SympaMeals is an amazing organization that impacts the lives of those very poor with cancer, heart, HIV, children and the elderly and people with other health conditions.  

Maybe you have never heard of them, but they have been supporting people since 2005.

If you or your family has ever experienced any of the above aliments this organization could be a great opportunity to support another as you know how hard this treatment is  . . . . .

They support people who need cancer treatment so they can get to hospital as many cannot afford that expense of the bus to Hanoi.  Then once they are there in hospital for treatment, they have to buy their own food.  Again people from very poor areas cannot buy food from the hospital canteen as do not have the funds to do that.  SymphaMeals comes to their rescue with supplying coupons so they can actually eat something nutritious instead of sharing a piece of bread or rice ball with others.

Sympameals staff in stripe yellow t-shirt deliver coupons to each patient in a chemotherapy ward. NOTE: 2 people per bed. Photo by Tran Minh Cuong,
Sympameals staff in stripe yellow t-shirt deliver coupons to each patient in a chemotherapy ward. NOTE: 2 people per bed. Photo by Tran Minh Cuong,

Sympameals is based in Hanoi and  is currently spending between
US$7,500 to US$10,000 per month supporting Vietnamese who are
very poor that are living in extremely difficult circumstances
who also have very poor health that requires  cancer treatment.
These funds are used to pay for food coupons so patients can
have one meal a day while having treatment in hospital, milk
powder is given to outpatients, medical treatment and medication
is paid for; and travel expenses are paid so the patient has the
funds to get to and from the National Cancer (K) Hospital, 43 Quan
Su Street, in Hanoi.

In the tune of 2oo coupons a day are given to in-house patients,
between 40 – 60 tins of milk powder are distributed to out-patients in 10 different departments of the hospital.

 

Our Sympameal staff member chats "It is sunny outside' to these patients as she visits them at their bed to give them meal coupons. Taken by Le Ngoc Anh.
Our Sympameal staff member chats “It is sunny outside’ to these patients as she visits them at their bed to give them meal coupons. Taken by Le Ngoc Anh.

MISSION

To support people under difficult circumstances, especially poor
cancer patients”

FOUNDERS STORY

SympaMeals Founders – Hop Dang and Anh Phan are also on the Executive Committee

Any person who has ever visited a hospital in Hanoi fully
understands the difficulty for patients as not only  do they
have to deal with the rigors of cancer treatment, they also
have to pay as they go for expensive treatment and medication,
accommodation and food all have to be paid for.

Especially the very poor people from the provinces who have
often had to sell something to get there  trim their costs to
the bare minimum which means food is not a luxury they can really
afford so exist on one bread roll or small ball of rice for each
meal compounds their illness and makes  treatment  more difficult.

2005 FOUNDED

Desiring to help these people in September 2005 the Dong Cam – SympaMeals started with a modest purpose to help some inpatients
from difficult circumstances be given 1 meal per day initially
distributing about 20 coupons (each worth VND 5,000) to 20
patients which can be exchanged for a meal in the hospital
canteen.

Since then the cost of the coupons has steadily increased with
the cost now at VND 15,000/0.75 cents and 200 coupons are
delivered to inpatients.

'Look at the milk Mum has got', a mother shows her 20+ year old son a gift of nourishment from Sympameals.
‘Look at the milk Mum has got’, a mother shows her 20+ year old son a gift of nourishment from Sympameals.

Additional to this 40 to 60 tins of milk powder are also
distributed to outpatients each week in the 10 departments
of K Hospital.

Other than the milk powder SympaMeals has expanded into
other areas including helping children and elderly patients,
paying medical fees, medication, and living and travel
costs to hospital for patients living in specially difficult
circumstances.
SympaMeals recently started gift-giving programs with HIV
affected children.

PATIENTS STORY

– see their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SympaMeals?fref=ts

This lady’s story – see on Facebook for more stories about the real people that SympaMeals help

 100% OF ALL FUNDS GOES TO RECIPIENTS

'Are you a poor patient' ? Seems a strange question. but poor patients that are officially classified this by the state are given priority. Taken by by Le Ngoc Anh.
‘Are you a poor patient’ ? Seems a strange question. but poor patients that are officially classified this by the state are given priority. Taken by by Le Ngoc Anh.

Currently ALL ADMINISTRATION and general project running costs
are all funded by ts Executive Committee.

Detailed financial reports and monthly newsletters keep supporters
informed, so they can feel confident donations are delivered to
the patients.

SympaMeals – Coupons distributed, you can use for milk porridge or rice sister;
at Vietnam’s National Cancer Hospital.

At the Children's Cancer Department, children hold gift bags from Sympameals to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival.
At the Children’s Cancer Department, children hold gift bags from Sympameals to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival.

SYMPAMEALS NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT:

  • In cash: Please contact Thuy Le, phone: 0936.477.089,

Email: nhip_an@yahoo.com
• By bank transfer into either of the following accounts:
1. Account holder: Dang Xuan Hop,

Account Number: 002 100 106 2117,

Bank: Vietcombank Ba Dinh, Hanoi;

SWIFT Code: BFTVVNVX 002;
2. Account holder: Phan Nguyet Anh,

Account Number: 0300 1010 974 425,

Bank: Maritime Bank, Hanoi Branch.

SWIFT Code: MCOBVNVX002.
Upon making a transfer, please specify  Contribution from … (name of donor) email…
(for first time donations)” so

that we can send you a receipt and prepare our financial report
accordingly.

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