LOVINGKINDNESS VIETNAM

Providing Hope

Portland, OR   |  http://lovingkindnessvietnam.org/

Mission

The mission of Lovingkindness Vietnam is to directly aid those in need throughout the area surrounding Nha Trang, Vietnam. We seek out and visit the wonderful orphanages and charity schools, identify how best to improve the health and well being of the children, and put into place programs to bring about lasting change. As we are a small charity dedicated to one area, we can oversee customized programs from donors overseas. If you wish to see your donations go to buying food for one specific orphanage, or improve the living facilities of a home for disabled children, we can make it a reality.

Ruling year info

2009

Director

Ahren Sims

Vice Director

Khanh Sims

Main address

3914 SE Harold St.

Portland, OR 97202 USA

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EIN

26-1979568

NTEE code info

Homes for Children & Adolescents (P76)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We wish to ensure that the orphanages and charity homes have nutritious food for the children on a regular basis. As these places depend on donations for survival, the children's diets can be inconsistent. We also strive to pay all of the school costs to guarantee that every child receives an education.

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?

Anh Dao Orphanage

Founded in 2004 by the Buddhist nun Thich Nu An Son, over sixty orphans are cared for at this wonderful home in Ninh Hoa, 62 kilometers north of Nha Trang. Sister An Son is the only nun at this orphanage, and relies on the help of kind-hearted volunteers to help her run things. Mai Am Anh Dao is also unique in that it is the only orphanage in the area that is not adjacent a house of religion. Most orphanages are part of a Buddhist pagoda or Christian church, and receive regular donations from local worshipers who frequent the church or pagoda. Mai Am Anh Dao, however, stands alone, and is always in need of assistance.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

At one and a half hours distance from Nha Trang, this peaceful orphanage in the countryside receives fewer visitors than most of our other causes. Founded in 1996 by Sister Nguyen Thi Bao Quyen, it resides behind the Giao Xu Phu Nhon Catholic Church. They house approximately 90 orphans in this wonderfully tranquil home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Founded in 2004, the Thien Tam Orphanage lies just 20 minutes south of Nha Trang’s city center, in Phuoc Dong ward. The orphanage is run by Nguyen Dinh Chi and his wife Nguyen Thi Kim Lien. A former orphan himself, Chi set up the orphanage is his home as a place of love and sanctuary for orphans of Nha Trang. As the facilities are very small, they care for only 13 children at the time, currently all aged 3 to 6. The orphanage is recognized by the local government, but is entirely funded through donations. The children are lovingly cared for, and school-aged children attend local public schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Founded in 2006, the Lac Thien Orphanage is part of the Phat Buu pagoda, and lies north of Nha Trang in Ninh Hoa district, not far from the Mai Am Anh Dao Orphanage. The pagoda is housed by Buddhist nuns, and the orphanage’s origins are endearing. On a peaceful day in 2006, a baby was left at the gates of the pagoda. The nuns cared for him, and from that day on they have taken in orphan children from the area. The orphanage is run by the head nun, Chon Minh, and currently cares for 27 orphans, from newborns to teenagers. They also care for 3 adults who suffer from mental handicaps.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

This wonderful organization offers free primary school education at their charity school, plus free sewing skills training at their free Vocational School for those who live in the area of Vinh Luong ward, 15 kilometers north of Nha Trang. Founded at the Kim Son Pagoda in 1994 by the Buddhist nun Thich Nu Dieu Phuc, it has long been a loving home for local youngsters. At the charity school there are classrooms which grades 1 to 5 split in morning and afternoon shifts, and another room with donated sewing machines for those wishing to learn tailoring skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Loc Tho Pagoda has had a charity school since 1991, though it has only recently experienced rapid expansion under the care of its founder, Sister Thich Nu Dieu Y. At just 15 minutes drive from the center of Nha Trang, this is one of the easiest places to visit for those in Nha Trang. There are over 100 children from poor families studying at this primary school, some of whom also live here. There are several orphans being cared for by the Loc Tho Pagoda who also attend the school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Since 1993 this wonderful organization has been home to local children from Nha Trang who come from troubled homes. All 30 youngsters were either homeless, orphaned, or abused, and have all found shelter and compassion at this home. Run by the Catholic Church's Society of the Divine Word, the children all go to local schools and receive food, shelter and clothing from the center.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Founded in the year 2000 by Sister Le Thi Hoe, this loving home rests in the tranquil country setting behind the Hoa Yen Catholic Church, south of Nha Trang. Most of the 30 children being cared for here were born with cerebral palsy or severe learning disabilities, and they live year round at this home. There are also several deaf children being cared for and educated by the nuns here. While not specifically an orphanage, there are several orphans living here, as well as several children from impoverished homes who are cared for during the week.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

The Dai An Orphanage is located in Cam Ranh district, south of Nha Trang, and cares for 28 children from newborns to 10 years of age in a tranquil countryside locale.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Formed in 2012, Song Lo cares for about 10 orphans, all under 8 years of age. Located adjacent the Son Lo pagoda, it’s a small facility deep in the countryside west of Nha Trang. The orphanage is run by the nuns of Son Lo and the head nun, Sister Cat, and is not owned or operated by Lovingkindness Vietnam. They rely entirely upon donations, most of which come from people in the community.

The history of the orphanage’s beginnings is heartwarming. As the story goes, a Buddhist monk was travelling in the countryside when he encountered a woman who said she could not care for her 2 children. She left the babies with the monk and fled. Not expecting to have 2 babies to care for, the monk made his way to the Song Lo pagoda, and Sister Cat agreed to care for the children. From that point on, orphans have been either brought to the pagoda, or abandoned at their gates.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Far from the city lights of Nha Trang are many poor communities in rural areas. Families in these communities are in abject poverty, and struggle to put food on the table and ensure their children receive an education. Our mission when working with poor communities is twofold: Education and Poverty Relief.

At the beginning of the school year, poor families struggle to buy the necessary supplies for their child’s education, including school uniforms, textbooks, backpacks, and school supplies. We have often worked with the local charities Vien Giac and Co Thom to bring all of the necessary items to support the education of these children.

Our charity partners have identified poor communities, most of which are to the west of Nha Trang, where every day is a struggle. When we visit a poor community, we always contact the local government for permission, and establish a clear process of allocating the donations to those most needy. We provide basic sustenance to poor families, and have provided disaster relief in the past as well.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Our goal for 2018 is to pay all of the school costs for the children at the orphanages and charity schools, and bring sustained relief to poor communities.

We plan to continue working closely with the nuns who run the orphanages and charity schools to determine their immediate needs. Our volunteers will continue to find cost saving measures to bring relief to the children, organize visits to the organizations, and work with people who visit Nha Trang who wish to do charity.

Our website receive many visitors, enabling us to share our message to a world wide audience. Our team on the ground in Nha Trang is dedicated to our cause, and capable of bringing relief to the children.

We have successfully paid all school fees at the orphanages we assist, and have also successfully paid the school costs for all the charity schools that we assist. We would like to do more concrete programs for the poor communities in Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen provinces.

Financials

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LOVINGKINDNESS VIETNAM

Board of directors
as of 2/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ahren Sims

Lovingkindness Vietnam

Term: 2009 -


Board co-chair

Khanh Sims

Lovingkindness Vietnam

Term: 2009 -

Susan Papuga

Lovingkindness Vietnam

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/14/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.