I have been making contributions to Children of Vietnam for about one year. In September 2016 I was in Vietnam traveling and doing volunteer work. I was very fortunate that I was able to spend a day traveling with Nancy Letteri the executive director of Children of Vietnam and some of her Vietnamese staff members.
I found Nancy Letteri to be an extremely capable and compassionate leader. I know that she volunteered at Children of Vietnam for several years before she became the executive director. I also met several of the Vietnamese staff and found them to be dedicated, thoughtful and efficient.
During the day of our travel we visited an orphanage which COV supports. We were able to speak with students there who were getting tutoring from adults who were paid by COV.
These tutors had previously been provided scholarships so they could obtain degrees and now they were tutoring young orphans. I also got to interact with a little girl who had been found abandoned and malnourished. In the month she had been at the orphanage she had gained weight and she touched all of our hearts with her beautiful smile.
We also visited a small business woman who is being helped financially in order to be able to support your family. Near the end of the day we visited a government building where children of Vietnam awarded grants/scholarships to children from impoverished families. I was given the privilege of going on stage to present some of these grants. It was a beautiful experience of getting smiles and thank you's in Vietnamese and the best moment was when a tiny boy looked up at me and said "thank you"in perfect English.
I was in the military in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969 and spend a great deal of time interacting with Vietnamese in villages and working with Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. During this time I witnessed a great deal of poverty and hardship. Still today many challenges face the poor of Vietnam. The programs COV embraces range from providing micro loans, providing healthcare and nutrition, scholarships, and even bicycles so children can get to school. Children of Vietnam provides for the basic necessities of people, especially children, who are in critical need.
I believe their organization is extremely effective at using the resources available to assist the children. I will continue to support them and encourage anyone who wants to help deserving children to contribute to this compassionate and effective organization.
I wholeheartedly endorse Children of Vietnam because it is led by people of integrity and provides critical help to those who have so little.
My wife and I visited a special event in rural Quang Nam Province, southwest of the city of Da Nang, in Vietnam, for some of the children supported by the Dragoon Scholarship Fund, which is administered by the Children of Vietnam NGO. We support one 7th grade student and got to meet Thanh for the first time. She was very personable and appreciative and we look forward to seeing her next year at the annual "Chocolate Ceremony" on March 11, 2018.
I recently had the opportunity to personally meet staff members of the Children of Vietnam and to learn more about the various COV projects that are enhancing the lives of children and families in Vietnam. There is no doubt in my mind that the success of these programs is due in large part to the passion and dedication that the staff brings to their work.
But success requires more than passion and dedication, it also requires sound administrative practices. I was in Vietnam to attend a scholarship event and it was there that I witnessed the staff’s oversight and hands-on attention to detail that ensures that donations are put to their most efficient use for the ultimate, long-term wellbeing of the children.
My memories of that day in Vietnam will first and foremost be of the smiling faces of the children and the hospitality shown to us by the villagers where these children live but not far behind will be my feelings of respect and admiration for the Children of Vietnam and for their wonderful, selfless efforts.
I recently returned from spending a week with Children of Vietnam staff and board members in and around DaNang, where COV is uplifting so many lives. COV micro loans and training enable single mothers we met to emerge from despair to become owners of thriving small enterprises, able to feed and support their children. COV university and public school scholarships enable impoverished students we met access to skills and job opportunities that can lift their families out of poverty. COV creates hopeful life possibilities for children we met in a school for students with physical and cognitive disabilities, many exhibiting abnormalities typical of the multigenerational genetic impact of exposure to dioxin in Agent Orange, an herbicide American aircraft sprayed over millions of acres in Vietnam. COV distributes food to orphanages, hospitals and kindergartens. We went to the opening of a newly-constructed kindergarten classroom in a remote indigenous village, this one built with funds donated by a board member there with his daughter, all of us enjoying the songs and laughter of the children. COV is building other kindergartens in other remote villages. COV met with government officials and local civic organizations, all working cooperatively with COV for the benefit of children. If you are looking for a nonprofit to support that is making a powerful difference in people’s lives, you have found such an organization in Children of Vietnam.
Recently I had the privilege of visiting Children of Vietnam in Da Nang and It was really wonderful to see the impact that they have on the local community and the children that they help. I really felt that it was obviously such a worthwhile charity and we certainly learnt an awful lot in such a short space of time. The team were fantastic and had a great rapport with the families which we met. I look forward to keeping up with the work of Children of Vietnam.
We have been donors to Children of Vietnam for many years. We know that our gifts will be used efficiently to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children.
Many of the COV programs are focused on lifting children out of poverty through education, health care, and equipping those with disabilities with the skills and tools they need to make themselves self-sufficient. We have met some of the Vietnamese staff and have seen their compassion and enthusiasm to help those in need.
It has been a joy to watch COV grow, while still using all available resources wisely to help those most in need.
I am so proud to be a donor to Children of Vietnam. In 2014, I traveled to Danang, Vietnam and had the privilege to personally see the incredible work they do. I met and visited with women and their children who participate in COV programs. The lives of these families have been forever changed. One group of women I visited were participants in the "Empowerment Program". After a careful needs assessment, COV provides them assistance with nutrition and living conditions, healthcare, education and micro loans. The women I met went from poverty and hunger to starting their own businesses, feeding their families, and keeping their children in school. And follow up by COV confirms the continued success of these women. It is amazing at how thoughtful programs and well spent money can break the cycle of poverty and effect permanent change. It was truly amazing to witness first hand. I can't say enough good things about this organization and their staff. I'm so glad to be a donor to Children of Vietnam.
A few years ago, I did a search for "children" and "Vietnam"; mainly because I am a teacher of young kids and I'm very aware of how challenging the situation is for Vietnam. I found Children of Vietnam, and did some research. This is an ideal charity for me, and, I hope, for you. Their goals are clear and quantifiable. They say will build a school and they do. They tell you a few dollars will buy schoolbooks -- and they provide kids with schoolbooks. They're not rebuilding the whole infrastructure, but they are doing noble work in taking care of the most vulnerable people on this planet. And it's done without reference to nationality nor religion. The newsletter will keep you informed of important work, so you can see how your dollars are put to work.
I first learned about Children of Vietnam in 2010. The organization's track record and the founder and staff's commitment to Vietnam quickly became apparent. Despite having a small staff, COV continues to amaze me with its projects (ongoing and new) and the level of personal devotion each staff member carries. Vietnam is lucky to have organizations like COV. I hope more people will become aware of COV's work and support the organization so it can continuing to providing life-changing opportunities to the children and youth of Vietnam.
I recently visited the Children Of Vietnam office in Da Nang, Vietnam. The COV staff in Da Nang is fantastic and they genuinely want to help families with children in need. I got to visit some of the children that are being helped and witnessed first hand all the great benevolent help that they are getting from COV. COV is a fantastic organization and I wouldn't hesitate to donate through them. Thank you to all the staff at COV!!!