Founded in 1992 by a group of young and caring professionals, SAP-VN (Social Assistance Program for Viet Nam) is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-religious humanitarian organization based in Garden Grove, California. The organization’s EIN/Tax ID is 33-0539755.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the poor and the disabled in Vietnam and locally with services mainly in healthcare, education and social welfare.
Since 1992, SAP-VN has established 11 main humanitarian projects/programs throughout Vietnam and several local projects in Orange County and San Diego County:
- Orthopedic Surgery (1993)
- Cleft-Palate/Lip Surgery (1993): “A Smile for a Child” – Discontinued
- Wheelchair Project (1994) – Discontinued
- Free Mobile Health Care Clinic in VN (1995)
- Education program for the handicapped (1997)
- Cataract Surgery (2005): “A Gift of Sight”
- Bicycles for Poor Students (2012)
- Pediatric Heart Surgery (2012)
- Vietnam Smiles (2017)
- Local community services at food banks, homeless shelters, and convalescent homes in Orange County (2017)
- Scholarship for high school and college students in the US to encourage compassion for others and the community (2019)
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Production and Distribution Program to provide face masks and face shields to help keep health care providers, essential workers, and fellow citizens safe from COVID-19 (2020)
- Local community services to provide the homeless with basic necessities like food, water, and hygiene supplies in San Diego County (2020)
Funding for SAP-VN’s programs primarily comes from private donations and fundraising proceeds. Medical supplies are donated by local pharmaceutical corporations, and hospitals.
All donations to SAP-VN are tax deductible as permitted by the law. Since 2002, SAP-VN has held an annual fundraising gala dinner, called, “A Gift of Hope”. These funds have giving the gift of hope “free orthopedic corrective surgeries” to thousand handicapped children in Vietnam.
SAP-VN is an entirely volunteer-based organization in which board members, officers and volunteers in US receive no salary or compensation. Our relief efforts are carried out directly by SAP-VN’s members (from the U.S.) and associates in Vietnam. SAP-VN is managed by a board of nine directors who are responsible for planning, making decisions, campaigning for funding, monitoring activities, and handling all legal matters. A three-member executive committee is responsible for carrying out and following-up on daily activities which has been decided by the board of directors.
Green Cross is a SAP-VN’s newsletter which publicizes SAP-VN’s activities in the U.S. and Vietnam. Green Cross is distributed free to all friends and donors who have contacted SAP-VN. To receive SAP-VN’s newsletter regularly, please e-mail or mail your name and address to SAP-VN.
Since 1992, SAP-VN has been bringing hope to thousands of poor and needy people, especially orphans and handicapped children, in Vietnam. On behalf of those beneficiaries, SAP-VN would like to acknowledge the generous contributions from our sponsors and friends, our dedicated volunteers which have made our programs a great success.