New Years 2018 Tour
January 26, 2019 Binh, with board members Mike and Don, along with COPI staff, are in the middle of a very busy tour of Vietnam. A medical clinic, New Years gift giving, distributing school supplies and scarves to school children, and ground breaking for a new school are among the things that have kept them busy for the last 10 days. Please visit the Children of Peace Facebook page for details and many pictures from Binh.
A patient at a COPI clinic at theVinh Thanh Buddhist Temple. Over 300 patients were served in the one day clinic.
One of the elementary students at San Sa Ho School #1. Yes, it does get cold in Vietnam. Sapa is in the far north of Vietnam, in the mountains.
More San Sa Ho #1 Students
Summer 2018 Medical Mission
Our summer 2018 mission took place from July 30 to August 14, 2018. There were nine American and 23 Vietnamese team members who served on seven clinics.
The team served 1,011 patients from three provinces Phu Tho, Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa and Ho Chi Minh City. We are grateful for all of our hard working team members. And we played hard as well.
We continue to emphasize teaching personal hygiene to each of our patients. This takes effort, accuracy and encouragement. Cleanliness is next to Godliness and we believe this practice could certainly save lives.
If you wish to join our team, please find application on “Join us” tab and follow direction to apply. If you are in a medical profession, we will need your practicing license. But most importantly, you will need to be willing to work hard and willing to put up with hot weather and sometimes primitive conditions. Your willingness to serve others the most important thing we ask from each of our team members.
Spring 2018 Medical Mission
The Spring clinic trip in March hosted 8 clinics over two weeks, travelling from Sapa in the north near the Chinese boarder to da Nang to Vinh Long in the delta, a total travel distance of well over 1,000 miles.
This is the first year we extended our medical mission team services to a new school, San Sa Ho Elementary I, near SaPa. The school is expanding and we came as more class rooms were being built. This school has 423 children who also benefit from COPI's "hot lunch at school" program.
At Trung Son church near Da Nang we set up a two day clinic. This is a poor community and the young priest, Fr. Bac was very helpful and so was the church and the community.
The clinic at the Thuan An deaf school was one of the hardest days for the team, especially the dental team.
Our last clinic day was at the Youth Shelter in Go Vap, near Saigon.While there we were also able to take the short walk to see the kids at the nearby Go Vap orphanage.
January Li Xi Tour
COPI founder, binh Rybacki and board member Mike Kirchner traveled to Vietnam in January of 2016 to conduct the annual Li Xi tour. Li Xi is roughly translated as “lucky money” and it is a Vietnamese tradition during the TET (New Year) holiday, to hand out small gifts of money to children and adults alike. TET is the most sacred holiday of the year in Vietnam and COPI has for years traveled to Vietnam during TET to carry on this tradition, and gifts are given to children and to the many caregivers who serve in the schools and orphanages where we serve throughout the county. This year, binh and Mike met the Vietnamese COPI employees and volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), and immediately traveled to Hanoi, and then to Viet Tri. COPI has supported the Viet Tri orphanage since 1997 and we have developed a tremendous relationship with the administration and staff, (as well as of course the children).
Following Viet Tri we traveled to the Soc Son leper colony where we presented the residents with blankets, food and some Li Xi. This is always a favorite stop for COPI teams. Next it was off to the northeast and to
Quang Ninh province. We drove to Ha Long Bay, and then two hours north.. This site was less than 100 km from the Chinese border and it had been a very cold winter. COPI delivered blankets and scarves for many children in the province.
Kathy O'Brien and friends of COPI will again host an annual family event to benefit Children of Peace International in Singapore on December 4. The event will be held at the Ton Kin Vietnamese Restaurant. Click here for information and tickets.
COPI Financial Statements for 2014 and 2015 now available online.
COPI is proud of our ability to efficiently provide services to our clients with a minimum of operating expenses. Annual financial statements for Children of Peace International for the years 2014 and 2015 are now available online, along with the 2013 statement which was previously available. Here are the links: 2013, 2014, 2015.
15th Annual Benefit Dinner - Salt Lake City
It is time for our annual fundraiser. This year Todd and Gabby McAfee will host our event at their beautiful Cafe' Madrid on September 25, 2016. Please come and and support us. Your love and support have helped us care for over 8,000 children in Vietnam. The children in our care are able to secure a good education and become productive members in their own society. We can not do it without you. Please come. Everything is ready. You can get your tickets online here:
Children of Peace International (COPI) – Salt Lake City Fundraiser
On Saturday, November 21, 2015, COPI held its 14th Annual Fundraiser in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it was the most successful ever! More than 110 people were in attendance. There was a silent auction and Vietnamese items for sale. The musical group “Group Therapy” entertained throughout the evening and a delicious buffet dinner was served.
COPI founder binh Rybacki gave a report on ongoing projects and success stories that COPI has been involved in. However, the highlight of the evening was the project auction. Eight current projects in Vietnam, such as school scholarships for all ages, support for Vietnamese medical mission team members, and support for the schools and orphanages throughout Vietnam who care for the 7300 children that COPI currently supports. The excitement was palpable as we allowed those in attendance to sponsor these projects in a live, auction type atmosphere.
This year, COPI raised more than $52,000 during the fundraiser, and these funds will be used directly for the sponsored projects and other necessary areas that COPI supports. A huge thank you to all of those who attended, and to all who helped to make this night such a huge success.
Friends of COPI 2015 mid-year event in Singapore
Friends of COPI in Singapore is holding their mid-year event, "Wind down, Down town". This lovely event will be on June 16, 2015 in Singapore at the beautiful Indian-inspired restaurant D'Bell. You certainly have time to book your tickets and be there in person and experience the most trendy and loving gathering. Kathy O'Brien and her two young sons, Gus and Jonah with an army of friends who are not only generous but also thoughtful as they put forth their hearts for our children and friends in Vietnam. Many beautiful artwork pieces have been donated for this event.
In our case, it takes several continents to care for a child. Thank you Friends of COPI.
You can get more pictures and information on their facebook page for this event.
ickets are available at Peatix.
Spring 2015 Travels
In February and March binh, Mike Kirchner and COPI workers travelled Vietnam, checking on projects and visiting our schools and orphanages. After the reviews, Binh and the full medical team spent two weeks setting up and running the Spring 2015 medical clinics.
Mike's report on the review travels is here.
Binh's report on the medical mission is here.
Ribbon Cutting and Dedication at Hieu Nghia Preschool and Kindergarten
It was COPI's honor to have Friends of COPI from Singapore to come and dedicate Hieu Nghia Preschool and Kindergarten in Vung Liem, Vinh Long on November 22, 2014. For more pictures and detail see our Facebook page here.
Summer 2014 Medical Mission Report
Our summer medical mission started on July 16 and ended on August 3, 2014. We had 14 American and 16 Vietnamese team members. We served at 8 clinics and 1390 patients from four provinces and Saigon. We traveled from Doan Hung to Tam Ngoc, Dien Ban, Cam Ranh, Nha Trang, Vung Liem and Saigon.
The highlight for us on this trip was to serve the children at Dai An orphanage and the landfill people in Nha Trang. They came in their best clothes and were so eager to make new friends. We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve their medical needs. Their needs are many and we hope to be able to find funding to give them help.
The children at Dai An are little and precious, they are being cared for by the Fr. Thien and Fr. Tuan at St. Joseph’s order. It is wonderful to see a couple of young priests running around the children caring and loving them. The priests compared themselves to the “lonely roosters” caring for their chicks. We are grateful to have a wonderful staff assisting these two single dads and their two houseful of children.
We were particularly happy to return to Vung Liem’s Hieu Nghia Pre-school and Kindergarten school. The New England Key Club, Friends of COPI in Singapore and Kim Son Restaurant in Houston were the major donors to build this beautiful school for the children in Vung Liem. Our first clinic was for the 188 children and the second clinic designated for the adults in the area.
Singapore Friends of COPI Benefit
On Saturday November 29, 2014 Friends of COPI hosted a very successful and fun 5th annual fundraiser in Singapore. Our friend and gracious host Kathy O'Brien invited her friends, clients and acquaintances to join one another at the Common Man Coffee Roaster to raise funding for us to serve the children of Vietnam.
For more pictures and detail see our Facebook page here.
Summer 2013 Medical Mission Report
Our Summer 2013 Medical Mission ended on August 11, 2013. The team was made up of 19 Americans and 19 Vietnamese members. The mission started in Phu Tho province and moved to Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa and finally we ended in Saigon area.
We served 1,375 patients at seven clinic sites. We enjoy visiting new sites and schools but were truly happy to see old friends in Cam Ranh and Khanh Hoa again. We appreciate the hospitality and cooperation from each community.
The highlight for us on this trip was to have college scholarship recipients and our older children from an orphanage joining the team. Our children are growing up and are ready to serve along side with us. For us, this is a blessing.
We also welcome our adoptive families returning to Vietnam with their children. These parents have instilled in their children the spirit of sharing while we have the privilege to introduce their Vietnamese roots to them one step at a time. Welcome families.
Spring 2013 Medical Mission
The annual spring medical mission was successfully completed. This year the team consisted of 13 Vietnamese and 13 non-Vietnamese members. Seven clinics were held .
We would like to thank the Soroptimists of the Rocky Mountain Region for their generosity as they sent thousands of gloves and scarves for the children in the North region in Vietnam.
20th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit
Children of Peace held our 20th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit on Saturday, November 9, 20013 at the the Red Lion Downtown Salt Lake City Utah. We celebrated 20 years of service with Hors D'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction and entertainment.
Please Help Us Support the Cu Chi Compassionate Home
Children of Peace International is proud to support the Cu Chi Compassionate Home, a free daycare that gives stability, sustenance, and education to street children in Cu Chi, Vietnam.
The nuns at the Cu Chi Compassionate Home provide free daycare for the street children of Cu Chi. Many of these children are left alone all day while their parents work. Needless to say, children left to themselves on the streets in Vietnam face many dangers.
Each morning, Co Tu and her fellow nuns round up the street children from Cu Chi and provide them with a safe home, meals for the day, and reading and writing lessons. The nuns play the role of mother, father, teacher, and counselor to these children. What's more is the nuns often go without food themselves to feed the children.
Visit our Indiegogo Campaign, and help us to support the facility for a year!
Campaign Home: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/cu-chi-compassionate-home
The 11th Annual Children of Peace International Benefit Dinner Fall 2012
A warm and welcoming Benefit Dinner for COPI was held at the Student Center at Salt Lake Community College. Our hats are off to Raina Zeeh and her supporting team for a very successful evening. We are also grateful to the many auction gifts donated by so many friends and benefactors. Thank you also to the “Circle of Friends” Ensemble for their performance, what lovely gesture!
Thank you for all who came and break bread with us for the first time. Please help us to stay in touch and let you know more about our children in Vietnam. It was wonderful to see past mission team members, we appreciate your friendship tremendously.
Congratulation to Raina and her team, they have raised over $41,000 USD both on Friday Dinner and Sunday. Please follow us at www.facebook.com/childrenofpeaceinternational
Singapore Fundraiser – Friends of COPI Evening 5th November 2012
Our heartfelt thanks to the O’Brien: Kathy, Gus and Jonah for their love and constant support to our children. We also are grateful to SioLian, Stephanie and Guy Wachs and the many friends who came to Wild Honey to cheer us on and to give so generously. You were the most loving, amusing, competitive audience. Helped along of course by the inimitable Michael Rose.
Friends of COPI in Singapore raised $22,300 Singapore Dollars. This is a record high!
You are truly friends of COPI; we are blessed to have you sharing the load. Please Like our friends at www.facebook.com/friendsofcopi
Summer 2012 Medical Mission Report
The COPI medical mission team for July / August 2012 was made up of 22 Americans and 12 Vietnamese. We began our journey in Trung Vuong village in Phu Tho province, northwest of Hanoi, and ended up in Ho Chi Minh City at Tam Binh orphanage. We set up eight clinics and took care of 1,478 patients. Of the total number of patients, 700 of them needed dental care and most of the work was restorations, rather than extractions. A new experience on this mission was the opportunity to work at two Buddhist Temples in Khanh Hoa province.