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. This process promotes transparency and community engagement. This summer, all LIN's grants will go to nonprofits working with vulnerable children.
The Fund multiplies the impact of your donation. Pooling resources from many people allows us find long-term, effective solutions to core social problems that seem too large for one person or company to solve. More importantly, the Fund provides training for nonprofit staff so they can deliver more effective services to the children they support. Finally, the Fund builds a network of community donors, ensuring that these services will have ongoing support in the future.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Narrow the Gap Fund official page
Narrow the Gap Fund on Facebook
List of projects supported via the Fund in 2009-12
Video about street children in HCMC (RFA)