How much does it cost to go out for lunch? About $15? Now, if I told you that at least 5 kids in Vietnam could eat a nutritious lunch for $15, what would you say? This summer, LIN is focusing on the needs of children, and we need your help. Would you consider packing a lunch on June 12th and donating your lunch money to help vulnerable children in Ho Chi Minh City? On this day, GlobalGiving will match 30% of your donation - enough to buy each kid a milk box to accompany their lunch.
The benefits of Vietnam's economic development have not reached the majority. Inequality is on the rise. Many families and children migrate to HCMC looking for a better life. But life in the city brings new challenges. Thousands of children are deprived of basic care, working difficult jobs or living on the streets. They often lack the paperwork necessary to access free government services. To fill the gap, local nonprofits provide health care, education, food, shelter, counseling and more.
LIN's Narrow the Gap Community Fund supports nonprofits that tackle the most pressing needs in HCMC. The Fund works in a simple way: first we collect donations; second, we invite nonprofits to submit grant applications; third, the community selects the projects it likes best; finally, LIN provides financial and technical support to the top 3 projects. The process promotes transparency & community engagement. This Fall, all of LIN's grants will go to nonprofits working with vulnerable children.
Narrow the Gap Community Fund pools resources so local nonprofits can tackle the core issues that keep children from achieving their potential. More importantly, the Fund provides training for nonprofit staff so they can deliver more effective services to the children they support. Finally, the Fund educates and engages the community, ensuring sustainability of necessary support for these direct services.