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Twins for Hope, a Canadian based, not-for-profit registered corporation, assists children and families in need in Vietnam. The organization strives to provide Vietnamese children in need with the medical, educational, and community support they deserve. This includes access to safe and secure shelter, medical attention, and schooling so that Vietnamese children can thrive and grow to be productive members of their community.
Twins for Hope was incorporated in 2016 in honour of Binh and Phuoc Wagner of Kingston, Ont., two little Vietnamese twin girls adopted by a Canadian family in 2012. The twins captured the world’s attention in 2015 when the family made a public appeal because the girls needed a life-saving liver transplant due to a genetic condition known as Alagille syndrome. Over 600 people from all over the world contacted the Living Liver Donor Program at Toronto General Hospital and volunteered to save the twins.
The adoptive father of the twins, Michael Wagner, was found to be a match and donated a piece of his liver to Phuoc. Binh received her precious gift from Kris Chung, whose desire at first was to remain anonymous.
Kris and the family met a year later. Coming to the realization that both of them shared many common views and values, Kris and Johanne Wagner, mother of the twins, together created Twins for Hope.
Kris and Johanne are lucky to be aided by a dedicated team of volunteers in Canada and in Vietnam, as well as a trusted Vietnamese representative who resides in Saigon. The organization also benefits from the generous support of businesses and health care professionals in Kingston and area who have donated over-the-counter medication, dental care supplies, and other useful goods.
After two missions in December 2016 and June 2017, Twins for Hope is proud to say it has touched, on various levels, the lives of 600 children in Vietnam so far by purchasing bicycles for children in need, thus providing safe transport to attend school or vocational training; distributing toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary necessities, pain relieving medicine, school supplies, food, footwear, rice, blankets to centres in Pleiku, Kontum, Da Nang, Ba Ria, and Saigon; and giving children in need access to medical care.
The organization has great ambitions and dreams. The reality is that its work will never be completed as the basic needs of children are constant in Vietnam. Twins for Hope continues to rely on peoples’ generosity to help complete present and future projects including Dak Kia Lepers Colony in Kontum (pain medication, school supplies and blankets); Gia Dinh School for children with autism and Down syndrome (craft supplies to make products they can sell); Friend ‘’Dad’’ in Pleiku (help to care for his 72 protégés); Sisters in Ba Ria province (diapers and toiletries to care for their 60 children with disabilities). The list could go on.
Twins for Hope is planning future missions with dental, optometry, and hairdressing professionals from Kingston, Toronto, and Halifax. Now and in the future, Twins for Hope is committed to its passion, caring for Vietnamese children in need.
To help Twins for Hope continue to fulfill its mission of helping children in Vietnam, you can send financial contributions to the following address (cheque made out to Twins for Hope):
Twins for Hope
797 Lotus Avenue
Canada K7K 0A3
You can also visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/twinsforhope/
or browse our website: http://twinsforhope.org/
Regular automatic donations can be set up on Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/TwinsforHopeCANADA