Kindred Spirits Gather To Give Back and Make A Difference

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

People volunteer for different reasons. Some are personal. Others are about the causes they are passionate about. And on this beautiful southern California Sunday afternoon, more than thirty volunteers with the youngest at seven, come together to donate their time and talents to build arm restraints for children who will undergo surgery in March 2019.

After a brief introduction, team Southern California “Smiles for Hope” is in full swing with people cutting ribbons, boards and decorating them with designed duct tapes, putting on Velcro and punching holes. It’s a hive of activity and everyone feels at home. The initial goal is to make twenty five pairs of arm restraints. But the final count is sixty. Everyone works until the materials run out. But the most poignant moment of the event came during the meal break. Thuy-Linh Nguyen opens with welcoming remarks including a call to be the change we all wish to see for the less fortunate in Quang Tri.


Tina Le and Mark Samala follow with a brief history about Project Vietnam Foundation and what it’s like to be a part of the medical mission.

Everyone then introduce themselves and share the reason why they are there. Not all know what they’re expected to help with, but all know that their selfless acts will give the people who live thousands of miles away hope and joy and the knowledge that they are loved and cared about.

Kindred in spirit, everyone works together to live up to the principle that there is a service requirement beyond our comfort home. They all come to give back. And they all want to come back to give more. Our next project will be packaging First Aid Kits.

Stay tuned.

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November 2018 – Public Health Outreach

Mission Overview  

We will be working at the province of Quang Tri, central Vietnam with great needs where we have built sustainability for the last 2 years.

There are exciting opportunities to promote province-wide improvements and start pilot projects:
  1. We have ongoing great local collaboration and partners at the General hospital, and medical college
  2. Training for the local health staff at the Medical College in the Departments of Community health/Nursing/Pharmacy. 

November 2018 | Mission Itinerary

  • Arrival in Vietnam (Hochiminh city) on Sunday 4th and connection to Hue on same day, arriving in Dong Ha by dinner time at Saigon Dong Ha hotel, dinner and overnight 
  • Monday 5th: meeting with local partners at Medical college
  • November 6th: Travel to Huong Hoa District (highlands) and work at Huong Linh preschool overnight in Huong Hoa.
  • November 7th: Primary care at chosen commune in Huong Hoa district, return to Dong Ha back to Saigon Dong Ha hotel.
  • November 8-9th: Primary care at chosen sites in Hai Lang district.
  • November 10-11th: Sightseeing in Quang Tri with local friends.
  • November 12-15: Evaluations of Public health of local sites in conjunction with Community health department
  • November 16: Report and meeting with Quang Tri Health department for discussion
  • November 17: departure to Hue for day visit and flight to HCM city or for next destination.
Pricing is $1,850US which takes you from the boarding of the local flight (please arrive from your international flight before 12pm on Sunday 4th Nov) back to Saigon on Nov 17.
Your contribution will help us partially to cover the cost of supplies and medicines to provide care. Rooms are double occupancy, please indicate if you would like a single room and add $25/day. It also includes an insurance for your international trip covering the cost of evacuation (which we hope never have to use). For members in the Golden years, please add $30.
Please complete the application and provide the documents as enclosed by July 27th with a deposit of $250 which will cover visa + work permit.
We are looking for medical professionals (dentist/pharmacist/MD/RNs) and volunteers so please tell your friends.
Your Team leader is Roger Lutz, water engineer and global public health servant
Your Trip coordinator is Mai Khanh Le, formerly Social Worker and Mental health specialist for families and children – coordinated trip in April 2018 collaboration with Singapore Duke Medical School.
We will have telephone conferences during the week of July 30th.

We welcome your contribution, please call Dr. Quynh Kieu at (714)724-0850 for questions.