The Band of Brothers chose to work in Vietnam to support children and families living in absolute poverty. To do our part in keeping high risk children out of the child trafficking market and to look beyond a time when America and Vietnam were enemies and be part of what connects our two countries.
Today Vietnam is at the Hub of highest incidence of child trafficking in the world and some of the poorest rural conditions for children in Asia. It is believed that the largest perpetrators operate out of the once lawless Cambodia and prey on the rural poor living in Indo China including Vietnam. Even though the Vietnamese government has cracked down on child trafficking it has had minimal impact. It is estimated by the Human Rights Information Network that thousands of abducted Vietnamese children a year are shipped around the world and sold for $100-$300 USD as child brides, sex or work slaves.
The Band of Brothers Foundation supports orphanages and community centers in which we can operate and find children and families in desperate need for help. Supporting poor families, children and orphans helps protect them and keep them out of the sights of traffickers. We are fortunate to be partnered with one of the only USA 501c3 to be registered as an approved NGO in Vietnam.
The people of Vietnam are surprisingly warm and friendly to Americans and welcome Americans as tourist, businesspeople and partners to help under privileged children. We can see that our efforts will bring our two counties closer together. Most Vietnamese (68% of the population) were born after the war and the people that were born during the war see the war as an unfortunate incident that they wished never happened.