Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Our blog has moved!!

Our blog has moved! Please check out our new blog site at our current website www.childrenofvietnam.org

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Danang Offices Moved

We have moved to new offices! All of our staff, partners, and children and their families are delighted. The new space is handicap accessible with a large room on the first floor to meet all of our children and families. While the new office remains in the Hai Chau District, it is now more central to many of the other districts in which we work including Ngu Hanh Son and Hoa Vang (these are both rural southern and western districts of the city). In the photo, our staff are posing in front their wonderful new office.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Business Supporting Children for TET

Great News! 2 entrepreneurs, Jordan Sadler and Hao Ly, owners of Wiki Wiseman Designs, an on-line custom design t-shirt business, are sponsoring a fundraising campaign to bring nutritious food to children and their families during the TET holiday.

Donate $25 to Children of Vietnam through Wiki Wiseman Designs and they will send you a t-shirt free!


Donate and warm your heart for Valentine's Day knowing that you helped a child and his or her family eat well and have a few sweet treats too on this very special holiday in Vietnam.

Thanks to all! Happy Valentines Day &
Happy Lunar New Year! Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Filling Hearts and Tummies

Happy Lunar New Year! Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

During TET, the Lunar New Year Holiday in Vietnam, our generous donors give to poor children nutritious & sweet treat gifts so that they too know that they are special and can have full tummies. This year Valentines Day and TET fall on the same day, February 14th!

Celebrate both occasions by filling hearts and tummies. A gift of $25 will provide for a family of four with:

22 lbs Fragrant Rice
2 qrts Cooking Oil
5 Cans Fish
1 Box of Cakes

Donations can be made on Children of Vietnam's website

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lunar New Years & Valentine Cards! Proceeds to Give Children a Treat for TET!

Once again the on-line business Ladybugs & Red Threads Scraps Shoppe is sponsoring a fundraising event. This time 5% of all Lunar New Year and Valentine proceeds will support the children from poor families with nutritious food and treats during the TET holiday.

We are so grateful to everyone who orders cards from Ladybugs & Red Threads. Tommi-lynn, its owner, is an adoptive mom with a daughter from Vietnam and a founding member of Moms for Vietnam, an organization with which Children of Vietnam is partnering.

Check out Ladybug’s site at http://ladybugsandredthreadscrapshoppecards.blogspot.com.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Children of Vietnam Honored

This week was a great honor for Children of Vietnam and for our wonderful supporters. During a ceremony in Tam Ky of 100 charities working in Quang Nam Province, 50 received awards. Children of Vietnam was the only non-profit to receive a double award, one for Organizational Outstanding Achievement and one for Individual Exceptional Accomplishments presented to our dedicated country director, Ms. Luong Thi Huong. We are proud of Ms. Huong and all of our staff. Thank you!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

GOOD NEWS--500 House Challenge

Our 500th house is just around the corner!

With your support, almost 500 homes have been built for poor families since 1998 with 494 completed or funded to date.

Make a donation to help the 500th family in need with a sponsorship of a house ($1250) between now and January 5th; you will be entered into a drawing for a gift of a lovely framed piece of Vietnamese art created in the ancient town of Hoi An near Danang.

The contest is now in effect!! Donations by check or on our website by Pay Pal are welcome.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Card Fundraiser for House Rebuilding

We are so delighted announce a great fundraiser being offered by a very dedicated supporter. Tommi-lynn Sawyer, owner of on-line business Ladybugs & Red Threads Scraps Shoppe, is donating 5% of all orders to benefit the victims of Typhoon Ketsana. While the immediate crisis is over, there are still so many whose houses were damaged or completely destroyed. We will direct the funds raised by Tommil-lynn’s efforts to support the rebuilding of the homes for these families.

Check out her site at http://ladybugsandredthreadscrapshoppecards.blogspot.com/

Tommi-lynn is an adoptive mom with a daughter from Vietnam and a founding member of Moms for Vietnam, an organization with which Children of Vietnam is partnering to focus on future projects.

Pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested in buying holiday cards and do a good deed at the same time!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Children Coming Back!

Great news! With the generosity of a donor, dedicated staff, and an excellent contractor, the repairs to the Hoa Mai Orphanage have been completed in record time and the children are able to return.

Many poor families still face challenges ahead as they struggle to rebuild their homes now in rubble or without a roof.

Thank you to everyone who made a difference by donating funds for relief packages and reconstruction. We at COV and the families and children left stranded by Typhoon Ketsana are truly grateful for your assistance!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Photos of Typhoon Ketsana Relief Effort

Hoa Mai Orphanage damage. The wind ripped off the roof of many of the buildings. The damage was so severe the children were evacuated and can no longer live there until repairs are made.

Blanket distribution.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Typhoon Relief Update

Going to the southern part of Quangnam Province, staff delivered Typhoon Ketsana relief packages to the people of Tam Giang and Tam Hai island wards. As part of this effort, children received school supplies to replace books, notebooks, and pencils that were washed away and/or water damaged.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

$25 Provides Emergency Food & Blanket for Two Families

At this time, our staff are spending all of their energy distributing relief packages to people without food or shelter. A single relief package cost about $13.00 per family and includes rice, noodles, oil, canned fish, and blankets and mosquito nets when families have minimal shelter.

A gift of $25 will provide immediate relief for two families. Donations can be made via our website at http://www.childrenofvietnam.org

Typhoon Ketsana is only the start of troubles for poor children and families. While the storm has passed (killing at least 163 people), the government is estimating 150,000 people are now displaced with damaged or completely destroyed homes. Many in this region are farmers who depend on the food they grow to feed the family. Now without a safe home and ruined crops, hunger is a stark reality. Without proper shelter and sanitation, disease is probable.

Thanks for caring!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Message from Rod Brooks, CEO, Stop Hunger Now

After the Typhoon Ketsana ripped off the roof of our food warehouse, all of our food was at risk of spoiling. Staff acted quickly to salvage the thousands of meals generously donated by Stop Hunger Now. This food product is a highly fortified dehydrated tofu and vegetable mix designated for distribution to eleven institutions providing shelter for poor children and their families, orphans, street children, and old people’s homes within Danang City and Quangnam Province. Salvaging this fortified food was critical as the typhoon has negatively impacted many facilities, homes and crops. Stop Hunger Now is a major partner and contributor to our Nutrition Initiative, and in response to our successful salvaging efforts, Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now, CEO, sent the message below.

Dear Ben,

Thank you so much for your note. I am sincerely moved by the dedication shown by the COV staff in Vietnam. Their efforts demonstrate the value they place on the food we've donated and exemplify the high level of accountability that your organization provides. I have shared these comments with our Board and staff, stating how the partnership SHN has with highly effective organizations such as yours is indispensable to our efforts to end hunger.

Ben, please express my profound thanks to the staff who have worked so hard to ensure that the meals we sent are secure and distributed to the children who really need them. And please accept my sincere thanks for all that you are doing.

Yours truly,

Rod Brooks, CEO, Stop Hunger Now
2501 Clark Avenue, Suite 301, Raleigh, NC 27607, (919) 839-0689 office, (rbrooks706 SKYPE

Friday, October 2, 2009


On September 29 Typhoon Ketsana roared through Danang and central Vietnam with winds up to 90 mph and dumping 10 to 15 inches of rain. Children of Vietnam offices did not suffer too much damage, but our food warehouse lost its roof. Per our Country Director, Ms. Hong, “two /third of food have got wet, but each small box covered by plastic bag so we have to use a lot of towels to dry each bag and put to another box. 620 Boxes ax 36 bag = 22,420 bags. About 25 people help us yesterday including 7 COV staff, Hai Chau Orphans, our University Scholarship students. We finished around 7 PM.” Ms. Hong and the volunteers knew that salvaging this food (fortified rice, tofu and vegetable mix) was vital to provide some relief for people flooded by the storm. Staff are now swamped with requests for food and housing assistance.

Our staff are focusing on the immediate need now and will send photos and a full report shortly after the situation becomes less severe. So far we have learned that two of the poorest districts of Danang have suffered considerably, In Hoa Van, a very rural district, 64 villages and 5,384 people are flooded with water (up to 2 meter is some locations), 92 households have completely collapsed, and 1,089 household have lost all their roofs. In Gnu Hanh Son, 50 household have completely collapsed and 500 households lost their roofs. We know the need will be great for sometime to come until families are able to rebuild and begin their lives again. COV is using it limited emergency funds to provide relief and we are also redirecting our food stocks originally designated to supply food supplements to 11 agencies in the area (orphanages, street children programs, old people and people with disabilities homes.)

We are asking for donations for our emergency funds which will be dedicated to crisis food, health, and housing support. Your gift would be a tremendous lift to the families and children facing this crisis. Please act now by making a donation.

We will share more information as it becomes available.

Thank you,

Ben Wilson, President and Founder