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.

Vinh Thanh patientA patient at a COPI clinic at theVinh Thanh Buddhist Temple. Over 300 patients were served in the one day clinic.

 

San SaHo students

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Sa Ho students More San Sa Ho #1 Students

 

Summer 2018 Medical Mission

Dentist

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.

WashingWe 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.

SaPa kidsThis 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.

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