Scale & Scope
Following nearly three decades of war, first with colonial France and then with South Vietnam and its US allies, Vietnam once again became a unified nation in 1975. Vietnam struggled to find its economic footing in the 1980s, attempting first to become an agro-economy, but private enterprise and industrial development have lead the nation since the late 80’s. It exists now as one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia, with sights on becoming a fully developed nation by 2020. Coupled with economic development, as is often the case, are wide gaps between the rich and the poor. Inflation rates reached 20% in 2011, resulting in a near doubling of food prices. Human rights groups report near complete suppression of political dissent or expressions of religious freedoms.
Vietnam’s GDP ranks in the top 1/3 of all nations—51st—however, its per capita GDP is in the bottom 1/3—168th.
Consistent and timely service and monitoring of current partner sites.
When Splash began working in Vietnam in 2011, we were met with incredibly open arms and enthusiasm from the government branches responsible for accrediting nonprofits. In working with them we were able to identify three regions where Splash’s work would have the best footing: Ho Chi Minh City in the South, Da Nang in Central Vietnam, Ha Noi / Bac Ninh in the North. Each city, while in the middle of strong economic growth, still faced challenges serving the poorest members of their community.
While doing a national needs assessment, coupled with small pilot projects in three regions with a high concentration of urban poor, it was clear that Vietnam was / is well on its way of becoming a developed nation. Yes, deep and seemingly intractible poverty still exists for many in the urban metropolitan regions. Toward this, we feel we have done a good job targeting and supporting those organizations who are assisting the most underserved. However, as Splash works to have the largest impacts for those in greatest need, Vietnam simply isn’t an area where we need to continue to make new investments. This is, in fact, a great story– for Vietnam, for her children, and for us as an organization. We will continue to fulfill the commitments we’ve made with our ten partner recipients, ensuring safe water continues to flow for at least a decade.
“We highly appreciate your goodwill, friendship and concerns to do clean water projects in Vietnam to help the people, especially the children who are in great need.”