Hello, my name is Vy Tran, and I am a first year student at College of Alameda. I’m pursuing a major in Psychology. For the first eight years of my life, I lived in Vietnam, and it was devastating to see people in certain regions there suffer poverty and diseases. Yet, it was amazing to see those people being grateful and so caring towards others, even when their own futures were uncertain. As I had the opportunity to move to America, it opened my eyes to see the hardships that those people go through daily, and now it is time for me to come back and help those people.
This year, I am blessed with the opportunity to be part of a unique non-profit organization called Good Samaritan Medical and Dental Ministry (GSMDM) where I get to serve the underprivileged people of Cao Bang, Vietnam. GSMDM is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free healthcare to people in the poorest regions of Vietnam. With the help of many doctors and volunteers including myself, the organization has been able treat 5000 citizens of Vietnam since 2000, providing medical, surgical, dental, vision, pharmacy and full diagnostic services.
The cost for some of these surgeries includes cataracts for $150, cleft lips for $200, neck mass removal for $300, and congenital heart defects (children) for $2000-$2500. I am raising funds to help the patients in Vietnam who are waiting for us. Your support would mean a lot to me and the people in Vietnam!