Yen Diep was born and raised in
Vietnam. In 1977, she and her husband Thanh Vinh Hua and their 3
children escaped the devastation of the Vietnam War by hiding
away on a fishing boat and sailing to Hong Kong. They
were sponsored by relatives and immigrated to the United States,
where they worked hard to build better lives for the family.
November 1999, a flood devastated Vietnam, the worst flooding in
over a century. That was the impetus for the start of the
BD Foundation, to help in the rebuilding efforts. Ms. Binh
finally had a chance to return to Vietnam in 2002; she
organized a mission trip with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric
Services to Humanity) to bring supplies and a group of eye
doctors to provide a weeklong eye clinic . Many villagers
walked for days from hundreds of miles away to receive
examinations, treatment, and glasses. The work was
rewarding but at the same time heartbreaking to see that there
was so many people living in abject poverty in need, and still
so much she had to do. From then on, she vowed to give
time and resources to improve lives of the poor.
Binh deeply understands the fortuntate circumstances of her life
and is committed to creating opportunities for the poor so that
they could have a chance for a better life.
of Compassion ---
Alleivating Suffering in Vietnam"
2003, Ms. Binh met Dieu Lien Tonnu, the founder of Eyes of
Compassion based in Toronto, Canada, They were bonded
instantly by their deep dedication to charitable works.
Since then they have worked closely together to to alleviate
suffering for the poor. Together they have planted seeds
of brighter days throughout Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and
India. Ms. Dieu Lien spends six months out of every year
traveling through South East Asia overseeing the implementation
of BD's charitable projects.