Local Senior Community Support

SAP-VN visits local nursing homes to sing on a regular basis as a way to get out into the community and spread the joy of music. Our goal is to share the beauty and comfort of live music with those who might not otherwise be able to experience it. By giving of our time, our music, and our company, we aim to provide our seniors with days filled with fun and laughter. Every holiday season we get together and sing songs themed around the holiday. We have been pleased with how healing the music has been for the seniors – and for us volunteers, too. Through our regular visits, we have created an atmosphere of caring and community.


Homeless Shelter Drive

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About the Program

Notice: In July 2013, after almost 19 years, SAP-VN stopped the Free Meals Project at Da Thien school. The school is now able to support itself and no longer needs SAP-VN’s help.

We currently support 30 students at Khanh Hoa Center for Education and Rehab for Special Need Children in Nha Trang. SAP-VN pays for tuition and meal fee for these students. The average cost per student is 120 USD/year.

Since April 1995, SAP-VN has sponsored the free meal program for students at Da Thien School for Disabled Children in Tan Thuan Tay village of Nha Be district, Saigon. The school serves 60 - 80 disabled students. Da Thien School for Disabled Children is managed by an excellent and dedicated staff led by Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thu Mai, the school's principal. SAP-VN is proud to be a sponsor of the Da Thien School For Disabled Children. The annual funding for the school is about $7,000.

To visit Da Thien School For Disabled Children, please contact: Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thu Mai, 78/12 Ap 5 Xa Tan Thuan Tay, Quan 7 Nha Be, Sai Gon, Phone: 848-728167.

Program Summary

2010An Giang1Preschool/Flood Shelter
2007An Giang5Preschool/Flood Shelter
2006Khai Trí, An Giang1Dormitory
Vĩnh Châu, Châu Ðốc, An Giang2Kindergarten
2005Thanh Hóa1Kindergarten
2004Nhõn Hội, An Phú, An Giang1Preschool/Flood Shelter
Ðiện Nam, Ðiện Bàn, Quảng Nam2Kindergarten
Ðiện Thắng, Ðiện Bàn, Quảng Nam2Kindergarten
2003An Hiệp, Tuy An, Phú Yên3Kindergarten
Nhõn Hạnh, An Nhõn, Bình Ðịnh2Kindergarten
Phú Xuân, Phú Tân, An Giang1Preschool/Flood Shelter
2002Kim Long, Huế2Kindergarten
Bình Phú, Tân Hồng, Ðồng Tháp1Kindergarten
An Hiệp, Tuy An, Phú Yên2Kindergarten
2001An Vinh, Quýnh Phụ, Thái Bình4Kindergarten Preschool
2000An Ninh, Mỹ Tú, Sóc Trãng2Kindergarten
1999Tam Thuận, Thanh Khê, Ðà Nẵng2Elementary
Phú Hiệp, Tam Nông, Ðồng Tháp3Elementary
1998Cẩm An, Hội An, Quảng Nam2Kindergarten
N'Thol Hạ, Ðức Trọng, Lâm Ðồng2Kindergarten
1997Quách Phầm, Ðầm Dõi, Cà Mau3Elementary
Xuân Sõn, Vạn Ninh, Khánh Hòa2Elementary
1996Hòa Thịnh, Tuy Hòa, Phú Yên2Elementary

The Cases

The congenital heart defect surgery project was initiated due to request for help from An Giang Children's Fund. Surgery was performed at Saigon Pharmaceutical and Medical School Hospital in June 2012. Thanh Nguyen visited the children in August 2012. Their parents reported that they recovered well. All five children were in good health condition at the time of visit. The surgery cost after insurance payment was shared by An Giang Children's Fund (30%) and SAP-VN (70%).


1 Lê Thị Trúc Phương

2 Nguyễn Thành Hiếu

3 Trần Chí Hiếu

4 Nguyễn Thị Ánh Hường

5 Đặng Ngọc Nghé before his surgery at Saigon Pharmaceutical and Medical School Hospital. Surgeon at the hospital claimed that Dang Ngoc Nghe (Tetralogy of Fallot) could have died if his surgery were delayed for another month. The surgeon believed that the surgery saved Nghe's life.

6 Hường's home

7 Thanh Nguyen visited Đặng Ngọc Nghé and his family.

Five Children from Cho Moi, An Giang

Children Name Age Diagnosis Surgery Cost Ins* Paid LCF* Paid SAP-VN Paid
ĐẶNG NGỌC NGHÉ 1998 Tetralogy of Fallot 2,593 352 672 1,568
LÊ THỊ TRÚC PHƯƠNG 2003 Septal Defect 2,205 930 383 893
NGUYỄN THÀNH HIẾU 2000 Patent Ductus Arteriosus 1,748 1,125 187 436
NGUYỄN T ÁNH HƯỜNG 2000 Septal Defect 2,742 977 529 1,235
TRẦN CHÍ HIẾU 2003 Septal Defect 2,567 1,228 402 938
Total 5 cases 11,855 4,612 2,173 5,070
Average per case 2,371 922 435 1,014

*Ins: Government Health Insurance for children 12 or younger.

*LCF: Local Children's Fund.

A Gift of Sight

Cataract is one of the most common causes of blindness that affect many elderly people in Vietnam. It can be safely treated with surgery to restore sight and improve the quality of life of those who suffer from this condition. However, many elderly people in Vietnam cannot afford the cost of cataract surgery, which averages about $50, and therefore suffer from loss of sight as a consequence.

In response to this need, SAP-VN began the cataract surgery program in 2005 with the goal of providing the ‘gift of sight’ to the poor and elderly population in Vietnam who could not otherwise afford this surgery. SAP-VN established collaborations with ophthalmologists and hospitals in Vietnam to pilot the project in the first few years. After assessing where the needs are high, we entered into partnership with the Can Tho Eye & Oromaxillofacial Hospital, who perform all the surgeries and we sponsor all the costs associated with the procedures. Our associates in Vietnam work with local health officials to identify areas with high incidences of cataract and arrange for screenings of possible candidates to receive the cataract surgeries.

Selected patients are operated at local district hospital and stay overnight to be assessed the next day by the surgeon. In the past years that we have had this program, we have had excellent results for the patients as indicated by post-op assessments on the day after surgery. Vision tests performed after the second day post-surgery showed that a majority of patients reported being able to see well. No patients experienced complications or infections.

Prior to being discharged from the hospital, each patient is given an eye care package, which includes eye medications and post-op care instructions. SAP-VN also supplements this package with a small monetary gift. In addition to that, a few weeks after the surgery, patients are invited to return to a local clinic or a hospital to have their operated eye(s) re-examined by an eye care professional. The recoveries have been very positive with most of the patients reporting significant improvement in their vision.

How You Can Help

With the success of the Cataract Surgery Program in 2005, our goal in the coming years is to expand this program to reach many more cataract patients. In order to achieve this goal, we are continuing to seek additional funding. With an average cost of less than 50 USD per eye surgery, you are able to give the precious gift of sight to a cataract patient, who otherwise would have no access to medical care and treatment.
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Program Summary

YearLocationsNumber of Patients
2017Trà Vinh, Cần Thơ870
2016Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng977
2015Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng1,400
2014Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng1,409
2013Vĩnh Long, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng1,310
2012Vĩnh Long, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau, Sóc Trăng1,206
2011Vĩnh Long, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Trà Vinh, Cần Thơ, Cà Mau1,070
2010Vĩnh Long, Sóc Trăng, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Trà Vinh, Cà Mau1,113
2009Vĩnh Long, Sóc Trăng, Hậu Giang, Bạc Liêu, Trà Vinh, Cà Mau997
2008Bạc Liêu, Hậu Giang, Vĩnh Long, Sóc Trăng, Quảng Nam723
2007Bac Lieu, An Giang, Vinh Long742
2006Bac Lieu, Thanh Hoa, An Giang302
2005An Giang, Various provinces295

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