MISSION STATEMENT Bridging Hope is a Colorado nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to indigent, ill, disadvantaged, and disable women and children in Viet Nam both by raising awareness of Colorado and other Americans and by creating opportunities for charitable giving to support programs and projects in Viet Nam. Letter of Executive Director Dear Friends and Supporters, May you and your loved ones continue be healthy and safe! We are at the threshold of another Thanks-Giving Season. Though we are still living in the midst of odd and transforming times of the coronavirus, I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to each of you for walking along with us on this path. Your firm conviction to improve the lives of women and children in Viet Nam regardless the economic stress caused by the pandemic is admirable. Since we couldn’t be together in person to share Bridging Hope’s annual Art and Vietnamese Cultural Fundraiser Event, invitations were sent out to donors encouraged to continue bridgingthe hope with us. So far, we have reached 70% of the goal. We hope to reach the goal by the end of this year. Your responses were very uplifting! They help us to know we are not alone on this path but on the shoulders of many solid anchors. Thank you for being a builder of bridging hope. We sincerely hope that the bridge will get stronger each day so that the women and children on the bridge can be nourished by your mindful giving and generositiy! May your Thanksgiving be filled with love and abundance! Sr. Sen Nguyen, OSF Executive Director Floods, Landslides, and Hurricanes in Viet Nam. Since October 6th, people in the central of Viet Nam have undergoing the servere of multiple floods, landslides and hurricanes. Acording to the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VDMA), “as of October 28th, 214 people have reportedly been killed or are missing. An estimated 7.7 million people live in areas affected by flooding caused by the multiple storms, with some 1.5 million people in nine provinces directly affected and approximately 380,000 houses flooded, damaged or destroyed. Of those people directly affected by the current disaster, some 753,000 are women and girls, 134,000 are children under five, and 143,000 are over 65 years old. As well as damage to houses, some 30,000 hectares of agricultural land has been damaged including rice, other crops, and aquatic products and more than 2 million cattle and poultry have been killed. This is likely to have severe impacts on food security and livelihoods, especially for those people who were already experiencing adverse economic impacts due to COVID19. Further, more than 360 schools have been flooded and damaged, with detrimental impacts on children’s ability to continue accessing education. In addition, more than 78 health centers and hospitals have also been damaged or flooded.”
In Respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Responded to the need for masks to keep community maintaining their health and safety, in the spring of this year, Bridging Hope initiated the mask sewing project by gathering several local seamtresses and the women of Daily Bread Project at MaiTam shelter in Viet Nam. Together we had sewn about 11,000 masks. These have been distributed to several facilities and organizations in the Denver areas such as St. Joseph’s and Children’s Hospitals, St. Francis Center, Denver Hospices, Lutheran Refugees Services, Alamosa Migrant Workers, Catholic Charity, Schools, and individuals. Many thanks to those who wholeheartedly supported this project. It showed that together, we are…. “in it to win it.” Go away, COVID-19!!!!! Online AuctionBridging Hope will have an online auction as a part of fundraiser in the early December. Please stay tuned for more.
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