december 2020 newsletter
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a challenge for all of us in 2020, we hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy this holiday season. We want to express our sincere appreciation for all of your support for VnHOPE over the past several years which has allowed us to provide healthcare to many disadvantaged families in Vietnam.
Due to the difficulty in controlling the spread of the pandemic, VnHOPE has had to suspend our summer service camp to Vietnam this past year and we will be suspending the summer program in 2021 as well. The annual summer camp is a humanitarian medical mission that allows us to provide vision, dental, and healthcare to 3500-4000 underserved children and adults in the rural areas of Vietnam. Although we are not able to travel overseas, we continue to support our sister organization based in Vietnam, Hoi Thien Nguyen, who continues to hold free healthcare mobile clinics every 3 months throughout the year.
Although the summer medical mission was cancelled, we were able to turn our focus locally to continue our mission of HOPE (Healthcare, Outreach, Philanthropy, and Education) in our own neighborhoods. Working with other organizations including VAPASC (Vietnamese American Physician Association of Southern California) and MEMO (Medical, Educational Mission & Outreach), we were able to award several scholarships to college, graduate, and professional students in financial need during this pandemic. With local volunteers, we participated in the OC (One Community) Health Fair where we provided flu shots and screening for anemia, cholesterol, and diabetes for 500 patients.
This past year, VnHOPE students took the initiative and carried out their own charitable work. They independently raised funds through VnHOPECares GoFundMe and social media and held a mask drive where they handmade and received large donations of masks. As a result of these efforts, they were able to make care packages with essential items and donated them to several different homeless, assisted living, women, and senior centers in Northern and Southern California.
With the recent emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines, we can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We hope this will allow businesses, schools, and life to return to normal. We hope to resume our medical mission in 2022. As 2020 comes to an end, we hope you stay safe and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. We wish you good health, peace, and prosperity for the new year. We hope we can count on your support in the years to come to continue to fulfill our mission of HOPE.
Oliver Nguyen, MD, President
Chris Ching, MD, Vice President
Lisa Chu, PharmD, Secretary
Anh Phan, MD, Treasurer