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Review for Brittany's Hope Foundation, Elizabethtown, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a member of the general public, I have had numerous encounters with Brittany's Hope Foundation (BHF) and their outreach programs in Viet Nam.

The first time I encountered BHF was in November 1995, when their Executive Director, Candace Abel, traveled back to Viet Nam in order to personally experience the Vietnamese culture and understand the orphanage and adoption processes. I was only 6 at the time, but I remembered clearly how their presence at my orphanage brought so much excitement and happiness to the orphan and special needs children. As an orphan child now living in the United States, I can truly testify to the wonderful work that they provide in third world countries.

Another momentous encounter was rather recently during my own personal travel to my mother land after 14 years. In search of my own past and history, I discovered that BHF was also in Viet Nam on another excursion to Cam Ranh and other cities throughout Viet Nam in order to volunteer to spend time with the orphan children and help build orphanages, and brings gifts of not only time, but talents and also treasure to the needy. I was not a volunteer myself, but I remembered spending time with the volunteers and remembered clearly their devotion to BHF to assist in the process in order to make life a little easier for these children who endures a squalid existence in a government-run orphanage as I once was. Further more, that year in Viet Nam, I had the opportunity to also volunteer my time with BHF when they returned for the second time, this time not only to Central Viet Nam and Southern Viet Nam, but in Ha Noi, Viet Nam's capital.

In all my years as a pursuer of successful non-profit programs, I have never seen so much devotion as I have experienced with BHF. Though their base is in small Elizabethtown, their humanitarian projects are successfully executed in third world countries all the way across the world. I have personally experienced the difficulty in conducting a conference call at 12 pm or 1 am US time in order to accommodate for the time zone difference on the other side of the world. I can go on for days about how much I personally appreciate BHF even though I am not an affiliate, but I believe that an outsider's eyes, the general public's opinion gives new insights to a foundation that may or may not already exist.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Viet Nam many many years ago when they changed my life by assisting in my own adoption to the United States, which gave me an opportunity to not only have a great family, but also graduate from one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Johns Hopkins University.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find more donations and supporters to the foundation in order to help them have an even greater impact on the lives of the special needs orphans in third world countries.

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Role:  General Member of the Public & I spent several days traveling throughout Northern Viet Nam in search of other orphanages that needs assistance from the Foundation.