ACWP-Aid to Childen Without Parents, Inc
Founded in 1988 by Mr. Nguyen Dinh Huu, affectionately known as “Bac Huu,” and a group of professionals in response to the critical needs to assist thousands of unaccompanied Vietnamese refugee minors who were displaced & detained in various refugee camps throughout Southeast Asia: Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong in the late 1980’s.
Through friends, colleague and family members’ support, we raised needed funds to develop and support programs such as free classes at refugee camps, healthcare services, recreational and youth activities, seasonal celebration of Mid-Autumn, Christmas, and Tet festivals.
ACWP’s mission is to help disadvantaged children gain self sufficiency through education, vocational training, preventive healthcare services, emergency relief programs, and short-term financial support.
Many children in the rural areas throughout Vietnam have limited access to education due to the low number of primary schools. Aid to Children Without Parents (ACWP) partners with local communities to build additional schools and help establish other education infrastructure to fight illiteracy.
Our scopes have been focusing on building a set of interrelated programs to help better identify and address underprivileged children’s needs at an early age and continue into their teen years. Ultimately, ACWP’s goal is to help build a strong academic foundation at all levels. Consequently, these children can achieve self-reliance and self-sufficiency. In this growing global economy, it is more critical to ensure that all children are provided with basic education which will help better prepare the children to transition into the work force.
Milestones in 27 Years of Helping Disadvantaged Children in Vietnam
27 Years in the making
ACWP was there at refugee camps in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines,Thailand, and Singapore
We were there when no one else cared 27 years later, our journey has just begun
All the programs are accomplished with a staff in the U.S. which received zero payment in administering and implementing the programs. All the funds are channeled to the program development, implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvements for the underprivileged children in Vietnam. The funding is provided by matching corporate grants, public and private foundations, and individual donors.
We accept each donor's contribution no matter how great or small with the deepest amount of gratitude. All work is voluntary and no staff member is ever paid since 1988.
In November 1994, ACWP opened the first office in the City of Hue, in the Central region Vietnam, in order to continue providing assistance to the repatriated refugee minors, who could not find resettlement in other third-party countries and were sent back to Vietnam, once again as orphaned and displaced refugees in their own country.
Our mission has since evolved to serve the local orphaned and underprivileged children in the rural and remote areas of Central, Highland and South Vietnam, and the programs have since expanded into a wide range of services that include: