Strengthening communities in Viet Nam and Myanmar
Recent Project Developments
Khe Sanh Library was completed at the end of October. More than 700 children are now enjoying the new library for Khe Sanh No.1 Primary School. Thank you for your generosity in making this project a success!
Five Perkins Braille Typewriters, donated by John Tue Nguyen (Newport Beach, CA), were delivered successfully on September 4. The braillers were handcarried by GCSF staff from Washington, D.C. to Quang Tri Handicapped School Campus II in Dong Ha. The boarding school was funded by GCSF. This school year there are 24 students who are blind or visually impaired that will have access to the new equipment as part of the special education program at the boarding school. Photo: Students from Quang Tri Handicapped School.
Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology, in partnership with the Global Community Service Foundation, completed a week-long medical mission at Dawei General Hospital on October 26, 2013. The team including Dr. Vernon Parmley and surgical assistant Jeanne Gray traveled to Myanmar in October and performed 93 cataracts surgeries to help people regain their vision. According to this article in WJFW News in Wisconsin, “The surgery would cost $5,000 if performed in the United States. But Dr. Parmley’s patients in Burma paid nothing. ‘I think it really helps you keep perspective here about what’s important. And how to take care of patients’, says Dr. Parmley.”
GCSF has partnered again with Butterfield & Robinson to construct homes in Inle Lake for families in need. Fourteen homes have been built and dedicated with another scheduled for completion. GCSF thanks Butterfield & Robinson as well as the many donors for providing safe, new homes to more than two dozen families since 2011. Photo: Ko Sain Family of five.
Learn about the families who have benefited from this partnership.
VolunTourism: Community Service on an International Level
“On November 20th, the Vietnamese celebrate Teacher’s Day, a day to honor teachers’ work similar to Veteran’s Day in America. The customs dictate a two day break from classes, gift and flower giving to the teachers and a ceremony put on the by the students for the teachers.” ~ Tyler