On my medical expedition, I met a little boy who was eight years old, with missing legs. I spoke to him about his future. When I asked him what he wanted to do with his life, he said, “I want to go to school like all the other children.” The surgeons at Sala Club need money to pay for artificial limbs for this boy. Information about the club can be found here at http://salaclub.vn.
Others like him need medical help. Dr. Ngo told me that children who receive correction for their club foot malformation will be able to walk, run, and learn to play sport. The orthopaedic surgeons, whose specialties are in congenital defect correction, at Viet Duc Hospital donate their time and skills two to three times per year for a three-day work session at various hospitals and clinics in isolated areas inhabited by the minorities.
We need money for transportation, meals, post-surgery hospital stay, and accommodations for the children and their parents, who need to accompany them on the arduous trip from their village home in the mountains to the various regional hospitals. Likewise, the surgeons and training residents need help with transportation and accommodations during their working trip. Residents in training are still students, and are unpaid.
I am launching Hmong Crippled Children Charity (HCCC) in support of the children with congenital defects in Vietnam. HCCC was incorporated on June 30, 2017. Going forward, our charity organization needs to raise $1695 to launch the charity, and specifically to cover these costs:
- $795 LegalZoom 501(c)3 application fee, rush processing, expedited process generally completed within 7 business days
-$600 federal filing fee Standard IRS Form 1023
-$300 to build our HCCC website
Donations in excess of this amount will be used 100% for the crippled children. I personally will pay all administrative costs, and will volunteer my time.
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