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Hills 4 Hearts

Save the children from their first breath

My family had called Vietnam home for many years. After losing our son prematurely in 2019, I couldn't imagine what it must be like to lose a child simply because of a lack of access to basic life-saving equipment. I decided to run my first ever Marathon to raise money for Survive to Thrive – an initiative of the VinaCapital Foundation founded to fund neonatal intensive care units in poorer regions to address this issue. The fundraiser was a great success and we raised over 10,000 USD which led to the setup of the first neo-natal ICU in Yen Bai Province Vietnam.

For those who followed last year's event, I put a lot of research into finding the right organization and cause to partner with and I couldn't be more impressed and confident in the professionalism and care of the team at VinaCaptial Foundation. 
I was blown away and humbled by the generosity people showed to reach our target and the assistance of the amazing people at VinaCaptial. We had a handover ceremony and Yen Bai Hospital where I was fortunate enough to have the honor of laying a plaque on the new equipment in memory of Billy. The kindness and warmth of the people in Yen Bai and meeting the families and babies the equipment was saving was a truly memorable experience. The equipment has already saved the lives of hundreds of infants in the past year alone.

Unfortunately, there are still hundreds of preventable deaths each day. Neonatal mortality in Vietnam accounts for more than 60% of all deaths in children under five. Survive to Thrive focuses on providing the much need equipment and training to curb this.

The Hills 4 Hearts was planned to be an annual fund-raising event in Vietnam.

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About 

VinaCapital Foundation

A Healthcare and Education Organization for Vietnamese Children and Women

The VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) is a USA-registered 501-c3 public charitable organization, licensed as an international non-governmental organization in Vietnam. Founded in 2006, VCF’s mission is to create healthcare and education solutions to transform the lives of underserved and marginalized children and women in Vietnam. The work of VCF touches the lives of millions of Vietnamese in 63 provinces every year.

VCF invest in 3 areas: 

GRASSROOTS MEDICAL PROGRAMS: 

Heartbeat Vietnam, which funds children’s heart surgeries, including pre- and post-operative care; Rural Outreach Clinics, which provides free health examination for children in remote areas; Care to Rise, which accesses, protects, encourages, and provides long-term care to Covid-19 orphans until adulthood; and Grassroots Assistance with specialized care, nutrition and psychosocial activities for children and their parents.

HEALTHCARE CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMS:

Survive to Thrive, which provides hospitals training and equipment for emergency and neonatal care; Clean Water installs filtration systems to provide potable water for underserved communities; National Emergencies, which organizes and implements disaster and pandemic relief. 

EDUCATION PROGRAMS:

Brighter Path educates and transforms ethnic minority female students with scholarships, mentoring and Annual Empowerment Meeting; while Brighter Path Girls’ Clubs provide life-changing knowledge and soft skills training in legal rights, sexual and reproductive health, financial literacy and leadership so they become agents of change in their rural communities. 

 

VCF’s vision is a thriving Vietnam where all children and women are healthy, educated and empowered to benefit from economic growth and contribute to sustainable improvements in their communities. Across every program runs deep commitments to children’s and women’s rights, gender equality, improved nutrition, environmental protection and poverty reduction. VCF is committed to building a vibrant middle class.