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You are making a difference in Vietnam!

A glimpse of what your sponsored child’s life is like in Vietnam:


  • The traditional Vietnamese diet includes rice, vegetables, and fish. Cooking methods often involve steaming or stir-frying.
  • Houses are sometimes built on stilts to avoid flooding. Materials such as “rammed earth” (mixture of gravel, sand, silt, clay, and often, cement), straw, and bamboo are used for walls, and red clay tiles or sheets of corrugated metal for roofs. City homes are often made with brick, wood, and/or tile.
  • In traditional Vietnamese family structure, three generations live under one roof.


  • Formal education includes 12 years of school, beginning with preschool or kindergarten.
  • The school year in Vietnam begins in September, and the elementary school day lasts from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • At school, children often wear uniforms. Girls typically wear white dresses and boys wear white shirts and red kerchiefs.


  • Children in Vietnam enjoy activities like badminton, video games, reading, swimming, and studying school subjects like English, social sciences, technology, or math.
  • “Ca trù,” also known as “hát ả đào,” is one type of chamber music that has been popular in North and North Central Vietnam since the 15th century. It used to be the court music enjoyed by aristocrats and intellectuals who thought of ca trù as the perfect combination of poetry and music.
  • Many languages and dialects are spoken in Vietnam, but Vietnamese is the official language and most widely used.


Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country located on the eastern coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The country’s landscape is full of mountains and tropical rainforests. Rice paddies and jungle regions are fed by beautiful rivers, home to a variety of wildlife. Vietnam is a densely populated country with a young population and a growing economy.

  • Capital: Ho Chi Minh City
  • Population: 97,040,334
  • Language: Vietnamese


Food for the Hungry’s (FH) work in Vietnam began in 1975 when FH founder, Dr. Larry Ward, helped refugees from the Vietnam War find new homes in the United States and other countries. In 2019, FH began child sponsorship in Vietnam. Today, child sponsorship is part of a community’s holistic development. Additionally, Vietnam is what we call a “sensitive” country, where traditional evangelism is ineffective or even illegal. We still strive to share the love of God in a culturally appropriate way.


  • Education initiatives to support children’s development.
  • Worldview and values-based lessons that share the love of God in a culturally appropriate way.
  • Hope and lasting change to your sponsored child’s life and community.

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.