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THANK YOU LETTER FOR ENDING LENT 2016 APPEAL
Dear KMF, CVK members, and all benefactors,
On behalf of the brothers and sisters of the Kontum diocese, I express my gratitude for your generous gift during the Lenten 2016 Appeal that lasted from the first Sunday of Lent until the end of April 2016.
Although we are in a financial crisis, we deeply appreciate your generous contribution. The total collected for the Lenten 2016 Appeal is $ US 80,111.19. This is definitely one of our best records!
May The Love Of Our Heavenly Father bless you a hundred-fold in this life and the eternal life to come.
THƯ CÁM ƠN
KẾT THÚC CHIẾN DỊCH QUYÊN GÓP MÙA CHAY 2016
Các bạn thành viên CVK KMF và qúy ân nhân thân mến,
Chiến dịch lạc quyên Mùa Chay 2016 bắt đầu từ Chúa Nhật thứ I Mùa Chay kết thúc vào cuối tháng 4 này.
Tuy cuộc khủng hoảng kinh tế tài chánh vẫn kéo dài khắp nơi, nhưng sự tham gia rất quảng đại của các bạn
và qúy ân nhân đã khiến cho việc quyên góp năm nay cũng đạt kỷ lục với tổng số là 80,111.19 US$
Thay mặt cho các anh chị em Thượng nghèo của giáo phận Kontum, đặc biệt là các anh chị em bệnh tật, phong cùi và trẻ em mồ côi, xin chân thành cám ơn các bạn và qúy ân nhân.
Xin Thiên Chúa Tình Yêu trả công bội hậu cho các bạn, qúy ân nhân và qúy quyến, theo cách thế tuyệt diệu nhất và theo cái luận lý của Người: gấp trăm ở đời này và cuộc sống vĩnh cửu mai sau.
Roma, May 1st, 2016
President of Kontum Missionary and Friendship
Chủ tịch Hội Ái Hữu và Truyền Giáo Kontum
Most Rev./Đức Ông Joseph Hoàng Minh Thắng
Vietnamese Program Vatican Radio, Vatican City, 00120 Roma Italia.
Tel. 06-6988-3214 (W). 06-69894505 (H)
2016 LENTEN FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR THE POOR IN KONTUM
Dear CVK-KMF members and benefactors,
Starting with Ash Wednesday, we enter the Sacred 2016 Lent Season that is also the Sacred Year of God’s Mercy.
Pope Francis called upon all of us, on this special occasion, to get out of our hearts and our lives in order to meet others, in particular the poor, the sick, all those who are left aside society and are abandoned to themselves, so that we can show them our solidarity, our love and our help. By doing so, we can alleviate their difficult living conditions in all aspects: material, moral and spiritual.
For many people, living in poverty means lacking basic human needs such as lodging, food, clean water, acceptable sanitary and hygene conditions, medicine and basic healthcare, a job to sustain themselves, and opportunities to develop and to grow. Our Church recognizes in the poor the image of Jesus Himself, and by helping the poor, we are actually helping Jesus through the poor. Our Church is also committed to working towards ending the violation of human rights, all forms of discrimination and oppression that generate poverty, and to buildng a civilization of sharing, of solidarity and of love.
Consistent with our 15 year old tradition, KMF is launching the Lent Fund Raising Campaign, calling us to respond to the Church’s appeal to fast and to pray and to practice fraternal love towards our less priviledged brothers and sisters as a means to cleanse our souls, clear our sins and prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter.
Dear CVK-KMF members and benefactors,
Heeding Pope Francis’ call to express God’s mercy and His solidarity towards the poor is what we have been trying to do for the past 15 years in Lent donations campaigns to give support to our poor Montagnards in Kontum Diocese.
Last year, thanks to your generosity, KMF was able to fund some 20 projects in Kontum, e.g. supporting education by improving living conditions for school children and orphans, providing health care for lepers and the handicapped people, and building and renovating some education & health care stations.
Your generous donations to these projects can be done in the following ways:
2. Bank transfer to KMF’s accounts: Routing N. 026009593. A/c # 325048533887, c/o Bank of America, 150 S. California Ave., West Covina, CA 91790 USA. ●Tel. 1-626-453-8400
3. Wiring as follows:
In USD:BOFAUS3N 026009593325048533887
In foreign currency:BOFAUS6S 026009593325048533887
4. Or by checks to:
Dr. John Pham, 513 Litchfield Dr. Macon, GA 31220.
All your donations are tax deductible at the end of fiscal year in USA. All donors will receive thank you letters of KMF. Moreover, CVK-KMF priests will celebrate masses for you and your relatives on a regular basis.
On behalf of the poor, the needy and the sick people in Kontum Diocese, we thank you all, friends and benefactors, for your generosity. We wish all of you Lent full of graces and love from God, who will generously reward all your deeds of love and generosity.
Roma 10 February 2016
Mgr Joseph Hoang Minh Thang
President of Kontum Missionary and Friendship
Radio Vatican, Vietnamese Section
Piazza Pia 3, 00120 Vatican City, Rome – Italy
Tel. 3906-6988-3214(W). 3906-6989-4505(H)
KONTUM MISSIONARY AND FRIENDSHIP
Dear benefactors and friends,
The diocese of Kontum,Viet Nam is known for hosting many ethnic groups living in abject poverty, in many places without electricity, running water, schooling or medical facilities. Located in the central highlands of Viet Nam, these ethnic minorities have suffered for many years from hunger and diseases, being left without resources and most children having no chance to go to school.
Faced with this dramatic situation, the Association Kontum Missionary and Friendship (KMF) was created in 2000 to come to their assistance. By working closely with the Bishop, the nuns, the parish priests, and other associations and volunteers, KMF seeks to provide assistance to the sick, the handicapped, the orphans and the poor students. Thanks to the generous donations from individuals or companies such as Lipoid Stiftung in Germany, KMF has managed since 2000, to implement the following four (4) priority programs:
1. Provision of healthcare for the poor
With the generous help of donors, KMF has built a Dispensary, called Tram Xa Cao Thuong, for the poor in Kon Jodreh, a village near Kontum, to provide basic and emergency healthcare to the people living in 14-15 villages in the surrounding area. Each month, over 2,000 patients receive care and medicine at the Dispensary. In addition, the team of doctor and nurses also travels to more remote villages to provide care and medicine to poor people. Currently, the personnel of the Dispensary includes one doctor, one head nurse and two nurses, all of them are of ethnic minority. And an administrator. The annual budget amounts to some 29,500 USD (625 million VND), broken down as follows: 240 million for personnel, 336 million for medicine and 49 million for general expenses.
Patients waiting for check-up at the Cao Thuong Dispensary
Furthermore, KMF has also established a Mobile Pharmacy to provide medicine, with the help of priests and nuns, to other more remote villages, where there is no established medical facilities. Each month, 22 cartons of medicine are bought and distributed to 22 centers in parishes. The annual budget amounts to 25,000 USD (540 million VND).
KMF needs your continued help in order to pay for doctors and nurses, medical equipment and medicine of this essential program. Following is a short video about the Dispensary Cao Thuong:
Video Trạm xá Cao Thượng: http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/357-phongkhamcaothuong-tramxacocao
Check-up at Cao thuong Dispensary
Distribution of medicine after mass at Plei Jodrap
2. Education for poor children
“Education is the key to the future.” Sadly though, most children in Kontum lack the opportunities to go to school, due to the fact that they come from very poor families, living in very remote villages and having no means of transport, no roads or very bad roads and no nearby school. For these children, lack of education translates into a very bleak future. Taking this issue at heart, many congregations and parish priests have established student houses to offer free accommodation and food to poor students so that they can go to school.
KMF is currently supporting some 18 such student houses for boys and girls in different places such as Pleikroi, Dak Kak,Xom Nho, Tea Roxa, Mang La, Kon Xam Luh or Dak Lung.. The age of these students ranges from 5 to 18 and their number varies from some 20 to 50. There is also a special group of some 300 students and orphans in Chu Pah whom KMF also supports. This group is special in the sense that they live at home with their relatives to go to school and not in a student house.
The total number of students that KMF currently supports reaches some 1000, with an annual budget of 105,500 USD (2,215 million VND), averaging USD 105 per student per year.
With this relatively modest amount, you could help one student receive an education that most likely will assist him or her for a lifetime. Following are some short videos about these student houses:
Video Nhà nội trú Dak Jak: http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/362-nhanoitrudakjakkontumkmf
Video Nhà nội trú CVK : http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/361-nhanoitrucvkkontumkmf
Vjdeo Nhà nội trú Xóm Nhỏ: http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/360-nhanoitruxomnhokontum
Video Nhà nội trú PleiKroi : http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/353-nhanoitrupleikroi
Video Nhà nội trú Dak Ha: http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/351-noitrudakha
The children at Plei Kroi student house with sister Ya Oai, Father Dong (vicar general of Kontum Diocese) and Mr Nguyen Van To, KMF representative
The children at the student house of Kon Du with Father Long
The children at the student house Dakkia, Kontum
3. Assist the lepers
The Bishop of Kontum, Most Rev. Micae Hoang Duc Oanh, once said: “Based on published research about leprosy in the world, Asia is the continent that has the highest number of lepers, and in Asia, the highest number comes from South East Asia, and in South East Asia, Viet Nam has the highest number and in Viet Nam, the provinces of Gia Lai and Kontum (that makes up the Diocese of Kon Tum) have the highest number. In front of this reality, we may all be overwhelmed by sadness and pain. However, despite our sadness and pain, we cannot detach ourselves from our duty to take care of our brothers and sisters. And despite all the difficulties we may have, we cannot separate ourselves from our brothers and sisters.”
For this reason, we need your help to provide care to the lepers and thus hopefully contribute to the eradication of this dangerous disease in Viet Nam.
KMF is contributing to the cost of medicine and of providing clean water to the lepers. The annual budget amounts to some 20,000 USD (420 million VND). Following is a short video about a lepers village in Kontum Diocese:
Video Làng cùi Ia Krieng: http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/354-langcuiiakrieng
Father Ya Thu with the lepers at village Ngol, Gia Lai
A leper couple with Mr Nguyen Van To. KMF Rep.
4. Assist the orphans and the handicapped
Due to extremely poor living conditions and lack of basic healthcare, the life expectancy of ethnic people in Kontum diocese is alarmingly short, thus leaving hundreds of orphaned children at an early age and without any resources. With your support and generosity, KMF is assisting some orphanages run by ethnic nuns, such as Vinh Son 5 (92 children) and Vinh Son 6 (98 children). As they are located in very remote areas, they do not often receive assistance from other charitable organizations. KMF is also assisting the handicapped in a centre run by nuns of the Servants of the Sacred Heart Congregation. The annual budget amounts to 25,000 USD (525 million VND)
With just US $1 per day, you can make a difference in the life of these unfortunate children and would go a long way to brighten their future. Following are some short videos about orphans and handicapped children:
Video Cô nhi viện Vinh Sơn 5 : http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/358-conhivienvinhson5kontum
Video Cô nhi viện Vinh Sơn 6 : http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/359-conhivienvinhson6kontum
Video Nhà khuyến tật Hàm Rồng : http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/350-thamkhuyentathamrong
The orphans at Vinh Son 5 Orphanage on the day a new house, donated by Lipoid Stiftung Company, was inaugurated.
The orphans at Vinh Son 6 Orphanage with Father Francis Tam, KMF’s vice-president
The handicapped children at the Sisters of Sacred Heart Center with Father Francis Tam
“Truly I tell you, whatever you did to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). God knows whatever you do and will reward you and your family tenfold. KMF members will always pray for you and your families, and each month our priests will celebrate a special mass for all benefactors. On behalf of the poor in Kontum, we thank you for your continued generosity. God bless you and your families.
You may donate on-line at www.helpkontum.org or make checks payable to KMF
and send them to: HELP KONTUM, 513 Litchfield Dr., Macon, GA 31220, USA.
In Canada, you may send your donations to
Rev. Paul Bùi Đình Thân
St. Bernadette Church 6543-132 St., Surrey, BC, V3W 4L4, Canada
Rev. Joseph Hoàng Minh Thắng
Rev. FX. Nguyễn Ngọc Tâm
Secretary and Communications Director
Mr. John Phạm Hùng Sơn, Ph. D
Board of Advisers:
USA: Rev. John Baptist Phạm Quôc Hùng
St. Anthony Parish
217 North C Street
Wellington, KS 67152W
Canada: Rev. Paul Bùi Đình Thân
St. Bernadette Church 6543-132 St., Surrey, BC, V3W 4L4, Canada
Australia: Rev. Peter Hải Hà
ST Brendan's church, 54 Mortham Ave, Bankstown, NSW 2200. Australia.
Tel: +61 2 9790 2859 and +61 2 9790 2410
(Cell) +61 438 606 303
Singapore: Rev. John Nguyễn Văn Đích
Parish of St Vincent de Paul, 301, Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 8059110
56 years ago, the bishop of Kontum, Most Reverend Paul Léo Seitz, issued to all Montagnards (ethnic minorities living in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam) a circular regarding parents’ responsibilities towards their children.
56 years later, this circular remains as valid as ever. The situation has even got worse for the Montagnards…
In his circular, he insisted particularly on the imperative need to educate children, physically, mentally and intellectually. He also recommended that Montagnards should adapt themselves to the new world being created around them in order to progress. Without education and progress, he warned, Montagnard tribes may disappear in the long run.
Heeding His call and that of the current bishop, Most Rev. Micae Hoang Duc Oanh, KMF has been supporting programs to provide healthcare to the poor, education support to poor students, care for orphans and handicapped children in the Diocese of Kontum. We count on the support of donors to continue these essential programmes.We invite you to read this circular.
[Please click on the link below to read the circular]
(Translated from Vietnamese by Phuc Jean)
How to make donations to KMF:
1 - Make CHECK or MONEY-ORDER payable to: Kontum Missionary and Friendship or KMF
and send it to:
513 Litchfield Dr.
Macon, GA 31220
2 - Or Donate directly on line on www.helpkontum.org by entering the amount and click DONATE to make your contribution by E-check or Credit Card through Paypal
3 - Direct wiring to KMF Account: Routing Number: 026009593. AccountNumber: 3250 4853 3887, c/o Bank of America, 150 S. California Ave., West Covina, CA 91790 USA. ●Tel. 1-626-453-8400
YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Permit Number/Tax ID: 42-1757220
On behalf of the poor, we thank you for your prayers and contributions to help the needy. Your love, concern, and generosity help reduce the suffering of the poor and the unfortunate people of remote areas which seem to be out of the reach of most benefactors.