Dr McKinnon`s super surgery documentary on Nguyen Duy Hai`s historical 200lb-tumour operation at France-Vietnam Hospital in Saigon in January 5, 2012. The documentary was filmed by US Morningstar Entertainment.

What is more precious than a healthy and beating heart... VCF has helped/ saved some 3, 222 children with congenital heart defects, under its Heartbeat Vietnam Programme, and has recently initiated Heartbeat Myanmar Programme to help CHD children in Myanmar, where only 8 cardiologists look after a population on 60 millions. I was privileged to join in with VCF and happy that a Canadian friend cover the cost to bring the first heart mission team from Yangon to Vietnam for training. This is a long term project to overhaul Myanmar cardiology.

“The situation in Myanmar for children with congenital heart defects is dire. Children in the provinces are simply told that there is nothing that can be done and they have to accept their fate. With only 4 fully trained cardiac surgeons for a country of 60 million people less than 100 children’s surgeries were done last year. Vietnam has 90 million people and they have over 150 cardiac surgeons.” http://vinacapitalfoundation.org/our-programs/building-capacity-for-pediatric-care/heartbeat-myanmar/?lang=vi
Dr Win Win Kyaw, a Burmese cardiologist says that children with heart disease in Myanmar die like rats...
Help is much needed there also. Please help if you can.

It would take pages to say more about VCF and its impacting, much needed and far-reaching works. Here are briefly some key accomplishments, considering that end-results in terms of numbers can illustrate how impacting VinaCapital Foundation is:

• VCF programs saved over 17,000 children last year (2012) and impacted the lives of over 2.4 million people in Vietnam;

• Since 2006, Heartbeat Vietnam has provided life-saving surgeries for over 3,222 very poor children and assisted 200 families with 128 family grants for nutrition and transportation and 76 continuing care grants for at risk children;
• Since 2007, Outreach Clinics for Cardiac Care have seen 27,152 children in 28 districts and 32 provinces offering free diagnosis including 14,591 cardiac ultrasounds, 1,568 pre and post operative checkups and counseling finding 6,055 children suffered with CHD and 4,705 children who need heart surgery, most who had never been diagnosed;
• Since 2007, Instruments in Hand has donated 3,506 pieces of capacity building equipment to hospitals in Vietnam with a value of over $800,000;
• Since 2008, The International Symposia for Cardiac Care and Neonatal Care included 38 interactive tele-medical-education Symposia to 5,552 doctors and nurses in 9 sites all over Asia, and broadcast worldwide with as many as 60 sites signed in to the webcast. The sessions were in Cardiac Surgery (17 sessions), Cardiology (3), Intensive Care (12) and World Bank funded Neonatal Care (6);
• Since 2009, Critical Response Emergency Care Program trained and certified 436 doctors and 61 nurses and 39 trainers from 125 hospitals in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and donated 99 life-saving crash carts to emergency rooms and intensive care units in 67 hospitals. These crash carts are saving an average of 2 children per week;
• Since 2009, The International Management Institute of Vietnam was incubated at VCF and is now a self-sustaining social enterprise providing international quality management courses;
• Since 2010, Survive to Thrive, has built neonatal capacity with upgrades and renovations to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Da Nang Women and Children’s Hospital and 42 pieces of life-saving equipment valued at $193,960. The unit is now a regional referral site for 5 provinces and neonatal mortality has decreased 25% to 6.2/1000. The national average is 16/1000;
• Since 2010, A Brighter Path has mentored and supported 47 disadvantaged ethnic minority girls with a unique 7 year scholarship and mentoring program. All girls were accepted to college or university and finished their first year successfully;
• In January 2013, VCF launched Lotus Impact to provide impact investing in SME’s and Social Enterprises across Southeast Asia, prioritizing Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

I told Vietnam Tuoi Tre News: “There are no words to highlight the sense of blessing and gratitude I personally feel having Dr McKay McKinnon walking with our Vietnamese tumor patients desperate for a chance to look normal and live in dignity. He is a man that can give hopes and tries very hard to make a difference in our tumor patients’ life”.

The same can be said about Robin King Austin and her great team.

If you care to know a bit more about VinaCapital Foundation: http://www.vinacapitalfoundation.org/topics/news-features/?lang=en
It’s no fun to be poor. It’s worse if one also suffers with a life-threatening, disfiguring or debilitating medical condition with no help on sight...

I’m most grateful to my close VM2N associates and volunteers from Vietnam, US, Canada , Germany and Australia, to Robin and her capable and dedicated VCF team as much as to my other partnering organizations –medical and/or charity NGO’s which have done tremendous life-saving and life-changing works in Vietnam.

Sam-Ottawa / Canada
VM2N

Virtual Medical Miracle Network (VM2N) is a bridge building effort to connect patients needing medical help to doctors, hospitals, voluntary, charitable and medical institutions in Vietnam and overseas that might be able to offer assistance. Our focus is on poor children afflicted with rare and difficult to treat diseases. The decision to ask for assistance rests entirely with a patient and the patient’s family. The information provided to VM2N will not be disclosed to any individuals or organisations not involved in a case or not called on to assist.


4 Phạm N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VCF is an outstanding organization whose mission is to support the poor having heart problems in Vietnam. The staff there are friendly, nice, and very welcoming. As a volunteer, I have witnessed the revivals of many children, for the first time they can be easily feeling healthy. Nothing likes seeing a child going from the edge of death to the edge of glory.

6 Duong V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having my friend working on VCF to see and understand how she and her colleagues have helped those people who in dire need, especially heart disease children, is greatful.
VCF staffs are friendly, dedicated and passionate people who work with their heart from running the fundraising events or even selling normal stuffs for raising money where all go directly to programming.
i just love those kind hearted people and their works and wish the we all give a help so they can fullfil their mission.

4 Sage3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VCF is an organization with an amazing mission, and a wonderful staff dedicated to making that mission a reality. As an intern not only was I able to learn and grow professionally, but I witnessed firsthand impact in action!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

By Vinacapital Foundation, many miserable children are supported to heart surgery. Vinacapital Foundation brings them hope, and better life. They often organize useful teleconferences for training nurses.

4 Delia C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A fantastic mission implemented by stewarding caretakers. They provide services that otherwise may not ever be considered or possible.

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you so much for taking your time to review us. We appreciate your ongoing support of VinaCapital Foundation!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Helping the poor children in VN to address the heart surgery of young children ..
Bringing in western Doctors to perform and train the local doctors

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you so much for taking your time to review us. We appreciate your ongoing support of VinaCapital Foundation!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an ethnic minority student from poor village on the Mekong Delta. When i graduated from high school i thought, i could not study at university. Because of my family' s dire financial situation. Luckily, i received assistance from the VinaCapital foundation. Their help enabled me to achieve my dream of studying at university. I am beyond thankful for VCF and their assistance ! Beside helping students such as myself, VCF also helps children suffering from congenital heart disease thought their Heartbeat Viet Nam program.I hope that there will be many investors at VCF, as this foundation offers so many people a slice of happiness. One again, i thank VCF very much !

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you so much for taking your time to review us. We appreciate your ongoing support of VinaCapital Foundation! We wish you the best as you continue your studies, and hope that you have a bright and successful future.

4 Tramy N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am working in a hospital, a partner of VINACAPITAL FOUNDATION for charity mission. VINACAPITAL FOUNDATION done huge jobs to support the unfortunate children/youth with inborn/congenital deformity and help to totally change those people's life, bringing them a much brighter life and future. the CEO is a wonderful, loving lady with a great kind heart, enthusiasm and full of love to those need help. The staff of VINACAPITAL FOUNDATION is a great team with their professionalism and effectiveness

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you so much for taking your time to review us. We are very happy to partner with hospitals to help children with congenital heart defects and other problems. We could not implement our programs so well without these partnerships. Thanks again!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Vinacapital Foundation is a nonprofit organization that we believe in.
Instead of Christmas presents for our family we donate HEARTS for young people.
I'm so grateful that such a foundation exists.

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you for your "heart" donations! We are very grateful to YOU for your ongoing support!

3 todd.gilmore

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been assisting Vinacapital and their charity, Heartbeat Vietnam, for 6 years now in raising money for needy underprivilaged children. Their work is truly remarkable in that they work with the government system to find children in need. They then take care of them to ensure those children receive what is often life saving surgery to correct heart defects. In all cases, it is life transformation for these children. The charity operates with the support of Vinacapital so there is no over head. All donations go directly to where they are needed, with children.

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you, Todd, for your dedication and support. We at VinaCapital Foundation are very grateful for your commitment to helping save children afflicted with CHD. You are an inspiration to us all!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am into my 5th year of being involved with Heartbeat Vietnam. It started out as getting to know them as a beneficiary of a large charity golf and tennis tourney. Seeing their work, who they help, the efficiency they achieve and knowing they have no overhead due to great support from VinaCapital, made me want to do more.
In the past 2 years I have nominated Heartbeat Vietnam as my charity of choice. I have through competing in 2 Ironman events been able to personally help in the contributions for life saving surgeries on 23 children. There is a vast need for this work in Vietnam. It gives me great pleasure to support and encourage others to do the same for this great cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an ethnic minority girl. Last year, I thought I could not go to study at University due to my family’s dire financial situation. Luckily, I got scholarship from VinaCapital Foundation. My first impression when I came to VCF’s office was one of promise – they have a wall full of photos of children with underwent successful heart surgeries. I can see that the staff here have passion that are always burning in their hearts and lightning up the community. The day that I learned that I was lucky enough to receive a VCF scholarship was a day that marked a milestone in my life. Not only for me, but also many other girls can achieve their dreams because of VCF’s support. Currently, I am not the only beneficiary of HSBC-VCF scholarship. I am also a volunteer at VCF. Therefore, I understand the dynamics of how VCF works and what it has to offer. VCF strives to decrease the number of Vietnamese children subject to congenital heart disease. They also work on increasing medical capacities by providing medical equipment for hospitals in remote areas. Finally, they also strive to help ethnic minority girls achieve their dreams by providing them with an education that will enable them to strive in their future. Thanks to VCF, my dream has now become achievable. I know that many other patients are waiting for help, and many hearts do not beat healthily. Now that I am a volunteer at VCF, I realized that my dream is to become a doctor so that I can devote all of what I have just as VCF does for the causes it supports. I hope that everyone will work with VCF and help them complete their mission. As of now, more than 4,000 babies were saved by VCF.

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are very proud of our scholarship program for ethnic minority girls. We wish you the best in your studies, and hope that your future is bright and promising.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We all have an urge to do something meaningful in our life. And so do I. When joining VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) as a volunteer, I know I could do something good for those children who need our help. Its not just money, gifts but more than that it is the willingness to give, to support.

Thanks for Heartbeat team, VCF's people, who have a warm-heart that are willing to give more than what they have. So hope the team will keep this spirit and continue to save more and more children.

You guys always have my support. Good luck to VCF for the brighter future.

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Great Nonprofits. We really appreciate your ongoing support and your role as a volunteer. At VCF, volunteers are essential to helping us achieve our mission. Thanks again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I come from the Vietnam ethnic minority community. To a small town girl like me, I've always dream of living in big city and have a stable job and VinaCapital Foundation is the organization that fired up my igniting dream. Thanks to VinaCapital Foundation, I could continue my study career because my family was unable to do that. When I first came to Ho Chi Minh City, I had to manage everything on my own and it was really hard for me to get used to with the new society and new environment. When I was about to give up, VinaCapital Foundation came along and gave me a helping hand. They provide almost everything that I need for my 4-year-time in the university. Moreover, they even provide me a mentor with whom I can share my difficulties and emotions. VinaCapital Foundation is my second family. They not only inspired me but also encouraged me a lot.
Besides, VinaCapital Foundation also raise a fund to help children who have congenital heart disease. That is the most cherishing act of all time. I'm writing biographies for those miserable children and do the volunteer work for VCF. I just want to give some helps while I still can. "Have a heart, give a heart", just like the slogan of VinaCapital Foundation.
I hope there will be more and more volunteers, donors to join this organization and to help people escape from the poor living standards or unfortunate conditions.
To me, VinaCapital Foundation is the best non-profit organization ever.

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K.Rett 05/14/2015

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Great Nonprofits. We really appreciate your ongoing support and your role as a volunteer. At VCF, volunteers are essential to helping us achieve our mission. We wish you the best in your studies!

3 Thi T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) has always been a great learning journey for me. Not only did VCF provide me with an opportunity to enhance my working skills but also gave me a chance to contribute my time and effort to help many unfortunate children in Vietnam. Six-month joining VCF family was a lifetime experience for me, as I was able to learn much more about the lives of many children with major disadvantages in life, the importance of giving and helping others in need, as well as VCF's profound mission of improving quality of life and well-being for individuals living in extreme poverty and hardships.

Constant efforts of VCF's members in achieving the goals of the organization and their care for others in the society inspired me in many different ways. They actually put their ideas into action and VCF's achievements proved the effectiveness of their programs and their great dedication to the community. VCF also helped me set a meaningful foundation and goal for my life as I want to continue to work in the non-profit sector and be a productive and helpful person for the society.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn, to contribute, and to explore myself. Thank you for all your dedicated works and effective programs to assist many people and children in my country, Vietnam. And thanks to all VCF's members for teaching me priceless lessons in life.

I would greatly recommend everyone to join VinaCapital Foundation as a volunteer, a donor, an intern, or an employee because you will receive much more than what you give.

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K.Rett 05/13/2015

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Great Nonprofits. We really appreciate your ongoing support and your role as a volunteer. At VCF, volunteers are essential to helping us achieve our mission. We are glad that you had such a positive experience at VCF and hope that you will continue to spread the word about all the good work that we do in Vietnam. Thanks again!

4 kilawan.kamelia

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It was my first time working abroad and I am so glad I was placed by my fellowship program at VCF! As a full-time communications intern from New York City, I was tasked with reporting on outreach clinics in Vietnam's poor provinces as well as helping conduct research on non-communicable diseases and services provided to Vietnamese children with disabilities. I spent two and half months working at VCF with very little knowledge on congenital heart disease and the quality of village clinics in the developing world. Though I was able to quickly grasp the mission of VCF: to build capacity in the healthcare and education available to poor Vietnamese children. The friendly staff at VCF helped me understand their daily work and through conversations I saw how it fit into a developing nation's challenges to fund the healthcare and education of poor children. As a foreign volunteer, Robin and the staff not only provided professional support and guidance but also were there for me as a second-family since I was completely new to the country and living alone as a single woman. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn about Vietnam's changing healthcare while contributing to a good cause, definitely highlight VCF. I was lucky to be funded by an external source though I recommend VCF as a flexible and friendly organization that offers volunteers an environment to learn and grow—as long as they put in the time to do so!

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Donor

Rating: 4

For the very first anniversary of Heart Beat Saigon, which has almost the same name, but is in fact a community for underground electronic (body) music, we have worked with Heartbeat Vietnam. We raised money with a share in our tickets as well as 50% of the revenues of the limited edition 1 year anniversary T- Shirt Sales. Heartbeat Vietnam also joined our party in Cargo bar with their promo team that stayed and danced with us until the wee hours selling the famous teddy bears! We had a very good experience working with the lovely and dedicated team of Heartbeat Vietnam and look forward repeating this once more and raising some more for this good cause! Dance music by Heart Beat to dance for healthy heart beats! Thanks! Heart Beat Crew (Chris, Erik & Paul)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VinaCapital Foundation has always been a powerful voice for the young generation of Vietnam. It aims to empower the most vulnerable parts of the society by providing opportunities for growth through health and educational projects.

As a loyal Heartbeat Vietnam member , I am greatly inspired by the cause and the result we see each and every single day, bringing joy and hope back to life, and for many people, that is a promise we are entrusted with.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VCF has helped ethnic women closer to dream, to the VCF, I feel more mature, more confident, and thanks to VCF I have identified the correct direction of his. Thank VCF has sponsored me so that I have enough confidence to walk the path he has chosen.

3 Trinh P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer of Vinacapital Foundation since 2 months ago. when i work, i realize a lot of things which i don't understand before like the job, the disadvantaged, the hard life of whose son get congenital heart disease. Understanding the value of money and health. I also learn many things thanks to the enthusiastic help of VCF staffs. Its really meaning that there are over 3500 children were saved and i hope that more and more child will be saved. LOVE VCF.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a Volunteer in VinaCapital Foundation for 2 months. I really feel happy when I have chance to help the children with CHD together with VCF. Thank to VCF give me chance to change my train of thoughts about my life and dream in a positive way. I believe that life always have the miracles, and those miracle will be made by everyone.
Thank you VCF!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who was fortunate to receive the help of VCF, I believe this is an organization really makes sense. VCF has been helping a lot of people, including us - girls ethnic minorities. VCF has been done to change our thinking about life, about dreams of the future and believe in a brighter future.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a Volunteer with VinaCapital Foundation for the last 6 months. I am so impressed with what have they done for Vietnamese children. Number of children have been saved which is more than three thousand five hundred. Everyone have got so much enthusiasm with their work, their target to save more and more children. This Foundation is so unique to the others is every single cent people donate to VCF go directly to the kid cause one of the biggest Donor pays 100% over head costs for the VinaCapital Foundation. I have witnessed so many children have been saved and their lifes changed a lot. There are still many poor children who have heart defect who needs help so we won't stop working to try to save them.

Chi Linh Nguyen

3

Client Served

Rating: 0

VCF is 5 years and I know this organization has changed my life in a positive way, it helps me a lot. Made me more confident, more dynamic and help me step to step firmly left foot on the path of learning and daily activities. I always want to express our most sincere thanks to the organization.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think VCF has changed people's life and my life. It's one of the best NPO I've ever known.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've known VCF for 3 years and that period is the most meaningful time of mine. I learnt from my brothers and sisters there a common word: URGENT. If we didn't hurry up, children would pay their lives. If we didn't catch any tiny chances, many children would loss their biggest chances to live. All the things they do, they think of the children out there, who waiting for them to come as a real angels of life. All sisters and brothers are in non-stop cycle because they have warm hearts and a big dream: NO MORE HEART - DISEASE CHILD IN VIETNAM, THEY WILL BE CURED RIGHT AFTER THEY ARE BORN AND LIVE THE LIFE AS NORMAL CHILD DOES.
"Urgent" may reveal any activities at that place, but the atmostphere is down and keeps a gap when a bad new comes, a child died. They keep moving, being busy, urgent for not feeling bad mood again, for debating the bad luck of poor children, for fighting what they don't believing called 'fates of unlucky persons'.
I always wanna be back to be apart of them, to give my little hand and make the dream, the mission come true.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

VCF is the best organization I've ever known. It has saved lots of children's lives. It also gived them motivation to get over their heart disease. What VCF has done make me feel so warm inside. Very meaningful!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It seems embarrassing to call myself an expert or professional in this field. However, I've jumped through three nonprofits in Vietnam and got exposed to some of the largest foundations in New York City -- no doubt the world's capital of philanthropy, which is an experience substantial enough for me to say the Vina Capital Foundation is one of the very best international charities in Ho Chi Minh City. Knowing who they actually serves, the Foundation adapts quickly and is absolutely responsive to the real and changing needs of its beneficiaries. It's always easy to justify for more healthcare and education for disadvantaged children, but not a lot of people know how to "do stuff" in this field as effectively and efficiently as the Vina Capital Foundation.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think VFC has saved a lot of children's lives, it is the most meaningful thing I have ever know!

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think Vinacapital foundation's activities brings the happiness for a lot of people, specially children and ethnic girls. They give many children having heartattack a chance to live, to study and to dream, which is really a miracle thing.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I apply for my internship at VCF on July 2014. I’ve never known about non-government organization before. I still remember how I tremble with excitement when I come in VCF, a lovely office and friendly people. I feel that it like a family. People are always enthusiastic, kind and happy in working. Day by day, I always want to go to VCF to meet people, to help unlucky children. A memory that I never forget is the time I go to the hospital to visit and give some gifts to children after surgery. To see their innocence and strength, to understand the happy tear on parent’s faces, that makes me realize that how I am lucky.
Besides, to be a student in internship, I’ve learned more about office work, people are always willing to help and teach me enthusiasticly, such as photo, scan, microsoft office… But the most important thing is love because nobody can teach love. Just working, helping, experience, meeting children, that make me realize many things.
There are lots of lessons, experiences and memories I’ve got in VCF and the time in VCF is the most meaningful and unforgettable for me. Thank VCF very much!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the summer of 2014, I applied to be an intern at VinaCapital Foundation. At first, I didn't expect much because I didn't know what I was heading to, but as soon as I start, I was completely in awe! A lot of people told me about the great mission that VCF is doing - at first, I doubted if this organization was as remarkable as it's told. So when I went on my first "field trip" with VCF, it was realistically life-changing. I observed and witness the true work of VCF and what its mission really means.

VCF staffs are always so passionate about their work, and they truly believe in the good deeds that each is advocating. I'm inspired as to how they could get themselves involved in such a "business" where 10 out 10 times is so challenging, especially Robin and Rad - the two admirable CEOs of the Foundation. Having granted a chance to work with such outstanding organization is the best part of my summer. I never thought and anticipated that VCF would change my train of thoughts so immensely. Not only did VCF change many young, poor lives, VCF has also influenced volunteers, and individuals like myself to thrive for the better.

To always be passionate and believe in what you're doing. To have faith and to be determined. To be practical and to be a miracle. That's what I learnt from VCF, its projects, programs. I truly am grateful for the opportunity to be working for VCF and witness miracles happen every day with what VCF does!

Thank you VCF!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My journey into a different world.


I’ve seen many videos and images of real people in what looked to be real and desperate situations. However, never have I had the opportunity to visit and see first-hand the conditions of life that countless of Vietnamese families face today. Unfortunately, it’s a reoccurring and inevitable problem that not only Vietnam, but much of the world faces- poverty and sickness. Yesterday, today and tomorrow; the cyclical nature of life be it natural disasters, illness, homelessness, starvation and malnutrition- whatever it is that most people have seen or come to know, endured and reluctantly wait for the next day to present itself only to live out another routine. They see little hope and a bleak future ahead.
Allow me to share with you a story that will (hopefully) open your eyes, hearts and souls to live for something greater.

Monday June 9, 2014 marks the day that would pierce my heart to live and lead a completely different lifestyle. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to join a couple of the staff at VinaCapital Foundation along with HTV (Vietnamese TV channel) to travel to one of the poor districts in Ho Chi Minh City. We visited a young couple and their 11 month old baby boy, Phuc to document his story. It would air on the following Sunday to create awareness and hopefully, touch the hearts of the more affluent in Vietnam to take action in giving back to the community.

We took a taxi for about 45 minutes to a small neighbourhood where cars could barely fit in the alleyways between the closely knit houses. Obviously, that neighbourhood was not to accommodate cars from entering/exiting frequently. In other words, no one drove cars- no one could afford cars, at least not in this neighbourhood. We drove a couple minutes deep into the neighbourhood and finally came to a stop. We got out into the heat and humidity that Southeast Asia is known for and came to be infront of what seemed like a ‘hole in the wall’. Quite literally…it's understandable if you find it difficult to picture in your head because it was definitely difficult to believe even when I saw it in person. When I saw the cameraman walk inside towards their living quarter, my heart sank. “This is where they live?” I asked. I did not want to believe it. One by one, we entered the 'room'- a single room, less than half the size of an American dream kitchen…dainty, dark, humid, and overcrowded for 5 people. As we stood inside and asked the family about their story and their son's unfortunate heart disease you could see sweat roll down the side of everyone's face. With no windows except the square entryway that served as a door, there was no air ventilation which caused for a slight shortage of breath. One of our members commented that even a healthy person would be prone to catch some sort of illness in that environment perfect for a military gathering of bacteria. During a conversation with the television reporter, she mentioned that even in a big city such as Ho Chi Minh in the heart and soul lies many many families that live in rough conditions and do not earn even a minimum wage for their full days' worth of labor. That bare monthly salary the parents bring home have to make up for the family’s meals, rent, utility bills, and in more than frequent cases, medical bills.

On a brighter note, as the interview was being held, we came to know that their son would be admitted to the hospital the following week in order to prepare for his surgery. And this is where the angel of the story comes in. VinaCapital Foundation, VCF for short, has graciously (once again) committed to support Phuc's heart surgery. VCF's mission is to empower the children of Vietnam through the assistance of healthcare and education. They have a great program called Heartbeat Vietnam where they scope out babies and young children with heart diseases who come from low-income families and sponsor them with a life-changing surgery so they can live their childhood to it's fullest.

Though my time with VCF was unfortunately short, I have come to admire and respect the time and effort each member dedicates to helping children live a better and healthy life. The CEO of VCF, Robin King Austin definitely leads a great team at the organization. But what drives the organization is Robin's passion and dedication to create a bright future for the children of Vietnam. VCF is changing the lives of thousands of poor Vietnamese children who are in dire need of health care. They're like fairies that breathe new life into these children- a life of hope, love and a future.

I would really like to take this opportunity to thank VCF for allowing me to take part in that visit. It really hit me hard that day and helped me come to a realization the truth about the society we are submerged in. (To me) Life is not about pleasing others. It's not about living up to someone else's expectations. It's not about money, fame or power. And it's definitely not all entitled to skittles and rainbows. There's a world out there that we tend to forget about. A world full of hurt and brokenness. To me, life is about sharing your love, opening up your heart to others and using your resources to help those trapped in despair. Society has built layers of walls and created a barrier that makes it difficult for people to see beyond what truly matters in life- the little things that make great impacts. The idea of being a walking lamp post to light the way for others.

So I have decided to challenge myself to dedicate my life to help others. To start thinking about the citizens of this world that are all too often forgotten about or left behind. Here are some questions to probe on (and I encourage to ask yourselves these questions frequently): Why don't you live for something greater than yourself? Would you at least take into consideration a small fraction of the needs of others? What would it take for you to lend a helping hand and your resources to those in need? Would you be able to share your love with those around you- even to those in desolate, dark places?

We all know that change cannot happen without action. So I urge you to think about the life you are living today. Challenge yourself to live for something greater. Open your eyes to the world unknown and strive to make a difference. I promise, you won't regret it.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had already planned to move to Saigon for personal reasons and wanted to do something productive with my free time. I ended working with VCF on and off for four months from December 2013 to April of this year and I had a exceptional time. I especially enjoyed working with Rad and learnt a lot from him regarding the general business environment in Vietnam and how non-profits operate in this country. He is just so full of energy that I sometimes forget he is actually as old as my dad. His charisma is no doubt one of VCF's greatest assets. In fact, I found all the people working at VCF to be extremely kind and enthusiastic about their work.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to intern for VCF during my month-long winter break, which became one of the best experiences I've had in the non-profit field. VCF maintains their approachability despite their professionalism, creating a friendly environment for both staff and visitors. The dedication that VCF has in making a difference in Vietnam can be seen in the organization and the drive each and every member of the staff demonstrates. The Foundation as a whole is extremely effective and efficient in the steps it takes regarding all aspects necessary to ensure that it can attain its purpose of saving and changing the lives of children throughout Vietnam. Since all of the organization’s administrative costs are covered by the VinaCapital Group, VCF is able to fully dedicate itself to its programs, allowing for a greater impact overall. As an American college student interested in the humanities and non-profits, I found myself extremely fortunate to have been able to work for such an impressive and successful foundation. I truly enjoyed being able to witness myself the impact VCF is making, while being a part of the VCF family.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteer for VCF - Heartbeat Vn for 2 months. It was the first volunteer job I've had, thanks to VCF for more opportunities to do meaningful work and happiness to many unfortunate children.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteer for VCF- Heartbeat for 2 years. Thanks to Heartbeat give me chance to do something not only for Vietnam children but also for myself.
VCF staffs are really kind. Thanks so much.

3 KVu T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been a VCF volunteer since an accidental internet seach, this non-profit organisation is very impressive to me because of the nice working environment and professional staff. Besides, they are leader with the main goal to help the congenital heart diseases of children all around Vietnam through Heart Beat program. The foundation's activities have recently grown up which attract the community attention since Vietnamese are more and more responsible with social responsibility. I'm very pleased to contribute my abilities for the VCF. Best wishes to VCF because the future of thousands of children suffering congenital heart diseases is under your help.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have know Robin and VCF for many years and I appreciate the amazing work the Foundation has performed in Vietnam. I have met her many times at the Global Forum at Geneva and listened to many of her presentations of all the work carried out at the Foundation especially for the Children with Congenital Heart Disease in Vietnam. I am also aware of all the activities the Foundation is about to start in Myanmar for poor and deserving children needing Cardiac Care which is not available in their own country. I wish the Foundation every Success and I am ready to help the Foundation in which ever possible.
DR. KM CHERIAN
FRONTIER LIFELINE HOSPITAL
CHENNAI - INDIA

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Donor

Rating: 5

As the Executive Director for The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (CanCham VIetnam), I have the opportunity to work and cooperate directly and often with VinaCapital Capital Foundation. The people at VCF have and are truly wonderful to cooperate with and the dedication and work they put in to save the lives of children in Vietnam is remarkable. CanCham is privileged to have VCF as a recipient of our funds generated by CanCham members. The Foundation keeps the chamber and through us, our members and the community informed and up to date how funds have been spent. CanCham is honoured to endorse the work of the VinaCapital Foundation.

Best Regards,

Colin McDonald
Executive Director
CanCham Vietnam