Vietnam, February 9th, 2019
For those of you who do not know me yet, my name is Penny Pham, a 16-year-old 11th grader at the Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City.
I have been a volunteer at a local public hospital that provides cataract surgeries to poor patients in Vietnam. The cost of each surgery is only 35 USD or about 700,000 VND versus the typical cost of thousands of dollars in private hospitals or other countries. The reason for this impressive low cost is that all the doctors and nurses are volunteers, and local volunteers like myself come together to assist the patients. Even at that low cost, many poor patients cannot afford the surgery. Most of these patients come from distant rural provinces deep in the Mekong Delta, and have to travel for many hours through the night to arrive at the hospital at 5am to register for the surgery.
After seeing so many patients got turned away because of a lack of funding, I decided to take action.
With help from some classmates, I organized Project See Again.
At the beginning of 2018, Project See Again set a goal of providing 2,000 cataract surgeries to poor patients. It was very scary for me and my friends because we had never raised that much money before. But kind and generous people like yourself stepped forward to donate money and spread our story in the Internet. By the end of the year, we surpassed our ambitious goal and completed more than 2,200 surgeries. To view the success of Project See Again in 2018, you can go to this Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUnT8w26IfU.
For 2019, we set a goal of providing 3,000 cataract surgeries. To reach that target, we need your help. Please join us in the fight to restore sight to blinded cataract patients in Vietnam!
35 USD or 700,000 VND may not have much value to you, but to blinded cataract patients it can change their lives. That small amount of money has the power to put a parent back to work, a student back to school, and a mother back to raising her children again. These blinded people need your help, and you have the power to put their lives back on track. They used to see the world and can see again with your help.
To make your donation even more powerful, we have secured a commitment from an anonymous donor to match every dollar donated by you within this month of February 2019. So please donate today. For every 1 patient you help, you actually help 2. For every 5 patients you help, that means 10.
The first milestone for this project is the end of this month. By that date, we hope to raise enough money for 500 cataract patients to seeagain.
This is my dream for 2019 and I cannot do this without your support. Please help make my dream come true by donating and spreading this message on social media! Below is a list of ways you can make a donation.
“Penny” Thiên Tâm Pham
11th-grade student at the Saigon South International School
Guidance for making donation:
Just like last year, The Vietnam Foundation (VNF) has generously, and without a charge, provided a gateway for Project See Again to receive donations legally. The VNF is a charity established in the U.S. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and operates under U.S. laws. Your donation is tax deductible if you are a U.S. taxpayer. You can donate by:
- By credit card or PayPal: Please go to the website of The VNF (www.vnfoundation.org) and click on “Donate” at the upper right side. Please make sure you include a message “Donation to Project See Again”.
- By wire transfer: You can send your donation to the following bank account in Vietnam. Please note on the wire transfer “Donation to Project See Again”.
Bank name: Military Commercial Joint Stock Bank (MB)
Branch: Head Office in Hanoi
Bank address: 21 Cat Linh, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam
SWIFT code: MSCBVNVX
Account name: The Vietnam Foundation
Account number for VND: 0021105917004
Account number for USD: 0021105918008
- Cash: Please call Penny at +84-917-643-300 to arrange for a cash pick-up from your home or office. Thank you.