Bridging Hope provides vital support to Vietnamese initiatives that directly improve the lives of Viet Nam’s most vulnerable people, its impoverished and disabled women and children. All of these projects are in collaboration with local Vietnamese and U.S. based organizations and individual donors.
1. DAILY BREAD PROJECT
Daily Bread Project provides all the meals for the 25 mothers of the Mai Tam in Saigon, Viet Nam who are impacted by or suffering from HIV/AIDS. Mai Tam is a network of services and shelters for women with HIV/AIDS and their children. These women are some of the poorest and most marginalized in Viet Nam. Bridging Hope partners with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange to directly serve these mothers, providing them daily nutrition to sustain their health in fighting such a serious disease and to restore their lives.
2. MAI TAM CHILDREN
Bridging Hope also helps to provide nutrition to the children who are suffering from HIV/AIDS in the Mai Tam program in Saigon. Currently, in collaborating with the Christmas for Breakfast program, Bridging Hope has provided a daily breakfast for some 300-plus children. Some of the children reside in one of Mai Tam shelters, but the vast majority live with foster parents either because their parents have died or because they are incapable of being the primary caretakers.
Since 1991, Sen has worked with the women of the THREADS co-op, most of them suffering from polio. Sen bought their embroidery, clothes, and other products to sell in the U.S. Now, as they are getting older, due to the problems of poor vision and bone loss, they are no longer able to produce the work as they used to. Bridging Hope, however, continues to walk along with them and be their friend.
4. CỒN ÉN DAYCARE
Young, pre-school children on this small island in the Mekong Delta in southern Viet Nam were usually hungry, unsupervised, and often unsafe (especially during monsoon). Recognizing the need of safety for these youngsters, the parents asked the local Catholic Church to open a daycare in order to provide a safe environment and early childcare for their children. Since 2009, Bridging Hope has collaborated with the local church providing supervision, nutrition and education for approximately 60 impoverished children.
5. CỒN ÉN TEACHER SALARY
6. ELDER PHAN THIET
The elder homeless is a growing population in Viet Nam due to younger generations increasingly leaving their villages in search of economic opportunities. Consequently, Viet Nam’s elderly population is left vulnerable without their traditional family support network. In response to the high risks and needs of this population, Bridging Hope provides meals, healthcare and other support for 35 elderly women in the Phan Thiet community.
7. ROSE HOUSE OF LOVE FOR ABANDONED CHILDREN AND TEENS
Located in Củ Chi, Saigon, Rose House of Love is a home for abandoned children and teens. Bridging Hope collaborates with Christmas for Breakfast to provide health care, education and nutrition for about 40 children at the center.
8. KONTUM WEAVING PROGRAM
The purpose of this program is to buy supplies and provide job training for about 20 women in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam in an effort to preserve and transmit their cultural tradition of fine weaving. Bridging Hope collaborates with the Sisters of St. Paul to carry on this new project for the women in this remote area.
9. THANH BẠCH’S VENOUS MALFORMATION TREATMENT
10. FLOOD VICTIM RELIEF PROGRAM
Bridging Hope responded to the urgent need of people affected by severe flooding in central Viet Nam in Oct. 2016. Tens of thousands of homes were completely submerged in the flood waters leaving many homeless, lacking food and basic supplies. Bridging Hope visited the flooded areas to help with relief efforts. The paster at Tam Trang village asked if Bridging Hope could help to build a bridging so people in the lowland areas could escape the higher lands. Collaborating with Vietnamese voice performer Đình Bảo, Bridging Hope is looking into the possibility of funding the bridging project. Pending approval, along with Đình Bảo, Bridging Hope has planning to raise $15,000.00 for this project. For more information please click here to read Sen’s article.