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History - Catalyst Foundation

Catalyst Foundation was founded in 1999, focused on improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and homeless children in Vietnam.

We have worked in the provinces of Vinh Long (1999-2002), Binh Thuan (1999-2002), Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) (2003-2006), Dong Thap (2005-2010), Kien Giang  (2006–2013), and in Ninh Thuan (2013-Present). Catalyst Foundation also partnered with Lutheran Social Service Minnesota to facilitate international adoptions from Vietnam (2006-2008).

Catalyst Foundation sponsors an annual Vietnam Culture Camp and Cultural Tour to promote Vietnamese culture to families that have adopted children from Vietnam. Participating families explore their child’s ethnic roots while sharing experiences with other adoptive families.

Catalyst Foundation has seen that the results are long lasting changes, which can be sustained by the community.  We built a school to give back that most basic right, literacy.  In addition, our role has expanded to include supporting self-governance, assisting in obtaining identity papers, offering vocational training for older students, providing education on basic hygiene, and pre- and postnatal care.  We have also started adult literacy classes, built safe housing for our most extreme cases and implemented a community micro-credit loan and savings program. Built on the respect that the community can choose its own path, these programs utilize the understanding that we will eventually leave and that the community ultimately will be able to sustain the programs themselves.

Today, using a holistic community development approach, we address some of the root causes of child trafficking and are able to raise awareness, provide access to school and increase economic opportunities for over 200 children and their families in Ninh Thuan province.