My friend Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese American, left Vietnam in 1970, the same year as my military service in that war-torn nation. Le Ly settled in San Diego with her husband, an American Civilian she had met in Danang. I did not know Le Ly at that time and would not come to know of her until I read her amazing book When Heaven & Earth Changed Places, published by Doubleday in 1989, and The Child of War, by Woman of Peace in 1993. Le Ly is the founder and Chair of The Global Village Foundation, a non-profit foundation that has provided various forms of aid to many causes in Vietnam since 1988. Le Ly wants to extend an invitation to all Veterans to attend the upcoming gala event. Especially those who live in LA and Orange County.
Please join us for a very special evening on Saturday, November 18th as we host the Global Peace & Legacy Awards Gala in Santa Monica, CA. This event is very special for me and the Global Village Foundation, as it falls on the year of Heaven & Earth’s 30th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of the Village of Hope Orphanage. With support from people like you, we have raised over 850 children from this orphanage since it opened its doors in March 1993. There is much to be celebrated this year, as the founder of this orphanage, I am continuing to help the children at Village of Hope. At our gala, we’ll be sharing stories about these children who ended up in the orphanage as well as how they are doing today as adults!
If you are unable to attend the gala, please consider a contribution to help or join me for the next pilgrimage to Vietnam in March 2024. You can meet the current 126 children living at the Village of Hope with gifts and donations to them. After 3 years of COVID, children need our help badly, and I am eager to resume our fundraiser and pilgrimage to Vietnam. Global Village Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization for your tax purposes if you could contribute.