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VSAs unite to help children affected by Agent Orange

The university’s Vietnamese Student Association teamed up with other VSAs across the country to support Children of Vietnam’s Hope System of Care project, which helps victims with birth defects caused by Agent Orange in the Vietnam War.

Agent Orange and herbicide, used to kill forests and crops in the Vietnam War for strategic purposes, continue to affect not only those who were originally exposed but also children born today because some areas where Agent Orange was stored and used remain toxic “hot spots” in the environment.

The Hope System of Care seeks to assess the affected child’s needs and meet them with services such as handicapped accessible housing, vocational training, surgery and counseling, as well as integrating the child into society.

“The project will help provide medicine and housing to impoverished children, who are the future of Vietnam. If we offer them opportunities now, they will be able to lead and educate other children in the future, hopefully pulling the country out of poverty,” Melinda Nguyen, public relations officer of VSA, said.

The Vietnamese Red Cross estimates that 150,000 children have been born with birth defects due to their parent’s exposure to Agent Orange. Twenty-nine percent of the Vietnamese population lives under the international poverty line, and children have trouble getting proper education and medical care, an issue Children of Vietnam seeks to remedy.

Affected children can have birth defects such as missing or extra limbs, deafness and other impairments. Adults can have digestive ailments, skin diseases and cancer, and women exposed have high rates of stillbirths, premature births and spontaneous abortions.

Crysta Tran, the Asian American Student Union representative of VSA, said that VSA has a bake sale and a fundraiser at a local pho restaurant planned for the project fundraiser. Next semester, they will also host a banquet and the Family Night Show, a culture show, that will include presentations of the project and ways to donate.
“[In the past] we will get 60 to 70 people at the fundraisers,” Tran said, also noting that the banquet often has more participants.

The VSA’s involvement in the project is a part of the larger Collective Philanthropy Project (CCP) by the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA), a non-profit organization that has chosen similar projects every year since 2005. UNAVSA works with affiliated VSAs across the U.S. and Canada to collectively contribute to the project. The project was selected at a UNAVSA conference, after being voted for by regional VSA representatives.

My-Phuong Ly, director of the campaign for CPP, said the goal of the project is to raise awareness and “educate [people about] what the possibilities are, what Agent Orange is and how it is really affecting the children.”
“Because of these deformities, they’re not truly adapted into society,” she said. “They become ostracized, and their parents aren’t able to help them either [due to economic circumstances]. We want to reiterate that … we can give them hope for a future where they are not ostracized.”

To that end, Ly said the CPP has branched out further into social media, sharing links on Facebook on how to donate and learn more, as well as links to the Children of Vietnam website. Children of Vietnam also launched the Hold on to Hope campaign, which allows people to upload pictures of what gives them hope to increase awareness onto the campaign Facebook page.

Ly said UNAVSA is also working on producing a newsletter to take the campaign beyond Facebook and aims to create more personal connections by relying more heavily on phone calls and email.

“Hopefully [we’ll] start sending [the newsletter] through Twitter and global websites and charities focused on helping other people … because Facebook can only do so much in terms of awareness,” Ly said.

The campaign is only part of the relationship, however. After UNAVSA spends this year campaigning for the Hope System of Care, they will spend the following year looking into how the money they raised is spent. UNAVSA has auditors who work with the organization to track where the money is going and ensure that it is used to help children.

Ly said this is also part of UNAVSA’s efforts to become more transparent. The CPP website outlines a budget the project follows, as well as provides further information on choosing the projects, the execution of each one and follow ups after campaigning.

Happy Tet! 
A  big thank you goes out to our friends at Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa for their support this hoilday season. Read all about their contribution to 40 families New Year celebration on the Keyed In to Hyatt blog! 
Celebrating a Brighter Vietnamese New Year

A new year reminds all of us at Hyatt to be thankful for our good fortune. This week, our associates at Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa celebrated the Vietnamese New Year by giving back to 40 families in the Hoa Quy Ward of Da Nang City.

Through a partnership with Children of Vietnam, a charity dedicated to providing aid to disadvantaged children in Vietnam, hotel associates prepared a gift basket for each family. Baskets included traditional Têt (new year) treats such as cake, oranges and other fruit, the value of which equaled about a week’s earning for some of these Vietnamese families.

This is just one of many ways Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa participates in Hyatt Thrive, our global corporate responsibility program. Since opening in 2011, the hotel has also supported Children of Vietnam’s Hope System of Care to help children with disabilities, including those affected by Agent Orange.


Anthony Gain, general manager of Hyatt Regency Danang Resort and Spa, presents a gift basket to a family.


Looking for a gift for a socially- conscious loved one?

Alternative Gifts International is a marketplace that allows you to choose your favorite humanitarian or environmental cause and make a charitable gift in someone's honor. 

Children of Vietnam's initiative called Empowering Foundation for Women is proud to be featured on this site!

Check out the listing and consider giving a life changing gift today!

Families headed by single women are some of the poorest in Vietnam. Many of these mothers are raising their children in structures made from corrugated metal and woven plant fibers, with dirt floors and no sanitary toilet system.The reasons for poverty are complex and go beyond just limited access to earning opportunities, but also include health, skills, and patriarchal social
customs that value men over women.

Empowering Foundations for Women and their Children, a program through CHILDREN OF VIETNAM, provides an effective combination of training, healthcare, housing, and micro-loans to single mothers in Danang and the surrounding region. Support focuses on resolving immediate needs and developing life-long skills that will ultimately lift the family out of poverty.

A micro-loan enabled this woman to start a

hairstyling business that supports her family.

Congratulations to recent high school graduate Kristy Nguyen for being recognized as a Make Agent Orange History champion for her dedication and hard work for impoverished children and families in Vietnam!

Kristy, who has organized multiple fundraisers for Children of Vietnam and recruited many other young, enthusiastic COV volunteers has been an invaluable member of the COV community since she started working with the organization over a year ago.

Read more about Kristy's dedication here:



June 20-24th marked Children of Vietnam's first ever hand-in-hand service project. Four volunteers worked and visited for a week at the Hoa Mai Orphanage in Da Nang, Vietnam. Volunteers helped with mushroom farming, yardwork, English tutoring and daily chores.

At the end of the week the group of volunteers delivered a whole spread of donations and gifts for the kids at Hoa Mai.Donations included new shoes, school uniforms and textbooks for each child's upcoming school year, six bicycles for rising 6th graders to use to ride to secondary school, 4 large cabinets to be used as lockers for the kids and a large assortment of games, toys and school supplies.

Some reflections from volunteer Olivia: "Sweet Long was always the first kid to greet me and answer questions in class and he refused to ever leave the classroom without shaking my hand and saying, "Thank you Miss Olivia, may I please be excused?"

Another one of the adorable sixth graders was Linh, who, though very soft spoken, was just brilliant. Though the boys often didn't let her play, Linh was the was the best player of the group always thinking five and six moves ahead.

Ngoc another shy 6th grade girl , had actually learned to ride one of the older kid's bikes already and though she didnt want to show off her skills and embarrass the other 6th graders who were still learning, after receiving her own wheels she called me to the side of the building to watch her proudly pedal out of sight of the others.

All of the kids were extremely mature and independent. They each had their own chores and tasks and worked seamlessly together like a big family. I was amazed at their ability to share and help one another. They were also extremely gracious and appreciative of all of their new things. Their school supplies and uniforms were promptly put away so as not to be messed up before the first day of classes and each of their new "fun" gifts were very carefully handled and shared- nothing like how an American child would treat new toys."

Thanks for a successful week at Hoa Mai!



Conference on: Agent Orange and Addressing the Legacy of War in Vietnam

Please join us on October 28-29th at UC Berkeley.

Friday, October 28th, 7PM-9PM
David Bower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
Agent Orange: A Personal Requiem film screening and discussion with the filmmaker, Masako Sakata

Saturday, October 29th, 9AM-4PM
Clark Kerr Conference Center
2601 Warring St, Berkeley, CA
Keynote speakers, panel discussions, and interactive media on Agent Orange.

Registration: $30 for the public and $7 for students.

The conference will kick-off with a documentary film screening on Friday evening (Oct 28th), followed by a day-long conference on Saturday (Oct 29th). Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of speakers about the continuing impact of Agent Orange and engage in a collective conversation about how we can all help to make Agent Orange history!

This event is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register soon! For more conference details and to register, please go to:

Special thank you to our sponsors: Rotary Club of San Francisco, Rotary Club of Berkeley and Rotary Club of Oakland

Help 3rd grader Clara rebuild a kindergarten in a rural Vietnamese village that was devastated by a recent typhoon!

Check out what Clara is doing- from selling lemonade to making homemade bottlecap necklaces-- in order to raise $11,000 for this project on her citizen effect project page.

Here are some more of the details:

Trung Chanh is one of seven villages in the mountainous region of Nui Thanh District of Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. In September 2009, the area was deeply impacted by Typhoon Ketsana with the loss of life, housing, crop, fruit trees, and shrimp ponds. The poor farming families in Trung Chanh are still working to recover and struggle to make ends meet. In total, there are 286 kindergarten children in the region but only 165 children can attend school. The other 121 have to stay at home, because there is not enough classroom space in the region.

This Trung Chanh Kindergarten Construction project will give approximately 40 young children the best start possible now and for years to come by providing a kindergarten facility that is appropriately designed, well lit, comfortable, and secure. Kindergartens serve a fundamental need for young children, giving them a head start in obtaining a solid education, good social skills, and bright future. Children who are unable to attend kindergarten are at a significant learning disadvantage. Support this project and partner with the families of Trung Chanh to ensure that young children can gain the healthy intellectual development they need to succeed in their future.

Click here to help Clara!

June 1st was  a special holiday in Vietnam-- Children’s Day. Children's day is a special day dedicated to honoring kids' children in Vietnam receive special gifts from their parents or go out on family outings.

COV celebrated this day too by giving bicycles and treats to 50 poor children in the rural district of Hoa Vang.

To learn more about our Bicycle Program see:



To see how different kids all over hte country celebrated

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the very first program Children of Vietnam ever supported- the Street Children Program!

The program provides tutoring to over 100 children living at the Street Children Program helping them pass the required exams so that they can move of to high school and college.

Ms. Huong, Children of Vietnam Country Director, was asked to speak at the program's celebration event.


To read more about COV tutoring initiatives check out our page on education programs here:

Thanks to a partnership between Children of Vietnam and Facing the World these two brothers were able to receive major surgery to remove their tumors and scarring. Look how successful the results were!






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