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We Moved Our Blog!

We moved our blog to blog.vnhelp.org . You can also access it at vnhelp.org/blog. All the content will remain here, but it’s also been migrated over to our new blog. We wanted to be able to keep our blog under our

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newblog

We Moved Our Blog!

We moved our blog to blog.vnhelp.org . You can also access it at vnhelp.org/blog. All the content will remain here, but it’s also been migrated over to our new blog. We wanted to be able to keep our blog under our

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kaitak

The Weekly Round Up, Week of August 13

We’ve aggregated together this past week’s notable news for the weekly round up, and there’s certainly a lot to catch up on. Check it out below. Thousands of Vietnam soldiers on standby for Typhoon Typhoon Kai-Tak, which has already ravaged

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kaitak

The Weekly Round Up, Week of August 13

We’ve aggregated together this past week’s notable news for the weekly round up, and there’s certainly a lot to catch up on. Check it out below. Thousands of Vietnam soldiers on standby for Typhoon Typhoon Kai-Tak, which has already ravaged

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The Weekly Round Up, 2nd Week of August

Here are four stories to take note of before you head out for the weekend. A Coming-Out Party in Hanoi On the heels of Vietnam’s announcement that it is considering legalizing gay marriage, Hanoi hosted the city’s first ever gay

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The Weekly Round Up, 2nd Week of August

Here are four stories to take note of before you head out for the weekend. A Coming-Out Party in Hanoi On the heels of Vietnam’s announcement that it is considering legalizing gay marriage, Hanoi hosted the city’s first ever gay

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robertlafond2009

The Weekly Round Up, First Week of August

In addition to the excitement of the Olympics, a lot of things are happening in Vietnam and in the world of international development as well. Check out some of this week’s highlights below. US funds Agent Orange clean-up at Da

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robertlafond2009

The Weekly Round Up, First Week of August

In addition to the excitement of the Olympics, a lot of things are happening in Vietnam and in the world of international development as well. Check out some of this week’s highlights below. US funds Agent Orange clean-up at Da

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Tiger

The Weekly Round Up, Fourth Week of July

    A lot has happened in the past week, impacting not just our human existence, but our natural world as well. Most notably, the HIV/AIDS conference in Washington D.C. is about to wrap up, and the World Wildlife Fund

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Tiger

The Weekly Round Up, Fourth Week of July

    A lot has happened in the past week, impacting not just our human existence, but our natural world as well. Most notably, the HIV/AIDS conference in Washington D.C. is about to wrap up, and the World Wildlife Fund

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What You Should Know About HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, Part 2

This is the second post on a two-part series on HIV/AIDS in Vietnam. Our first post focused on the current HIV/AIDS situation in Vietnam. As the International AIDS conference in Washington D.C. rolls on, this second post will focus on the history

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What You Should Know About HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, Part 2

This is the second post on a two-part series on HIV/AIDS in Vietnam. Our first post focused on the current HIV/AIDS situation in Vietnam. As the International AIDS conference in Washington D.C. rolls on, this second post will focus on the history

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LawrenceD

Soul of Vietnam: A Visual Exploration

Hey VNHELPers, will you be in Madison, Wisconsin anytime between now and September 30? If you are, please stop by the Tamarack Studio & Gallery on Washington Avenue to see “Soul of Vietnam,” a photo exhibition by photographer, musician and aviator Lawrence

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Soul of Vietnam: A Visual Exploration

Hey VNHELPers, will you be in Madison, Wisconsin anytime between now and September 30? If you are, please stop by the Tamarack Studio & Gallery on Washington Avenue to see “Soul of Vietnam,” a photo exhibition by photographer, musician and aviator Lawrence

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Dave_B_

The Weekly Round Up, Second Week of July

Here are some articles of interest for the second week of July. Virus Suspected in Mysterious Cambodian Outbreak Cambodia, Vietnam’s neighbor to the west, has recently been afflicted by an unusual outbreak of what appears to be another viral strain

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Dave_B_

The Weekly Round Up, Second Week of July

Here are some articles of interest for the second week of July. Virus Suspected in Mysterious Cambodian Outbreak Cambodia, Vietnam’s neighbor to the west, has recently been afflicted by an unusual outbreak of what appears to be another viral strain

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How Innovative is Vietnam?

How innovative is Vietnam? This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. On the one hand, Vietnamese people can be incredibly resourceful. How often do you see parts of a presumably out-of-commission truck strapped to an ox

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How Innovative is Vietnam?

How innovative is Vietnam? This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. On the one hand, Vietnamese people can be incredibly resourceful. How often do you see parts of a presumably out-of-commission truck strapped to an ox

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Brenderous

The Weekly Round Up, First Week of July

Here’s the second installment of our international development and Vietnam news round up. This week, we’ve combed through the internet to bring you articles on English teachers in Vietnam, civil conflicts, obesity, macroeconomics and foreign policy. Please check them out

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Brenderous

The Weekly Round Up, First Week of July

Here’s the second installment of our international development and Vietnam news round up. This week, we’ve combed through the internet to bring you articles on English teachers in Vietnam, civil conflicts, obesity, macroeconomics and foreign policy. Please check them out

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What You Should Know About HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, Part 1

A Prologue Between July 22 – 27, researchers, policymakers, activists and people living with HIV/AIDS will convene at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. This is the first time in 22 years that the world’s largest HIV/AIDS conference

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What You Should Know About HIV/AIDS in Vietnam, Part 1

A Prologue Between July 22 – 27, researchers, policymakers, activists and people living with HIV/AIDS will convene at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. This is the first time in 22 years that the world’s largest HIV/AIDS conference

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OmarC

The Weekly Round Up: Vietnam and International Development News, Fourth Week of June

Welcome to VNHELP’s new blog feature: a weekly round up of the latest news in Vietnam’s social and economic development. There is always a ton of stuff going on in Vietnam and in the international development world, and sometimes it

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OmarC

The Weekly Round Up: Vietnam and International Development News, Fourth Week of June

Welcome to VNHELP’s new blog feature: a weekly round up of the latest news in Vietnam’s social and economic development. There is always a ton of stuff going on in Vietnam and in the international development world, and sometimes it

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The Dieu Giac Kids Vacation in Vung Tau!

Thanks to donors who go above and beyond the usual amount of support we request for the kids in our Sponsor A Child program, the Dieu Giac Orphanage’s staff were able to save up enough money to take the children

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The Dieu Giac Kids Vacation in Vung Tau!

Thanks to donors who go above and beyond the usual amount of support we request for the kids in our Sponsor A Child program, the Dieu Giac Orphanage’s staff were able to save up enough money to take the children

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MTCE18

Save the Date! The 18th Annual Mua Thu Cho Em Concert is Coming Up

You’ve been asking and we’ve been keeping coy about it, but now we can final announce it: This year’s Mua Tho Cho Em concert will be on Sunday, October 7 in Northern California and Sunday, October 14 in Southern California!

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MTCE18

Save the Date! The 18th Annual Mua Thu Cho Em Concert is Coming Up

You’ve been asking and we’ve been keeping coy about it, but now we can final announce it: This year’s Mua Tho Cho Em concert will be on Sunday, October 7 in Northern California and Sunday, October 14 in Southern California!

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The State of Human Trafficking in Vietnam, 2012

On June 19, the U.S. State Department released its findings for the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. Released annually, the Trafficking in Persons report provides a comprehensive understanding on the state of human trafficking–both sex and exploitative labor–throughout the world.

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The State of Human Trafficking in Vietnam, 2012

On June 19, the U.S. State Department released its findings for the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. Released annually, the Trafficking in Persons report provides a comprehensive understanding on the state of human trafficking–both sex and exploitative labor–throughout the world.

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Health Brief: No More Public Smoking in Vietnam

Want to light up a cigarette in public? Not anymore, say lawmakers in Vietnam. Yesterday, it was confirmed that Vietnam has passed a law banning smoking in all public places. The law also prohibits tobacco advertising and bans the sale

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Health Brief: No More Public Smoking in Vietnam

Want to light up a cigarette in public? Not anymore, say lawmakers in Vietnam. Yesterday, it was confirmed that Vietnam has passed a law banning smoking in all public places. The law also prohibits tobacco advertising and bans the sale

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GijsBudel

Vietnam is the 2nd Happiest Country in the World?

Are you more likely to be happy living in Vietnam than in Switzerland, Norway, the U.S. and even Bhutan (the only country to measure “gross national happiness“)? That’s what the results of this year’s Happy Planet Index (HPI) suggest. Designed

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GijsBudel

Vietnam is the 2nd Happiest Country in the World?

Are you more likely to be happy living in Vietnam than in Switzerland, Norway, the U.S. and even Bhutan (the only country to measure “gross national happiness“)? That’s what the results of this year’s Happy Planet Index (HPI) suggest. Designed

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Health Brief: Vaccine for Dengue Being Developed Around the World, including Vietnam

To many people, dengue, like cholera and tuberculosis, seems to be one of those diseases from the days of yore. This may be because dengue made its greatest marks on global history during WWII, when mass movements of troops across

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Health Brief: Vaccine for Dengue Being Developed Around the World, including Vietnam

To many people, dengue, like cholera and tuberculosis, seems to be one of those diseases from the days of yore. This may be because dengue made its greatest marks on global history during WWII, when mass movements of troops across

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rightee

How Peaceful is Vietnam?

The Global Peace Index, an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), recently released the 2012 Global Peace rankings. The Index compares 158 countries according to their “absence of violence” across 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators (see below).

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rightee

How Peaceful is Vietnam?

The Global Peace Index, an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), recently released the 2012 Global Peace rankings. The Index compares 158 countries according to their “absence of violence” across 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators (see below).

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Lisa and Alec

Economic Update: Vietnam’s Macro Future

When the world’s largest development agency speaks, the rest of the NGO/NPO community listens–whether to critique, scrutinize or get new ideas from. Following its May update on the East Asia and Pacific region, the World Bank has released the results

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Lisa and Alec

Economic Update: Vietnam’s Macro Future

When the world’s largest development agency speaks, the rest of the NGO/NPO community listens–whether to critique, scrutinize or get new ideas from. Following its May update on the East Asia and Pacific region, the World Bank has released the results

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Of Marriage and Microfinance: Paths to Economic Stability?

Foreign marriages are a sensitive subject in the Vietnamese community, and increasingly so in the international community as well. But it’s not the fact that Vietnamese are marrying foreigners that people find unsettling; it’s that so many of these cross-country

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Of Marriage and Microfinance: Paths to Economic Stability?

Foreign marriages are a sensitive subject in the Vietnamese community, and increasingly so in the international community as well. But it’s not the fact that Vietnamese are marrying foreigners that people find unsettling; it’s that so many of these cross-country

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Project Update: It’s a Wrap! Cycle 1 of Vocational Training Comes to an End

Four months ago, a group of 30 Vietnamese youth arrived at the doors of the A Dong vocational school in Saigon (HCMC), hungry for an education and a shot at a stable livelihood. None of these youth really knew each

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Project Update: It’s a Wrap! Cycle 1 of Vocational Training Comes to an End

Four months ago, a group of 30 Vietnamese youth arrived at the doors of the A Dong vocational school in Saigon (HCMC), hungry for an education and a shot at a stable livelihood. None of these youth really knew each

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KidsOntheBlock

Education Brief: Why Build A School in Vietnam?

According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Vietnam has made major progress in education in recent years. Official figures estimate that enrollment rates in primary education have reached near universal levels, such that more children are receiving an education now

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KidsOntheBlock

Education Brief: Why Build A School in Vietnam?

According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Vietnam has made major progress in education in recent years. Official figures estimate that enrollment rates in primary education have reached near universal levels, such that more children are receiving an education now

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Program Update: Hello from the Thien An Kids!

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, VNHELP also partners with the Thien An Institute in Can Tho to help orphans, street kids and children with difficult family circumstances. Like at Dieu Giac, each of these children are connected to a kind-hearted

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And Thien Man, not yet 3 years old, rounds out the trio of speedsters.

Program Update: Hello from the Thien An Kids!

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, VNHELP also partners with the Thien An Institute in Can Tho to help orphans, street kids and children with difficult family circumstances. Like at Dieu Giac, each of these children are connected to a kind-hearted

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Program Update: Say Hello to the Dieu Giac Kids

Since 2006, VNHELP has partnered with the Dieu Giac Orphanage in HCMC (Saigon) to provide a warm, nourishing environment to orphans and street children in Vietnam. Through our Sponsor A Child Program, we connect a compassionate donor from the U.S.

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Van Phuoc Sang (01012009)

Program Update: Say Hello to the Dieu Giac Kids

Since 2006, VNHELP has partnered with the Dieu Giac Orphanage in HCMC (Saigon) to provide a warm, nourishing environment to orphans and street children in Vietnam. Through our Sponsor A Child Program, we connect a compassionate donor from the U.S.

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mr.Wood

Economic Update: A Snapshot of Vietnam’s Macroeconomic Situation

When you’re dedicated to poverty reduction and community development, it’s important to keep up with the latest economic headlines. Economics, poverty, and development often go hand-in-hand, whether it’s through creating stable employment or through sculpting an ecosystem that gives budding

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mr.Wood

Economic Update: A Snapshot of Vietnam’s Macroeconomic Situation

When you’re dedicated to poverty reduction and community development, it’s important to keep up with the latest economic headlines. Economics, poverty, and development often go hand-in-hand, whether it’s through creating stable employment or through sculpting an ecosystem that gives budding

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sandrabermudez

Vietnam’s Enduring Tuberculosis Problem

Most people living in developed countries think of tuberculosis as a disease of the past–the mal de vivir that afflicted 19th century poets and factory workers, but no longer weighs into modern life. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the

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Vietnam’s Enduring Tuberculosis Problem

Most people living in developed countries think of tuberculosis as a disease of the past–the mal de vivir that afflicted 19th century poets and factory workers, but no longer weighs into modern life. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the

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A woman with her daughter

For Mothers in Vietnam, Things Are Getting Better

It’s getting a little easier to be a woman in Vietnam, at least when it comes to matters of maternal health. Two new reports by the UN and Save the Children shed light on Vietnam’s progress in improving maternal health

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A woman with her daughter

For Mothers in Vietnam, Things Are Getting Better

It’s getting a little easier to be a woman in Vietnam, at least when it comes to matters of maternal health. Two new reports by the UN and Save the Children shed light on Vietnam’s progress in improving maternal health

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Jonas Hansel

Mangrove Forests: The Key to Managing Disasters and Boosting Income in Vietnam?

May is the start of the rainy season in Vietnam. Although heavy rains are often necessary to replenish the soil and renew the land, they also pose serious flooding risks that ultimately disrupt many livelihoods and leave people in a

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Jonas Hansel

Mangrove Forests: The Key to Managing Disasters and Boosting Income in Vietnam?

May is the start of the rainy season in Vietnam. Although heavy rains are often necessary to replenish the soil and renew the land, they also pose serious flooding risks that ultimately disrupt many livelihoods and leave people in a

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Son La child

Project Update: Getting to Know Son La and the Benefits of Education

It’s hard not to be awestruck by the natural beauty of Son La province. Bordered by Laos to the South and Yen Bai, Lao Cai and Lao Chau provinces to the north, Son La is Vietnam’s 5th largest province.  The

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Son La child

Project Update: Getting to Know Son La and the Benefits of Education

It’s hard not to be awestruck by the natural beauty of Son La province. Bordered by Laos to the South and Yen Bai, Lao Cai and Lao Chau provinces to the north, Son La is Vietnam’s 5th largest province.  The

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A view of the workspace

We Moved Offices!

VNHELP has a new home. Over the weekend, we moved down a floor to a different suite in the same building. Our new suite is more spacious, so now we have more room to greet visitors and display the different

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A view of the workspace

We Moved Offices!

VNHELP has a new home. Over the weekend, we moved down a floor to a different suite in the same building. Our new suite is more spacious, so now we have more room to greet visitors and display the different

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A New School for Son La

Clack, clamp, scrape. Clack, clamp, scrape. The sound of a shovel dragging up against the dirt. On a warm April afternoon, a team of men are at working leveling the hilly grounds of Son La  province. They move with methodical

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Picture 063

A New School for Son La

Clack, clamp, scrape. Clack, clamp, scrape. The sound of a shovel dragging up against the dirt. On a warm April afternoon, a team of men are at working leveling the hilly grounds of Son La  province. They move with methodical

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motherslove

VNHELP @ UC Santa Cruz’s Charity Show

A big thank you to UC Santa Cruz’s Vietnamese Student Association for selecting VNHELP as the beneficiary for their 6th annual charity show. We’ll be at UCSC on May 13 to speak a little bit about our mission, our projects,

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motherslove

VNHELP @ UC Santa Cruz’s Charity Show

A big thank you to UC Santa Cruz’s Vietnamese Student Association for selecting VNHELP as the beneficiary for their 6th annual charity show. We’ll be at UCSC on May 13 to speak a little bit about our mission, our projects,

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yahoolrg

Yahoo! for Clean Water in Vietnam

VNHELP is proud to announce that we’ve been selected as a $5000 “quick-grant” recipient by the Yahoo! Employee Foundation. $5000 is the maximum awarded for quick grants. The Yahoo! grant will go towards funding our clean water projects in Vietnam. 

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Yahoo! for Clean Water in Vietnam

VNHELP is proud to announce that we’ve been selected as a $5000 “quick-grant” recipient by the Yahoo! Employee Foundation. $5000 is the maximum awarded for quick grants. The Yahoo! grant will go towards funding our clean water projects in Vietnam. 

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Greetings from VNHELP

Hello friends, 2012 has been a rollicking year for VNHELP so far. We started construction on a new school in Kien Giang in January, launched another round of our vocational training program in February, and started looking at how we

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Greetings from VNHELP

Hello friends, 2012 has been a rollicking year for VNHELP so far. We started construction on a new school in Kien Giang in January, launched another round of our vocational training program in February, and started looking at how we

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