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Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country located on the eastern coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, and Cambodia to the southwest. Vietnam’s 2,140 miles of coastline border the South China Sea with mountainous regions rising further inland. At its narrowest point, Vietnam is around 31 miles across. The country’s landscape is full of mountains and tropical rainforests. Rice paddies and jungle regions are fed by beautiful rivers and teem with a diversity of wildlife. This diversity of life is made famous throughout the world by the delicately balanced flavors of Vietnamese cuisine. Today, Vietnam is a densely populated country with a young population, growing economy, and a stable political system.

Crushed and desolate in the wake of the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese have struggled through decades of extreme poverty and hunger. In recent years, the communist government has begun to loosen restrictions on trade and improving foreign relations.

Backed by the generous support of our partners, Food for the Hungry is committed to partnering with Vietnamese leaders and impoverished communities to improve the quality of life for these precious people.

  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Largest City: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Population: 94.5 million
  • Language: Vietnamese
  • Size: 33,212km (little bigger than New Mexico)
  • Exports: Mobile phones, textiles, seafood, steel, crude oil, rice, and coffee.

Our History in Vietnam

In 1975, FH’s founder, Dr. Larry Ward, helped Vietnamese refugees (also known as “boat people”) find new homes in the United States and other countries after fleeing the destruction of the Vietnam War. In the 1970s, FH supported these refugees through literacy, job training, and temporary housing programs. Then, in 2019, through FH partner Korea Food for the Hungry International (KFHI), FH began supporting sponsorship operations in Vietnam. Today, Food for the Hungry supporters sponsor children in Vietnam as part of the holistic community development strategy implemented by KFHI. 

lady in vietnam

Stories From Vietnam

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What is the Meaning of “the Ends of the Earth?”

Have you ever felt as if you were at “the ends of the earth?” Maybe you were physically far away from anything familiar to you. Or perhaps you felt terribly distant–spiritually or emotionally–from God and others.  Where can we turn when we feel isolated? Dr. Larry Ward, who founded Food


Did you know?

  • Vietnam is home to the world’s largest cave, Son Doong.
  • Motorbikes are one of the most popular forms of transportation but you can always catch an elephant ride, if you like.
  • Vietnam’s culture is a unique blend of Chinese, Japanese, French and American influence.
  • Vietnam’s ecosystem is incredibly diverse with 16% of the world’s species calling it home.
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You are about to embark on a new FH Donor Experience

If you need assistance, please contact us at donorhelp@fh.org or 866-307-3259.

Gift Policy:
You may send small, flat paper-based items that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope, have a value of less than $5 dollars and weigh less than 4 ounces. We ask that you send small, flat items of this size because shipping is expensive and even small gift items can cause issues clearing customs.
You can send postcards or photographs, however, we ask that you visit here for more details about culturally appropriate guidelines for photos and other images. Please write the child’s ID # on the back of each item that you enclose with your letter to ensure that it reaches him/her.
Best gifts to send your sponsored child:
  • Paper dolls
  • Postcards
  • Pictures of yourself or family
  • Sports cards, individual cards (baseball, soccer, football)
  • Stickers (flat, paper-based, only a few at a time)
  • Paper-based simple bookmarks, stationery, drawing, or writing paper (single sheets)
  • Coloring pages (single sheets, not books)
  • Please do NOT send:
  • Monetary gifts
  • Liquids, candy, or food
  • Batteries or magnets
Please note, all items should be compliant with airline transport and safety regulations. Gifts that don’t meet the gift policy will be donated to a local Christian non-profit organization in Phoenix, Arizona, that works with low-income families. We will not be able to return them.