Abandoned Little Angels-Nhom Tinh Thuong

Mission

Abandoned Little Angels is a non-profit organization with a primary focus on supporting orphaned and disadvantaged children in Vietnam by providing a safe and healthy haven that promotes their physical, mental, intellectual, and social development, and a secondary focus on supporting disadvantaged children in the Greater Houston Area.

Ruling year info

2004

Secretary

Dr. Lucy Nguyen

Main address

10700 Richmond Ave. Suite 224

HOUSTON, TX 77042 USA

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EIN

03-0432991

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children living in abject poverty are a widespread problem throughout the world. It is especially prevalent in Vietnam where impoverished children often go hungry for days, lack proper clothing, shelter, healthcare, and are not afforded an education. These kids often lack the most fundamental skills such as reading and writing. This cycle of poverty often forces these children into the sex trade or child labor. We want to help end this cycle of poverty, and in turn help curb the rampant child sex trade and child labor that is endemic in Vietnam.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Phap Vo Orphange

Provide food and housing for orphaned children. This center is currently serving 50 children.

Population(s) Served

Provides food and housing for orphaned children. This center is currently serving 52 orphans.

Population(s) Served

Provides food and housing for orphaned children. This center is currently serving 78 orphans.

Population(s) Served

Provide temporary housing for non-local children undergoing cancer treatment. This center is currently serving 78 children.

Population(s) Served

Provides food, housing, medical treatment, and education for children afflicted with HIV. This center is currently serving 99 children.

Population(s) Served

Provides food, housing, and education for blind children. This center is currently serving 80 children.

Population(s) Served

Provides food, housing and education for mentally and physically disabled children. This center is currently serving 98 children.

Population(s) Served

Provides food, housing and education for orphaned children. And also provides education for disadvantaged children. This center is currently serving 20 orphans and 60 disadvantaged children.

Population(s) Served

Provides education to disadvantage and poor children. This center currently serves 200 children.

Population(s) Served

Provides food, housing, and education for orphaned children. This center is currently serving 95 orphans.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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We believe that the best way to fight poverty is through education. We realize that education is not just about learning, but also about providing the proper environment that is conducive to learning. This includes proper nutrition and a safe haven free from predators. Abandoned Little Angels help fund a number of centers and orphanages throughout Vietnam which provide free education, food, and shelter to the most underprivileged children in Vietnam. They also include educational centers, vocational training centers, and schools for disabled children. We feel that a proper education is the primary tool to break free from the cycle of poverty. Our hope is that the children we help escape poverty will return and help the next generation of impoverished children do the same.

Our strategy is to maximize the effectiveness of each dollar donated. Our approach to this strategy is two-pronged: keep overhead low and develop trusted partners in Vietnam to implement our vision. We believe that keeping overhead low is a key element for the success of any nonprofit. Low overhead ensures that a large percentage of every dollar donated goes to the children.

The development and maintenance of trusted partners in Vietnam is a key part of the strategy. These relationships give us confidence that our donors’ money is being used as intended.

Abandoned Little Angels approach to budgeting has always been to rely on volunteers and donations. Abandoned Little Angels only has one part-time employee. The majority of our organization’s work is done by volunteers, from marketing and networking to setting up fundraising events. One of our main strengths is our ability to recruit a wide range of professionals that share our passion for helping these children. We utilize our volunteers’ talents and networks to raise awareness and to fundraise. Because of our volunteer base, we are currently able to utilize approximately eighty cents of every dollar donated towards funding our projects. Abandoned Little Angels has been awarded America's Best Charities Seal of Excellence for meeting the highest standard of public accountability, program efficiency, and cost effectiveness. Abandoned Little Angels is currently participating in the Combine Federal Campaign.

We realized that we must have trusted partners in Vietnam. We partner and help fund numerous centers in Vietnam that solely focus on the betterment of impoverished children. Our relationship with some of these centers goes back years if not decades. These centers range from orphanages to school for blind children. Every year members of our board, both past and present, travel to Vietnam at their own expense to help oversee and audit the work of various centers. These members sometimes travel 2-3 times a year and will often take friends and family on their trips. This personal approach not only allows for eyewitness accounts of the progress of various projects but also help cultivate the trust that is vital to maintaining a healthy relationship with our partners in Vietnam.

Currently, we are supporting over 30 centers that are serving over 3,000 children in need. We are also involved in several building projects including helping expand a small orphanage in Saigon. Previously, Hoa Hong (Rose Orphanage) was a 1,000 square foot home housing 20 children. In 2019, Abandoned Little Angels help fund an expansion that increased the square footage to 4,000 square foot. This additional space will help alleviate the severe overcrowding at the orphanage. Abandoned Little Angels is also currently helping to build Sao Mai (Morning Star) Center in Nha Trang, Vietnam. This school provides education to 95 children with a variety of disabilities such as Down syndrome. To further our commitment to provide skills that will significantly improve the chances of gaining employment in the future, we are implementing English programs at a few centers.

A few years ago, we began expanding our support for local organizations that serve underprivileged children. We have distributed funds to Brownson Home, Heroes for Children, Generation One, Make a Wish Foundation, Periwinkle Foundation, and Kids Meals. We would like to continue to expand funding for these vital centers that focus on giving hope to deprived children in our hometown. We are currently looking at additional local organizations to support.

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we have recruited volunteers to both donate and help deliver meals to our frontline workers. We also recognize the extreme financial stress our fellow neighbors are experiencing and the need for food assistance. We started an online fundraising program and with the help of our volunteers, were able to provide 3,500 meals to our fellow Houstonians either through food deliveries or donations to food assistance organizations. We will continue to support the Houston Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and Kids Meals on an annual basis.

Our core mission is and always will be to help underserved children and give them hope for a brighter future. We will continue to do everything we can to serve the vast number of children who are in desperate need of the basic necessities that no child should be without.

Financials

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Abandoned Little Angels-Nhom Tinh Thuong

Board of directors
as of 6/11/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sonny Ngo

NN Firm, PLLC

Term: 2019 - 2021

Charles Rutt

HomeBridge Financial Services

Cathy Nguyen

Trini J Realty and Acre Commercial Realty

Kim Pham

TGE Resources, Inc.

Katherine Le

Retired

Liz Dow

Pharmacist/ Retired

Lucy Nguyen

Medical Doctor/ Retired

Thanh Nguyen

Dentist/ Hi-Tech Dental Care