Thank you for helping Narrow the Gap in HCMC!

Dear Friends,
Thank you for coming together to help improve lives for many people in our community!

On September 15, you joined over 300 members of HCMC Community at the Narrow the Gap Event 2013 to learn about three projects helping disadvantaged children in our city and neighboring areas, and to vote for the project you liked most. Your vote determined how much support each project received from the Narrow the Gap Fund. Today, we celebrate and thank you for helping make these projects possible:

  • First Place (Grant of VND 150,000,000): Local not-for-profit organization (NPO) Ceporer Hoc Mon will use these funds to build a clean water tower that will help improve the quality of life for 161 children from 80 families living in Long Thuan (Long An), where the existing water source has been contaminated by alum. Click here to read the original project proposal.
  • Second Place (Grant of VND 100,000,000): Nhan Ai Social Work Club will offer life skills training and psychological counseling to disadvantaged children in poverty stricken areas of HCMC. Click here to read the original project proposal.
  • Third Place (Grant of VND 50,000,000): The Center for Multilanguage Database Kim Tu Dien will use these funds to produce a “Let’s Learn” E-book for visually impaired children at shelters, clubs and schools in HCMC. Click here to read the original project proposal.

The event guests also determined that the topic for the next round of Narrow the Gap Fund 2014 will be Education.

What did you think about the event?

Please take a few minutes to complete this quick, online survey to help us improve future Narrow the Gap events. 

And make sure you check out our Facebook page where the event photos are being uploaded.

Last Sunday’s event was only one of the ways in which you and our community participated. This summer, over 80 individuals and over 30 companies came together to contribute over VND 300 million to the Narrow the Gap Fund. In June, 14 local nonprofit organizations proposed projects to address the needs of disadvantaged children in HCMC. A committee of ten volunteers selected five projects and, in August, over 2,500 people took part in an online vote to narrow those five down to three projects, which were presented at the 15 September community event. And all of these steps were supported by over 52 volunteers!

A report, with feedback from our participants, final tally of contributions to the Narrow the Gap Fund and next steps will be shared in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we invite you to stay in touch via LIN’s NewsletterBlog, and Facebook to follow the outcomes of the three projects and preparations for Narrow the Gap Fund 2014. In addition, if you are interested to join a site visit to one or more of the organizations that received support via Narrow the Gap Fund 2013, please email to

Once again, we thank you for your support and for believing that together we can change lives and bring hope to many people in our city!

LIN Team



Posted in LIN update, NTG Fund Updates

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