I've been working with Children of Vietnam now for almost 7 years and have had the privilege of visiting their programs on the ground 3 times. The COV staff are so passionate and knowledgeable and you can tell that they really care deeply for those that they serve. They are always trying to find ways to give a hand up, not a hand out. I've seen the work they do first hand, and the smiles on the children's faces in kindergarten show you how much COV means to them. I'm also so excited about their Empowerment through Enterprise project that they are doing with Rise Against Hunger. I was able to attend a workshop for that program and got to see how much the lesson impacted the women enrolled. COV is a great steward of any donation and they are working hard to make the biggest impact that they can on the people of Vietnam. I highly recommend them for anyone looking to give!
I work for COV almost five year. I usually hear our partners, in particular government ones: We are very busy to cooperate with COV. And then we are happy to see our poor and vulnerable people getting better life. The beneficiaries get wraparound support, from health care, education, housing... to livelihood.
Thank you very COV for giving me a chance to help other people.
COV was breathed into existence through a deep compassion for the children of Vietnam and has matured due to the careful nurturing of Ben Wilson (Founder and President) and those who share his vision. Beginning as a response to the needs of children who lack proper medical care, suffer the effects of poor nutrition and face the inability to receive an education, COV has maintained a clear vision since it's inception in 1998. The fudiciary accountability and the wise use of resources have engendered trust among a broadening base of supporters and has allowed COV to impact the lives of countless children and their families in Vietnam. COV continues to broaden its services and is transforming and saving the lives of children.
Children of Vietnam is expert at developing and administering services for their target population and has improved the lives of thousands of Vietnamese children as a result. COV operates with fiscal responsibility as a top priority. In-country staff is diligent about making sure programs are effective and aimed at those truly in need.
As a social worker with 30+ years of experience working with families in need, I approach nonprofits with a critical eye and expecting to see wasted resources. Children of Vietnam is the exception to the rule. This is an organization that was founded in a grass roots manner with a clearly established mission and the human resources to get the job done and done well. As they've grown into their current size, their goals remain the same, which they accomplish based on the tried and true methods established by their founder, Ben Wilson, and his staff in Danang. Dollars donated to COV are used efficiently, improving thousand's of children's lives in a setting that otherwise offers little hope for their basic needs to be met in the future. COV focuses on providing services for essentials which in the areas in and around Danang are sorely lacking.
Seeing the many, many children with happy faces who are now living because of Children of Vietnam Programs is a wonderful reward for their effort! So many walking who previously could not, so many
with perfect operating hearts who previously were gravely ill, so many semi-plump and well fed who were previously hungry or mal nourished. The efficient operation of their staff is remarkable, squeezing total value from every dollar available. !!!