Ethics

Mothers in Action for Vietnam

 

A group of three mothers who adopted their children from Vietnam have formed a group called Mothers in Action for Vietnam. They say:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Spending time living amongst an amazing people, many of whom are struggling with poverty, changes you. We cannot forget Vietnam, or the people we met there.

Several months ago, the three of us watched a video about a young boy living in the Tam Binh 2 orphanage located in Sài Gòn, a video that touched us deeply. That video set into motion the events that would lead to Mothers In Action for Vietnam. We began a dialogue about finding a way to unite the large number of bloggers we know for a common purpose. We started researching non-profit groups working in Vietnam with one goal in mind: to bring medical aid to disadvantaged children, orphans and families. In that spirit, we hope to partner with various non-profits in Vietnam by sponsoring projects that align with our goals and passions.

This idea has been born out of a great passion to see what kind of good we could do if we all united to support a series of projects with different organizations. It is our hope that with enough support, we will be able to expand our partnerships to encompass projects in the areas of orphan care, family preservation, HIV/AIDs care and education. It is in honor of our sons that we have united to form Mothers in Action for Vietnam.

To find out more about the projects they are currently supporting, please check out their blog.

Tracy

I am a mom to a biological son, a daughter adopted from Vietnam, and a son adopted domestically. I became interested in transparency in adoption after we brought our daughter home from Phu Tho, Vietnam, in March 2007. My husband and I were very naive when we began the international adoption process. We thought that all agencies, facilitators, orphanage directors, etc. had the best interests of the orphaned children at heart. Sadly, we learned that adoption is a “business” and that corruption can be widespread. We were bothered by things we saw in-country, and further disappointed by things we learned about our agency and the adoption system in Vietnam once we returned home. I do believe that ethical adoptions are possible, and I hope that by speaking out we can bring about reforms that will allow those children who are truly orphans to find their forever families. I also maintain a personal blog: http://myminivanrocks.wordpress.com/.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you for posting about this, we have been blown away by the outpouring of support. Through the generosity of so many, we have already funded the two corrective surgeries and are on our way to funding the mobile medical lab. We can’t wait to start planning more projects for the future!

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