On April 4, 2003, VNAH and HealthEd signed agreements with the provinces of Ha Tinh, Ninh Binh, and Phu Yen to provide small grants for self-help projects in poor communities. The signing ceremony took place at the office of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organization (VUFO) with Mr. Vu Xuan Hong, Chairman of the VUFO and the United States Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr. Raymond Burghardt, attending.
VNAH will provide fund for the construction of elementary schools and kindergartens, which will be equipped with potable water, toilet facilities and basic school furniture. Local communities work with authorities to form project management team to coordinate and oversee these projects to ensure quality and efficient results. People from local communities contribute labor and raw materials to eachproject.