Children of Vietnam

Building Bright Futures by Lifting Children Out of Poverty

aka Children of Vietnam   |   Greensboro, NC   |  www.childrenofvietnam.org

Mission

Building Bright Futures by Lifting Children Out of Poverty Children of Vietnam lifts children out of poverty by eliminating barriers to fulfilling their potential through comprehensive services that focus on one child, one family, and one community at a time.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Mr. Ben Wilson

Executive Director

Ms. Nancy F. Letteri

Main address

PO Box 18039

Greensboro, NC 27419 USA

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EIN

31-1605964

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

International Relief (Q33)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over the last few decades, Vietnam has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty. Political and economic reforms launched in 1986 have transformed Vietnam from one of the poorest countries in the world, with per capita income below $100, to a lower middle-income country within a quarter of a century with per capita income of $2,343 by the end of 2017. Yet, Vietnam and its children still have challenges. The devil is in the details. Delving deeper into the intra-country statistics there is evidence of a growing disparity between those advancing in the new economy and those most vulnerable populations including the poor, people with disabilities, women, migrants, children and ethnic minorities as well as those living in specific geographic areas such as rural versus urban.

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?

Increasing Opportunities for Children with Disabilities Initiative: Hope System of Care

We empower children with disabilities and their families to gain confidence in their abilities, believe in their worth, and achieve purposeful and productive futures.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
People with disabilities

We nourish children’s bodies to ensure healthy physical, intellectual, social and emotional development partnering with kindergartens in rural and mountainous regions.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

We enable university students from poor families to graduate with degrees that will prepare them to gain full employment, raise their standard of living, and fulfill their dreams by achieving lifelong goals.


Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

We empower bright students from poor families to embrace education, believe in their own abilities, and achieve a future without poverty.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

We facilitate young, ethnic minority children with a strong educational foundation, building schools that instill a love of learning that will serve them well, and help them achieve purposeful and productive futures.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Students

We invest in enterprising, single mothers to face challenges with dignity and strength, believe in their own abilities, and achieve fulfilling futures without poverty for themselves and their children.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth
Students
Low-income people

We ensure children have access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene to promote healthy development, and a safe environment in which to thrive.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students
Teachers
Low-income people

Where we work

Awards

Champion Medal honored Ms. Huong for ten years of service 2009

Danang Foreign Affairs and People’s Committees

Remarkable Contribution for the Economic and Social Development of Province 2008

Quang Nam People's Committee

Contribution in humanitarian Activities of Danang City 2008

Chairman of Danang People's Committee

Excellent Achievement in Work for Poor Children of Hai Chau District 2008

Hai Chau People's Committee

Significant Achievement in Work of Protection and Taking Care of Children 2008

Hoa Vang People's Committee

Top Rated 2021

Great Nonprofits

Affiliations & memberships

AmCham 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

COV has identified three groups of children who are particularly vulnerable: children with disabilities, poor rural and ethnic minority children and children living with single mothers. While these groups have similarities – low socio-economic status, limited educational and/or medical access, etc. – each also has unique challenges, strengths, and opportunities to have an improved life and brighter prospects.

Our programs are designed to decrease challenges and increase strengths and opportunities in multiple areas adapting to each specific target population. We are providing individualized “wrap-around support” either working directly with the child, the parent or the community or all simultaneously.

Children of Vietnam’s Hope System of Care works to keep children with disabilities at home with their families and to help these families receive adequate support so they can provide the best possible environment and quality of life for their children. An interdisciplinary team is invited from the community to review the child’s situation and to work collaboratively together with the parent to create a sustainable care plan. A range of comprehensive services is made available to the child so that he or she can develop to the fullest.

Children of Vietnam works to ensure that all children in difficult circumstances, with equal emphasis between boys and girls and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to appropriate learning and life skills opportunities including transportation, funding, study equipment, psycho-social support, and parent outreach. We focus on both school-aged children and college-aged children.

For single mothers living in poverty with their children, access to education, healthcare, and adequate nutrition is extremely challenging, if not impossible. Empowering Foundations for Women & Their Children works to break this cycle of poverty by assisting head-of-household, single mothers with a powerful combination of wraparound services including small livelihood microloans, livelihood training, healthcare, scholarships for their children, small household improvements.

Good nutrition is an essential need for children, particularly young children, where malnutrition and stunted growth increase their risk of suffering impaired cognitive ability, weakened performance at school and work, and dying from infections. Children of Vietnam’s Young Child Nutrition partners with local charities to distribute vitamin-fortified meals to kindergartens in rural and mountainous regions to children most at risk. The meals are granted by a partnering NGO, Rise Against Hunger, which has formulated the meals to align with World Health Organization standards. Further, where needed, clean water filtration systems are provided for communities.

Children of Vietnam has been operating in Central Vietnam since 1998. We started as a very small organization doing relief and crisis work. We now work to build the capacity of individuals along with our local partners to increase community sustainability. As of 2020, we have:

Empowering Foundations for Women & Their Children
433 Total number of single mothers
795 Total number of children

University Bright Scholars
222 Total number of university graduates
126 Total number of female university graduates

Study Steps Tutoring & Life-Skills
Five Pilot groups totaling nearly 100 children beginning in 6th grade

Hope System of Care
875 Total children with disabilities
446 Girls
429 Boys

Nutrition School Food Distribution
Over 1 million meals yearly

Kindergarten Building Blocks
54 kindergarten classrooms for children 3 through 5 years

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children with Disabilities Ethnic Minority and Rural Children living in Poverty Children Living in Poverty at RISK for dropping out of School Children Living in Single-mother Households

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We modified our schedule for livelihood workshops for single mothers to accommodate the women's daily schedules.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We seek and incorporate feedback from our participants during the monitoring process. We modify our programming accordingly.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Children of Vietnam

Board of directors
as of 9/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rhonda Grissom

Radiologist

Term: 2021 - 2024

Benjamin Wilson

No Affiliation

Rhonda Grissom

Physician

Xuan Nguyen

Retired NonProfit Executive

Natalie Pho

Educator

Hung Pho

Child Welfare Professional

Vinod Rangra

Retired, EVP Global Business Development for Chemtek

Dabney Schmitt

Retired Development Director

Scott Smith

Chief Commercial Officer, Shearer's Foods, Inc.

Elliott Wilson

President, TRC Professional Solutions

Clayton Bond

COO

Debbie Baker

Retired Educator

Scott Willis

Sales Director

Thao Sommerville

Self-employeed

Steve Walstenholme

Group COO, Hoi An South Development Ltd.

Clayton Bond

COO

Anna Huynh

Foundation Executive

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/20/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/08/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.