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.
VietHope is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit run by 30 volunteers across the U.S. and Vietnam, and 1 full-time staff in Vietnam overseeing program implementation. To date, the organization has partnered with donors to deliver: Merit Scholarship to 1,600 K12 students, USP Scholarships to 1,400 university students, 6 Youth Development Programs for 150 university students, and 6 GRACE Camp Sessions for middle school students