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German journalist Henrik Bork, on a

research trip for a series of articles

about Agent Orange for the  newspaper

Sueddeutsche Zeitung, met Giang and



her sister Huong at their home in Bac

Giang, laying on their beds, with no help

concerning their physical situation or

their desire for education in spite of the

fact that both are very bright young

women. Bork approached the director of

the Friendship Village about taking the

sisters in, and Giang and Huong came to

the village after Tet 2005. He also called

Rosi Höhn-Mizo to initiate a support

action in Germany via his articles. As a

result, more physiotherapists and teach-

ers were employed at the village and

both Giang and Huong received special

wheelchairs. The young women, now in

their mid-twenties, have daily physical

therapy and go to computer classes out-

side of the Friendship Village. They work

as assistant computer teachers for the

computer classes in the village. Both of

them hope to attend a two-year comput-

er school in Hanoi in the near future.

M

y motherland is in the middle of

Bac Giang province some 50 kilo-

meters west of Hanoi, where most peo-

ple are farmers. Year after year, season

after season we sell our faces to the

ground and sell our backs to the sky. We

sell our sweat to have crops of rice and

sweet potatoes. We are poor, yet we are

proud.


I am the last-born child in a family

with two brothers and an elder sister.

My mother is a farmer and my father a

primary school teacher. My childhood

was a pleasant time. Each morning,

filled with warm food, laughter and joy,

my sister, friends and I shouldered bags

and skipped to school. In the afternoon

we  helped our mom with the house-

work or some odd jobs in the field. At

nightfall, after sunset on bright moon

nights, my sister and I played in the

cool evening breeze and rejoiced while

listening to the whistling of the kite flute

flying in the sky.

We  were  fortunate to be born in

peaceful time. We are aware of the war

through books, newspapers, and film

but more importantly through our

father’s stories. We were told about his

time in the south, about the times his

company and he fought to preserve the

independence and peace of our country

and about the friends who never

returned. 

How highly destructive the war was!

My father told us about how his friends

and he were wounded and about the

times he buried sacrificed soldiers: his

friends and often neighbors. Also, he

told about seeing the dead forests,

brown and torn, that once covered the

green mountains of Viet Nam and

plants without leaves because of the

poison from Agent Orange. 

When peace was restored, he

returned home feeling that he was luck-

ier than his sacrificed friends. He is

always proud of the times his company

and he defended our country.

All Vietnamese parents want to care

for their children each hour of each day.

They wish for their children to grow

healthy and strong so they can help the

parents in their old age. Because of our

disease our parents must take care of us

instead of us helping them as they grow

old. The more disabled we become the

more our parents have to take care of us.

My mother, a year-round farmer,

must plant and tend crops, do house-

work, cook and then care for us physi-

cally. All of this labor places too much

burden upon her. My father, after teach-

ing school, also must spend time taking

care of us. Our duty should be to them,

but because of a disease left over from

the war they must still sacrifice for us.

Our hearts hurt knowing we may never

be able to fulfill our duty to our parents.



M

y mother said older sister and I

were  born healthy as many other

kids. But when we were about eight

years old we started becoming weaker

and weaker. Our movements became

more difficult and painful and some-

times we fell down suddenly for no

apparent reason. At that time we could

no longer skip and play with our

friends, help our parents or attend

school. We always wondered, “Why

can’t we walk as our normal friends?

What is happening to our bodies?”

Our parents were very worried. With

the little money saved from selling

paddy rice and sweet potatoes grown

by  my  mother and from the modest

salary of a teacher, my father took us to

many hospitals, one by one, in search

of an answer or medical solution. But

day-by-day our disease became more

serious until we could no longer walk.

We  suffered pains in our joints and

along our spines, in our muscles and in

our spirits. When we couldn’t go to

school sadness filled our hearts. At the

Viet Nam Friendship Village



Newsletter of the United States Committee for the Vietnam Friendship Village Project

Spring 2006



continued on page 6…

RO

S



E

MARIE HOEHN-MIZO



May 2005: Giang tries out her special

wheelchair, made possible by Henrik Bork

and the German Committee.

Giang’s Story: A Plea for Peace



by Giang, translated by Hoang Vu Ngan Giang 

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Viet Nam Friendship Village Project

U S A

Vietnam Friendship Village Project USA



• Becky Luening, President — Tel: 707-826-9197

• Carl Stancil, Treasurer

• Bill Dean, Secretary

• Liliane Floge, Newsletter Editor

• Michael Cull, Alaska Committee 

• Donald Flaxman, California Bay Area Rep

• Suel Jones (Hanoi) — Email: sueljones@mac.com 

P.O. Box 599, Arcata, CA 95518-0599

http://www.vietnamfriendship.org/

Email: info@vietnamfriendship.org

C A N A D A

Vietnam Friendship Village Project Canada

• Michelle Mason, President

• Tom Boivin

• Marina Percy

• James Dean

• Krista Riley

• Wayne  Dwernychuk

• Shannon Rogers

• Erin Johnston

• Jeff Schutts

906 Salsbury Drive, Vancouver, BC  V5L 4A4

Tel: 604-253-3544

http://www.friendshipvillage.ca/

Email: friendshipvillage@shaw.ca

G E R M A N Y

Dorf der Freundschaft

• Rosemarie Höhn-Mizo, President

President of International Committee

Pfarrstraße 3, 74357 Bönnigheim-Hofen

Tel/Fax: +49 7143 24891

http://www.dorfderfreundschaft.de/

Email: dorfderfreundschaft@web.de

F R A N C E



l’Association Républicaine des Anciens

Combattants et Victimes de Guerre (ARAC)

• Raphaël Vahé, Président national délégué

• Georges Doussin, Vice President

2, place du Méridien, 94807 Villejuif cedex

Tel: +33 01-42-11-11-19 • Fax: +33 01-42-11-11-10

Email: raphael.vahe@wanadoo.fr

J A P A N

Vietnam Friendship Village Project Japan

•  Ahara Sigemitu a.k.a. “Sige”

Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business

Wako University

2160 Kanai-machi, Machida-shi, Tokyo

Tel: +81 3-044-989-7777-4308

Email: asige@sky.plala.or.jp

V I E T   N A M



The Veterans Association of Viet Nam

• Col. Ta Hung, Director of Foreign Relations

34 Ly Nam De, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: +84 4-7332384 • Fax: +84 4-8236815

VFVP Contacts

Traditional Scottish Music CD Offered as Premium

PETER SHAW, member of the Pittsburgh, PA chapter of Veterans For Peace who

has been a long-time supporter of VFVP (he and associate Sandy Kelson raised

several thousand dollars for Friendship Village in the late 1990s) recently made

another contribution, this time in the form of music.

Peter plays small pipes in a traditional Scottish band

named Callanish, which released a CD, An Dara, in

2005. The seventh track on the disc, “Flowers of the

Forest,” a traditional Scottish pipe tune often played at

funerals of soldiers killed in war, is dedicated to the

memory of Vietnam Friendship Village cofounder

George Mizo, who suffered greatly in the Vietnam

war and died in 2002. Peter has promised to donate

his share of royalties from the disc to Friendship

Village. In addition, he gave us 50 An Dara CDs for distribution

as premiums to our donors. When you make a donation of $20 or more to VFVP-

USA, include a note requesting the Callanish disc, and we will gladly send you one! 

Thank you, Marti

In February we regretfully accepted the resignation of MARTI BARNARD from

VFVP-USA’s board of directors, due in part to health issues. Marti, who resides in

Anchorage, Alaska, served on the board just a little over a year. We found her input

to be especially valuable because of her experience as a nurse who has traveled to

Vietnam on medical missions. Thank you Marti, for your contribution. 

VFVP-USA Financial Summary

October 1, 2004–September 30, 2005



TOTAL ASSETS beginning of year

$ 6,731.39



INCOME

Individual Donations

$ 65,370.81

Interest from Savings

51.85

Total Income



$ 65,422.66

EXPENSES

Bank Charges

$     45.00

Nonprofit Incorporation Fees

20.00

Ads


100.37

Hats & T-shirts

212.18

Photocopies



76.46

Postage


1,775.09

Printing


3,325.24

Telephone

916.10

Video Reproduction



900.00

Website


109.50

Total Expenses

$ 7,479.94

VFVP FUND TRANSFERS

To Veterans Association of Vietnam

$32,000.00

To Vietnam Children’s Fund for School Bldg.

11,638.00

Total Fund Transfers for Friendship Village

$43,638.00

TOTAL ASSETS end of year

Savings Account Balance as of 9/30/05

$19,287.55

Checking Account Balance as of 9/30/05

1,748.56


Total Assets

$21,036.11



Spring 2006 Newsletter      3

Organic Garden Project Funded by

U.S. Committee

At the US Committee’s June 4th meeting the board voted

to send $5,000 to the Friendship Village specifically for the

Organic Garden Project for the following expenses:

• SALARIES: $3,736 will cover salaries of the garden man-

ager Ms. Huyen and two gardeners Ms. Hue and Ms.

Thao, plus a new gardener and occasional day labor, and

about $300 for training expenses.

• WALKWAYS: An organization called Volunteers for Peace

donated $600 for a project of building walkways through-

out the garden. Subsequently a decision to extend the

walkways and widen all except those inside the net house

to make them wheelchair accessible raised the cost of

this project, so we will cover the extra cost, approx. $600.

• MATERIALS: The remaining funds will be used for garden

materials, including compost ingredients, tools, seeds,

organic fertilizers and pest sprays, bamboo, wire, etc.

Creative Fun-raising

JANE RIGGAN, Vietnam Friendship Village supporter from

Arcata, California, hosted a fundraiser for VFVP to celebrate

her 65th birthday. The party featured Asian snacks and a

rockin’ band called The Bajou Swamis (non-Asian but very

danceable!). Jane raised over $3,000 and hopes to earmark

her donation for a special peace garden at the village.



LEFT: American John Berlow, the volunteer director of the

Friendship Village’s organic garden project, poses with a few of

the boys. 

BELOW: Recent photos of the organic garden sent to us by John

Berlow. Top: A beautiful shot of the pomelo grove with its

undercrops. Center: A net-house has been constructed to pro-

tect the tomatoes from scorching. Bottom: A walkway is being

constructed throughout the garden. This segment runs between

the net-house and the compost area. [Photos by John Berlow]

VFVP-USA has moved!



Please take note of our new mailing address:

Vietnam Friendship Village Project USA

P.O. Box 599

Arcata, CA 95518-0599



Our phone and email remain the same:

Phone: 707-826-9197

Email: info@vietnamfriendship.org


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Viet Nam Friendship Village Project

Many good and exciting things have

continued to happen for the Friendship

Village. Following are just a few of the

highlights from the past year: 



April 2005

•  VFVP-USA receives our largest single

donation ever: $20,000 from veteran

BILL REILLY and his wife, NICOLE

(see story on page 6).

June 2005

•  Friendship Village organic gardening

project is named a winner in the

Vietnam Innovation Day contest

sponsored by the World Bank. The

sponsoring donor, the Canada Fund,

operates under the Canadian

Embassy in Hanoi. 

•  The second house for severely dis-

abled children is completed, funded

by the German Ministry of

Development and Cooperation.



July 2005

•  Professor HOANG DINH CAU, known

as an expert on the effects of dioxin

(Agent Orange) in Vietnam and a

member of the “10/80 Committee”

dies on July 17. The Vietnam

Friendship Village organizes a team

of representatives to go to the funer-

al and share with his family.

August 2005

•  A Japanese delegation led by

Japanese Committee President

AHARA SIGEMITU visits

the Friendship Village

on August 15 to cele-

brate the ten new com-

puters and software that

were purchased with

their grant to the Village

of $15,000 USD. 

September 2005

• Mid-Autumn Festival is

celebrated with

Friendship Village chil-

dren thanks to four local

volunteer youth groups.

About 80 young people

bring food and gifts.

Miss TRUONG TUONG

VI, a famous singer and director of

the Mercy Centre for

Performing Arts, brings a

troupe of children entertain-

ers. Despite torrential rains

that flood streets and fell

trees all over Hanoi, the din-

ing room is jammed with

singing, dancing children and

volunteers.

• German Olympic

Mountainbike Champion

GUNN-RITA DAHLE and silver

medalist JOSE ANTONIO

HERMIDA from Multivan-

Merida Biking Team and the

Merida Bike Company sup-

port the Village by auctioning a

“Golden Merida Bike” on Ebay

September 2-12.

•  A plaque is placed on

the American-funded

school building, joint

project of VFVP-USA

and Vietnam Children’s

Fund, with a dedication

to project founder,

American veteran

GEORGE MIZO.



October 2005

•  In an effort to build 

relations between the

Friendship Village and

International youth, the

International Committee designates

Canadian representative KRISTA

RILEY as the Vietnam Friendship

Village Project’s International Youth

Coordinator. 



November 2005

•  An international meeting is held in

Paris, France, hosted by the French

Committee (see story on page 5).

•  Canadian Committee President

MICHELLE MASON receives the

2005 YMCA Power of Peace

International Peacemaker Medal for

her work on behalf of the Vietnam

Friendship Village Project.



continued on page 5…

Highlights of the Past Year 



by Becky Luening

Ahara “Sige” Sigemitu visits with some of the 

children who will benefit from the Japanese

Committee’s donation of computers in August 2005.

This German-funded house for severely disabled

children was completed in June 2005.

SUEL JONES



September, 2005: Mid Autumn Festival is 

celebrated at the Friendship Village.

Four members of the US Committee

for the Vietnam Friendship Village had

the honor of attending (at our own

expense) the 52nd National Congress of

the Association Républicaine des

Anciens Combattants (L’ARAC) in

Tremblay-en-France, a suburb of Paris,

held October 28-30,

2005. 

Veterans and peace-



makers from 17 countries

shared reports on projects

in Europe, Africa and

Asia, all actively support-

ing services to veterans

and victims of war, pro-

moting peace and recon-

ciliation while preserving

the memory of war, and

fighting fascism. VFVP-

USA Board member Carl

Stancil made a valiant

effort to report in French

on our committee’s work

in the US. 

The full congress gave

praise and honor to

Georges Doussin as he

retired as President of the

Association. It was also the time of

Georges’ formal retirement as President

of the French Committee for the

Friendship Village. Newly elected

L’ARAC President Raphaël Vahé will also

take  over as head of VFVP’s French

Committee.

After the formal closing session of

the Congress on October 29, a formal

flag ceremony was held on the fore-

court of the Tremblay-en-France Town

Hall honoring all those killed in war,

with flower wreaths laid at the foot of a

monument dedicated to townspeople

who died in the French Resistance dur-

ing WWII. This was followed by a cham-

pagne reception hosted by the Town

Council. At a fancy closing banquet,

Daniel, a French veteran celebrating his

90th birthday, went from table to table

collecting Euros in his piggybank and

receiving kisses on his cheeks. After joy-

fully breaking his bank, Daniel donated

the contents—over 500 Euros—to the

Vietnam Friendship Village

Project. 

On October 31, 2005

t h e   I n t e r n a t i o n a l

C o m m i t t e e   o f   t h e

Friendship Village Project

held a day-long meeting to

discuss Friendship Village

administration and pro-

gram issues. That evening,

a very special Vietnamese

banquet was held at the

community center in

Villejuif where George Mizo

and Georges Doussin first

met to talk about the con-

cept of Vietnam Friendship

Village. About 100 French

supporters of the village—

many who had been

involved with the project

since its inception—gath-

ered to honor members of our

International Committee from Vietnam,

Germany, Japan, Canada and the US. It

was a fantastic celebration and wonder-

ful way to end our formal visit. 

Spring 2006 Newsletter      5

International Committee Meets in Paris



by Michael Cull, Carl Stancil & Becky Luening

At the International Committee Meeting in Tremblay-en-France,

incoming French Committee/ARAC President Raphaël Vahé and

International Committee President Rosemarie Höhn-Mizo look on

fondly as outgoing French Committee/ARAC President Georges

Doussin gives a brief but impassioned retirement speech.

January 2006

•  Tet starts on January 29. Most of 

the children go home to spend the

holiday with their families.



February 2006

•  American supporter DAVE ROCOVITS

arrives in Vietnam with a big load of

children’s crutches and reports in an

email that the village has changed

tremendously since his last visit four

years ago. He sees two large build-

ings under construction, due to be

completed by Fall: an administration

building and the hospital that also

will serve the surrounding villages

(both funded by the Vietnamese 

government).

March 2006

•  International Committee President

ROSI HÖHN-MIZO sends in the

application to PACCOM (People’s Aid

Co-ordinating Committee) for VFVP

to be recognized as an NGO.

•  Scientists gather at an international

conference in Hanoi on March 16-17

to compare and verify scientific 

evidence of the debilitating effects 

of Agent Orange, organized by the

Research Center for Gender, Family

and Environment in Development.

• A second gathering, the International

Conference of Victims of Agent

Orange, is held on March 28-29.

Conference attendees visit the

Vietnam Friendship Village.



June 2006

• Together with her son MICHAEL,

ROSI HÖHN-MIZO spends two weeks

in Hanoi working intensely with our

partners in the Veterans Association,

Friendship Village DIRECTOR DUNG,

SUEL JONES, JOHN BERLOW, and

German physiotherapist EDITH

HEINLEIN to determine next steps,

improve cooperation, and prepare

for the next international meeting. 

• A joyful International Children’s Day

festival is organized by Vietnamese

youth volunteers. Good vibrations

reflect what the Friendship Village

work is all about: the spirit of friend-

ship and community, of living

together and sharing music and

laughter in spite of differences.


6

Viet Nam Friendship Village Project

In Memorium: James Burkholder

We were saddened to hear the news that COL. JAMES B.

BURKHOLDER, USA, Ret., one of VFVP-USA’s most stalwart

supporters for over 10 years, passed away on May 9, 2006,

after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. His son James

reported his father’s death was peaceful and he did not suf-

fer very long. His wife and children were able to spend his

last days with him at his home in Tucson, Arizona and in a

wonderful hospice facility. 

James Burkholder retired from the US Army in 1973 after

33 years of active service, including serving as Comptroller of

Military Assistance Command in Vietnam 1965-66. About

that experience, he told us: “Among my staff were a number

of Vietnamese civilians and during my year with them they

impressed upon me that this was our war, not theirs, and

they would have solved their problems by means other than

armed struggle. In retrospect, years later, I am convinced of

the validity of their wisdom. 

"In light of what I had observed over the years and the

effect that warfare had on those who fought it or lived

through it, my last assignment (Walter Reed Hospital) played

a key role in shaping my conversion to peaceseeker. It was

there that the individual cost of post-traumatic stress and the

suffering from serious physical wounds was firmly planted in

my mind.” 

Read more about this officer turned peacemaker on our

website (under “project endorsers” page). 

Thank you Bill & Nicole Reilly! 

VFVP-USA received our largest single donation ever last

year from veteran BILL REILLY and his wife, NICOLE. Bill read

about the Vietnam Friendship Village in an article about

Agent Orange that was published in the St. Louis Post-



Dispatch on April 25, 2005 as part of a series on Vietnam 30

years after the war. Bill Reilly enjoyed a long career in the

Army and spent a year in Vietnam in 1967. Many years later

he developed prostate cancer, presumptively caused by

Agent Orange exposure, for which he received a disability

benefit from the US Veterans Administration. When he read

the article in the newspaper about the ongoing problems

caused by Agent Orange in Vietnam, he was moved to share

a significant amount of his VA compensation with the

Friendship Village. The Reillys’ $20,000 contribution was

sent on to the Friendship Village in July 2005 to be used for

operating expenses and medical services. 

Thank you PIP in Anchorage, Alaska

We  received a lot of compliments on our last newsletter

(Spring 2005). A glossy print job with full-color photos was

made possible by a generous donation from PIP Printers in

Anchorage Alaska. We appreciate their generosity. 

age of 14 my sister Huong could no

longer walk. When I was 20 I too could

no longer use my legs.



O

ne day a local social organization

came to visit our house with a

German journalist. He told us about the

Friendship Village, then helped us to go

there. Living at the Friendship Village

with other disabled friends, who are

also the victims of dioxin, we are so

glad because we can help them with

our knowledge. We are older than most

at the village so we have a special

knowledge to share.

"Why do you study?" many people

ask. "We study because we want to

have a job in the future and to help

those with greater disability and to be

able to help our parents," we answer.

Our wish is to pass the university

entrance exams and continue our edu-

cation. This will take not only our deter-

mination but also good conditions.

Electric-powered wheelchairs would

enable us to go to school more easily.

My true wish from the bottom of my

heart is to have improved health. This

life has so many difficulties, but it also

has so many beautiful things. As with

normal people, we would like to study,

to  play, to work and to visit many

places, so we can discover and learn

more about this life.

We  wish life would always be as

beautiful as we once knew as children.

We wish we could have grown up strong

and healthy and gone to school. We

wish we could help our parents in our

free time like our friends who are the

same age as us but not sick with dis-

ease. But this was not to be . . . it was

not the life we were given.



W

e are only two out of millions of

Vietnamese affected by the diox-

in which was sprayed by American mil-

itary in Vietnam. Those affected have

different diseases and live in many dif-

ferent areas, but they all have to put up

with pain in their bodies and pain in

their spirits. Most dioxin-affected fami-

lies are very poor because few of their

family members can work and earn

their living. The very little money they

have is not enough to support their lives

while they always need a huge amount

of money to buy medicine. All families

with members affected by Agent

Orange have to spend much time to

take care of the victims so they do not

have time to earn a living. Being poor

remains forever the reality for these

families.

T

ime goes by and the Viet Nam War

is long past, but the pain caused by

this war remains. Still today in this

world there are so many places where

people are suffering because of war.

Why do human beings think they can

solve problems by having wars?

So much pain and suffering has

been caused by wartime chemicals,

bombs, biological warfare and anti-per-

sonnel weapons. Why do human beings

still cause wars? Why do they produce

weapons of mass destruction to kill

each other? Human beings! War mak-

ers! We do not live only for ourselves.

We live for future generations!

Please make peace for the world so

future generations will not suffer pain

brought from the past.

Giang’s Story 



continued from page 1

GIVE TODAY! 

Use the enclosed envelope and donation

slip to make a donation to the Vietnam Friendship Village, or

use your credit card by going to www.vietnamfriendship.org

and clicking on “Donate Now through Network for Good.”


Spring 2006 Newsletter      7

Vietnam Friendship Village Project

thanks you for your support! 

A list of all who made donations between April 15, 2005 & May 1, 2006. VFVP-USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Philip & Marsha Aaronson

Ruth Adler Ruder Ttee

Jim Anderson & Mary Morris

Susan M. Andries

Charles & Peggy Aronstam

Gina Ayars

Lawrence F. Baker

J. B. Baraz

Marti Barnard

David Benedict

H. Michael Bennett

Judy & John Bennett

Justin Berglund

A. Scott Berman

Philip Beyman

Donald A. Blackburn

Richard Blanchfield

Eileen Bobrow

Richard A. Bogard

William Bowmer

David L. Bradford

Amira Bramson

Enda Brennan

Jill Brethauer & David

Samuel


Bernice S. Brook

Elizabeth Brown

Hugh R. Bruce

Robert C. Budda

Lottie H. Burger

Peggy A. Burgin

John C. Burke

Col. James B. Burkholder,

USA, Ret.

Arthur Burton

Debbie Cahoon

Antoinette & Stephan

Calderon-Hug

Frank Cannon

John-Paul Catusco

Emmy Lou Cholak

Suzanne Close

Thomas & Noel Congdon

Charlotte Cooke

Tona Cornette

William & Lillian Corrigan

Nicki D. Coursey

Mary Kay Crouch

R.L. Dale

Niel Davidson

Trilby Dickson

Ray Doherty

Virginia Ericson

Henri Ewaskio

Desiree Fairooz

Lisa Marie Faley Howard

Anita Feder-Chernila

Donald Flaxman

Fred Flaxman

Brit Fontenot

Leonard & Janice Foreman

Richard & Kathleen Gariepy

Nicola Geiger

Jerry R. Gentry

Galen Gregory

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Hugh Mac Millan

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Becky L. Mann

Michael Marchessault

Lorraine Marie

Susan L. Markowitz

Elliot Leo Markson

Chris Matthews

Susan & George McAnanama

Marguerite McBride

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Partner Communications 

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D E D I CAT I O N S

received since our last mailing

Donor

Dedication

Susan Andries, Lisa Marino In memory of Jean Bunim 

& Emily Andries

Marti Barnard

In honor of all who served

Andrew Scott Berman

In celebration of Rachel Anna Berman

Philip Beyman

In memory of Rebecca Beyman

Richard Blanchfield

In memory of brothers of Khe Sang ’68

Debbie Cahoon

In honor of everyone who helps to make the

Vietnam Friendship Village Project possible

John-Paul Catusco

In celebration of Lila Lee

Charlotte Cooke

In honor of Veterans For Peace, Santa Fe Ch.

Lillian Corrigan

In memory of Bill Corrigan (died Feb. 25, 2005)

Trilby & Dave Dickson

In honor of Arthur Scruggs

Lois Eldred

In memory of Paco Huch

Henri Ewaskio

In memory of Jean Bunim, mother of 

Susan McAnanama and mother-in-law of

George McAnanama

Donald Flaxman

In memory of James B. Burkholder

Brit Fontenot

On behalf of Kristina Allison, mother to Max

Lisa Faley Howard

In memory of JFK, RFK, MLK

In honor of Jimmy Carter

Yorick Hurd

In honor of Helen Charpentier

Tran Khanh-Tuyet

In memory of Christopher N.H. Jenkins

Jim Lewin

In memory of Robert Lewin

William & Sandra Lopes

In honor of Michael E. Cull

Lorraine Marie

In honor of George Schuerman

James Miller

In honor of Lisa Miller

Poet & Patriot Irish Pub, 

In memory of Bill Motto

Santa Cruz

Janet M. Powers

In memory of Stephen H. Warner

Bob Quilitch

In honor of Dan Rocovits, Hanoi

Cal Robertson

In honor of all concerned with the meaning of

George Mizo’s poem

Peter Rubin

In memory of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai

Thomas Seluga

In memory of Jean Bunim (6/24/1922–6/14/2005)

Jerome Schnitzer

In memory of all the Iraq war casualties

Paul Shannon

In memory of Gene Michaud

Michael Smith & 

In honor of all victims of war

Kristen Brennan

John Spitzberg

In honor of Suel Jones; 

In celebration of the Vietnamese people

Niki Wells

In honor of Jim Mulherin


Vietnam Friendship Village Project–USA, Inc.

P.O. Box 599, Arcata, CA 95518-0599 



Return Service Requested

Non Profit Org.

U.S. Postage

PA I D


Arcata, CA

Permit No. 18

FOR FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE

I came this time to Viet Nam, after so many years,

Not to kill or refuse to kill, but to visit the village

Of friendship, to try and help the children and

Old soldiers here, to help myself.

The “American War” is not over. It lingers

Insidiously in the bodies in the third generation of

Every nation who fought the war, but most hideously

Here and in America: the old Viet Minh freedom

Fighters, NVA, GIs, innocent non-combatants,

Their children, their children’s children. It has tainted

Earth, water, blood and bone.

But in this village, humanity makes a stand.

Here, in the eyes of the stricken who survive, in the

Hearts of those who work and give,

I see a reason to hope, dream, and live.

— Don Blackburn

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From left, Friendship Village Directors Dang Vu

Dung and Mai Xuan Thai, VFVP-USA Rep. Suel

Jones and Vietnam Children’s Fund Country

Director Sam Russell celebrate the placement of

a plaque on the school  building that was funded

by the two US-based organizations. The building

is dedicated to the memory of George Mizo.

TOP: Children and volunteers in the midst of a joyful

International Children’s Day festival held recently at the 

Friendship Village. BOTTOM: VFVP-USA contributor, Oregonian

Don Blackburn, mixes it up with the youth volunteers.

SUEL JONES

BILL DEAN

BILL DEAN




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