Fighting the aftermath of Agent Orange
Agent Orange Project Description
We are writing to you today to ask for your support for the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange, a toxic herbicide that was sprayed by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange contains dioxin, a known carcinogen that can cause cancer, birth defects, and other serious health problems. Dioxin stays in the body for decades and can be passed on to future generations.
More than 40 years after the war ended, millions of Vietnamese people are still suffering from the effects of Agent Orange exposure. Many of them live in poverty, lack access to health care, and face discrimination and stigma. They struggle with physical and mental disabilities, chronic diseases, and shortened life spans. Their children and grandchildren are also at risk of inheriting genetic mutations and deformities.
The poisonous Agent Orange has also caused enormous environmental damage in Vietnam. Over 3 million hectares of forest were defoliated, destroying habitats and biodiversity. The soil and water were contaminated, affecting agriculture and food security. Some areas are still polluted with high levels of dioxin, posing a threat to human health and wildlife.
The Vietnamese government fight against Agent Orange
The Vietnamese government and civil society have been working hard to address the legacy of Agent Orange, but they need more resources and assistance. That’s why we are asking you to join us in supporting the Agent Orange Victims Fund, a charitable organization that provides humanitarian aid, medical care, education, vocational training, and legal advocacy for the affected communities.
Your donation will make a difference in the lives of thousands of people who have been harmed by Agent Orange. You will help them overcome their challenges, improve their well-being, and restore their dignity. You will also contribute to the healing and reconciliation between our two countries, which share a history of war and suffering.
What is the dioxin in Agent Orange and why is it so dangerous?
Dioxin is a group of chemical compounds that are produced as by-products in the manufacture of herbicides such as Agent Orange. Dioxin is very toxic and can cause cancer, birth defects, immune deficiency and other serious health problems. Dioxin accumulates in the environment and in the body and can be harmful over long periods of time. Dioxin was used as a defoliant in the Vietnam War, harming millions of people and animals.
Where was Agent Orange used in Vietnam?
Agent Orange was a **chemical defoliant** used extensively by the United States to **defoliate forests** and destroy crops during the **Vietnam War** and the Laotian Civil War. It contained the highly toxic dioxin TCDD, which caused serious damage to the health of millions of people. Agent Orange was primarily sprayed along the **Ho Chi Minh Trail** on the Truong Son mountain range to reveal the North Vietnamese troops' supply route. The name comes from the orange stripes that marked the barrels.
The consequences of TCDD for the Vietnamese people are devastating and long-term. Millions of people suffer from serious health problems such as organ damage, immune deficiencies, nervous disorders, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and cancer. In addition, TCDD causes birth defects in the offspring of those affected, such as cleft lip and palate, cleft spine, and other deformities. Even today, many children are born with disabilities resulting from exposure to TCDD. The toxin can still be found in the soil and in the food cycle, threatening the environment and people’s livelihoods.
What is the donated money used for?
The proportional expenses for advertising, general public relations and administration will be 20 – 30 percent of the total expenses in the founding year 2023. All advertising and marketing expenses are included in these expenses and are not allocated to individual projects. Only through information and advertising can new donors be won and the need for new projects communicated. The administration ensures that the funds are used professionally and correctly.
Our donors and supporters rightly expect from WFFNAM.org a professional and efficient handling of the funds entrusted to us, which comprehensively fulfills all accountability and quality standards.
We do not issue checks to individuals or other organizations to avoid corruption and uncontrolled financial loss. The funds entrusted to us are invested in donations in kind. We buy food or toys, provide teachers for language training or provide equipment and facilities to make everyday life or care easier.
You can make a secure online donation. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated and used wisely. And if you don’t have any money to support us, we would be happy if you spread this call for donations to all your friends and via all available channels. That can also help.
Thank you for your compassion and generosity.
Become the one who changes the Fight against Agent Orange
The toxic Agent Orange has harmed millions of people in Vietnam. Victims are still suffering the effects of this chemical war today. We need your help to provide them with medical care, education and compensation. Please donate to our organization today and help us fight Agent Orange.
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