Give a Future to 100 Kids in Vietnam

by Aid For Kids
Mai-from Cyklo driver to award winningPhotographer
Mai-from Cyklo driver to award winningPhotographer

It sounds almost like a fairy tale.

It sounds almost too good to be true.

The truth is that the story of Mai is one of the most awesome and heart rendering stories you may ever hear. More importantly, it might be one of the most inspring true-life stories that children in Vietnam, struggling to learn English, will hear, this summer. at the Aid for Kids Summer Camp Program in July 2015. But we need your help, and your financial support to tell the story....

In brief.... Mai began adulthood as a Cyklo driver. He rose from the very lowest ranks of Vietnamese society (with the help of a Norwegian couple who encouraged their Cyklo driver to learn English and gave him a small solar powered camera as a gift.)

When the Norwegian couple checked in with Mai a little time later, they were amazed that he was able to accomplish so much with his little, inexpensive camera. They were so impressed with his photography skills that they told all of their friends about the remarkable work Mai was doing - and soon his business grew.

His work has been exhibited in Norway, France and all across the world. This past summer, an Aid for Kids volunteer interviewed Mail Loc who spoke with him on the importance of learning English. He now owns a Photo Gallery shop in Nha Trang.

Select this link to hear his story in his own words. Quite possibly, it's the best way for us to demonstrate why we operate our Summer Camp program! Select this link to review a more detailed summary of Mai's rags to riches story. Select this link to view Mai website. 

Please help us discover the next Mai Loc this July!

One of Mai
One of Mai's Award Winning Photographs
Mai Photograph
Mai Photograph
Mai Photo Sample
Mai Photo Sample

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Thank You
Thank You

Thank you very much to all of our generous donors. Together, we did it! The future for the children of Cam Ranh will be greatly improved as a result of our efforts.

If you would like further information about Aid for Kids, please visit our website at www.aidforkids.org. Or email us at vietnam@aidforkids.org. Aid for Kids is volunteer run and we are very prudent with all donations.

We will soon be launching a new Educational Program that will supplement what we've already achieved. That new program will begin in June 2015, but the work has already begun. We're tremendously excited about that opportunity. Stay tuned. Further details will soon be released. 

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Together We Can Change The World
Together We Can Change The World

This past summer (with the financial support from people like you) we offered 21 students in Cam Ranh Vietnam the opportunity to participate in a one week intensive English class.  When it was time to say farewell some of the kids were literally crying. The kids pleaded with us to return and do another training session in 2015.

But we don’t want to do that! Rather, we want to offer at least 4 one week training sessions, and have classes not just on learning English but also on developing other skills that these students can develop into rewarding useful careers.

Will you – today – please help make a difference in the lives of these kids? Help them secure a better job. There are many ways. Are you skilled in any of the following areas?

  • Baking (American or Asian foods)
  • Creating Videos
  • Photography
  • Some Other Professional Talent
  • And Would You Be Willing To Help Teach Those Skills To Teenagers?

 

Or can you help fund this program?

On Giving Tuesday – many non-profits are sending appeals asking their supporters to fund various worthwhile projects. At Aid for Kids, with our extremely low overhead, slick fundraising has never ever been our focus. We simply present our needs to our supporters and you have so often responded so kindly, just as you did recently in the case of the young boy with Goiter.

As supporters of Aid for Kids, you know that we are extremely cost conscious and that we value every dollar – and spread it as far as we can. And in places like Vietnam, we can make your donation go a long, long way. We have an opportunity, now, today, to design a summer 2015 Program that could be life changing for these children. We’re seeking is $10,000 to fund this program. Please help.

Today, right now, you can change the life of a child.

  • You can make the difference  
  • You can help a young child each his dream.
  • You can make a teenage child cry – tears of joy….

VOLUNTEER TEACHERS ARE NEEDED. Formal teaching experience is NOT required – nor is the ability to speak Vietnamese. Our volunteer this past summer had no such experience. If you have an interest in finding out more about serving as a teacher in the summer of 2015, please contact Tim Younes at vietnam@aidforkids.org  or Phuong ThuyLan Tran (Project Manager) at TranThuyLanPhuong@gmail.com

Please don’t make us tell these kids that we won’t be able to return!

With your support, we successfully launched our first ever, week long, English and Computer training class in Cam Ranh. 21 children, ages 14-15, attended our classes the week of July 7-11. Besides learning English, the children received lessons on American History, "Following your Dreams", and American Culture. They performed several plays, even one a volunteer developed just for this class. They also performed in a highly entertaining music video which is now being edited and will be shown on this website in the near future. With your continued donations, we will schedule several additional classes such as this in the summer of 2015. It was an awesome experience for the children, who were so grateful, so appreciative and learned sooooooo much. Thank you and stay tuned for more details!

No matter where in the world you live it’s never easy learning needed job skills. That’s true in developed countries such as in North America and Eastern Europe and particularly so in places such as Cam Ranh, Vietnam. It’s not just the big things (getting funding, attracting qualified teachers) but it’s the “little” things as well. For instance, in Cam Ranh, there’s no such thing as government supplied transportation. Kids need to walk (sometimes many miles) down dangerous paths and over unsafe monkey bridges. What’s more, families must pay for their child’s books and uniforms and those can stretch - and even break - many a family budget in Vietnam. Even “just” having a basic shoe/sneaker can be the difference between a child being able to go to school or not.

We’ve taken the first step. This past spring, we distributed over 300 shoes to the children in the Cam Ranh area. The delight in the children’s faces was evident. With your future support, we hope to soon start expanding the schools with more supplies and buildings. Stay tuned and thank you for your support!

Joy My Lien Degenhardt is the Director of Aid for Kids in Vietnam. She was adopted in 1972 from the Cam Ranh orphanage. Joy returned to Vietnam in 1992 with the aim of developing programs for orphaned and homeless children and their families. For over 20 years, she has lived in Vietnam helping thousand of children and their families.

 

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Aid For Kids

Location: Houlton, ME - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.aidforkids.org
Joy Degenhardt
Project Leader:
Joy Degenhardt
Vietnam Project Director
Houlton, ME United States

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