Children of Vietnam began with two friends, one an American and the other a Vietnamese, who simply saw the needs of many children and decided to take action. Mr. Ben Wilson and Ms. Luong Thi Huong would ride a scooter through the streets of Danang and into the countryside, bringing aid to children and their families—food, shelter, medicine, clothing—anything and everything a child might need. Brightening a child’s future with all that he or she needs to grow, be happy, and develop to his or her potential remains our focus today.
Back in 1998 when COV was founded, word of Ben and Huong’s life-changing scooter deliveries traveled fast. Families with children who needed help sought them out, while Ben and Huong furiously worked on both sides of the ocean to meet the needs of the children.
From the beginning, Ben and Huong believed in creating partnership relationships with the communities, finding the greatest needs, delivering aid quickly, and working to provide support that sustained growth in the community. These principles are alive and well and still guiding COV in our daily operations.
Today, Ben is still President and Huong is still in Vietnam as Country Director. And, while our staff and volunteers have grown, we all continue to work to transform the life of vulnerable children to brighten their futures.