FRIENDS OF THE DISABLED
A Non-profit and Tax-deductible Charity Organization
The Friends of the Disabled provides help and alleviates human suffering in the face of sickness and poverty by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
The Friends of the Disabled, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that people in financial hardship, affected by sickness and poverty in the US and Vietnam, receive care, treatment, financial support and hope.
HISTORY OF THE FRIENDS OF THE DISABLED AND ACHIEVMENTS
The Friends of the Disabled, a non-profit and tax-deductible charity organization, was founded in 2005 to continue the charity work of the Friends of the Blind, a non-profit organization, founded in 2003 by Prof. Quyen Quang Tran in Virginia, USA. In Vietnam, there are about 1.4 million people with eye’s diseases. A great number of them were not able to seek treatments due to their poverties. Millions of women and children in Vietnam are living in miserable conditions both in terms of economics and in terms of heath cares. Many of pregnant women are living in a very poor condition and cannot afford to have the necessary health care during their pregnancies.
After his retirement from the World Bank, Prof. Quyen Quang Tran and some of his friends founded these organizations to target the poor and the disabled in Vietnam and in the US. At the beginning, Prof. Quyen Quang Tran, himself, donated all of his money received from his advisory services to people who needed his advices in real estates. Starting from 2010, an additional source of funding comes from the sales of his two books: “Tướng Pháp Ngô Hùng Diễn” and “Physiognomy: the Art of Reading People”. As of the end of 2017, including the generous supports and donations from many donors, this charity organization had completed more than 2,500 cases of cataract operation and had provided helps for about 500 orphans and pregnant women. Particularly, over 30 heart surgeries for children were fully paid by this organization, and 22 female cancer patients were funded for chemotherapy at Tu Du hospital. Recently, the Friends of the Disabled organization has started funding the St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital in the US.