The First Book Drive sponsored by the Vietnamese American Education
Foundation was successfully completed on October 8, 1993 when 2.5
tons of donated college textbooks were delivered to the National
Economics University in Hanoi. Those attending the delivery ceremony
include representatives of VAEF, the U.S. State Department, Defense
Department, and various Vietnamese officials.
The Vietnamese American Education Foundation has just launched its
Second Book Drive. The Foundation is again accepting donations of
books and computers for colleges in Vietnam. Donated books may be
at the undergraduate or graduate level in all academic fields,
especially in the sciences, law, economics, business, education,
English, ESL, medicine, health care, and high technology. The books
should be less than five-years old unless, in the judgment of the
donor, a particular book is still useful. Donated computers, new and
used, should be personal computers or small work stations.
The Foundation will pick up donated books and computers anywhere
within 100 miles of Washington, D.C. For other locations, please
ship donations to the address below, along with an estimation of the
donation's value, including shipping expenses, so that an official
receipt and acknowledgment can be mailed to the donor for tax
Please send donations to:
In addition to their personal donations, donors are also urged to help
publicize the Book Drive, collect books and computers from their own
institutions, places of work, or regions and forward them to the above
Ho N. Nguyen, Head
Division of History & Social Science
St. Mary's College of Maryland
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What kind of books?
- Any kind, at undergraduate or graduate level: sciences, law,
medicine, computer, economics, sociology, political science, English,
ESL, education, business, etc. Please do not send books or
publications advocating the overthrowing of the Vietnamese government.
- Who will be the recipients?
- The recipients will be either universities or major research
institutions in Viet-nam.
- How are recipients selected in Viet-nam?
- Recipients are selected on the basis of (1) need, (2) institutional
reputation, and (3) the ability of the institution's administration to
perform logistical functions, including processing books quickly through
the airport, performing VAEF's ceremonial requirements, and dealing
effectively with the Vietnamese bureaucracy, at the highest standards
required by VAEF.
If a major donor suggests a possible recipient, VAEF will take that
suggestion very seriously, but the selection will depend on the above
factors, plus logistical practicality.
- Will the books be shipped to both northern and southern Viet-nam?
- Generally the flight is from the U.S. to Hanoi. If there is a
recipient in southern Viet-nam, arrangements will be made to have the
books shipped southward from Hanoi by train.
- How are the books going to be kept in Viet-nam?
- Books will be donated in bulk to each institution, i.e., one or more
tons of books at a time to one institution, so that the books are
generally in one controllable place for safe keeping purposes. Books
will be placed in libraries and are accessible to both students and
instructors. VAEF representatives may stop by libraries with VAEF
books once in a while to check on the status of the donated books. All
books donated by VAEF will be stamped "Trung Tam Giao Duc Viet My Than
Tang" ("Gift of the Vietnamese American Education Foundation".) If the
books are donated by another organization to VAEF, two separate stamps
may be used to identify the donating organizations.
- How are the books inspected before shipping?
- VAEF personnel inspect the books before shipping to make sure that
they are usable and that they do not violate Viet-nam's sense of
security and morality. In order to facilitate the inspection process,
donors should provide VAEF with a list of titles and authors for the
donated books. If another organization is involved in the book drive,
VAEF will work with that organization so that the organization can
inspect the books on VAEF's behalf.
Since the U.S. Defense Department donates the flight for the book
shipment, it will also inspect the books immediately before shipping.
A minimum of 2 tons is required for each shipment.
- Does VAEF ship anything other than books?
- Yes, VAEF will ship computers, office equipment and medical equipment
for charitable purposes.
VAEF is a Washington, D.C. based all-volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt
corporation devoted exclusively to the improvement of Vietnam's
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