Global Village Foundation

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The Global Village Foundation (GVF) is a non-profit charitable organization which provides education and health care for children and rural villagers in Vietnam[1] and some other countries of Asia. Established in 1999 by author and humanitarian Le Ly Hayslip,[2] it is based in the United States.

In 1986, coming back to Vietnam after a 16-year absence, Hayslip was deeply affected by the poor living conditions and devastation there. Deciding to make a difference, she initially set up the East Meets West Foundation and later, Global Village Foundation for helping to rebuild and reconstruct her motherland and contributing to the peaceful dialogue between the United States and Vietnam.

The main fields of the foundation operations include:

  • Education
    • Portable Libraries Project (since 2006), setting up libraries in rural areas;[3]
    • Building new 5 schools (since 2000) and supplying them with equipment.
  • Emergency relief
    • Annual delivery of rice and aid to poor areas affected by drought, flood and other natural disasters;
    • Helping victims of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand and Sri Lanka.
  • Health and well-being

The 1993 film Heaven & Earth, directed by Oliver Stone, was based on the memoir When Heaven and Earth Changed Places by Global Village Foundation initiator Le Ly Hayslip, who had a cameo appearance in the film.

The story of Le Ly Hayslip's humanitarian journey and the activities of GVF in Vietnam were also portrayed in the award-winning DVD documentary, From War to Peace and Beyond.

In 1995, Le Ly Hayslip was honored by the California State Assembly award in Sacramento for her humanitarian and reconciliation activities.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ VietNamNet Bridge, US NGOS active in humanitarian, development domain in VN, June 2007
  2. ^ Speech of Ms Le Ly Hayslip at National University of Singapore University Scholar Prorgamme. 9 March 2007. National University of Singapore
  3. ^ Mobile libraries to visit schools, Viet Nam News, September 2010

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This article is related to the List of non-governmental organizations in Vietnam.