Category: Orphanages

2016 Orphanage and Underprivileged Children Update: Vietnam

ATG Disbursement to Vietnam 2016

As we end the second half of the year, our wonderful volunteers on the ground in Vietnam have generously donate their time and effort to help make two recent disbursements on behalf of ATG to our supported orphanages and underprivileged children. We are so grateful to you, our generous donors and sponsors, for helping to make this happen! If you would like to continue to help us with aid to Vietnam and our other supported orphanages and groups of underprivileged children in Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines, please visit our donation page.

December 2015 Aid Disbursement: The Philippines

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In December 2015, Against The Grain Productions made their very first disbursement to Lady Fatima Orphanage located in Taguig, Philippines. With $1,500 allocated to orphanage aid in the Philippines for 2015, ATG’s Philippines Orphanage Advisor Stephen Tran and his team assisted in purchasing and donating supplies.

ATG Co-Director of Programming Jennifer Devany’s cousin Cherry Rose Chavez disbursed the supplies to the children at the orphanage upon delivery. We were able to give these children their best Christmas yet!

This year, we will be allocating $3,000 to give room to give and to grow. Not a bad start for our first aid to the Philippines!

2015 Orphanage and Underprivileged Children Aid Update: Vietnam

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Thanks to your support, we were able to provide $6,000 in support to several orphanages in Vietnam this fall. Here is the report from Ms. Aileen Nguyen on the disbursement.

“In addition to Ưu Đàm orphanage, ATG also helped SCP Danang House #3. SCP Danang House 3 and 4 celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival with hot meals, treats, and food.  We also distributed aid in the form of clothing items and new bicycles to those children who live in the outskirts of the city of Danang in the program “Giúp Em Đến Trường” (“Help You Get to School”) so that they can have the means to go to school on time. Those children were selected based on family status (they mostly lost one or both parents), certified by the local school board as having poverty status and who achieved good or exemplary academic status.


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Here is a thank you letter from the orphanages:

Dear ATG family,

Another Mid-Autumn festival has come. This year, the playground of Ưu Dam is filled with the sounds of the drumbeats from the Buddhist Family Dragon dance team and the excitement of the children, another children’s festival filled with love between the people of Buddha and the children in a less fortunate situation.

This Mid-Autumn Festival Ưu Đàm, coordinated with the Buddhist organization of Hue-TT, presented entertainment including a traditional dragon dance for the children of Ưu Dam and the underprivileged children in the neighborhood.  The playground was filled with more than 400 children who enjoyed the entertainment as well as the treats.  For this occasion, the ATG family provided 10M VND to support the celebration as well as 50 warm coats.  After going to the market twice to see only thin, old sweaters and nothing suitable, PT has asked Ms. Phan to help order from DaNang the 50 coats and will distribute those on another occasion. We will send pictures to you later.

During this festival, the children of Ưu Dam eagerly performed a traditional dance with all their heart.  I am sending a few pictures in sincere appreciation.

Wishing the ATG family peace, health, and happiness–

Orphanage Aid Report 2015: Cambodia

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We are proud to announce that our volunteers on the ground in Cambodia recently provided much-needed food and supplies to our supported orphanages in the region. Special thanks to Ms. Bin Navy, a relative of ATG Advisor to Cambodia Ms. Thear Sy Suzuki, and her friends Mr. Ngoun Rith and Mr. Sok Kry from the New Jerusalem Church in Cambodia, who helped make the purchases and disburse the donations. Read more

Orphanage/Underprivileged Children Aid Report: The Philippines

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by Jennifer Devany | Co-Director of Community Outreach |After searching long and hard, the wait is finally over. On Sunday, July 15, ATG’s Philippines Aid Advisor Stephen Tan, ATG’s Vice President Renea Virata, and Co-Director of Community Outreach Jennifer Devany met and discussed making the very first disbursement to an orphanage in the Philippines. With the assistance of Jennifer’s family in the Philippines, ATG will be providing assistance to Lady Fatima Orphanage located in Iriga City in Buhi Camarines Sur, approximately 20 kilometers away, where Jennifer was raised.

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Orphanage Aid 2015 Update: The Philippines

Stephen, Jennifer, Renae and Philippines Orphanage AidThe ATG Board is proud to announce that orphanage aid to The Philippines is moving forward at a swift pace! We are currently in the process of securing our relationship with two locations that desperately need basic-need items and school supplies. Many thanks to our Advisor Stephen Tan, a childhood friend of ATG President and Co-Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee, for spearheading our efforts our latest aid location and to our Co-Director of Community Outreach Filipina Jennifer Devany for connecting us with orphanages through her family. Get to know Stephen below and the wonderful work he is doing as a Pastor in The Philippines!

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February Sales of Operation Babylift to Support Adoptee DC Wolfe

The Against The Grain family’s first members were not only its founders but also the adoptees featured in the award-winning documentary film Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam, directed and produced by our president and co-founder Tammy Nguyen Lee. The poignant film, a 5 year passion project that was completed and released in 2009, follows the personal journeys of the orphans who were were airlifted from war-torn Vietnam to the United States. It was this film that inspired the founding of Against The Grain and our support of poverty-stricken orphanages in Asia.

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Executive Producers and ATG Co-Founders Tammy Nguyen Lee and George Lee (center) with several of the interviewed adoptees of Operation Babylift. DC Wolfe is pictured far left.

DC Wolfe, an actor and writer, is one of the adoptees who is featured in the film. Although very private by nature, he openly shared his intimate and painful story to help others better understand the unique situation that adoptees face.  He has supported Operation Babylift by attending numerous screenings and even speaking at Asian American Leadership and Educational Conference (AAALEC) panel at Southern Methodist University to discuss the film and his personal story.

The ATG family was saddened to learn that DC is currently battling cancer. In an effort to return the love and support that he has shown for many years in sharing his powerful journey and raising awareness about adoption, Tammy and the ATG Board would like to donate 100% of all proceeds from sales of Operation Babylift DVDs during the entire month of February to help offset DC’s medical costs.

If you would like to show your support, please click here to purchase your own copy of Operation Babylift. As you reflect on the message of love throughout the month of February, we encourage you to share the love and spread the message of hope that is embodied in the film by also considering copies of Operation Babylift for family and friends. We thank you so much for your continued support of our mission and hope that through our programming and community outreach efforts, you are not only enlightened and educated about Asian American culture, arts and issues but also inspired to do your part, in any measure, to make life better for others. #beCAUSE.

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