COV is a wonderful organization that takes their initiatives to heart by reaching out and changing lives of the under-privileged. I have volunteered with them for over 10 years. The staff in America and Vietnam are extremely dedicated to their mission and are a joy to work with. Seeing their programs first hand in Vietnam is inspiring. I have met the 25 Bright Girl Scholars and they are now aspiring to be doctors and policewomen. I've also visited three recipients from the Empowering Foundations for Women and their Children Program, focusing on impoverished single mothers with children. The gratitude the families and children show is palpable and the hope in their eyes is brighter than any wishing star. Thank you for making such a difference in so many lives, including mine.
As a Vietnamese person, i have seen so many wonderful contribution of Children of Vietnam to the children. COV has brought the hope to the hopeless. Thank you Mr. Ben Wilson, Ms. Nancy and Ms. Huong for your greatness.
I was recently able to visit Children of Vietnam's in country office in Da Nang, Vietnam. Children of Vietnam supports children in poverty in Da Nang and Quangnam province. Seeing first hand how the organization functions was eye opening to say the least. I was impressed at the number of children directly assisted by COV- who provides funds for school tuition, books and uniforms to over 600 school children. Seeing the children's faces as they received their scholarships made the trip worthwhile. It was interesting to find that many of the parents attended the scholarship presentations- I realized how much they relied on COV help with their children's education.
I was privileged to observe Children of Vietnam's Hope System of Care program first hand at the annual evaluation day. Here medical professionals, educators and families with handicapped children are brought together with COV specialists to produce an annual plan to assist the children in all ways possible. This is a much needed program as the local government services are not sufficient to take care of these afflicted children.
COV has harnessed the best services available to support a wide variety of deserving children. The local COV staff are dedicated as well as professional. I am certain that the funds raised for Children of Vietnam efforts are meticulously administered to provide the best results possible. COV is an agency of positive change in DaNang and the surrounding province.
I have been a volunteer and donor with COV since 2012. During the American War in Viet Nam I was a soldier in the two provinces south of Da Nang that are now part of COV’s Area of Operations. Doing volunteer photography with COV each March in Viet Nam takes me out to the locales of serious incidents experienced in 1968. Interacting with the Vietnamese peacefully with a camera rather than violently with a tank is helping me heal some very old wounds. This healing would not be possible without Nancy, Huong, and the COV organization.
Additionally, COV further helps me by administering The Dragoon Scholarship Fund I established in 2010. This is a small program focused on one of the many villages brutalized by my cavalry troop so long ago. Starting with six children this fund now supports 31 students as they progress through their schooling. Huong and her crew identify the truly needy children and ensure that the funds are properly applied.
If you happen to be a veteran of that war you might consider volunteering or donating to any one of COV’s worthy programs. You will likely do as much good for yourself as for the Vietnamese.
i have volunteered for many non-profits with varying levels of engagement and value, and I have to say working with COV was my best experience yet. Although they are small, it allow them to add a personal touch and you feel very valued as a volunteer. I first reached out to them as part of a community requirement for a leadership class, but over time i have continued to be drawn into their cause and mission. It was very fulfilling to see the strategy and plans we developed for them being utilized, communications was excellent even as busy as they were, and they were very open minded and appreciative of the work. Highly recommend Children of Vietnam!
Where to begin. I became acquainted with Children of Vietnam in 2003 and my love for the organization and its mission grabbed me from the beginning. My late husband had served in DaNang and had always wanted to return. Through Children of Vietnam, I was able to fulfill his dream and his passion for its children. I have had the opportunity to visit Vietnam on four different occasions with COV, both as a volunteer and member of the COV Board of Directors. In working with the COV staff in Vietnam, I saw, first-hand, that each program is carefully developed and administered. Each child and family is treated with respect and dignity; every dollar/dong is spent carefully. My fondest memories were meeting with university students - hearing their life stories and dreams. I have been able to provide university scholarships for 2 young ladies and correspond with them on a regular basis. There is no better way to bridge the miles that divide us and truly make the world a family.
When I joined the Children of Vietnam Board, I had never been to Vietnam and only read of the work done by this amazing organization. I have since traveled to DaNang 4 times. Visiting the Street Children program and working with the staff was one of the most heart warming an inspiring experiences of my life. The staff works directly with each child and family. Each penny and dollar is maximized to assist those in need. I have experienced children receiving scholarships, bicycles and homes. Tears of gratitude tell the story. Come and join us. It will change your life.
As a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a master degree candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, I can adamantly say that working with Children of Vietnam has been the vital experience that strengthened my education and enriched my life. I have been working with Children of Vietnam for the past three years - and will always look forward to work with this great organization. First, I worked as a volunteer at their fundraising events and then as an intern for the organization in DaNang, Vietnam.
As an intern, my main objective was to capture and understand the life experiences of these single-women and their children. I also taught English to the Vietnamese COV staff and to young scholars, who are children of family of low-income. I was clear of my objectives and the execution of my plan. Yet, I did not expect to be so profoundly transformed by working with COV staff and experiencing life at a 20/20 eyesight.
COV staff are extremely professional and generous. They are graceful in the ways they treat people, especially to me as an intern who knew little about Vietnam, Vietnamese language, and Vietnamese culture. Yet it was not only grace that made this particular group of people so endearing to my heart. What struck me so deeply about COV staff is that they are incredibly generous and passionate about the work that they do. All of the COV staff truly believe that their work is influential and critical to their community. As such, they work extremely hard to transform a community of need into a community of hope, change, and empowerment.
Additionally, working with COV has transformed the way I viewed my life, thus my career choice. As an undergraduate at Chapel Hill, I sat somewhat on an ivory tower of success. I was academically successful and fairly decent in my living conditions. I have seen poverty plenty of times in TV and researched about people living in poverty. Academically, I possessed the theories and the knowledge about what poverty is and how we could effective resolve it. When I applied to be an intern for COV, I expected to bring my knowledge as a college student to Vietnam to teach people on how to live a more sustainable and empowered life. Yet having met these incredible women and their children, I realized I know little to nothing. I did not expect to be so profoundly educated and transformed. To be brutally honest, they did more to change my life than I did to impact theirs. These women opened up their homes and their life experiences for me to capture and to understand. They know more about living and how to sustain their lives more than anybody can, especially more than any U.S college students. How or why? because despite the challenges of their lives, they are still living and smiling! They do not view their lives as inferior or as unfortunate. They work with the hands they are dealt with. As such, I admire them - their strength, their courage, their knowledge, and their humanity. It is through working with COV that I gained a sense of humanity and understanding about poverty that no books, no great novels or no Nobel Prize-winning or ivy league professors could teach me. COV gave me an opportunity to humanity and a life-changing experience.
I have volunteered with Children of Vietnam (COV) since my early days in college and have seen first hand the devotion that COV's staff in Vietnam takes care of the children and families in Danang when I returned to the country after graduation. They give families the personal attention and specialized care that will help the most with their situation, from personal health plans to economic assistance that will help them built small businesses that will bring in consistent income to help their families. I had the opportunity to interact with COV's staff in Vietnam who are very talented and have chosen to work with COV even though they could also choose to work for many others. I can see the passion they have to their work.
I visited Children of Viet Nam (COV) with Dining for Women in March of this year. Our group was fortunate enough to have Nancy Letteri with us for a visit with several of the recipients of COV's generosity and guidance. What a difference these benefits can make in the lives of the women and children involved! COV is certainly doing a remarkable job with the many approaches they are using to pull a community out of dire poverty.