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13th Annual Dinner

NEWS RELEASE
October 26, 2003

        
VIET-NAM ASSISTANCE FOR THE HANDICAPPED TO HOST ITS 13th ANNUAL DINNER MARKING OVER A DECADE OF ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN VIET-NAM

WASHINGTON — Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) will host a dinner reception to thank those in Congress, the Executive Branch, foundations and other donors and the local community who have supported its more than a decade of efforts to directly assist  war victims, other people with disabilities, and the needy in Viet-Nam.

The theme for the dinner is “Meeting Humanitarian Challenges in Viet-Nam”. It will spotlight those who have played a major role in supporting VNAH’s efforts. Invited speakers include Senator Patrick J. Leahy, who established the Leahy War Victims Fund, and has been instrumental in efforts to ban land mines. Other invited speakers include Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Senators Tom Harkin, Chuck Hagel, George Allen and Representative Tom Davis. Representatives of the Department of Labor, the National Council on Disability (NCD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are also invited.

VNAH has set a goal to raise $25,000 in donations from the community to build and equip two schools in remote highlands communities. 100% of the proceeds from the dinner will be used to construct these much needed schools.

VNAH is a U.S.-based private voluntary organization that has, for the past decade, worked to help overcome a multitude of barriers in Viet-Nam. With support from the Leahy War Victims Fund, the Freeman and Nippon Foundations and others, VNAH has:

  • Provided over 62,000 prosthetic devices and wheelchairs to landmine and war victims throughout Viet-Nam.
  • Assisted Viet-Nam in enacting laws, policies, and programs supportive of the development and growth of a vibrant Non-Governmental Organization sector – one that encourages private and voluntary organizations and self help groups to meet the needs of their communities.
  • Provided technical assistance and training to the Government of Viet-Nam and other organizations to improve and promote better laws, policies and programs for people with disabilities.
  • Undertaken basic community development projects in poor rural villages.
  • Assisted the Government of Viet-Nam and the Vietnamese private sector to employ the skills of people with disabilities in meaningful and productive jobs. 

Dinner Reception will be held on Friday, December 12, 2003 from – 7:00 P.M. at the Fortune Restaurant, 6249 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA (in the Seven Corners Shopping Center).

Program Features:

  • Review current humanitarian programs in Vietnam;
  • A six-course dinner of fine foods;
  • Entertaiment: Traditional Vietnamese Music by the famous singers Tuan Anh and Thanh Truc from Orange County, California and dancing with the Liberty Band.

For more information, contact VNAH, at 703-847-9582, or fax to 703-448-8207 or email: vnah1@aol.com  

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Volunteers and donors interested can contact us at:

Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped
Health and Education Volunteers
P.O. Box 6554,
McLean, VA 22106

Tel: (703) 847-9582
Fax: (703) 448-8207
Email: vnah1@aol.com

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