Meet the Top 3: Forgotten People Foundation


We will be spotlighting one of our 3 2012-2013 CPP Beneficiary finalists every other week up until conference.  This week’s spotlight is of the Forgotten People Foundation.  You can learn more about their organization at their website here:

Forgotten People Foundation

The Forgotten People Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2005 and based at Western Oregon University.  The organization was created after Dr. Jerry Braza, a professor of health education, and Tuan Nguyen, a former POW and boat person, were deeply moved by their visits to leper colonies in  Vietnam.  After seeing how the people were hungry, lonely, unable to work, and ostracized because of disease and disability, they developed The Forgotten People Foundation.  The mission of the Forgotten People Foundation is to support the education and health care of impoverished children and adults in rural, northern Vietnam. They do this by focusing our efforts in three areas:

  1.  support for the Home for Abandoned and Disabled Children in Huang La village
  2. support for children and teachers of four rural elementary schools in rural Bac Giang province
  3. support for those afflicted with leprosy and other preventable diseases in rural communities in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces.



Some accomplishments thus far include:

  1. Bringing supplies such as clothes, blankets, toys, medicine, and first aid supplies to the orphanage
  2. Raising $10,000 to build a new orphanage
  3. Assessing the conditions of the area including residence conditions, nutritional needs, medical care, water supply, etc.
  4. Providing first aid training for caretakers


Their proposed project for the UNAVSA’s Collective Philanthropy Project is as follows:

  1. Improvement of the immediate health care and rehabilitative services for villagers with mild to severe leprosy
  2. Provide vocational training for adults able to work and school supports for children living in Qua Com village
  3. Provide community development activities to support nutrition and mobility for those afflicted with leprosy
  4. Provide leprosy advocacy and outreach in the surrounding communities

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