In Loving Memories of Our Dear Friend, Mark Magadia Samala

Our PVNF family is deeply saddened to inform you that Mark Samala, our dear friend and head of media for PVNF passed away on May 24, 2019 due to complications of pneumonia that ultimately led to multi organ failure.
 
Marked served with the United States Marines from 1998-2002 where he gained experience in cultural understanding that inspired his humanitarian journey.   For years, he continued to immerse himself in humanitarian work in many countries — from South Korea, Thailand to Australia and Afghanistan. 
 
Mark was introduced to PVNF in 2011 when he was selected from a Journalism class at Cal State Fullerton to travel on the Spring Missions where he documented and captured PVNF’s humanitarian work through his vivid photographic artistry.  After the missionary trips, Mark stayed on with PVNF, producing compelling and heartwarming pictures, videos, and media work that was shared around the world, touching the lives of so many.  Mark’s selfless and compassionate humanitarian work leaves us a legacy that will stay in our hearts forever.
 
The memorial service schedule to celebrate Mark’s life is as follows:
 
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be sent to the Mark Samala Legacy Fund which was established in honor of Mark as a way to perpetuate his passion for voluntarism and the media arts.

Summer Medical Mission Registration Now Closed

This coming summer, Project Vietnam Foundation will be teaming up with M.E.M.O. (Medical, Educational Missions & Outreach) a non-profit program involving students at the University of California in Irvine and San Diego, to bring a Primary Care mission offering Medical/Dental and Vision care to Quang Tri province in Central Vietnam. Working with medical specialists, the healthcare professionals in training will provide humanitarian health aid to the needy in rural areas while building public health programs. Project Vietnam will also initiate a pilot project for pediatric emergency care.
Registration is currently close, please follow us for updates of a dynamic project this summer. If you would like to help, please email pvnfsummer@gmail.com
 
Summer Medical Mission Dates (July 6 – 17, 2019)

 

Great Job Spring 2019 Medical Mission Volunteers

March 16-31, 2019, 155 volunteers came together for an extraordinary project:

  • Transforming 55 lives of children with cleft lip/palate deformities at Quang Tri hospital
  • Treating 4270 needy children and families on our rural outreach, a record high, we have ongoing collaboration with the local health department to refer patients and give health insurance. 
  • The public health team treated 329 children in preschools of highlands where 50% have anemia (improved from previous 73%) and monitored improvement at 2 sites of nutrition program, and clean water.
  • The program ” Helping Babies Breathe ” taught by our partner team from Global Engagement Institute trained 4 Instructors and 20 Providers in Neonatal resuscitation donating CPR kits for neonates.
  • The Bright Futures team delivered training to 250 health professionals in Saigon, Hue and Hanoi on care for children with special needs, and more importantly taught Early Identification and Intervention for children with autism to 150 professionals in collaboration with Vanderbilt University,
  • The Neonatal team with Professor Steven Ringer developed new goals working with Perinatal Association and Vietnam Pediatric Society and Ministry of Health.
  • The Cardiology team implanted in Saigon and Hanoi 20 pacemakers donated by Medtronic of $250,000 value.

Thanks to our volunteers who sweated, cried and rejoiced with the patients and families!

Mission Stories and Updates

Dental Team Report for PVNF

Together we will build a better and stronger team to ease the oral pain in the needy children as much as possible.  For those dentists who would interest in joining Project Viet Nam, please contact us at qkieu@projectvietnam.net. 714-888-5800.

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A Teen’s Journey

On March 8, 2018, I embarked on a week-long journey with the Project Vietnam Foundation (PVNF) to help provide medical care for the impoverished people of Central Vietnam. This journey not only deepened my understanding for my cultural heritage, but it also strengthened my admiration of the resilience of the Vietnamese people.

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Our Missions in Vietnam Have Served

Smiles For Hope | Surgery Program

Over 2050 children have been given the gift of reconstructive surgery. With the help of local health services, PVNF is able to locate children in need of cleft lip and palate surgery. Many of these surgeries require a follow-up care of nutritional support, speech therapy and a follow-up surgery. 

Primary Care Team - Medical Mission

Over 93,000 patients through our Primary Care Missions. Every year, volunteers sign up for our Spring Medical Mission to provide Medical Care, Dental Aid, Vision Checks and Pharmaceutical Services. Our Spring Mission typically begin around February or March.

Dental Team - Medical Mission

Our Dental Team have served thousands of children who have never had dental services provided to them in the rural highland regions of Vietnam. Many children who live in the rural areas have no access to dental care; resulting in tooth decay, loss of teeth and poor dental hygiene. 

Collaborative Medical Training & Education

Hundreds of Medical Professionals have been provided with Medical Training and Education focused programs in Neo-Natalogy, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Specialized Care (i.e. Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Care, Mental Health)

Volunteering and News Updates

VIP Admission Tickets Now Available

Get exclusive VIP admission tickets to the 23rd Annual Gala Fundraising Event on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm at the Westminster Rose Center, Westminster, CA. 

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Our Partners and Collaborators