TWINS FOR HOPE

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Heart -

In the first months of their friend­ship, Jo­hanne sent Chung a draft of the man­date for her new non-profit. It read: “Twins for Hope strives to en­sure that Viet­namese chil­dren in need re­ceive the med­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional and com­mu­nity sup­port they de­serve.” Kris im­me­di­ately wanted to help.

In De­cem­ber 2016, the Wag­ner fam­ily, in­clud­ing Kris, booked a five-week trip to Viet­nam. The fam­ily do­nated rice and other food­stuffs, blan­kets, nap­pies and per­sonal hy­giene prod­ucts to the or­phan­ages; to other chil­dren, they brought much-needed footwear; and, at one vo­ca­tional school, they do­nated new bi­cy­cles to stu­dents for their long daily com­mutes.

The goal is to build up re­sources to sus­tain yearly out­reach trips. Cur­rently Jo­hanne pays for all of her work out-of-pocket, but she has big plans. She and Kris are in the process of ap­ply­ing for an of­fi­cial char­i­ta­ble num­ber, which they hope will help with fundrais­ing. (Right now, it’s all done through a GoFundMe page, per­sonal do­na­tions and mer­chan­dise sales.) In June, Jo­hanne re­turned to the coun­try to visit a lep­rosy camp.

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