East Meets West delivers innovative solutions to difficult development problems faced by poor families and communities in Asia and Africa. Our core program work is in the areas of education, healthcare, clean water and sanitation, and infrastructure and reflects our commitment to removing the barriers that prevent people from enjoying life's fullest opportunities. Nearly six million individuals have benefited from these high-impact, sustainable, cost-efficient programs.
Investing in People Means Investing in Education
Children living in rural poverty lag far behind their urban counterparts in access to education and the chance to pursue improved life opportunities. East Meets West's learning programs provide a comprehensive response to this common development problem, helping children from poor families gain a solid education.
- Promoting Success in School: Through our SPELL and GPOBA Education programs EMW provides multi-year scholarships to children from poor families in Vietnam and India. Over 11,000 students now have the opportunity to complete high school and get a good job.
- Combating Sexual Trafficking: Our ADAPT program works to stop trafficking at the source by providing vulnerable girls with the resources they need to create a brighter future.
- Closing the Gap in School Infrastructure: Vietnam doesn't have enough schools to meet the needs of its population. Our School Construction program builds primary schools and kindergartens in rural areas so more children can attend school. EMW has also helped fill in the gaps in Vietnam's higher education system by building key educational facilities such as university libraries, research centers and sports complexes.
- Children with Nowhere Left to Go: EMW's Village of Hope disadvantaged children's center provides children from the most difficult circumstances with a safe haven where they receive a full education, job training and skills to help them reintegrate into society.
Good Life Starts with Good Health
People living in poverty may lack access to even the most basic medical care. Through our medical programs, we provide direct assistance to individuals, support families, train medical staff and improve systemic capacity by developing and constructing improved medical facilities.
- Saving Newborns: EMW’s Breath of Life program saves over 55,000 infants every year by equipping hospitals with durable, appropriate equipment and providing intensive training to doctors and nurses in neonatal care.
- Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body: The EMW Dental Program provides free dental care to poor children in Vietnam through a dental clinic and outreach trips. The clinic uses a social entrepreneurship model: fees from paying clients subsidize the free care needy patients receive.
- Congenital Heart Disease: Our Operation Healthy Heart (OHH) program provides financial assistance for poor families when a child needs treatment for a congenital heart defect. Our new OHH Plus program aims to increase early identification and treatment of cardiac conditions in children by supporting trainings for healthcare workers, as well as local screenings, education campaigns, and treatment referral.
- Hospital Development: EMW builds key medical institutions that are a crucial link between our grassroots development programs and large-scale capacity building. In the past decade, with major support from the Atlantic Philanthropies, EMW has invested over $50 million in building large-scale hospitals in Vietnam.
Clean Water & Sanitation
Water Is the Source of Life
Water-related illnesses are the world's leading cause of sickness and death, daily taking the lives of some 6,000 people—most of whom are children under five. Through our Clean Water & Sanitation program, EMW provides a sustainable water supply to rural communities through the construction of school and village water systems and ensures that local people are fully invested in the project. Our Community Hygiene Output-Based Aid (CHOBA) program promotes latrine construction and improved sanitation practices in rural communities in Vietnam and Cambodia.
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