In 2005, Ivylish co-founder Phuong Nguyen returned home from her first trip to Hoa Phuong orphanage organized by Kids Without Borders, feeling confounded. “When can I adopt any of these children, raising them and providing them with a family and future? And if so, how many kids can I be responsible for?” These questions grew to a realization that helping one or two kids is not enough. She needed to create a sustainable solution to help children in the orphanages around the world, whose number is sadly growing. Addressing individual cases might not be too difficult, but creating a solution for the children to help themselves out of the vicious cycle is the key.
Meanwhile from Georgia, Kevin Tung, a social entrepreneur and proud father of his beautiful daughter Ivy, was searching for a partner to help turn his dream into a reality. In 2006, on a charity trip to Da Nang that Kevin Tung fundraised and organized, he convinced the chairman of an international school in Vietnam to provide scholarships to four children who had lost their parents to the Xangsane typhoon. Today, these 4 orphans have become loving teachers and social workers who are devoting their lives to give back their blessings to other underprivileged children. Kevin Tung has always had the dream of building a sustainable social enterprise which would allow him to give parentless children the gift of education, the best way to transform one’s life for the better.
In the midst of a discussion on how to grow a jewelry business, Phuong and Kevin Tung had a revelation: Exquisite Jewelry sparkles woman's beauty, they are not yet able to shine the lives of those less fortunate.
Highly inspired and deeply motivated, Phuong and Kevin Tung are on their quest to create a long term solution to such critical and burning social problem.
- Our beneficiaries
We like to call them our kids, instead of orphans, or disabled children. It makes us feel closer to them, even though many of us Ivylish staff are not old enough to be parents ourselves.
Some of our kids were abandoned after the loss of one or both parents.
Some of our kids were abandoned, as a result of unwanted pregnancy (including prostitution).
Some of our kids were abandoned when born with a medical (physical or mental) condition because their parents were either unsure of how to care for these sick babies or financially incapable to provide then with adequate care.
Regardless of their backgrounds, they have now become our kids, the beneficiaries of Ivylish and our partners, with an effort to help them build a future for themselves.
Some of our kids are in our Arts and Crafts program. They are the very artisans behind the special pieces of Ivylish jewelry.
Some of our kids take English and computer classes run by our supporters to get themselves ready for the ever-changing world outside of the orphanage.
Some of our kids are the proud recipients of our education fund, attending local universities to pursue their passion.
And yes, some of our kids (well, literally no longer kids) are now the caretakers or frequent supporters for other kids at Go Vap Orphanage. Ivylish believes that they are the best caretakers and mentors for other kids, because they understand best the challenges that one has to overcome to SHINE in this world.
- Our programs:
The Ivylish team frequently travels to Vietnam and dedicates part of the company profits to set up computer labs, provide English classes using interactive teaching methods, providing the kids with a practical learning environment that the kids might otherwise never have the chance to experience. We also work with local jewelry designers to teach the orphans how to make jewelry, which is featured on Ivylish website. These orphans have access to a much better education while developing life-long job skills.
1. Teach Me to Fish Program
3. English class
We believe that education is the key to provide kids with a better future. Our volunteers have set up a weekly English class at Go Vap Orphanage, mostly focusing on speaking skills. We combine lessons with fun group activities, songs, games, picture books.
- Our supporters
We believe in the power of collaboration to do good. We are thankful for the right direction and support from our leading business professionals and experienced social entrepreneurs, for the detailed implementation and on-the-ground skill building from our local designer and jewelry manufacturing partners, for the endless hours that caretakers and volunteers at our orphanage put on to help our kids receive the right training and skill set, and for your very time and support to help us shine lives with hope.
- Our Invitation:
You are invited to shine lives with Ivylish through
a. Like us on facebook
b. Be our ambassadors to share our cause with your friends
c. Build our computer lab and education programme. HOW ?
d. Join our next Humanitours to Vietnam to meet our kids (Email us at Help@ivylish.com )