|How We've Helped|
On Veterans Day 1998, the Friends of Danang launched an initiative to raise $50,000 to build an elementary school in Danang, Vietnam. They did so after partnering with the Vietnam Children's Fund, an organization which builds schools in that part of the world. The inspiration for that fund was provided by Lewis B. Puller, Jr., a marine lieutenant who lost his legs and part of both hands in Vietnam. One year later, on Veterans Day 1999 the school opened and now provides classrooms for 600 students.
First School - Dedicated November 11, 1999
Following an emotional dedication of that facility and a return trip back to the United States, the Friends of Danang immediately began raising money to build another school. This time they partnered with a Pittsburgh area Rotary Club. Because some of its Rotarians took it upon themselves to contact other Rotary clubs across the contry, there was soon enough money collected to build another school, the Rotary School of Pennsylvania/USA. It was dedicated in April of 2002. The East Meets West Foundation, which has had a presence in Vietnam for over fifteen years, ensured that the school was properly constructed and erected in a timely manner.
Children at a Friends of Danang School
Medical Clinic - Dedicated April 11, 2002
Them Walk Again, Danang
Let Them Walk Again, Danang