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A partnership between Brittany's Hope and Elizabethtown College, the 2011 Service Learning trip to Vietnam was an unforgettable introduction to a country in need. 12 seperate projects kept the students busy as they strived to help each orphanage.

We travel all of Viet Nam!

Sapa
Ha Noi
Da Nang
Hoi An
Nha Trang
Cam Ranh
Ho Chi Minh

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Sapa
Site Seeing - Sapa lies in the very north west of Vietnam and is known for its rich heritage and beautiful scenery. Aside from Halong Bay, Sapa is one of the major attractions that tourists landing in Ha Noi will travel to see. While exploring, it is easy to get lost in the fantastic and prominant mountains sporting large, sharp edges where terraces have been carved out to grow rice.


Ha Noi
Site Seeing - Ha Noi is the capital of Vietnam and its second largest city. A fascinating blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance and French design from its colonial past. It is largely unspoiled by modern architecture of the 1970s and 80s and is now going through a modernization that is making it a rising star in Southeast Asia.


Da Nang
Vocational Training Center - The Da Nang Vocational Training Center for disabled children under Da Nang Red Cross Association provides care and fees for vocational training for disabled children in Da Nang city and Quang Nam Province. The center cares for 60 wonderful children, most of which live full time at the center. The center has 6 classrooms, 5 bedrooms, 1 kitchen, one new dining room and one bathroom. Brittany's Hope has a partnership with the center to provide vocational training classes: sewing, screen-printer, embroidery, incense making plus bead and painting classes.
    Projects
  • Provided 10 Beds
  • Overnight Field Trip
  • 50 Distributed Sunflower Bags



Street Children's Center - An NGO in Vietnam that was established in 1991 to provide social services to orphans, street children and children in dire poverty in Central Vietnam. Various humanitarian programs have been completed amongst the community. Presently, more than 500 children living inside or outside of family locations are getting direct or indirect support from the Danang Street Children Program.
    Projects
  • Buffet Party for 220 Children
  • 10 Computers for vocational training course
  • 120 Distributed Sunflower Bags
  • 120 school uniforms
  • 120 pair of shoes
  • 120 school backpacks



Red Cross Orphanage - The Da Nang Orphanage was set up in 1994 by the Da Nang Red Cross Association. There are 12 staff and 36 children, 8 of which are handicapped. The center is not operated by the government; funds are from NGO's and from Vietnamese and foreign donations.
    Projects
  • 1 year of Baby Formula
  • Provided Baby Wipes, Bath Towels and Blankets


Hoi An
Site Seeing - Hoi An, once known as Faifo, was a major international port in the 16th and 17th centuries, and the foreign influences are discernible to this day. While the serious shipping business has long since moved to Da Nang, the heart of the city is still the Old Town, full of winding lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses, which is particularly atmospheric in the evening as the sun goes down.


Nha Trang
Ninh Hoa Center - Ninh Hoa Center for Disabled Children has 41 children and 14 staff. The children residing at the center are all disabled children (hearing problems, paralytic, mental deficiencies) and came from extreme improvised backgrounds. Their family does not have the financial ability to care and meet the special needs of the child; hence the government implemented a center to help these children. Their budget is limited and wasn't able to provide uniforms, which are required to attend school, or bikes which cause the children to walk up to 9 miles each way, everyday.
    Projects
  • Provided 8 Bikes
  • Provided 20 School Uniforms
  • Medical Supplies and Care Packages for children



Khanh Hoa Social Protection - Khanh Hoa Social Protection Center has 104 children in total and 187 homeless elderly people. The orphanage is part of the Khanh Hoa Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs. The budget for the orphanage is extremely limited and does not allow for upkeep, renovation or upgrades to the facilities. Additionally, the center is short of many items, making it difficult to full meet the needs of the children. This center requested we assist them in providing shoes, playground equipment and a buffet for the children.
    Projects
  • Playground Equipment
  • 120 Pairs of Shoes
  • Gift Giving to the elderly
  • OT Students worked with disabled children





Cam Ranh
House of Love Orphanage - The center was founded in 1995 by a group of Catholic Sisters serving in Cam Ranh. It is a nongovernmental organization that receives its funding from donors such as Brittany's Hope Foundation. In 2005, BHF became the HOL's main supporter, we provided funds to renovate the center (a new kitchen, fixed a leaky roof, built flood walls for the rainy season, installed water purifying system, and expansion of living quarters for children). In addition BHF provides sponsorship of all children residing at the HOL.
    Projects
  • Field Trip for Children and Western Style Buffet
  • Brought Medical Supplies and Baby Formula



Ho Chi Minh
Huynh De Nhu Nhia Center - The cetner is a non governmental organization, operated by a gropu of Catholic Sisters. It is located in the South, nearby Ho Chi Minh City. The Sisters are committed to taking care/educating handicapped children, especially the blind children who were abandoned or are from improvised backgrounds in remote areas of South Vietnam. The center's goal is to provide the students with adequate shelter as well as education/vocational training to aid these students in becoming productive members of society. The education this center provides is tailored to the special needs of the students. Presently, the center has 30 vision impaired students with the age range of 5 to 20 years old (all girls).
    Projects
  • Fixed Iron Roof for US $1,500
  • Planted fruit and flowering trees
  • Brought Medical Supplies and Toys for the Children
  • Painted Playground