© 2019 by Jenna DeLaurentis

DA NANG, VIETNAM

UNITY

Da Nang, Vietnam - October 2017

Da Nang is also the home to Giving it Back to Kids (GIBTK), a non-profit organization with a mission of shaping childrens' lives through providing  medical care, education, nutrition, and love. GIBTK currently has projects in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Located on the coast of the South China Sea in Central Vietnam, Da Nang is the fourth largest city in Vietnam and is an important tourism and business sector, and was the host of the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in 2017.

While in Southeast Asia last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam courtesy of GIBTK and non-profit organization One ATTA Time. I was able to spend ten days with the kindhearted employees of GIBTK as well as meet the children whose entire lives are positively impacted by this organization. Scroll below to learn more.

Two girls who live at Mary's

Home, one of GIBTK's projects.

One of GIBTK's main projects are its homes for children, teenagers, students, and young mothers. In Vietnam, GIBTK currently runs five homes: The Father's House, Mary's Home, Hal's Home, Carmela's Home, and the Lighthouse.

The homes provide a loving and nurturing home for children who, due to many different reasons, do not have a stable place to live or a stable family background. One of the homes, The Father's House, provides a home for young, single mothers and their children. 

The homes are located throughout the city of Da Nang. Each home has a "house mom" who nurtures, cooks, cleans, and provides a positive influence for the residents of the homes.

844 million people live without access to clean water, and this is a crisis on which GIBTK places great emphasis. Lack of access to clean water presents many challenges, especially to children who are very susceptible of water-related diseases.

 

GIBTK partnered with non-profit organization One ATTA Time and Sawyer Water Filters. One ATTA Time is based in the United States and currently has projects in Vietnam, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, and Uganda.

The GIBTK staff travels to remote villages around Vietnam to distribute Sawyer Water Filters to the community. The staff demonstrates and teaches the locals how to use the filters in order to provide clean water to their families.