It’s not just the US Government that has a role to play in repairing the damage caused by Agent Orange.

In addressing the impacts of Agent Orange in Vietnam, the Vietnamese Government, non-governmental organizations and the people of Vietnam have been very supportive, even though resources in Vietnam are limited. (Per capita income is less than $1200/year.)

  • The Vietnamese Government provides $50 million a year in monthly stipends to 200,000 Vietnamese whose health has been affected by their or their parent’s exposure to the herbicides used during the war in Vietnam.

  • The Vietnamese Government has also invested millions of dollars and man-hours in reforestation projects to replant the mangroves and the Ma Da Forest, and to plant single species plantations of acacia and eucalyptus in the defoliated highlands to prevent further erosion.

  • The  Viet Nam Red Cross and the Viet Nam Association of Victims of Agent Orange have raised millions for those believed to be affected by Agent Orange/dioxin.
     

“You sign a contract, it doesn’t mean the war is over.”
– Suel Jones, International Representative, Vietnam Friendship Village,
“The Legacy of War: Agent Orange,” 2007.


The single largest contributor other than the Vietnamese Government to efforts to mitigate the impacts of Agent Orange has been the Ford Foundation,  investing more than $11 million over the past 10 years, including funding the Agent Orange Record.  Ford has also been encouraging other donors to support Agent Orange related programs in Vietnam.

In recent years, more and more international and local NGOs have been focusing their work on reaching out to those in Vietnam believed to be affected by Agent Orange/Dioxin, including:

  • Inclusive and special education;
  • Vocational training;
  • Community based rehabilitation;
  • Special surgery and other medical care;
  • Training of physical and occupational therapists, and medical professionals;
  • Early detection and early intervention of birth defects and disabilities;
  • Micro-credit and income generation for poor families with ill or disabled family members; and,
  • Environmental remediation programs.

However, the governmental and non-governmental programs in Vietnam altogether reach less than 10 percent of those in need.

Much more needs to be doneto reduce the burden of disabilities on Vietnamese families by expanding services to the victims, and to their families.


 

Some of the Organizations that support People with Disabilities in Vietnam


 

Volunteer Projects

Volunteers for Peace–Vietnam.   Short and long–stay programs working with children with physical and/or developmental disabilities at residential care centers. 

Project Vietnam.  Coordinates medical missions several times a year to Vietnam as well as places independent volunteers with medical related projects.

Global Volunteer Network.  Places  qualified physiotherapists, occupational therapists, behavioral therapists, play therapists, doctors, nurses, and other professionals with medical qualifications in centers that provide services to children with disabilities.

WLS Internaptional.  Places volunteers in programs in HCM City for children with disabilities. 

CUSO-VSO.  Places volunteers with special education training in programs working with children with disabilities in Vietnam.