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Empowering people - Breaking the cycle



While parts of Vietnam flourish, circumstance and geography hinder many from breaking the debilitating cycle of hardship. 

The burden of poverty falls hardest on the children of poorest families. While education is revered in Vietnam it is not free, and for some families, completion of secondary school is beyond their financial means. 

For the mothers of poor families, the constant struggle to create opportunities for their children often ends in heartbreak. The desire to succeed exists but the basic resources- food, clothing, tuition fees-do not. 

Circumstance forces children into the fields, onto the streets, and into the factories where they must tackle basic labor in order to earn what is often less than needed to keep their families afloat. Here they face the threat of injury and exploitation. Without viable opportunities, the cycle of poverty continues.


HSCV team members have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.  We work in unity towards the common goal of assisting children, women and families in need in Vietnam. We strive to insure that every dollar is spent wisely and with purpose to produce the maximum benefit for the children.

Team Vietnam

  • Annetta De Vet, Executive Director

  • Pham Anh Dao, Country Manager 

  • Ngo Thuy Hanh, Wheelchair Distribution Program Manager

  • Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, Community and Family Intervention Manager 

  • Tran Thu Thao, Community Development Project Coordinator

  • Le Quynh Anh, Donor Relations and Donations Coordinator 

  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa, Social Worker, Blossom Program 

  • Dao Thu Dieu Linh, Social Worker, Blossom Program 

  • Tran Thi Ly, Program Assistant

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Board of Directors

  • Michelle Kramer, Chairwoman since 2020, board member since 2017

  • Maria Durnbaugh, President since 2020, board member since 2016

  • Roxane Svoboda, Vice President, Treasurer since 2018, board member 2002

  • Linda Bui, board member since 2011

  • Katie Hughes, board member since 2020 

  • Tran Thi Minh Thu (Svoboda), board member since 2015

  • Paul Lennen, board member since 2019

  • Keith Letsinger, board member since 2018

  • Ashley Seyfried (Nguyen), board member since 2022 

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