2014 is the Global Community Service Foundation’s 20th anniversary (1994-2014)! Thank you for your contributions and support in Strengthening Communities in Southeast Asia. Watch for opportunities to celebrate this milestone.
Thank you Olivia!
We thank Olivia Fernandes for her work with Global Community Service Foundation in Viet Nam, especially with the Gifts for Tet event. We wish her well in her future endeavors.
Dedication of the Khe Sanh School Library
The dedication ceremony for the Khe Sanh School Library in Quang Tri was held on February 21. Many people attended the event including: GCSF Board member Col. Al Bergstrom and his family; GCSF staff members Nguyen Xuan Tam and Olivia Fernandes; Mr. Luong Duc Cong, Chairman of People’s Council of Huong Hoa District; Mr. Tran Van Bach, Khe Sanh’s People’s Committee Vice Chairman; Ms. Huong, School Principal; ten teachers; and 20 children. Everyone is very happy with the new Library.
Dung Chu, new GCSF Program Manager
On January 6, Dung Chu began work in the newly created position of Program Manager for Global Community Service Foundation. The position assists the President with oversight and management responsibility including: staff recruitment, supervision and development, organizational and strategic planning and financial management with regard to all program-related areas. Additional responsibilities are the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, including project development and oversight, and program-related resource development, public relations and communications.
Dung Chu is well-prepared for this new position based on her considerable experience at GCSF combined with her academic background, including a Master’s in Business Administration from an American university. “Join me in welcoming Dung to this important position.” ~ Marcia Selva
Gifts for Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. Viet, Huyen and our Hanoi friends have purchased warm clothes, shoes, woolen caps, dining trays, and a lot of candies for the disadvantaged children in Dong Ha City. These gifts for the poor and disabled children from Quang Tri Handicapped School – Campus 2, Dong Ha Street Children Center and Lam Bich Orphanage are appreciated greatly.
Giving Tree: local holiday project. Dong Ha English Club worked with us to organize the December 23 event to introduce the tree. The 27 guests at Tam’s Cafe included: parents of the English Club students, neighbors, GCSF’s partners and others. Among the donations received were: 2,100,000 VND, a commitment to send blankets for the street kids, and a commitment from an expat for donation.
New Home Completed in Quang Tri. Mr. Tham, his wife and four children have a new shelter. One which keeps them safe from the storms that ravage the area frequently. This is the third house Ken Woytisek has funded for needy families in Viet Nam since 2011. It was completed in December.
Mr. Tham’s children now have a proper place to study and his son, who was an Agent Orange victim at birth, now has a safe and accessible home. The whole family gives their sincere thanks to Mr. Ken!
Teachers for the Handicapped School: Component 4. As of the beginning of December, 18 children now attend the Blind Center. Teaching and learning abound with the Quang Tri Department of Education and Training overseeing the activities and use of funds.
Khe Sanh Library was completed at the end of October. The new building with connected computers, books, and reading tables has already served more than 700 children and more than 40 teachers. Thank you for your generosity in making this project a success!
Pilot Expansion of Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Program From January 18 through 22, 2014, Global Community Service Foundation and special advisors were in the Inle Lake region delivering maternal and child healthcare. Services included: training for local health care providers, health education for mothers, check-ups and monitoring of expectant mothers and unborn children, distribution of pre-natal vitamins and nutritional supplements, and more.
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
Cameron and Seymour Smith have completed their voluntourism experience. They taught English to children at the Trung Vuong School, Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, in Viet Nam from January through March, 2014. With several volunteer-teaching opportunities in Asia and Latin America to their credit, the Smiths have developed beginner and intermediate curricula based on the Common European Framework, European Language Portfolio. They also have a strictly-held practice of speaking only English in class. “It is no exaggeration to say that the students were the best that we have encountered in our years of teaching. Most are highly motivated, very friendly in and out of class, willingly work for hours at a time and do not complain about our tough, no-spoken-Vietnamese-in-class practice. We wish that we could teach these students for much longer than three months.”