Summary of the origin and objectives of the IDVK with background on Vietnam and the Vietnamese history in English
The IDVK -
The International German-
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.
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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-