Information in English - IDVK

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Summary of the origin and objectives of the IDVK with background on Vietnam and the Vietnamese history in English

The IDVK - its origins and its goals:

The International German-Vietnamese Committee e. V. (IDVK) was founded on 21 April 1995 with the goal to promote international understanding through humanitarian assistance and help in education and youth services in the form of scholarships to students  in Vietnam to introduce them to the basics of democracy.

Membership of the IDVK is voluntary and contributions and donations are not obligatory. In 2016, the IDVK has 4093 members from different countries like for example Russia, Turkey, the United States, Taiwan, Vietnam, Germany and others. Over 300 members  currently support the IDVK financially. There is also the possibility to directly support the school children in the form of sponsorships. Distribution of the funds and their proper use in Vietnam is carried out in close cooperation with the Vietnamese  Red Cross, which has been a close partner of the IDVK ever since its establishment.

The collected donations are almost completely distributed in Vietnam since the structure of the IDVK is such that administrative costs in Germany are kept to a minimum. Some engaged board members privately finance a part of the administrative costs.

Each year, on the average, 15000 Euro are transferred as donations to Vietnam. The distribution to the school children is organized by the Vietnamese Red Cross and accompanied by board members from Germany.

You can use the "Contact" button on our home page to get in touch with us for additional information.

There is also a direct link from this site to our partner site - the IGEBS e.V. –which was founded by the same initiators.

History and facts about Vietnam:

Vietnam lies on the eastern edge of the Asian continent. Seen from above, the country has the shape of an elongated "S". Vietnam stretches over a length of 1,650 km. While the width in the north is almost 600 km, in the middle it is only 50 km wide. Vietnam  has an area of 332 800 sq. km with a population of about 86 million, from which about 70% are Buddhists and about 8% Catholics. The country is divided into 61 administrative provinces and 4 independent municipalities of Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City  and Haiphong. On 2 July 1976, North Vietnam and South Vietnam were united into the "Socialist Republic of Vietnam". The capital city of Hanoi is located in the north. The economic capital is, however, the former southern capital, Saigon, now called Ho  Chi Minh City. Vietnam has politically a one-party system. The only party is the Communist Party of Vietnam. The Parliament has 493 seats, the elections are held every 5 years. Vietnam has a per capita income of about 1025 U.S. dollars (in 2008), making  it one of the poorest countries in the world. The economic upswing that began in the 90s has only been felt in a few regions. Vietnam is still largely unknown to the Europeans and there is much to be discovered. A large part of Vietnam has retained its  originality. Tourists from Germany require a valid passport and a visa. The passport must be valid for at least six months and, in addition, be valid for one month after the expiry of the visa. The visas are generally valid for one month, but can be extended  in Vietnam.

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