Global Community Service Foundation works to eradicate poverty in Southeast Asia by implementing sustainable, community-based programs, focused on improving access to health, education and income-generation activities.
We work in villages in Viet Nam, Burma and other Southeast Asia countries to address individual needs as fundamental as food, safe water, shelter and clothing as well as broader community development programs such as education, public health and sanitation in addition to vocational training and income-generation.
Through its humanitarian programs, Global Community Service Foundation is creating an environment of self-reliance among the most vulnerable people in Southeast Asia.
In 2010-2011, GCSF:
- Built two schools — A Vao Primary & Secondary School and Ta Long Secondary School — in Dakrong District, Quang Tri Province
- Donated more than 50 bikes to children in Hue so they can go to school and help their families financially
- Constructed and provided equipment for a new classroom and kitchen at Le Mon Kindergarten in Quang Tri
- Provided computer lab equipment and 30 student scholarships to Tran Hung Dao High School in Cam Lo District
- Provided student and teacher’s desks; black boards; books and other school supplies to Phu Xuyen Village
- Provided monthly salaries for teachers and nutritional needs for children at two pre-schools in Inle Lake, Burma
Essential Heath Care
- Launched a “Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies” Program for pregnant women in Inle Lake and Aye Tharyar (Burma). The 2 rural clinics provide medical services, medicines, nutrition, as well as health education for women throughout pregnancy and until their child is 18 months old.
- Provided medical services, medicines and nutrition for poor families at a charitable clinic in Aye Tharyar; also provided monthly salary for 2 nurses and travel funds for 2 volunteer midwives
- Supplied monthly medicines for a rural clinic in Inle Lake as well as sponsored medical training for 2 students
- Built two houses for poor and vulnerable families in Quang Tri Province
- Built a dormitory as well as provided bunk beds and mattresses for hearing impaired children living at Nguoc Ngot Orphanage in Hue
- Constructed a safe vocational training center, a dormitory and an eye-care center for the Vinh Linh Blind Association
- Built a special kitchen and bathroom, provided kitchenware and installed safety handrails at Dong Ha Blind Association
- Provided rice for 20 blind families for Tet (Vietnamese New Year) in Quang Tri
- Built a 5,000 gallon water container at a local monastery to supply water for 62 families in Sin Lu Aine Village (Bagan, Burma)
- Constructed the Naung Kan School teacher’s dormitory & a library at the Kyaing Tong Leper’s Colony in Burma
- Provided 60 Lily Pad Water Clay Pots to filter drinking water for the rural clinics at Inle Lake and Aye Tharyar
- Funded Tam’s café, a Micro Loan Income Generation Project employing 4 hearing impaired youths
The nonprofit organization was founded in 1994 by Marcia Selva, who witnessed firsthand the extreme deprivation and hardships of the Southeast Asian people during her travels to the region. She soon was joined by concerned friends and fellow travelers to establish the Global Community Service Foundation, which has positively impacted the lives of thousands of people since its founding.