Life-Changing BICYCLE PROJECT:
Dear Friends of Children of Vietnam,
Over the past ten years, your generous donations to our “Smiles across the Miles” bike project have allowed us to purchase over 6,000 bicycles for the children in Vietnam. The project was borne out of the hardships faced by children we observed during our early travels in Vietnam. Many Vietnamese children make enormous efforts and sacrifices to receive an education. They walk for hours to reach school, carry enough food for 3-4 days, sleep on bare floors at the school, and when the food is gone, endure the hours-long walk home, only to repeat this same pattern week after week. The bicycles not only provide an important and critical means of transportation for the children to reach school but also for their families to meet their daily transportation needs. For many families, it is their most valued possession.
This past March, while vacationing in Vietnam, one of our volunteers chatted with a young woman and mentioned the work she and others have done for our charity, including the bike project. At hearing about the bike project, the young woman cried out in delight. She said, “I will never forget that day! I was one of those children that received a bicycle. Because of it, I was able to finish school, get a good job, and now I send money home to help my family.” For her, the bicycle was more than a means to get to school. It was life-changing and gave her hope of a brighter future.
At this time of year, we again are seeking your support of a bicycle gift for the children of Vietnam. This simple gift is so much more than a bicycle. It is a lifeline to disadvantaged children facing a life in poverty. For each $50 tax-deductible donation, we will purchase a new bicycle for a child on your behalf. We will send you a picture of the child receiving your gift, holding a sign with your name, after our 2020 mission trip.
As we reflect on all we are grateful for this time of year, we hope you will consider sharing your love with a child through the simple gift of a bicycle. Thank you for your support and may you have a blessed holiday season!
Yours in gratitude,
Phuong Phoenix Bui
Help A Child of Vietnam Today
Our proceeds go to help children in Vietnam access education. Your contribution will help children pay their tuition, school supplies, alleviate barriers such as lack of roads, transportation, health care, etc.
ChildrenVietnam is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our mission is to better the lives of under privileged children in Vietnam because every child deserves a chance at tomorrow.