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Scholarships

Ho Nguyen Dang Khoa
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 2

Dinh Quang Tien
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 4

Tran Nguyen Ngoc Tram
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Nguyen Van Tai
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Hoang Duc Thang
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Tran Thi Nhu Quynh
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Vo Thi Kieu My
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Nguyen Van Nhan
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Nguyen Dinh Kiet
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Chau Quoc Ki
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 2

Nguyen Nu Hieu Hau
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 4

Nguyen Thanh Duc
2009-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 9

Luu Nhoc Huong
2010-2011 Scholar Recipient
Grade 7

K'Uyen
2009-2010 Scholar Recipient
Grade 6

K'Sang Dung
2009-2010 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Loc Van Tien
2009-2010 Scholar Recipient
Grade 12

Loi Thi Kim Loc
2009-2010 Scholar Recipient
Grade 10

Ngan Thi Kim Nguyen
2009-2010 Scholar Recipient
Grade 6

Thuong Men Hoang
2008-2010 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Trang Thi Thuy Tran
2009-2010 Scholar Recipient
Grade 11

Ngan Do
2008-2009 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Vuong Nguyen
2008-2009 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Sang Ha
2008-2009 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Tri Vo
2008-2009 Scholar Recipient
Grade 6

Thuan Nguyen
2008-2009 Scholar Recipient
Grade 6

Hoang Kim Phuong
2011-2012 Scholar Recipient
Grade 6

Hoang Thi Duyen
2011-2012 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Nguyen Duc Dung
2011-2012 Scholar Recipient
Grade 8

Nguyen Minh Hung
2011-2012 Scholar Recipient
Grade 6

Nguyen Thi Phuong Uyen
2011-2012 Scholar Recipient
Grade 6

Lam Tuyet Nhung
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 2

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Nhi
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 2

Chau Quoc Vu
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

K'Ngoc
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Le Nu Phuong Hoa
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Tran Quoc Luan
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Tran Thi Kim Phuong
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 3

Dong Cam Hoang Nhung
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Tran Nguyen Ngoc Tram
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Tham Hung Vuong
2013-2014 Scholar Recipient
Grade 5

Team

Timothy Bui - Chairman

Dr. Timothy Bui, DPM, is Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Viet-Sun Foundation. Timothy attended medical school in New York, NY, after he graduated as an Honors Scholar from the University of Connecticut where he majored in Mathematics and minored in Chemistry. Timothy is part of the Pi Mu Epsilon honor society, is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, and is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He was also Valedictorian of his high school class. Timothy currently resides and works in New York City.

Jeremy Bui - President

Jeremy is President on the Board of Directors of the Viet-Sun Foundation. Jeremy attended the University of Connecticut, where he graduated as an Honors Scholar with a dual degree in Business and History. Jeremy has had work experiences in legal services, compliance, business, and politics. His charitable work also includes consulting young adolescents in starting charities and constructing fundraising ideas. Jeremy, like his older brother, also graduated as Class Valedictorian of his high school. Jeremy currently resides in Washington, D.C., where he is attending law school.

Zachary Bui - Vice President

Zachary, a software engineer, is Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the Viet-Sun Foundation. With his computer engineering background, Zachary designed this foundation’s website. Zachary graduated from the University of Connecticut, with a major in Computer Engineering. He currently runs his own web service where he builds servers and provides technical support to his clients. Zachary has acquired acclaim for his consulting work, knowledge of computers, and for his creative website designs. He currently works and resides in Connecticut.

Kim Chi Do - Representative

Kim is the Student Representative for the Viet-Sun Foundation. She graduated from college and is currently running her own business in Vietnam. She involves herself with numerous charitable efforts and travels to poor villages to tutor children and helps build homes for ailing communities. Kim joined the Viet-Sun Foundation team in 2008 and dedicates her time to visiting families of applicants in order to verify their financial situation and talk with them to gain insight concerning their hardships. Kim reports back to the Board of Directors often and supplies us with ample information so we may continue to provide education to poor Vietnamese village children. Kim’s function is very important because she ensures that our funds go directly to the right person and right place.

Village Life - The Life of a Vietnamese Villager...

With poverty overflowing into the streets, it’s the job of every village child to aid their families in order to bring the mere necessities, such as food and water, to the table. Money isn’t easy to come by and sacrifices must be made. Children resort to forgoing an education in order to help their families. Instead of paying for textbooks, supplies, and for an education, these children are burdened with the responsibility of taking care of their families rather than obtaining an education. They force themselves to obtain money by accomplishing numerous odd jobs that are hard for even us to conceive:

Outside of the cities; outside of the areas patrolled and protected by law enforcement on behalf of the safety for the foreign tourists, the roads are unbearable, houses consist of thatched or tin roofs, dirt floors, walls made of tin, wood, or straw, and with virtually no plumbing. Life in the country is difficult to comprehend, yet these villagers live these lives daily.

One of the only ways to make money is to resort to fishing in the sea, which is extremely dangerous. Countless fishermen die from stormy weather on the sea. What makes matters worse for them is that the fishing season only lasts eight months. Within that short period of time, fishermen have to work rigorously in dangerous conditions in order to catch fish.

Those who do have the luxury of owning a vehicle, mainly motor-bikes, make a living by giving rides to tourists in the city, while those who aren’t so fortunate are forced to commute as long as six hours to the city in order to sell fruit from the country and then go back home the same day late in the evening. Some family members barely have the time to see each other during the day, causing strain on a family’s environment. Vietnamese villagers only make a mere one dollar or even less per day, barely enough to buy enough food for one night. Having sacrificed so much, having worked so hard, they’ve received very little in compensation. It's a saddening fact that some families have to sell their own children, far away to the city, to work for the wealthy. Even worse, some young girls (some as young as 14 years old) have to go to such lengths as to prostitute themselves for quick cash. For some families, this is their only option. Children are unable to attend schools because their parents are unable to pay for it, so these children become illiterate and continue to work on the streets without an education.

During our exploration of Vietnam in 2007, our family organized a distribution of rice to the poor in our mother's home village. A local nurse from the Red Cross made the arrangements with the government's permission to allow a gathering of the poor at my grandmother's home. At the arranged time, many of the poor villagers flooded through the gate of our grandmother's home. Those who could not fit inside formed a long never-ending line that snaked through the narrow streets of the village. We gave each family rice; each person was either emaciated with hunger, or debilitated in some way that a family member had to act as a human crutch.

From that experience, we knew we had to do something, but something greater than just passing out food, which would not last them forever. We decided that in order to bring these families out of poverty, we had to start at the core, the children, the future. These children need a valuable education; otherwise they will continue as their parents have in the past and their parents' parents have, going through an unnecessary never-ending cycle of suffering. The Viet-Sun Foundation's purpose is to provide these impoverished children, yet bright and determined, to earn a chance to continue their progress in learning and benefiting from an education through academic scholarships.








Our Story

Our parents both fled Vietnam and sought better opportunities in America, encountering struggles while establishing their lives. Our mother, who escaped Vietnam in a small fisherman's boat during the Vietnam War, arrived in America alone. Upon arriving to America with literally nothing, she had to work 3rd shifts while attending school in order to support herself. Our father came with his family, but still had to work while attending college in order to support his family. Having overcome numerous hardships and struggles, both of our parents are now living successful lives and are an inspiration to all of us. Our mother is now a chemist and a business owner with a Masters Degree and our father is an engineer and professor, with a Doctorate Degree.

Both of our parents raised the three of us on the basis of traditional Vietnamese values that were important to them and stressed the utmost importance of education and giving back to the community.

After taking a trip to Vietnam in the summer of 2007, having never seen our parents' home country, we were struck with a sense of disturbance as we saw the wide division between the social classes. We felt the need to do something in order to help the poor we saw struggling. We helped those we could help by providing the poor with food during our journey in Vietnam. However, in our hearts, we felt that rice would not be enough to erase the problem, but would only delay the inevitable.

Being raised in an American society, we were influenced by schools the importance of community service and reaching out to the helpless. Watching our parents helping other people inspired us to do the same, reaching out to those who have nowhere to go.

We resolved to help the poor children of Vietnamese villages to obtain an education by providing them academic scholarships in the hopes that they would one day be capable of pulling their family out of the jaws of poverty."








History - Your Impact

To our supporters,

It seems like we're growing every day thanks to your part in increasing awareness of our cause. It takes a lot of effort to raise funds to send poor Vietnamese village children to school through academic scholarships. Through your donations, we are able to raise much needed scholarship funds to help send these desperate students of poverty-stricken villages to school. We believe in the capacity of an education to raise these families out of poverty. Only then will they be able to pursue their own dreams of health and happiness

Throughout the Viet-Sun Foundation's existence, we've grown support through walk-a-thons, Recycling-Can-Drives, Kick-Ball Tournaments, and Dress Down Days. Schools like Enfield High School and Enrico Fermi High School in Connecticut played large roles in solidifying our existence by contributing funds towards our cause. Word of our cause spread drastically. Local support grew to national support. Checks of modest to generous amounts came in from those who we didn't even know and from across the nation.

Awareness grew even further after President Jeremy T Bui got recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Finally, we made it official. We became a 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT organization, where we could now offer tax exemptions for donations.

We like to think that we are all together on a journey to learn about a culture so distant while, at the same time, we are making worthwhile contributions to promote educational goals that these students strive for. This is the story of caring hearts and love coming together in order to better the world in unprecedented levels by promoting education. We thank you for reaching out.

We thank you for your continuing support. If you are new to the Viet-Sun Foundation, we welcome you to please explore our website. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Thank you for visiting the Viet-Sun Foundation's website.

-The Board of Directors







Contact

Viet-Sun Foundation
Contact Details:
Phone: 860-707-2309
Fax: 860-745-4109
Email: jtdbui@yahoo.com

Address:
2 Patricia Circle
Enfield, CT
USA

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the Viet-Sun Foundation do?

We provide education to poor Vietnamese village children through academic scholarships.

2. How much does it cost to send one child to school for a year?

As little as $20 to as high as $50 dollars can send a Vietnamese student to school for a full year.

3. How do you select scholarship recipients?

Throughout the year, we collect scholarship applications from Vietnamese children. If selected as a scholarship recipient, funds will be sent directly to the student. Funds are allocated to these students based on financial need, academic merit, and their family situation. We encourage scholarship recipients to reapply each academic year, but they have to show proof of academic improvement.

4. How do you verify these students?

Our Student Representative, Kim Chi Do, joined our team in 2008. She is a native Vietnamese college graduate and business owner, but spends much of her time aiding and volunteering in charitable activities. Kim Chi Do visits each and every one of our scholarship applicants to verify their application and background. She reports back to us with verification of students' applications. She communicates with us frequently, providing us updates of the students of the many villages she visits.

5. Do our donation dollars go directly to the children?

Yes, funds go DIRECTLY to the scholarship recipients after their applications have been accepted. In order to avoid controversial intermediaries, funds are sent directly to our Student Representative to be distributed directly to the scholarship recipients. Our Student Representative is a volunteer who receives no payment or compensation for work for the Viet-Sun Foundation. An estimated 99% of our funds go directly to the scholarship recipients. We make NO profit.

6. Can I "write-off" my donation to the Viet-Sun Foundation?

Yes, the Viet-Sun Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Therefore, donations to the Viet-Sun Foundation are applicable for tax-exemption.

7. Is it easy to make a donation to the Viet-Sun Foundation?

Yes, we accept checks made to the Viet-Sun Foundation. Please mail your check to our address. Remember that as little as $20 to as high as $50 dollars can send a Vietnamese student to school for a full year!