The Compassion Flower (TCF) is a California based non-profit public benefit corporation under America law, and has been granted tax exempt status under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS code.
Our mission is to promote mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation, respecting and lasting peace among all people. We desire to bring assistance to underserved children, students, orphanages and promote community health care programs in remotes communities. We deliver programs to support the human trafficking victims and combat against the human trafficking crime, including but not limited to benefiting impoverished people in South East Asia.
Our goal includes
Providing funds for educational and community healthcare programs to meet emotional, social, nutritional and psychological needs for underprivileged people in remote areas.
Helping victims/survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, including prostitution, pornography, the virgin seeking industry, whilst also addressing the escalating practices of gender-based violence violating the human rights and dignity of women and girls.
Promptly respond to local and international relief efforts for victims of nature disasters.
We are dedicated to true impartiality, working without discrimination as to race, religion, or class. In providing aid, we will be guided solely by the dire needs of the people and will give priority to the most urgent cases of distress. We are neutral and independent, and will remain disconnected from any hostilities or controversies or any government organization. Our efforts are currently focused in South East Asia; however, we are hoping to broaden our scope wherever possible.
Vision . We have several approaches to achieving our main goals in the coming years:
Help develop and further educational aids for students in need in remote villages through the contribution of funds, stationaries, textbook, uniforms, bicycles and equipment.
Help maintain affection centers for the care of elderly men and women and care for ailing elderlies in remote areas.
Provide medical care to the poor by funding supplemental medical and food costs for surgical patients in hospitals, contributing supplies and equipment to local clinics as well as organizing medical mission trips to serve poor people in highland tribal villages and coastal or swampy villages.
Raise awareness of human trafficking by working with local women’s associations to discuss the dangers of human and labor trafficking problems.
Create Self-Empower Program for trafficked survivors, people at greater risk of being trafficked and disabled women with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency and self-empowerment for them. This program not only provides additional tools for them to achieve both financial and self-empowerment, but also enables them with a means that they can contribute to their families.
The service we provide is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain. 100% of all donations will be sent directly to people in need. To ensure that 100% of donations reach the victims, all TCF members and volunteers pay for their own expenses (vacation time, airfares) to execute TCF works in South East Asia.
The Compassion Flower supports in developing education aids and ease suffering to poor students in remote village of Viet Nam. Our goal is to help students to improve the quality of education, narrow the education gap between villages and urban areas and encouraging children to expand their horizons and ultimately improve their lives. These supports include:
Building schools from kindergarten to grade 3 for poor children to et the basic education
Donating uniforms, bicycles,
Scholarships for poor students in all levels from primary to University.
Enrich the libraries for primary and secondary schools in remote villages of Viet Nam.
Organising free tuition classes for poor students of year 12 to help them getting good results in final year examination, as well as having chances to be accepted to university or any institutions where they wish to continue in tertiary education.
Literacy Training classes: TCF successfully organizes Literacy Training classes for women (age from 25 to 50, whereas some of them are survivors/victims of human/labor trafficking) in remote village of Thua Thien Hue. This has helped improving these women self- confidence and self-esteem.
3. Anti-Human Trafficking
Anti-human trafficking has become a big effort of TCF in the last5 years. TCF has found and assisted 4 groups of victims of human trafficking (sexual exploitation or forced labor).They primarily come from the coastal areas or the mountainous area of Thua Thien Hue and Quang Tri.The victims from coastal areas are frequently misinformed or deceived by traffickers with promises then taken to big cities to be sold into prostitution. Once the victims fled or were rescued, TCF then to helped them with treatment, found a place for them to stay (for those who dared not come back to their families), then encourage them either return to school or vocational training, depending on what is feasible and available.
Self empower Program: TCF has helped trafficked survivors and women at-risk areas through the business of producing "recycled bags." TCF procures materials and machines, hired professional tailors to train the women how to produce recycled bags, blankets and clothes as well as to learn the art of sewing. The skills attained at the completion of this training program enables them to either apply for jobs in sewing factories or stay with the TCF sewing group to earn money by making recycled bags. This program provides these women additional tools to help achieve both financial and self-empowerment, as well as providing them with a means by which they can contribute to their families.
Human Trafficking Campaigns: From 2006, we have worked with several women unions of Huong Thuy, Phú Vang, Aluoi and Hue City and in conjunction with VA-NGO network organizing Human Trafficking Campaign to discuss about the dangers of trafficking, identify the criminals (traffickers) and their victims, sharing experience, exchange of information. The study also identified a high risk of HIV/AIDS transmission, social evils and human trafficking that these migrant workers may face.
Each year TCF organizes 2 Adult Literacy Training classes for 60 women (age from 25 to 50, whereas some of them are survivors/victims of human/labor trafficking) in remote villages of Thua Thien Hue.
4. Disaster Relief
Almost every single year, central Vietnam struck by at least 4 typhoons resulted heavy floods and landslides in many provinces. The typhoons, floods and landslides kill people, destroy and damage houses, roads, schools, and health clinics. The flooding contaminated water sources damaged rice crops and family reserved food. Especially in the years of severed storms and persistent flood as 1999, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In such situations, The Compassion Flower team often quickly distribute instance noodles, rice, clean water making kits, condensed milk, sugar, salt, noodles, warm clothes and cash in responding to the need with hope to give them the means and strength to get back to normal life
2. Healthcare and Social Well Being
Medical aids to tribal people in highland and people in coastal villages TCF organises the medical mission trips (long trips and short trips) to remote areas of Thua Thien Hue (either to high mountain or swampy villages along the coast). Each long trip is 7 day long, the Traditional Medical (eastern medicine) team stays in the village to treat (accupunture and accupresure), distribute medicine and educate people on health-care issues. For the short trips are mainly carried out by the western medical doctors and nurses. There around 1000 patients in the 7-day trip and 300 patients in each 1-day trip through examinations, treatments and dispensing drugs and donating gift pack to each patient. The total number of patients being served in all trips could reach in 2000.
Hygiene program to remote villages: We carried out a series of awareness programs and conducted trainings on various health and hygiene matters, women and children in remote villages. Our efforts helped the communities to see the link between health and hygiene conditions in their area for better health and better quality of life.
Support poor handicaps and patients
There are many poor patients waiting to be treated but they can not afford the doctor/hospital expenses. TCF fulfil their needs by paying for medical and hospital expenses. Supported patients are identified during visiting trips of The Compassion Flower, most of them are from the remote villages, where basic services such as rehabilitation services yet to be established. However, due to the budget limitations, we can only support one or two cases per year depending on the need and priority of each case.
Comfort homeless elderly and ailings in remote villages
Elderly Center TCF contributed to the construction of a nursing home for homeless elders (in 2004). Since then TCF has partly provided monthly food expense and occasionally brought medicines and clothes to these nursing home residents. The Poor Ailing Seniors: For those old people who are very poor and still live with alone in remote villages, TCF team members visit and provide them some relief after a natural disaster to ensure that they are wearing the proper clothing, having enough blanket to stay warm and enough food to survive. We also organise yearly winter mission to delivery blankets, warm clothes, food, and medicines to elderlies in all remote provinces in central of Vietnam (Quang Binh – Quang Nam)
Every year, we organises several visits to orphanages in Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang. In each visit we spend a whole day to teach and play with the children. We also provide financial aid for child sponsorship, medical assistance and construction to improve the living conditions of orphans.