More than 100 bridges have been built by a group of Viet Kieu (Vietnamese people living oversea) to serve the poor people living in rural areas of Vietnam. Since 2004, this group has been consistently planning and funding the building of bridges for many villages and regions.
While many of us are working to our last drop of sweat to deal with this stinky economy, these people have gone an extra mile to continue their hard work in building bridges for free. Their purpose? It’s simply that they don’t want children to have to go long distances to get to school. They want old poor people to walk in a safe pavement rather than a broken tree trunk. They want to enhance the lives of thousands of people who do not have the same opportunities as those living in urban areas. Their purpose is simple, but it makes my heart weep in happiness and admiration.
The group was founded by Mr. Cong Nguyen, a kind-hearted Viet Kieu from France. All he wanted to do was to help the poor in his home country improve their lives. He was able to gather a lot of team members from different parts of the world. The group comprises of many experienced professionals and engineers who help with the planning and building of their projects, making them efficient and cost effective.
At the beginning, the group was clueless about what to do to improve the lives of thousands and millions people living in poverty. Money, food, clothes, and other donated goods will deplete soon or later. The idea of infrastructure developement finally came to their minds, with the rationale that these constructions would last for a long time and significantly improve the lives of every resident. Building bridges had been the major project of the group, but the group also built foster homes, public restrooms, and farm dams.
According to Mr. Cong Nguyen, the next step would be lending 50% of the cost to locals without interest, with the other 50% donated by the group. When the project completed, the group will collect 50% of the cost back to lend to other communities. With this new strategy, it is believed that more projects will be completed and more lives will be improved in a shorter period of time. This is a great example of an efficient philanthropic operation, which is something that OneVietnam Network is thriving to achieve on a greater scale.
We would love to be in touch with this wonderful group of people. If you have any contact information regarding the VK group, please contact me or any of our team members. Together, we all will make Vietnam a better place to live!