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.


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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.


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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.

We had the privilege of joining Vân-Ánh Võ and her world-music ensemble in the studio this week, and we want to bring special attention to their creativity in using parchment paper in their music–crinkled to sound like rustling bird nests and wrapped around the marimba mallets to produce a special and unique sound. Who knew something so simple could sound so cool?!

See how the parchment paper plays a role in her latest production 3L: Love, Life, Loss about Vietnamese, Chicano, and African American communities in the Santa Clara Valley next Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Sunnyvale Theater!

For more information about the show and where to buy tickets, click here! 3L: Love, Loss, Life is brought to you by Mosaic Silicon Valley an initiative of Sangam Arts, fellow Bay Area non-profit providing an innovative platform for artists from diverse backgrounds to come together to collaborate and co-create world-class music and dance performances.

We had so much fun preparing for and during the event. Enjoy these photos to get a glimpse of all the fun we had!

Top left: Staff (Kieu Han, Ngoc, Phuong Vinh, Cathy, Anh, Nhat Hang), Top right: Enjoying treats from the baking station, Bottom left: Practicing some children’s yoga, Bottom right: Storytelling with chị Ngoc
Top left: Reading with chị Clarissa (US), Top right: Developing fine motor skills, Bottom left: Practicing gross motor skills with chị Megan (US), Bottom right: Making pancakes with cô Cathy (US)

Just like that, it was over, but it was so worth it. For more information about events like this one, please contact HIPE Team on Facebook.

We’re so excited that all the tickets to our FUNraiser have sold out! We have been working hard all week to make sure the office is ready for our event on Saturday!

Get ready for a morning filled with fun English activities and treats with the HIPE team!

You don’t have to know English to come, but we’re sure you will leave knowing more English than you did before!



  • Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Time:  8:00-10:00am
  • Location:  2/16 Đoàn Hữu Trưng – Phường Phước Vĩnh – TP. Huế
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT

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