Our Vietnam Director, Joy MyLien Degenhardt, was born in Cam Ranh, Vietnam in 1968. She was adopted by the Founder of Aid for Kids (USA) in 1972. Joy returned to Vietnam in 1992, saw the overwhelming needs of many of the orphanages and promised that she would volunteer in Vietnam for one year. That was 22 years ago. She has lived and worked in Vietnam since 1993. During that time, she helped to establish and organize numerous humanitarian projects. She has received numerous awards from Vietnamese government officials for her volunteer work.
Aid for Kids currently offers educational training services to disadvantaged children in Nha Trang, offers scholarships to students in poor districts such as the June 1st School, and provides support to autistic children at the Tu Xuong Center in HCMC. Other recent projects include the Motorbike Repair Program in Danang, Marble Carving and Bonzai Training. In Hoi An we also established a Traditional Boat Building Program and a Traditional Boat Museum. Future projects include developing a program to provide nutritional supplements to children and distributing eye glasses in the poorest districts of Vietnam. For a comprehensive report on Vietnam Projects in 2014, please select this link: Project Review Update