Alternative proposal for continued help to EO and Agent Orange victims
In lieu of this year’s trip, members and former tour participants might still wish to make a donation. In the past each tour member was asked to make a $1,000 donation which was pooled with other contributions and, at the end of the tour, by vote of the tour members the funds were distributed among humanitarian projects that we had visited. Some have already sent in contributions this year, which are much appreciated. Your donation can be pooled with other money and the VFP Board will distribute it based on what we think is a fair ratio among beneficiaries (using past donations as a guide); or you may select the specific project you wish to support, and your donation will go to that project.
- Make checks payable to:
“Veterans For Peace Chapter 69”
- On an inclosed note, and on the check’s memo line, state:
“VFP 160 / Vietnam 2020”
- Mail to:
VFP 69 c/o Denny Riley, 5519 Plumas Ave, Richmond CA 94804
Projects supported in the past
- Friendship Village in Ha Noi, for children and veterans suffering disabilities believed to be the result of Agent Orange.
- Project RENEW in Quang Tri Province, clearing explosive ordnance (EO), assisting EO accident victims, and supporting families and family members who are sick and disabled because of Agent Orange.
- Hearts for Hue, in A Luoi, providing AO disabled families with cows and pigs in the past, today goats, along with training in animal husbandry to support independent livelihoods.
- Chua Duc Son Buddhist orphanage, in Hue, providing a safe living space, medical care, and education to orphans, many disabled because of Agent Orange.
- DAVA Centers No. 1 and No. 3 in Da Nang, providing care, feeding, education and life skills to children suffering from Agent Orange.
- Tu Du Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, site of a “peace village” orphanage that provides housing and care for abandoned babies suffering severe disabilities assumed to be caused by Agent Orange.
Last year the total donations were $27,000 including a generous additional contribution from tour member Jack Meagher, earmarked for improvements at a center for blind EO victims supported by Project RENEW in Quang Tri Province.
Over the years, these donations have totaled nearly $200,000.