Update from the Warm Hold Association Team

  1. A big congratulation to the Warm Hold Association Team. In cooperation with the local Tra Vinh Ethnic Minority Department, we have just completed upgrades for the house for, Thach Chi Hoa (14 years old) and Thach Thi Thu Lan (11),  brother and sister both with HIV. (See February update below).

The new house upgrades greatly improves their living conditions by providing a solid floor for the house (now dirt), brick wall (now leaf panels), a toilet (now in the grass) and other improvements. At the house hand-over ceremony, the local AIDS Center also presented a standing fan, the provincial Women’s Union donated 2 blankets, volunteers of Associations gave anti-mosquito nets and school supplies to the kids. This is a very happy family.

This spring, they young boy, Thach Hhai Hoa, was very weak and suffering with an acute lung inflammation which was making his HIV treatment difficult. The Warm Hold Team stepped in to help provide support for hospitalized medical assistance. He is now doing much better.

We now have 4 personal sponsors mobilized to provide monthly regular nutritional support to improve and maintain the physical condition of both children in order to get ARV (antiretroviral) treatment effectively.

Brother & Sister Photos

2. In February, I reported of our visit to the home of Kim Vy Thay,  (11 years old) from Tra Vinh province (Scroll down to see his story). We are so sorry to report that Vy Thay died a few weeks after my visit. He was a brave young boy who only wanted to live a normal life. Our prayers go to Vy Thay and his caretaker family. We have continued to work on the house improvements that our team committed  for the family who sacrificed much to care for Vy Thay. It is very heartbreaking.


KiVy Thay,  (11 years old)

3. There is another child suffering form severe nutrition issues and exhaustion named Thach Thi Mong Cam, in Tra Vhnh province. She is cared for by her grandmother.  We are providing regular food assistance for the girl and looking to provide support for the grandmother by providing a bicycle to carry the girl to school each day, and a small loan to purchase and resell local vegetables for income to take care of her granddaughter. I’ll keep you updated on the status.

Mong Cam

Keep in mind that good health of an HIV infected child is very critical for the success of the HIV treatments.

4. To prepare for the new school year 2016-2017, a total of 68 children in HoChiMinh City, Tay Ninh and Tra Vinh Provinces, were given a good meal and  “scholarships” to help ensure their continued education.  In total there were 68 small scholarships provided, including 4 for kindergarten, 35 primary, 19 secondary, 10 high school and 1 university. The scholarships  can include rice, other nutritional food, lucky money, a personal gift, schools supplies including notebooks and school bags and direct financial support. Helping the children get an education is a high priority for the team to ensure self sufficiency as the child grows older. This is often a challenge as too often, the child is pulled out of school and put to work to support an elderly caretaker who has little income.

School Scholarships


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January 2016 visit to Vietnam

In January, 2016, my sister Rose White and I went to Vietnam to work with the Warm Hold Association Team in support of children with HIV/AIDs. It was a great experience for me to travel with my wonderful sister and together work on a very important project. As always, thanks to Hoang and the Warm Hold Association Team for their incredible leadership, passion, resourcefulness and work on this project. They continue to make a difference in the lives of so many. Following is a brief summary of some of our activities. Thanks to all who have provided support for these kids and the activities of this team. I hope you enjoy the following stories and photos. Peace to all…..dan

  1. These two beautiful children, Thach Chi Hoa (14 years old) and Thach Thi Thu Lan (11) are brother and sister both with HIV. (see photos below).  Their parents died of AIDS and they are now living with their grandmother who is around 80 years old. Also, sharing the house is a 22 year old single woman who has her own daughter. This single woman supports the 5 people in the household by picking up nails and crafts in the rice field in the morning and making roof leaf panels in the afternoon. The children were also very skilled and making the roof leaf panels as they demonstrated for us and as you can see in the photo. The current house is inadequate and not safe for this expanded family.  The Warm Hold team is working with the family to improve their living conditions by providing a solid floor for the house (now dirt), brick wall (now leaf panels), a toilet and other improvements. We are also addressing other issues like nutrition and education.

Brother and Sister - January 2016 c

2. Kim Vy Thay,  (11 years old) lives in Tra Vinh province. He has HIV and his parents died of AIDS. He is now living with his aunt and uncle. Also in the house are one other child and two elderly and sick grandparents. This couple carries a huge burden to not only care for themselves, their child and the grandparents, but now a child with HIV.  After school, the boy will sell lottery tickets to earn a small income for transportation costs to get to the medical clinic for his HIV treatments. When I met Kim Vy  Thay, his health condition was very poor and beyond the local medical professionals’ capacity to support him. So, the Warm Hold team has taken him to a hospital in HoChiMinh city where he is now being treated for lung problems. I am waiting for new word on his condition. The priority of the Warm Hold team is to first get this kid healthy. Then, we can address other issues like housing repair support, and daily food so he does not need to sell lottery tickets. We pray for his health and recovery.

Sick Boy - January 2016

3. As you may recall, last year we built a house for Nguyen Minh Phuoc, who has HIV, and lives with his grandmother. When I met them last year, they were living in extremely poor conditions. The grandmother had just been bitten by a snake and she desperately needed treatment. We provided support for her to get medical attention. I am happy to report that the family is doing well in their new home. Further the local district Women’s Union provided them with a baby cow. This will provide some income for them and especially if the cow some day births a calf. I’m very proud of the work of the Warm Hold team and other local supporters for making a huge difference in the lives of these two people.

Snake Bite Woman and Child

4. I have reported in previous updates about Thuy and Nhu, two sisters with HIV living with their aunt and uncle, two cousins and a grandmother. This is the first time I have visited them in their new home. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see these wonderful kids. I am pleased to report that the girls and family are doing well. Their new home is amazing. A couple of new updates. One of the local Warm Team members is donating 5 pigs to the family to raise income. Also, another team member donated a calculator. My sister and I are planning on providing the girls a computer in January 2017. We had a good discussion with the family about the importance of education for these girls. (See Aug. 20, 2015 update and Oct. 10, 2014 update). Again, I am very proud of the Warm Hold team for their excellent work in support of these girls and their new family.

Sisters - January 2016

5. We made a visit to Tra Vinh province where we met with many  children with HIV and their caretakers. Each year during the Tet New Years Holiday, we give each of the kids a New Year gift of food, other items and ”Lucky Money”. This is an important holiday like our Christmas and these gifts become an important part of their holiday.  This gathering is always an opportunity to get updates from the kids, talk to the caretakers about important issues, and engage with the local medical staff. Also, for the kids to participate in social activities with other who share their condition. A couple of key learnings from this visit was that a large number of children are being displaced from school because of their HIV condition. Also, some of the kids are taken out of school and put to work. These are serious issues and we are in discussion about how we can best provide support to get these kids the education they deserve.

Tay Ninh Gather ing - January 2016

6. In HoChiMinh City, we met with many of the children and their caretakers. This is always special to me since I have known many of these kids and their caretakers since 2007. It is amazing to see them growing up, going to high school and now one boy entering college. One of my very special friends (second photo down on the left side), was recently taken out of school and put to work full time.  This is a tough situation as she is being raised by her elderly grandmother who can’t work and has a child with HIV to raise. We are working to get her education back on track by working with a tutor who can work with her after her work hours. On the photo on the top, you can see some of the Warm Hold Team Volunteers including Director Hoang (second from right), and Dr. Binh, standing next to me. That’s my sister Rose on the right. It was a joyful afternoon spending time with people I care about deeply.

HCMC Gathering - January 2016

Thanks again for all your encouragement and support for these kids as we work to give them hope for a better life.

Peace to all….dan

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Hope Church Christmas Offering

Hope Church

The Warm Hold Association Team would like to thank the members of Hope Church for their Christmas offering of $1,907 in support of children in Vietnam with HIV/AIDS. From half way around the world, Hope Church continues to provide love, support and encouragement for over 100 children in very desperate situations, for their caretakers and the team of 25 volunteers working to make them a better life. We are forever grateful for your kindness and for being an active partner with the Warm Hold Association Team. Peace to all…

From Director Mai Thi Kim Hoang (a.k.a.  Hoang)

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Thank You – Thank You – Thank You

Elyse and I want to thank our kind and generous sponsors who supported us on the Holland “Park 2 Park” 1/2 Marathon run on September 26.  It was a great day to run and as usual, Elyse and I talked the whole time. And we were able to raise over $5,000 for this project. Here is a photo of us after the run.


Unfortunately, because of an injury of which I have not yet recovered, I was not able to run the 1/2 Marathon with Jenny in Florida, which has put a real damper on our fundraising effort this year. The good news is, Hope Church will be dedicating their Christmas Day offering to this project and another project in Africa. Thank you Hope Church, you always have my back. And I am forever grateful for the ongoing support of Hope Church and it’s caring for children in Vietnam.

I will be heading to Vietnam in January to work with Hoang and the Warm Hold Association Team. I will be traveling with my sister Rose who is making her first visit to Vietnam. I’m really looking forward to our visit. I’ll keep you posted about our activities there.

Peace to all.

Dan and Elyse

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Or,  scroll down this page to see some of the recent activities of the Vietnam team in support of children with HIV/AIDS.  Also, please check out the rest of the website to learn more about this project.

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September 26 Fundraiser: “Park to Park” 1/2 Marathon

We’re at it again. My daughter Elyse and I will be running the Holland “Park 2 Park” 1/2 Marathon to raise funds in support of this project for Children in Vietnam with HIV/AIDs. Please come out to cheer for us on Sept. 26, 2015.

We greatly appreciate the support we got last year from so many people.


Running Photo

Peace to all …. dan and elyse

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Housing Support Update II

Like I said before, it’s been a busy year for the Warm Hold team. Here are three other housing projects.

Huy:  Tran Quoc Huy is a 5 years old boy with HIV who was born in Long Vinh commune, Chau Thanh district, Tay Ninh province. His father died of AIDS. He is living with his mother, a countryside woman with no job and is illiterate. Under suffering situation, she does house-work for any family to earn a little income for both mother and child. Huy is malnourished and very small for his age. It’s hard to image the conditions they were living in when you see the photos below. The Warm Hold team in cooperation with other local donors has provided them a safe and healthy place to live. This house was just completed in August.

Before and after photos.House2Combined

Phuoc: Phuoc is a 4-year-old boy with HIV. Phuoc’s father died of AIDS in 2012, and his mother abandoned him. His grandmother, Thi Toi, who is 63 years old, has taken on the challenge of raising a young child with HIV, and works hard to sell lottery tickets on the streets to support her grandson and herself.

In January, I first met Phuoc and his grandmother, who at that time had a serious snakebite on her hand. It was not a pretty sight. They were living in a terribly unsafe and dilapidated shack. The Warm Hold team, in cooperation with the local government and a local donor, built them a new house providing a safe and healthier living environment, and providing hope for an improved life.

Before and after photos;


CAM: THACH MONG CAM, was born in 2009. Nationality : Khmer – Vietnamese. Living in CAU TRE hamlet, PHU CAN commune, TIEU CAN district, Tra Vinh province. The house is almost collapsed and very dangerous for those people who are living inside the house.

The mother and girl are HIV infected. Her husband died by AIDS. The girl does not go to school yet, and suffers from both Poverty and the sicknesses associated with HIV. I met this family in January of 2014 and visited this home. Their house was in terrible condition as you can see from the photos. In August of 2015, we are starting to build a new home for them. Project update will follow in a few months at completion of the project.

Photos of existing house.


A big thanks to Hoang and the Warm Hold Association Team for their great work on improving the lives of these children and caretakers. And thanks for the local governments, local donors  and other contributors for their support.

Peace to all



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Housing Support Update

It’s been a busy year for the Warm Hold Association Team. One area of activity has been improving the housing situation of several children and their caretakers.  Addressing housing problems has been considered essential to provide adequate support to a caregiver’s families. 

Here is a brief summary.

  1. I visited this young boy and his grandmother in January of 2014 in Cau Ke district of Tra Vinh province.  Actually, I had to ride on a motor bike for about 15 minutes to get the the home as it is not accessible by car. The family is very poor and the grandmother has health issues and unable to work. The home was in incredibly poor condition and falling apart. The Warm Hold Team coordinated the effort to build a new home providing both a safer and healthier environment to live in. (See the following before and after photos. )


2. In October I provided an update about Thuy and Nhu, two sisters with HIV. This is a photo of Thuy and Nhu, their two young cousins, their Aunt, and the Warm Hold team members inside the new house. I visited this family in January of 2014 (Old House). These two girls are so full of life and I can truly say they were an inspiration for me. The Warm Hold Team has made a huge improvement in the lives of this family with the new house and micro-loan to start a new business.


Peace to all



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May 2015 Update

I can’t believe it is May already. I want to thank all who have supported and who have interest in this important project.  Our two 1/2 marathon fundraisers in October and November were very successful and you can see the results on the “Sponsors” page. And, it was great to run with my two wonderful daughters who both kindly slowed down to my running pace!

In April we kicked off the construction of two new houses and we will be starting a third in May.  I will soon post details of the children and families that we are supporting with these projects. And, an update on the many other activities of the Warm Hold team in support of over 80 children with HIV and their caretakers.

I’m in training again and have targeted three (YES…three) half marathons for the fall which just confirms that I must be insane! But every mile I run I can visualize the difficult situation of these children and how we can help to make their lives better.

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Update on project work by Vietnam team.

Welcome!  Please take a tour of this website and learn more about our very cool project in support of Children in Vietnam with HIV/AIDS.

Jenny and I will run a 1/2 Marathon on November 11 in Tampa, Florida to support our project. Elyse and I successfully completed the first 1/2 marathon on October 19. We thank everyone for their kind and generous support.

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The project team in Vietnam now works with 72 kids and their caretakers. Each of them have unique issues that need to be addressed. I wanted to give you an example of the work done by our team with two sisters THUY and NHU, who lost their parents to AIDS, and who both have HIV. I visited these amazing girls during my January visit.

Thuy and Nhu with picture of their dream house.

Thuy and Nhu with picture of their dream house.

These two sisters are now being cared for by their Aunt and Uncle. The caretakers also have two young daughters of their own as well has his mother living in the house. So, the household just increased from 5 to 7 people. The uncle cannot work due do a kidney disease. The aunt is unskilled. The home is made of thatched walls and roof with holes so big a pig could walk though. The floor is dirt, and I’m guessing it’s mud when it’s raining. It is extremely difficult for the Aunt and Uncle to support two new people when they barely have the resources to take care of themselves.

Dan and Hoang with the Family

Dan and Hoang with the Family

Here are a couple things our team has done to support the girls and this family.

  1. We gave the aunt a micro-loan to start a new sustainable business to help support the growing needs of the family. With the loan, she started a business where she buys shellfish from the local fishermen and resells them to the local markets. As a result, she is able to make a profit of $2.50 a day (This is a significant amount of money). The micro-loan was in the amount of $50. After they have paid back the micro-loan, we will gift back that money to them.
Inside of house before construction

Inside of house before construction

  1. We are building them a new house! Very exciting! The team worked with the local government and other donors to raise the necessary $2,000 for the house. About ¼ of the funds were from donors in Holland, MI. The house is just about complete and will make a huge difference in the life and security of the family. Here is a photo of the house under construction. I should soon get photos of the completed house and will post when I get them.
House under construction

House under construction

Thanks to the Vietnam team for the skillful work they have done to improve the condition of this family and kids.

I hope you enjoy this website!  Thanks for you kind support.

peace to all

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