Dear Friends, Supporters, and Fellow Volunteers,
A just-released study shows that brainwave signals associated with feelings of happiness, love, satisfaction, gratitude, mindfulness, and peace, can be measured. The study also confirms that happiness is the root cause of good health.
Son Michael Pham
Founder and Director (Volunteer)
Kim Browne – United Kingdom: Kim is one of KWB’s Global Ambassadors. Kim’s personal story is quite remarkable (read more at http://kidswithnoborders.blogspot.com/2008/11/day-11-friday-november-7-2008.html . Kim returned to Go Vap Orphanage in November 2008 and spent two weeks there to care for the babies. Kim started her own cause of ‘Helping Hydrocephalus Kids in Vietnam’ to bring attention and support treatment for the sick babies.
Michelle Huynh – Amherst College, Massachusetts: Michelle is a Pre-Med student working on her double major in Biology and Asian Studies. As a first second generation Vietnamese American born and raised in a tough neighborhood in Oakland, California, Michelle has excelled not only in her education but also as an active volunteer for many causes in her communities and her schools. Michelle was awarded a grant from the Fellowship For Action program from her college for a two month volunteer service sponsored by KWB at the Go Vap Orphanage in Viet Nam.
Linda Keeney – Shoreline, Washington: after reading the story of Thien Nhan, the Miracle Baby (http://help-thien-nhan.blogspot.com), Linda and her husband, Jeff, mobilized her family to raise funds covering travel expenses bringing Thien Nhan and his adoptive parents to the U.S. for medical treatment. Linda and Jeff continue to volunteer tirelessly for KWB, helping us at the Harvest Festival, clothes sorting party, and many volunteer work events.
Alice Tian – Sammamish, Washington: Alice is in her senior year at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, hometown of KWB. She is one of the leading volunteers in the community and KWB fortunate to have her at some of our work events during the summer of this year. Alice joined us at our clothes sorting parties, and at our service day at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle. She manned KWB booth at the Sammamish Farmer’s Market, and at her school Community Service Fair.
Marah Williams – Seattle, Washington: Marah is a fifteen year old high school student. She traveled with her mother, Penny, to Viet Nam on the 10th HumaniTour in March 2008. Read her blog at http://www.kirotv.com/station/15751389/detail.html .
TEACH ME TO FISH (TM2F):
Our appreciation to all of the sponsors, and the following organizations:
Kiwanis of Providence Point – Issaquah, Washington
Rotary Club of New City New York, New York (committed)
Rotary Club of the University District of Seattle, Washington
Meet some of the TM2F orphans:
The 11th HumaniTour Viet Nam was in March 2008. A total of 21 team members carried with them approximately 1,600 pounds of gifts from KWB. Teachers from the Lake Washington School District donated computers which were delivered to Viet Nam during the trip. One of the computers was donated together with medical supplies to the Thanh Xuan Peace Village in Hanoi, a rehabilitation center for disabled children victimized by the Agent Orange chemical. Four computers were donated to start a vocational training program for children in the School for Deaf Children in Hai Phong.
The team visited the Dien Trung kindergarten and pre-school in the central region of Viet Nam and delivered gifts, and school supplies to the staff and children. The school in this remote rural village opened in early 2007 and is a joint project funded by KWB, Rotary, and VNHelp. The team dedicated a clean drinking water system funded by KWB and Rotary.
New clothes, toys, hygiene supplies, dental care supplies, children’s vitamins, and first aid supplies were delivered to orphanages in Hai Phong, Saigon, and schools in Dien Trung and Dalat.
Read more about the trip at http://www.kirotv.com/station/15751389/detail.html . To sign up for the upcoming HumaniTours scheduled for March 2009, July 2009, and October 2009, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org .
HAND ME UP:
- English Language Learner (ELL) students in the Lake Washington School District – Redmond, Washington
- Harvest Festival (White Center Neighborhood) - Seattle, Washington)
- Healthy Start – Shoreline, Washington
- North Bend Food Bank – North Bend, Washington
- Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington – Seattle, Washington
- Children from Belarus
- Children in Cambodia
- Orphans in Honduras
- Children in hilltribe villages in Chiang Mai, Thailand
EXECUTIVE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE:
It was Kids Without Borders’ (KWB) great good fortune to have been selected last year as a recipient of support from the Executive Development Institute (EDI). EDI is an organization that grew out of the Japanese American Chamber of Commerce 15 years ago. EDI was formed to help young Asian-Pacific business executives develop their leadership skills while at the same time helping Pacific-oriented non-profit groups solve some of their most pressing problems. Each year in our region six non-profits are chosen by EDI to work with a five person EDI team over a period of nine months. KWB was given a super motivated, extremely talented team of EDI volunteers to revamp KWB’s web site, marketing materials, and fundraising plan.
- Dzung (“Dz”) Truong, a ground operations and maintenance engineer with the Boeing Company. Dz came to the USA from South Viet-Nam in 1975.
- SmithaVuppuluri, a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft immigrated to the USA from India seven years ago.
- Weina Wang, a Senior Human Resources Business Partner with Microsoft grew up in Wuhan, China and did advanced degree work in Champagne-Urbana, Illinois.
This was a team endowed with extraordinary business, computer, and multi-cultural skills. Their major undertaking was updating KWB’s website and making it interactive, accessible, and easy to read and navigate. A new marketing video and brochure were built based upon newly developed mission and vision statements. Fundraising plans were brainstormed and KWB was included in the Microsoft Giving Campaign Day (see photo). This exposed KWB to hundreds of Microsoft workers and could be a long term fund raising program. Microsoft has already awarded KWB more than $2,000 based on the donated man-hours of Weina, Smitha and Tuya.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE in 2008:
Funding provided to:
- Boys and Girls Club of King County, Washington
- Healthy Start – Shoreline, Washington
- Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Washington
- SAMMI Awards – Sammamish, Washington
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer Readers Care Fund
- Seattle Times Fund For The Needy
- Shoreline/Lake Forest Family Service – Shoreline, Washington
- Clean drinking water system for a school in a remote rural village in Central Viet Nam
- Clothing for children in daycare of a remote rural village in Honduras
- Computer for Peace Village in Hanoi, Viet Nam
- Computers for School for Deaf Children in Hai Phong, Viet Nam
- Thermometer for hospital in remote area in Honduras
- Mattresses and rice for orphanage in hilltribe village in Honduras
- Truck rental to deliver new wheelchairs to remote villages in Honduras
- Mosquito nets for pregnant women in Gulu, Uganda
Some of the letters we received
… We shipped 260 wheelchairs to Honduras for delivery. We rented three trucks in San Pedro which we drove to Santa Barbara. Mid-way we stopped at a gas station. Five minutes later a car arrived with missionaries who were ashen. They had witnessed a car crash into another car, ordered the occupants out of their car, shot them and drove off with the car. Timing is everything in life.
We worked closely with the Rotary Club in Santa Barbara. They basically spoke no English but two young, lovely peace corps women working there accompanied us on the four days of delivering the wheelchairs. We drove out to remote villages in the mountains which on average took us an hour and a half to reach. Perhaps 100 would live in the village and when we gave out a wheelchair the whole village would stand around. Many of the recipients were in sad physical shape. Two were severely crippled, could not talk and could only scream on receiving the wheelchairs. Family members had no shame; they just cared in their homes for someone who most likely would be institutionalized here. The country is very poor and where we were there were virtually no gifts or crafts being sold. It made one wonder whether the people we saw in the remote villages had ever seen a tourist. When we would come to a village the mayor (many women) would take us to the home[s] selected by the mayor. We were only able to deliver 70 wheelchairs because of the distances involved so the Santa Barbara Rotary Club members have a lot left to deliver.
We also delivered nine full duffle bags containing new clothing provided by Kids Without Borders and huge sacks of rice to Dolores, a Sister Teresa type in her 70s--not religious but a heart of gold devoted to serving the poor. We also purchased a set of clothing for each of 40 some children in a day care which allowed their mothers to work. The children in the orphanages in Viet Nam, Peru and Honduras all respond in the same way--they want to be held by us. It is truly marvelous. …
- From Michelle Huynh, KWB volunteer in Viet Nam summer 2008:
Dear Uncle Son,
I hope that you’re enjoying a great August! I’m home in California right now, getting ready to go back to Amherst (school starts Sept. 2nd). I’m sending along a letter that Ly asked me to forward to you.
It was really great meeting you and your wife in July. Thank you, again, for connecting me with the Go Vap Orphanage. I had a wonderful time there. More important, the experience gave me a clearer perspective on my life and my academic journey – what I need to do to help these children. These children – Phuong Lan, Phuoc, Hong, … - touched my heart, Uncle Son; they become a part of me. …
- From the Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington Staff, October 2008:
Dear Mr. Pham and Kids Without Borders,
Your generous donation of children’s clothing and sandals is phenomenal! It is such a gift to be able to offer our children new clothes and shoes – especially when they have been here a long time and finances are tight.
- From Healthy Start Center for Human Services in Shoreline, Washington, August 2008:
Dear Kids Without Borders,
We have received your donation of diapers, and have been able to give them out to families in need already. We are so thankful for your generosity and for acknowledging how difficult it is for low-income families in our community to afford basic necessities, such as diapers. The families we serve in the Healthy Start program are grateful to receive help when they need it. Thank you again, for your generosity and compassion.
OUR HOLIDAY GIFT CATALOG
$10 A ‘Helmets For Kids’ scholarship for one elementary student
$45 Funding for one week class of the Teaching English Program in an orphanage
$55 One year school scholarship for one orphan K-12
$350 One year Teach Me To Fish scholarship for one orphan
$700 Two year Teach Me To Fish scholarship for one orphan
$900 Funding for one year on-the-job training for one Teach Me To Fish student
- Connect youth in our local communities through service projects.
- Procure and distribute new clothes and children products to low-income families, families in distress, or new incoming immigrants and refugees.
- Distribute new children clothes and products to families served by the Ronald McDonald House.
- Support other children service organizations in our communities.
- ‘all kids, one world’.
KIDS WITHOUT BORDERS
P.O Box 24
Bellevue, WA 98009-0024 USA
(206) 484-4830 Fax (206) 374-2944
An all-volunteer 501c3 non-profit organization