Whoo-hoo! We’ve made Asia’s final 6 in the Transforming Lives Awards!


REACH has been named one of the 6 Asian regional finalists in the Philanthropy University and Alquity Transforming Lives Awards and the whole team could not be more excited!

Under the auspices of fundraising officer, Anh Nguyen, an initial application was put forward in November into the first round of the awards. Once accepted, a second full application was put forward in January. Since then it has been an anxious wait.

“I’ve bitten my nails right down to the nub,” Nguyen says.

The annual awards “seek to recognize and promote locally-led sustainable social impact in Asia, Africa and Latin America.”

They are particularly focused on Sustainable Development goal number 8: “improving livelihoods, productive employment and decent work for all.”

As a vocational education institution working with disadvantaged youth in Vietnam REACH and the Transforming Lives awards were a natural fit.

“Transforming lives is what we do,” Nguyen says. “It has been at the core of our organisational model since day one.”

In the ten years since REACH was established over a thousand Vietnamese youth have been provided with the skills they need to have productive careers in industries from information technology to hospitality to health and beauty.

Alongside REACH a number of other notable institutions have been shortlisted. These include: Plastics For Change, Help Us Green, Pragati Koraput, Good Weave, and Sense International.

Each provides for and can see the benefit of long term sustainable change in its own unique way.

“I’d love to win,” says Nguyen. “We could change lives with that award money.”

“That said, even if we don’t win, I am proud that we have come so far and I know that the money will go to an organisation just as worthy as we are.”

“What really matters,” she says, “is that lives, wherever they may be, continue to transform for the better.”

REACH relies on donations and supporters from all around the world to continue to educate and provide vocational skills to some of Vietnam’s most disadvantaged youth.

Awards are great but even small donations can make a huge difference. If you can spare it, please consider a donation via our Global Giving platform Media Enquiries Dinh Thu Ha (Ms.) Communication & Event Officer M: +84 989 190 990 E: marketing@reach.org.vn

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