Let’s Kick It up a Notch!

Under promise. Over deliver.

When Hannah Do and I discussed at the beginning of the year our fundraising goal for 2019, we decided to seek to raise the same amount as the previous year, $5,000. The proceeds would be donated to the Center for Innocent Children (Trung Tâm Bé Thơ) and benefit children that have been abandoned by their families or orphaned. We didn’t want to disappoint anyone by setting a target we couldn’t achieve and agreed to revisit things should the fundraiser go better than anticipated.

Never did we imagine that, thanks to all of your support and generosity, we would be meeting our goal within three months. To all of our friends, colleagues, family, and generous souls who contributed to this fundraiser, “cảm ơn”. Your willingness to help is making all the difference in the lives of these deserving children. For instance, Annie Nguyen is planning to visit the Center this month and meet Vu Nguyen Hong Ngoc as they share the same Vietnamese name and birthday. Is this just a coincidence or a fortunate stroke of serendipity? 

It’s time to take it to the next level!

After much thought and consideration, Hannah and I have decided to raise the bar for 2019 to $10,000. The first $5,000 will be donated to the Center for Innocent Children as originally committed. The additional funds raised will also benefit the Center along with two more organizations: Gia Đình Thiên Phúc and Nhà Đưỡng Lão Tình Thương.

Gia Đình Thiên Phúc

Gia Đình Thiên Phúc is an orphanage located in Củ Chi.

Nhà Đưỡng Lão Tình Thương

Nhà Đưỡng Lão Tình Thương is an old age home also located in Củ Chi, where the elderly residents have the same profound kindness of children, and deserve our thanks and consideration.

The Giving Plant

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize Hannah Do and The Giving Plant for the beautiful succulent arrangements they make to benefit The Center for Innocent Children. Their mastery of the craft and wholeheartedness are inspiring, especially given the fact that these succulent arrangements have contributed over $3,000 towards the fundraiser to date, with more orders in the works!

These aren’t ordinary succulent arrangements. They’re unique and unusual creations, Valentines specials, Easter-inspired, and custom designed arrangements, ranging from $15 to $150, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the children.

How Can You Help?

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Frederick Douglass.


The children from the Center for Innocent Children – like Ngoc, Mai, and the twins – come from many places with different backgrounds and contexts. They have unique personalities and various needs. With our continued support, Sister Vinh will be able to carry forward her quest to help these deserving children. Please consider joining us on this journey by contributing to the Happy Planet Children fundraiser.

Get Involved

Children need champions! Get involved, speak out, volunteer and give every child a fair chance to succeed. We’re looking forward to connecting with you online or in person and joining forces on Facebook and LinkedIn. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to make an offline donation.

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