ROF is a non-for-profit organization approved by Federal and State to be tax-exempt under IRS section 501 (C) (3), and has been recognized as a Public Support Organization.
The money contributed by ROF donors helped out many causes worldwide. From Cleft Lips Reparation program (please see report on this website) in many countries, including Vietnam, through the charity organization Smile Train, to the American Red Cross, to the disability organization Special Olympics, to the Los Angeles Mission, and so on. Thank to compatriot ties, ROF put aside a large portion of the donation to assist the needy in Vietnam.
In July 2010, ROF visited eleven locations, from Thua Thien, Hue, to Saigon, to the regions of Mekong Delta, Tien Giang.
There were many very young children, though lack of basis needs, but thank to community life, they live & play with peers, and are cared for by the loving heart of the “big sisters” (Buddhist nuns). These children didn’t think about life yet, didn’t know that they are orphans, didn’t feel sad, and just innocently enjoyed the present.
When asked about their wishes, they replied soccer ball. The girls asked for baby dolls. They were full of hope and happy when we asked. Some of the older ones liked volley ball. Just all the simple things, but they don’t ever have. ROF were pleased to fulfill their requests. ROF volunteers felt their hearts warmed up by the smiles, the celebration of the orphans.
Besides, there were countless heartbreaking situations in the hospitals, which words can not be described; donors can only feel the suffering through the pictures of the desperate hopeless patients, suffering in silence, submitting to fate, the elderly, the disabled youths spending the rest of their lives in extreme poverty. An eight years old child, with terminal cancer, said that she wanted to die to relieve the burden for her family.
Thank to the donations, with your support and contribution that give ROF an opportunity to help and taking care of forty six needy cases on the spot. This meant that forty six persons/families received their life saving assistance.
Millions of thanks to our benefactors,
Sincere thanks to our friends of Huong Thien Bac Sieu group, with their love for the poor, came to help and work with the ROF, although with very limited time, the group has achieved great results
Many thanks also to Buddhist nun Tue Dung and other benefactors who helped Reaching Out Foundation during our charitable activities in Vietnam.