VANGO Network is joining this Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 for Giving Tuesday.

Some nurses and doctors have been rationed down to 1 face mask a day due to COVID-19 related shortages. This challenges their work efficiency and safety, putting both themselves and their patients at risk. VANGO Network has stepped up to send donations despite the challenges coordinating with those on the frontline who are swamped with their COVID-19 response mission, dealing with layers of communication and lack of coordination. That was how was born 3 weeks ago, to give donors and doctors a tool to easily manage donations coordinating so they can focus on their primary mission.

For the past 3 weeks, has provided a platform to connect donors and recipients to address PPE needs by coordinating and tracking donations so that care providers can focus on what they do best without compromising their safety or quality of care and so that the PPEs that are available can be delivered efficiently and not go to waste. has already registered 78 accounts (7 donors and 71 recipients, 63 of which provide medical care), and as of May 3rd, had 72 open “help offers” (i.e. requests for donations and supplies).

To date, VANGO Network has sent 10,620 gloves, 3,995 N95 masks, 3,115 face shields, 1,255 gowns, 520 KN95 masks, 280 portable hand sanitizer units, 150 free-standing hand sanitizer units, and 15 intubation boxes to 22 recipients in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania through This includes:

(Click the links below to see their delivered, pending, and open help offers on the platform.)

ConnectNGive graph of VANGO PPE donations


ConnectNGive has made it easy for VANGO Network to streamline and track our COVID-19 relief efforts in USA thus far, but there are still many people who need our help.

If you are in need of PPE donations:

Please sign up with so that organizations like VANGO Network can easily see and address your needs. For more information about how can support your search for and tracking of PPE donations, click here.

If you are looking to help provide funding for PPE donations:

Please join us on this first Giving Tuesday and donate to VANGO Network to help provide PPEs to medical and healthcare professionals and essential workers, combating COVID-19 on the front lines. You can also sign up with directly if that is more suitable to your needs.

From the bottom of our hearts, VANGO Network wants to express gratitude to each and every one of you for your support in VANGO COVID-19 relief efforts. The need is great, and we are slowly chipping away at it to keep our communities safe, now and in the future.

Thank you.

More information about makes PPE donation easy for both donors and recipients, who can register their group at the click of a button.

Those looking for donations and supplies can easily post requests for needed resources.

ConnectNGive map of PPE donation recipients


And donating groups or individuals can easily respond to those requests.

ConnectNGive donation in response to needs


The best part: tracks these donations and keeps this information public, so everyone knows what’s going on and there’s no double donations.

For more information about, please visit their website.

Or, for more information about how to support VANGO Network COVID-19 relief efforts, feel free to contact us at 1-714-330-3589 or

We are so excited to share our partnership with Yum Cha Studios to provide the Vietnamese translation of their (free) Dim Sum Warriors COVID-19 quiz.
Special thank you to Design Capital Asia HIPE coordinators Võ Thị Kiều Hân and Trần Thị Như Hồng who worked on this translation as part of DCA and VANGO Network COVID-19 relief efforts in USA and Vietnam.
To take the Dim Sum Warriors COVID-19 Quiz in Vietnamese, click here. For the English version, click here.
Yum Cha Studios has partnered with organizations around the world to provide this quiz in 16 languages so that children from multiple cultures have access to this fun way of learning about COVID-19 prevention protocol. And we’re excited that the quiz will now be available to Vietnamese communities.

For more information about how to support VANGO Network COVID-19 relief efforts, feel free to contact us at 1-714-330-3589 or

To donate, please visit our donation page here.

COVID-19 Relief in Hue, Vietnam


Thank you to everyone who has been supporting our VANGO COVID-19 relief efforts. Your donations have helped us to bring PPE supplies to health care workers and first responders every week since March locally and as far as New York, Illinois (Chicago), Pennsylvania (Philadelphia), and Florida as well as sanitary and household necessities to HIPE youth and families (many of whom are facing serious financial hardship because they have lost their only sources of income) so they can safely observe shelter-in-place and social distancing practices in Hue, Vietnam.

VANGO has joined forces with PIVOT to launch, a mobile platform or app, allowing all of us to push resources to clinics and organizations or clinics, and organizations to pull resources down.


COVID-19 USA Relief


Meanwhile in Vietnam, which has been shut-down to varying degrees since Tet Lunar New Year, our staff and youth have received multiple workshop trainings on COVID-19–what it is, how to prevent spread, how to DIY cloth coverings, some creative hobbies to explore while at home, and more. We’re now working together to prepare easy-to-understand informational materials to share with their communities who may not have access to high-quality information and resources.

With a generous individual donation matched by DCA, a team of HIPE staff and youth distributed COVID-19 relief packages for the families of 119 peer health educators who are facing particular difficulties during this time. After asking the families what is of highest priority so as to minimalize the need to go to the open air market or grocery store and to help offset other purchases while they have no income, each package includes: rice, cooking oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, hand sanitizer, soap, and a variety of beans.


COVID-19 Vietnam Relief


HIPE wishes to express gratitude to all the donors, volunteers, and staff who have supported these COVID-19 relief efforts, with the hope that these items will help the families of our youth who are experiencing hardship during this virus season.

“HIPE xin cám ơn nhà tài trợ, các tình nguyện viên và nhân viên đã hỗ trợ tích cực trong việc phát quà. Hy vọng với món quà này sẽ giúp gia đình các bạn đồng đẳng viên vượt qua khó khăn trong mùa dịch này. #HIPETeam

For more information about how to support VANGO Network COVID-19 relief efforts, feel free to contact us at 1-714-330-3589 or

To donate, please visit our donation page here.

Photo and recipe by Nguyễn Thị Xuân Ni


Vietnam is in lockdown and most of USA is sheltering in place, so our very own HIPE PHE and RONG House intern Ni wanted to share her recipe for mắm ruốc rim (Vietnamese caramelized shrimp sauce) to help make this time a little more flavorful. This dipping sauce is very versatile and can be used with green mango, chips, sesame rice paper, and more. It’s a DCA Hue office favorite, and we hope you like it!

For those who know Ni, you already know this is a good recipe. And for those who are sadly unfamiliar with Ni’s amazing cooking, welcome.

Scroll down for the recipe.

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A message from Ni (Vietnamese below):

The first week of COVID-19 shelter-in-place was fun, not many things were closed. But after a couple of days, the virus spread to more people and everything closed, so just sitting at home was getting boring. Now, my parents are unemployed. My mom said: “I feel bored when staying at home and I can not go out.” I’m still learning with online classes, through Zoom and our school online platform. There is more homework than normal. At school, I can approach teachers at any time if I have questions, and I can also discuss with my classmates. I do not really like this way. Nonetheless, I have more time to try and do the things that I enjoy: cooking, playing with my pets, etc. I would like to tell other students in the same situation is try to do something new and it is a chance for you. Stay safe and healthy^^

Trong những ngày đầu cách ly, mình thấy khá vui vì được nghỉ ở nhà. Nhưng vài ngày sau đó tình hình dịch bệnh ngày càng nghiêm trọng và các cửa hàng buộc phải đóng cửa, nên mình chỉ ở nhà một cách nhàm chán. Người nhà của mình thì thất nghiệp. Mẹ mình nói bà cảm thấy rất chán khi chỉ ở nhà và không thể đi đâu, vì bà là dân buôn bán nên không thể ngồi một chỗ mà không làm gì. Mình vẫn tiếp tục việc học online thông qua ứng dụng Zoom và trang học của trường. Mình khá không thích cách học gián tiếp này. Bởi vì nó có nhiều bất cập. Ở trường mình có thể gặp trực tiếp thầy cô mỗi khi mình có câu hỏi và có thể học nhóm với bạn cùng lớp dễ dàng hơn. Tuy nhiên, ngoài những vấn đề đó thì mình cảm thấy hạnh phúc khi bản thân có nhiều thời gian hơn; làm những điều mình muốn, những thứ mình thích như nấu ăn, xem phim, chơi với mèo cưng… . Mình muốn nói với những bạn đang cách ly như mình rằng trong thời gian này, ngoài việc học thì đây là cơ hội để các bạn làm những điều mình thích. Giữ gìn sức khoẻ nhé!!!

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Universal Caramelized Shrimp Dipping Sauce “Mắm ruốc rim”

Recipe by Ni


  • About 150 g of Ruốc shrimp
  • 4 small green chilies
  • 4 small red chilies
  • 4 stalks lemongrass
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tsp brown sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 3 tsp chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 50 ml water
  • 1 tbs cooking oil

Recipe Preparation:

Finely mince shrimp, green and red chilies, lemongrass, and garlic. In a pan, heat up cooking oil. One by one, add minced garlic, lemongrass, and chilies until lightly browned (approximately 1 minute per added ingredient). Add Ruốc shrimp, brown sugar, chili powder, and water and stir well for 5-10 minutes until thickened to preferred consistency. Allow to cool or use immediately. Store in room temperature or in refrigerator.

Don’t forget to turn off the stove, and enjoy!

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About the author: Ni is 19 years old, born and bred in Hue City. Currently, she is a sophomore at Hue University, College of Foreign Languages, majoring in English. She has been working in HIPE since 2015. As a core team member, her main task is leading the peer health educators in Thuan An Town. Over the years, she has aided in the organization and execution of many HIPE programs–health sessions at schools, the annual Health Fair, Green Sunday, university condom trainings, etc. On top of that, she is also an assistant for RONG in program development and planning. This work makes her more confident and love the kids.