Children of Vietnam, Vietnam, May 2012
Empowering Foundations for Women and their Children (EFWC)
The Mission: Changing the lives of impoverished, homeless and handicapped children in Vietnam by addressing the root causes of poverty for vulnerable populations including impoverished single mothers with dependent children.
The Program: EFWC is a special initiative to promote income sustainability for struggling, single mothers. DFW will support 75 women through EFWC that will work to develop personal empowerment plans to lift families out of poverty through training, microloans, healthcare and improved housing. DFW's goal is to provide a grant for $45,000 to be disbursed over a 2 year period.
Why we love this program: This is a powerful program with an individual approach as these women face a myriad of barriers that trap them in poverty. It requires a multi-faceted effort to confront the causes of poverty as a single solution often fails . EFWC will work collaboratively with each woman to develop an empowerment plan by assessing needs, identifying strengths and defining personal goals. Ultimate GOAL: for each mother to be in charge of her future and to earn a stable income that sustains the family.
DFW Funding in 2009:$26,947.25
Update from Children of Vietnam:
The program kicked off a major effort in October 2012 to enroll 90 women in Hoa Vang and Ngu Hanh Son Districts, implementing services as per plan in housing, education, healthcare/nutrition and livelihood.
In the words of Tram Doung Thi Minh, EFWC Program
Coordinator and Nancy F. Letteri, COV Executive Director:
"In our opinion, the EFWC Program is so meaningful and full of humanity. During our first survey, it was so hard to access our beneficiaries. All of them were afraid and lacked confidence toward life. Poverty makes their life more and more difficult, and leads to problems that they must face such as a lack of food, poor health for working, lack of knowledge in self-controlled economy, children without school.
"Moreover, they felt ashamed of being a single-mom for different reasons such as divorce, unwed, or husband death. Particularly, they were also scared of being in debt. They told us that they are so poor and have no money to pay the debt.
"Little by little, we came to share and explain to them the EFWC’s purposes and objectives. We want them to be more confident and have independence in family economy so they can build a good future for their children. The loan they need to pay back is a way for them to make a habit of saving money. When they complete the loan, they should keep the habit to save money for the family’s future.
"After the second time of surveying, we saw the happiness and smiles on their faces. They were ready to join the EFWC with us. Since the program came into their life, gradually, they have changed. Their children are encouraged to stay in school and make their dreams come true with the scholarships. The livelihood support is bringing to them a foundation to set up their own economy. They are learning how to save the money for the loan repayment and for the future."
- Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Food for Thought (PDF)
- Recipes (PDF)
- Chapter Leader Talking Points (PDF)
- FAQ's for DFW Chapters (PDF)
- Program Update for Empowering Foundations for Women and their Children (EFWC) (PDF)
- Children of Vietnam speaker contact list was distributed through Regional Leaders
- Slide Show Presentation (PDF)
- Survey for Household Circumstance (PDF)
Children of Vietnam website
Children of Vietnam Video
Video: Come Along to Vietnam
In 2009, the last time DFW funded Children of Vietnam, DFW member Page Walter and her family took a vacation and saw first hand what DFW funding was able to provide. Join them on their trip!