Foundation mends Vietnamese hearts that may have been stricken by wartime use of Agent Orange

Pacific Palisades woman has raised more than $1.6 million selling crafts made by disabled Vietnamese artists to finance operations to treat illnesses believed to be linked to the spraying of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

Healing a wounded heart

Since 1998, Marichia Simcik Arese’s Spiral Foundation has raised more than $1.6 million selling handmade items fashioned by disabled youth in Hue. The proceeds finance rehabilitation, job training and surgeries for Vietnamese suffering from congenital defects believed to be linked to the spraying of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Neither U.S. nor Vietnamese authorities accept that dioxin in Agent Orange is behind the high incidence of birth defects, which include cleft palate, spina bifida and heart defects, found in villages sprayed by Agent Orange. But Arese and her Vietnamese counterpart, Dr. Nguyen Viet Nhan, are not waiting. They are raising money to treat as many of the disabled youth of Vietnam as possible, regardless of the cause of the disability.

Disabled artisans shine in Hue teahouse project

THUA THIEN-HUE — A US non-profit organisation that has a shop selling eco-friendly products made by disabled artisans in Hue has opened a tea room there.

Tea time - at the wounded heart

Healing the wounded heart (HWH) at 23 Vo Thi Sau Street in Hue is the wondeful shop cum tea rooms where you can buy eco-friendly product made by disabled artisans, using recycled materials and traditional Vietnamese textiles and/or relax over a pot of tea on the patio.

  • Source: TimeOut, Vietnam's leading lifestyle magazine (May 09, 2011)
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