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Brochure-English

 KONTUM MISSIONARY AND FRIENDSHIP

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Kontum Missionary and Friendship (KMF) was founded by former seminarians and friends of the Diocese of Kontum in 2000 as a non-profit organization of charity recognized by the U.S. Government. KMF help the poor, the handicapped, the lepers, the orphans and supports the education of poor students without resources in Kontum Diocese in Viet Nam, regardless of religion or ethnic origin. Everyone can join KMF by accepting its goals and supporting its activities.

All donations are tax-deductable. Federal tax identification number is 42-1757220 (valid only in USA).

 

 Dear friends and benefactors,

The diocese of Kontum, Viet Nam is known for hosting many ethnic minority tribes living in abject poverty, doThangin many places without electricity and running water. Located in the central highlands of Viet Nam, these ethnic minorities have suffered for many years from hunger and diseases to such an extent that a missionary has said about them: “These people are very brave ... brave in sustaining hunger.”

The Kontum Missionnary and Friendship (KMF) works closely with the Bishop, the parish priests, the nuns, Caritas and other associations and volunteers, to provide direct assistance to the sick, the handicapped, the orphans, the poor students, and the elderly. Given the immense needs and the limited financial resources, KMF has concentrated its assistance to the following four (4) programs:

 1. Provision of healthcare for the poor

With the generous help of donors, KMF has built a dispensary near Kontum, called CAO THUONG Dispensary or Rev. FAUGERE Dispensary, named after a French missionnary, in order to provide basic and emergency healthcare to the poor people living in the 14-15 villages in the surrounding area.

In addition, the team of doctor and nurses also travels to more remote villages to provide care and medicine to poor people. We have also established a Mobile Pharmacy to provide medicine to other villages through a network of priests and nuns.

We need your continued contributions in order to pay for doctors and nurses, medical equipment and medicine. With your help, we will be able to sustain these activities to benefit the poorest of the poor.

             Following is a short video about the Dispensary Cao Thuong:

 Video Trạm xá Cao Thượng: http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/273-phong-kham-cao-th-ng-video

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    2. Support education for the young and poor children

It is often said that“Education is the key to the future.” Sadly though, most children  in Kontum lack the opportunities that we in industrialized nations often take for granted: the ability to attend formal schooling to gain a necessary education that prepares for employment and self-sustenance. For these children, lack of education translates into a very bleak future.  

Heeding the call of Kontum bishop, Most Rev. Micae Hoang Duc Oanh, some priests have established student houses to offer free accommodation and food to poor students so that they can go to school. However, in view of the great number of young people in need and the limited resources, there is still a significant number of young people without a place to stay. KMF is currently supporting a number of such student houses.

For just the cost of a bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup (Pho) a month (equivalent to US  $5), you could help one student receive an education that most likely will assist him or her for a lifetime.

KMF's assistance consists of providing funds to build or renovae student houses or where they exist, to provide funds to improve their meals to allow them to sustain themselves throughout the days and be able to study.

Your continued help will make a huge difference in their lives and contribute to brighten their currently bleak future.

               Following are some short videos about these student houses:

 Video Nhà nội trú Dak Jak: http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/268-nha-n-i-tru-dak-jak-kontum-video

 Video Nhà nội trú CVK    : http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/269-nha-n-i-tru-cvk-kontum

 Vjdeo Nhà nội trú Xóm Nhỏ: http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/270-nha-n-i-tru-xom-nh-kontum-video

 Video Nhà nội trú PleiKroi : http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/276-tham-nha-n-i-tru-pleikroi-video

 Video Nhà nội trú Dak Ha: http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/268-nha-n-i-tru-dak-jak-kontum-video

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 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.

However small the amount of donation, we will make every effort in making every penny count towards helping these less fortunate but still fellow children of God.

          Following is a short video about a lepers village in Kontum Diocese:

                      Video Làng cùi Ia Krieng:http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/275-ham-lang-cui-ia-krieng

 

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 children orphaned at an early age and without any resources. In Kontum Diocese, there are currently a dozen orphanages catering for the needs of some 10,000 orphans. Some of them receive help from various donors while some others receive less as they are less visible, being located far away from city centre or important economic centres or main road networks.

With your support and generosity, KMF is assisting two (2) such less visible orphanages run by Ya (ethnic minority) nuns, namely Vinh Son 5 and Vinh Son 6, hosting a total of 185 orphans.

KMF's assistance consists mainly of improving their meals that are extremely poor. By adding some fish and some meat to their diet, we aim at improving their health and facilitating their physical as well as mental development, thus better preparing them for the future.

KMF is also assisting the handicapped in a centre for handicapped run by nuns.

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://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/272-co-nhi-vi-n-vinh-s-n-5-video

 Video Cô nhi viện Vinh Sơn 6 : http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/271-co-nhi-vi-n-vinh-s-n-6-video

 Video Nhà khuyến tật Hàm Rồng : http://giupkontum.org/vi-VN/video-vn/350-thamkhuyentathamrong

Supporting KMF’s programs is to continue the evangelization and human development works that the Missionaries started some 165 years ago on the Central Highlands of Viet Nam.

Following is a film about the mission made by Father Simonnet of the Missions Etrangères de Paris.

http://www.giupkontum.org/index.php/vi/phim/265-s-v-truy-n-giao-tren-vung-cao-nguyen

 

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.

 

President

Mgr. Joseph Hoàng Minh Thắng

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Vice President

Rev. FX. Nguyễn Ngọc Tâm

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Secretary and Communications Director

Dr. John  Phạm

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Website: www.helpkontum.org

Board of Advisers:

USA: Rev. John Baptist Phạm Quôc Hùng

St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church
217 N. C Street
Wellington, KS 67152

Tel. +1(620)- 326-2522- E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Canada: Rev. Paul Bùi Đình Thân

St. Bernadette Church 6543-132 St., Surrey, BC, V3W 4L4, Canada

Tel. +1 604 596-0566 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Australia: Rev. Peter Hải Hà

ST Brendan's church 54 Northam Ave, Bankstown, NSW 2200. Australia.

Tel: +61 2 9790 2859 and +61 2 9790 2410
(Cell/Mobile) +61 438 606 303
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Singapore: Rev. John Nguyễn Văn Đích

Parish of St Vincent de Paul, 301, Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 8059110

Tel. +65 - 6482 0959 - E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Projects planned for 2013

 For 2013, KMF plans to continue to support the four (4) priority programs as in 2012, namely:

1 - healthcare for the poor,

2 - support education for poor young children,

3 - support lepers, and

4 - support orphans and handicapped children.

We count on your continued generosity and support.

In addition, KMF would like to support the following projects, should additional funding be made available:

  1. Support improved meals for some more additional student houses in Dak Mot, Homoong, Dak Ha, Dak Glei, Kon Jodreh, Kon Xom Lu, Kon Mak, Chu A, with the objective of providing to each student USD 0.50 cents per day for food.
  1. Provide clean water to Dak Mot parish through a well and a distribution system to replace the current polluted source of water.
  1. Renovate the kitchen at the Dak Wok student house that is in extreme poor and unhygienic conditions affecting the health of students.
  1. Support the reading rooms in some remote villages in order to improve their knowledge.
  1. Provide some micro-credit to the poor through parish priests and nuns to help them achieve some economic development for survival.

 With this plan, KMF foresees the need for some USD 142,000 for 2013, to be allocated as follows:

                                                                                                                                    

1. Provision of healthcare

: USD 34,000

2. Support education ( through 10-12 student houses)

: USD 54,000

3. Support the lepers

: USD 20,000

4. Support the orphans and handicapped

: USD 30,000

5. Support other projects

: USD 4,000

Summary of programs supported by KMF in 2013

 A – Healthcare support for the poor

N.

Project Address

Short description

Beneficiaries

Required budget (USD/Year)

KMF contribution (USD/Year)

1

CAO THƯỢNG Dispensary, Kon Jodreh, Kontum

The Dispensary was established in 2010 (in Kon Jodreh parish, Kontum province) and has been in full operation since then with a team of one doctor and three nurses. . .

Patients coming to the Dispensary from different villages in the surrounding communes. In 2012, the number reached 19,000 persons.

30,000

10,000

2

Mobile Pharmacy

KMF buys medicine and distributes it to the poor via a network of nuns and parish priests.

15 remote Villages in Dak To, Sa Thay, Tumorong, Dakglei, Chu Pah, Kon Cho Ro, Krong Pa . . . districts in Kontum diocese

30,000

20,000

3

Healing without medecines at CAO THUONG Dispensary

Curing diseases with plants, natural energy and traditional massages, acupressure . . .

Patients coming to the Dispensary from different villages in the surrounding communes. In 2012, the number reached 3000 persons.

5,000

4,000

 

 

Total for health sector

 

65,000

34,000

B – Education support for poor students

           
           

1

Student house at Tea Rơxa (Ya Wuch)

Support for food and daily expenses

20 female students of levels 2 & 3 in the region

5,000

3,000

2

Student house at Dak Lung (RP Binh 92)

Support for food and daily expenses

24 students, mostly female, of level 3 in the region

6,000

4,000

           

3

Students at Plei Groi (Ya Oai)

Support for food and daily expenses

62 students at primary level

10,000

7,000

4

Students at Kon Duh (RP Long 92)

Support for food and daily expenses

18 students at primary level

5,000

3,000

5

Student house at Ho Moong, Sa Thay (RP Huong 92)

 

Support for food and daily expenses

36 students, mostly female, of level 2 & 3 in the region

7,000

5,000

6

Student house at Dak Mot parish, (RP Anthony Binh)

 

Support for food and daily expenses

16 male students at primary level

5,000

3,000

7

Student house at Ngoc Hoi district, (Sisters of Mary)

 

Support for food and daily expenses

32 female students at secondary level

7,000

5,000

8

Student house at Dak Ha district, (Sisters of Providence)

Support for food and daily expenses

40 female students of level 2 & 3 in the region

10,000

4,000

9

Student house at Kon Jodreh parish, (RP Viet 92)

 

Support for food and daily expenses

16 male students of level 2 & 3 in the region

5,000

3,000

10

Student house at Kon Xom Luh (RP Hoa & Sisters of Providence)

 

Support for food and daily expenses

40 female students of level 2 & 3 in the region

10,000

4,000

11

Student house at Ro Coi parish, Sa Thay (RP Quoc 95)

 

Provide beds, tables and Support for food and daily expenses

20 students of level 2 in the region

7,000

5,000

12

 

Library

 

Provide books, magazines and reading materials for students

All students in student houses supported by KMF

5,000

5,000

13

Kitchen Dak Wok

Renovate the kitchen at the Dak Wok student house that is in extreme poor and unhygienic conditions affecting the health of students

 

22 female students of level 2 & 3 in the region

3,000

3,000

 

 

Total for support education for young children

 

85,000

54,000

C – Support for the lepers

1.

Support the lepers via Caritas Kontum (RP Dong)

Provide resources for improving care and living conditions for the lepers

An estimated 5,000 lepers in Kontum Diocese

40,000 

20,000

D – Support for the orphans and the handicapped ; other short term projects

1

Two orphanages in Kontum

 

Vinh Sơn 5 & Vinh Son 6

Approx. 185 orphans at these 2 orphanages.

37,000

20,000

2

The center for handicapped in Pleiku

In cooperation with the sisters of the Sacred Sacrament, to assist the handicapped and mentally handicapped at Pleiku

 

To improve living conditions of 40 handicapped and mentally handicapped at the centre.

 

16,000

5,000

3

The center for mentally handicapped in Pleiku

In cooperation with a couple of benefactors in the area, to assist the mentally handicapped at Pleiku

To improve living conditions of 30 mentally handicapped at the centre

12,000

5,000

 

 

Total for handicapped and orphans

 

 

65,000

30,000

4

Micro- credit in Ya Ly, Chu Pah district

Provide some micro-credit to the poor through parish priests and nuns to help them achieve some economic development for survival

.

About 20 poor ethnic families

4,000

4,000

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

 

 

259,000

 

142,000

 

 

Summary of programs 2012

 

 Summary of programs supported by KMF in 2012

 A – Healthcare support for the poor:

N.

Project

Address

Short description

Beneficiaries

Required budget

USD

KMF contribution KMF(USD)

 

Person responsible for receiving the funds, implementing the project and reporting

1.

CAO THƯỢNG Dispensary, Kon Jodreh, Kontum

The Dispensary was established in 2010 and has been in full operation since then with a team of one doctor and two nurses...

Patients coming to the Dispensary. In 2011, the number reached 14,000 persons.

24,000

12,000

Trần Văn Hiền

& Nguyễn Anh Võ

CVK 67

2.

Mobile Pharmacy

KMF buys medicine and distributes it to the poor via a network of nuns and parish priests.

Remote Villages in Dak Tô, Tumorong and Dakglei districts

10,000

6,000

RP Hồ Quang Huyên CVK 92

& Bác Nho CVK 47

 B – Education support for poor students:

1.

Student house at Dak Mot

(RP Binh 70)

Provide concrete flooring, walls, elevated roof and partitions for the current building (600 m2)

 

1,000 students of different levels

3,000

3,000

RP Nguyễn Văn Bình CVK 70

2

Student house at

Dak Yâk,

(RP Vũ 92)

Build a four room-student house

 

40 students of levels 2

& 3 in the region

20,500

10,000

RP Trần Văn Vũ

CVK 92

3

Student house at

Dak Toxa

(Ya Wuch)

 

 

 

Support for food and daily expenses

20 female students of levels 2 & 3 in the region

 

5,000

3,000

RP Võ Văn Dũng/Ya Wuch

CVK 92

4

Student house at

Dak Lung

(RP Bình 92)

Support for food and daily expenses

24 students, mostly female, of level 3 in the region

6,000

4,000

RP Nguyễn Văn Bình CVK 92

5

Student house at

Bishop House Kontum

Create a multi-purpose facility for students’ activities

90 students attending classes at various schools in town of Kontum

 

1,000

1,000

RP Nguyễn Văn Đắc CVK 55

6

Students at

Plei Groi, Pleiku

(Ya Oai)

Support for food and daily expenses

50 students at primary level

3,000

3,000

RP Nguyễn Tiến Trung CVK 66 & Ya Oai

 

7

Students at

Kon Duh, Kontum

(RP Long 92)

Support for food and daily expenses

30 students at primary level

3,000

3,000

RP Vũ Đình Long

CVK 92

C – Support for the lepers:

1.

Support the lepers via Caritas

Provide resources for improving care and living conditions for the lepers

An estimated 7000 lepers in Kontum Diocese

 

10,000

RP Nguyễn Văn Đông CVK 55, Tổng Đại Diện

D – Support for the orphans and the handicapped; other short term projects

1

Bricks making facilities at Dakmot and Dak yak

Assist the two parishes in Dak to make bricks locally at a much lower cost than to import from outside

2 locations :

1 at Dak Mot (RP Huyên)

1 at Dak Yak (RP Vũ)

4,000

4,000

RP Trần Văn Vũ

CVK 92

2

Two orphanages in Kontum

Assist the most remote and needy orphanages Vinh Sơn 5 & 6 run by Ya (ethnic minority nuns) in Kontum by providing additional funds for food and daily expenses

 

 

 

Approx. 174 orphans at these 2 orphanages.

 

16,000

Ya Truk and Ya Nhun

3

The centre   for handicapped children at Pleiku

 

In cooperation with the sisters of the Sacred Sacrament, to assist the handicapped and mentally handicapped at Pleiku

To improve living conditions of the handicapped and mentally handicapped at the centre.

 

 

5,000

Responsible sister

 

 

 

Total

 

4 programs (13 projects)

 

 

80,000

Nguyễn Anh Võ

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