The VietHope Mission
VietHope was founded in 2002 by a group of university students in the Boston area. Coming together from all corners of the U.S. and the world, they shared a common idealism and energy. What began as an informal discussion about Vietnam evolved into a circle of friendship. Within this circle, our founders shared with each other their dreams for Vietnam, and their desire to make a difference in the lives of everyday people there. Thus VietHope was born as a dedication to youth and to Vietnam’s development.
VietHope’s founders believed that development must be based on long-term and sustainable results, and that people and human capital development are necessary for such results. VietHope shares the dream that every child in Vietnam will grow up with the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Therefore, our mission is to empower financially disadvantaged students in Vietnam to access education and rise out of poverty. With our help, these students will beat the odds. They will create a better world for themselves, their families and their communities.
Empowering low-income youth to rise out of poverty is a long-term investment. Over the years, we have observed the impact of our own programs’ successes and gaps. Based on this, VietHope has built a portfolio of strategic and sustainable programs that equip low-income youth with the skills and strengths needed to truly beat the odds. VietHope follows the two-pronged strategy outlined below.