In 1994, Gilberte DO-HUU and Robert EBERHARDT visited Vietnam and the programs of Bernard Kervyn and Thanh TRUONG. Friends who knew each other from the days of the NGO Frères des Hommes, in France and Bangladesh. Faced with the great needs of poor Vietnamese farmers, they decided to set up a new NGO, VietNam Plus, a French association under the 1901 law.
Initially, Viêt Nam Plus had just one project, in Tiên Thành. But gradually other projects were developed, and the local team in Vietnam grew.
As early as 1995, Bernard Kervyn, thanks to Dr. Duong Quynh Hoa and Oxfam-Belgium, set up a micro-credit program in Tuc Trung, Đức Linh, and Tánh Linh. Dr. Duong Quynh Hoa*, Director of the Pediatric Center at HCMV (CPDS) until 1999, has had a great influence on Mékong Plus through her experience. She has been awarded honorary doctorates in Paris and Belgium.
At the end of 2001, Viêt Nam Plus also launched a program in the Mekong delta, in Hâu Giang, and the Belgian branch provided substantial financial support and mobilized active staff.
In 2007, the NGO opened a project in Cambodia, and following this expansion, Vietnam Plus changed its name to Mékong Plus.
Today, Mekong Plus programs reach over 200,000 people every year!
Thanks to the participation of villagers and the experience of local teams, we are able to do more with less. For viable activities, we reduce our support and create new activities such as inclusive education, the women’s rights program…