On a 1993 visit to Vietnam, the home she fled in 1975, Binh Rybacki contributed $100 to an orphanage run by Sister Tan, a nun her mother had known (The Lutheran, September 1997). Since that donation, Rybacki's dedication to help Vietnamese children has grown exponentially.
In 1997, Rybacki, a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church, Loveland, Colo., founded Children of Peace International, a nonprofit group that then supported 900 children in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and elsewhere. Today, Children of Peace cares for 2,100 children in five orphanages. It paid for the renovation of the burn unit at Ho Chi Minh City's Children's Hospital and helped furnish a 300-bed hospital that serves 1.2 million people. The organization also sponsors a scholarship program and operates a free clinic for the poor.
In April, three pastors and 37 volunteer U.S. dentists, doctors and nurses treated 1,000 Vietnamese patients in two weeks. "We examined, gave medicine, pulled teeth and prayed a lot," Rybacki said.
For more information, contact Children of Peace International, 773 Johnson Ave., Loveland CO 80538; (970) 667-3716.
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