This was the request of Mr. Nguyen A, a widowed father of two young disabled girls in Vietnam. A $1.00 plastic stool: how, you may ask, will this help? Simple, as Mr. A explained, he was getting old and squatting on the ground to repair bikes for a living was getting too hard for him. But, if he had a plastic stool to sit on he could continue to work. So with the help of a donor in Minnesota, the plastic stool was purchased along with a new air pump and bike repair materials. Mr. A now earns enough money to support his three teen-aged daughters and to send his deaf-mute daughter back to school.
Consider donating money or volunteering your services, whether it is to one of the WLP projects below helping mitigate the impact of Agent Orange in Vietnam, to one of the other organizations working in Vietnam, or to one of the programs helping US Veterans and their families listed below.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about WLP’s projects.
Early Detection and Early Intervention Center. Working in cooperation with the Hue School of Medicine Office of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children, WLP supports the screening of children for birth defects and disabilities, and provides the medical, educational or social support services they and their families need. $250 provides a year of early intervention (physical therapy, occupational therapy, specialized education) for a young child under six. $4000 covers the yearly operating cost (salaries, children’s meals, supplies, and utilities) for a classroom for children with developmental and/or physical disabilities who have dropped out of the local school.
Special Surgery Program. There is a long waiting list of children in need of life saving or life changing surgeries in Vietnam to repair birth defects such as club foot, cleft palate or congenital heart defects. Working directly with the Hue School of Medicine, Office of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children WLP helps families pay for the surgery, medicine and follow-up care their children need. Costs of surgery range from under $100 for club foot or cleft palate surgery up to $3000 for heart surgery.
Family Support Programs. Many families caring for children with severe and multiple disabilities are unable to easily farm their lands or work outside the home as a result they earn less than $2/day. Working with the Vietnam Red Cross, WLP helps families by providing financial resources and training to enable them to raise animals or start a small home business. At times this support comes in the form of building or repairing their home, digging a well, scholarships for vocational training or other support to help improve the family’s circumstances. Since 2006, WLP has received donations for the Family Support Program memory of Bob Feldman, a US veteran who died of cancer associated with his exposure to Agent Orange/Dioxin. Bob's family and friends have contributed over $160,000 in donations which has been used to help over 350 families in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Dong Nai provinces.
Green Fence Project in A Luoi Valley. Working with the Natural Conservation and Community Development Center (ANCODEC) the War Legacies Project is helping villagers who live adjacent to a dioxin hotspot plant indigenous trees in their home gardens that will provide an income for their families. The project also works with ANCODEC to reintroduce native trees and plants in the surrounding forests that were defoliated by the herbicides that currently contain single species plantations. In 2011, villagers in Dong Son Commune, A Luoi District, Thua Thien Hue Province planted over 20,000 rattan seedlings with support from the Chino Cienaga Foundation.
Catholic Relief Services. Inclusive Education for children with disabilities.
Children of Vietnam. Hope System of Care - wrap around care for children with disabilities and support for their families.
Disability Resources for Development. Promotes the full participation of and equal opportunities for people with disabilities (PWD’s) in all spheres of society.
East Meets West Foundation. Support Network for People with Disabilities.
Facing the World. UK charity that provides facial reconstructive surgery in Vietnam. Also trains doctors at the Da Nang General Hospital.
Friends of Hue Foundation. Surgeries for Children.
Inclusive Development Action. Training and support for people with disabilities.
Social Assistance Program For Vietnam SAP-VN. Surgeries for children and wheelchairs.
Thien Phuoc Center for Children with Disabilities. Residential and Day Care center for children and youth with disabilities being built in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam Assistance to the Handicap. Rehabilitation services
Vietnam Red Cross Agent Orange Victims Fund. Livelihood support and medical care for people with disabilities.
Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange. Provides support and advocates for individuals with illnesses or disabilities believed to be caused by Agent Orange.
World Vision. Promotes inclusive development programmes to enable children and adults with disabilities to participate in community development process.
Veterans Affairs list of 54 Veteran Service Organizations.
Vietnam Veterans of America. Provides information to Veterans about the benefits they may qualify for if they have been exposed to Agent Orange. Advocates for Veterans issues in Congress.
American Legion. Provides information for Veterans and collaborates with Columbia University on epidemiological research of Veterans exposed to Agent Orange.
Disabled American Veterans. The DAV’s Voluntary Services Program operates a comprehensive network of volunteers who provide veterans free rides to and from VA medical facilities and improve care and morale for sick and disabled veterans.
Quilt of Tears. The Vietnam Agent Orange Memorial Quilt, Agent Orange Victims and Widows Support Network is promoting the crafting of quilts to draw widespread national attention to the plight of the Vietnam Veterans affected by Agent Orange sprayed on them in Vietnam.
Center for Health, Environment and Justice. Founded by Lois Gibbs an activist who helped get families relocated from Love Canal. CHEJ helps communities and families facing toxic threats.
Pesticides Action Network North America. Promotes the elimination of highly hazardous pesticides and herbicides and offers solutions that protect people and the environment.
Titabawasee River Watch. Works with local residents in the Michigan to advocate for clean-up of dioxin contamination down river from the Dow Chemical plant in Midland, MI.