10:51 | 17/11/2017 Fashion & Life
Vince Grimm and Will Kratz of Cape May County, New Jersey in the United States, visited Việt Nam as tourists in 2000, and ended up making friends with their tour guide named Nguyễn Xuân Quỳnh. The connection led to an educational foundation supporting fatherless and poor children in a country more than 10,000 kilometgres away.
|Vince Grimm and Will Kratz offer school supplies to students in Bắc Ninh. Photos courtesy of Nguyễn Xuân Quỳnh|
In 2006, the Nguyễn Xuân Quỳnh-VinceWill Education Foundation was officially established. Grimm said no money goes to the children – they receive school supplies, school jackets. The exception to the no-money policy is when kids are at the top of their class, when they get “a couple dollars” as a reward.
“Our goal is education for these fatherless and poor children. This way we are making future friends for America,” he said...
This foundation is a certified non-profit organisation approved by the US tax code. We have a board of directors consisting of a president, Vince Grimm; vice-president, Nguyễn Xuân Quỳnh; treasurer, Craig van Baal; and Secretary David Volk.
Vince is a retired technical engineer with 40 years experience. Will Kratz was an award winning professional executive chef. He died recently.
“We offer help to university students from Lim also as well as secondary school students," said Vince.
The money come from generous and caring Americans and Vietnamese and from Vince Grimm and Will Kratz.
After 10 years, more than 200 students have benefited from the fund. The American duo arrive in Việt Nam at least every other year to meet the students.
Besides they also helped children in other remote regions of Việt Nam, helped blind people in Hà Nội, farmers who tried hard to help their children and students in their studies.
Chu Thị Lan, rector of Lim secondary school in Lim town said: “We appreciate the generous help of the foundation. It helped our students by offering books, pens, and other school supplies. The school also got computers and projector from the foundation. It’s an important encouragement to their studies. The pupils are very happy”.
Nguyễn Văn Lâm, head of Duệ Đông village of Lim town , said: “The activities of the foundation have had a very positive impact to our village. Our poor students from primary to high school get support, so it motivates them to try harder in their studies.
We are happy that Quỳnh who was born and grew up in the region, has contributed to help the region, along with Americans,” he said.