Our Impact

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At REI-Vietnam, we measure the success of our programs in four ways: through their growth, through our history, through the sustainability of our relationships, and by the success of those we’ve trained. However, in each of these measurements we cannot overly emphasize that all progress has been achieved only through dynamic partnerships with our Vietnamese colleagues.

Growth of REI Programs

Since its inception in 1992, REI-Vietnam has sustained and grown its programs. REI:

REI-Vietnam’s History of Success

As REI's work in Vietnam preceded most of the other non-government agencies currently working there, we have participated in a number of significant developments:

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Sustainability and Relationships

When our late Director Doug Sparks accompanied his first team of physicians to Hanoi in the mid-1990s, he reminded them that building warm relationships must be at the heart of all we do. We continue to embrace this same core value today. Among the 20+ locations of REI’s programs in Vietnam:

Another relational measure of success is the retention rate of our staff:

The Success of Those We’ve Trained

At Hanoi University, nearly a dozen of REI staff members’ former students are now faculty passing on to others what they first learned from our staff. Of the 80 whom we have sponsored for fellowships to the USA, three are now Directors of Institutions, nearly a dozen are either vice-directors or department chairs, and many of the remaining fellows are vice-chairs or university faculty.

Program growth. Historical context. Sustainable, relational impact. Our students’ success. Each is important to us in evaluating our programs, and each continues to provide us with encouraging feedback for our work.