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As we review the accomplishments of 2016, we feel deep gratitude for our partners, volunteers and donors, who invested work, time and funds to support the work of love.
In 2016, through five mission trips, 290 volunteers contributed:
to providing 83 free surgeries to correct disfiguring birth defects in young children;
to bringing health services to 6,121 needy families and children in remote-access areas in Vietnam;
to treating people with cardiac problems by inserting internal lifesaving devices;
to equipping 342 healthcare workers with appropriate skills to save newborn lives in partnership with Internal Relief Teams Inc. and Global Engagement Institute, at 34 regions of Vietnam.
However in April 2016, Vietnam was devastated by the largest environmental disaster in its history with destruction of estimated half of marine life in the central coast through industrial contamination. True to our mission to go wherever most needed, PVNF has already started to bring assistance to regions in Central Vietnam.
We will continue to work with our medical colleagues in the country and seek for appropriate tools of the American Academy of Pediatrics and U.S. medicine to collaborate meaningfully. Electronic health records, application of ultrasound and use of portable devices (smartphone applications) will be implemented with our upcoming medical mission in late Spring 2017 which gathers a global volunteer team.
We call on world humanitarians to join with us to help build a safer world for children to develop.
As Nobel poet Gabriela Mistral reminded us:
Many things can wait. Children cannot. Today their bones are being formed, their blood is being made, their senses are being developed. To them we cannot say "tomorrow." Their name is today.
May your families enjoy a healthful and peaceful Year 2017, and receive many times the gifts that you have given to the children of Vietnam.
Dr. Quynh Kieu, Project Vietnam Foundation founder/president
Volunteers recognized at annual holiday celebration
Present, past and future Project Vietnam Foundation volunteers took part in the annual recognition celebration on Dec. 10, 2016, at the Palm Island Apartments in Fountain Valley. About 80 guests heard a presentation relative to the upcoming spring mission, followed by special recognition of volunteers for their dedication to the organization.
Volunteer to make arm restraints for children after surgery.
In order to get best healing, arm restraints are needed to keep the little hands away from the surgery area. Because the families have little resources, they cannot afford any baby seats or children devices which can assist the process. The parents have to work for survival and the restraints will allow them some safety of mind during the immediate 3-4 weeks following surgery.
Please donate stuffed animals and small toys. These are often not used by children here, yet will comfort the children in Vietnam who undergo surgeries and painful procedures. Donations can be dropped off at the PVNF office.