East Meets West Foundation

Country : Vietnam
Type : Education & Vocational Training, Health & Sanitation, Community Development

The East Meets West is a non-governmental organization based in California, USA, with programs in Southeast Asia and South Asia. It was born from one woman’s dream of helping to heal the wounds of war between the United States and Vietnam. In 1988, Le Ly Hayslip, whose life story was chronicled in her two books and in Oliver Stone’s film “Heaven and Earth”, returned to her village of Ky La in central Vietnam to plant the seeds of peace and start the process of healing she so much desired. From the cornerstones of Le Ly’s early projects – Mothers Love Pediatric Clinic and Peace Village Medical Centre – East Meets West has grown to be a highly respected organization implementing large-scale projects.

In Vietnam, with offices in Hanoi, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City the foundation works in the core areas of education, medical care, clean water sanitation and infrastructure.

What do they do?

EMW’s initiatives include building partnerships, developing opportunities, and creating innovative and sustainable solutions for challenges faced by vulnerable communities of Vietnam.

Children living in rural poverty lag far behind their urban counterparts in access to education and the chance to pursue improved life opportunities. East Meets West’s Learning Programs – i.e. The Scholarship Program to Enhance Learning and Literacy (SPELL) and the School Construction program – provide a comprehensive response to this common development problem, helping children from poor families gain a solid education.

Through the healthcare programs, EMW provides direct assistance to individuals, supports families, trains medical staff and works to improve systemic capacity by developing and constructing improved medical facilities.

Through their Clean Water & Sanitation Program, EMW also provide a sustainable water supply to communities and ensure that local people are fully invested in the project. To maximize the health benefits, they incorporate a hygiene and sanitation training component to address the need for improved sanitation, another critical public health issue.

How can you help?

Your donation directly benefits their needs:

10 US$: Provides one impoverished child with free modern dental care for one year

40 US$:  Brings clean, piped water directly to one person for daily household use

120 US$: Provides one impoverished child with a year’s scholarship for secondary school.

300 US$: Provides one disabled person with corrective surgery and a prosthetic device.

600 US$:  Provides care for a year for one child living at the Village of Hope Disadvantaged Children’s Centre

1,500 US$: Equips a hospital with a phototherapy machine to treat newborns with jaundice.

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