We seek to become an organization that significantly effects the lives of children in Vietnam
- Caring and committed donors who generate sufficient and sustainable resources
- Responsible Vietnamese trained staff working with the children.
- Housing that meets required standards for safe and affordable living.
- Giving older children a chance to start school even if they have never attended school before, by not diminishing their feelings or self-worth.
HOPE: We are committed to finance and nurture the dreams and aspirations of the poor children and be a part of their lives giving us HOPE in return.
LOVE : We create a community of people who love the children and are pleased to help the students overcome life challenges.
NON DISCRIMINATION : We welcome ALL regardless of economic circumstances or racial, religion, sexual or political identity.
INTEGRITY : We “Walk the Talk.” Our purpose in life is to be stewards of ACH and our mission. We live to take action that promotes the well being of all children.
Married 49 years to wife Louise and father of three daughters. He has nine grandchildren. Howard is a college graduate. He has 35 years experience owning and managing insurance and financial services business. Has traveled world wide the last 16 years observing and learning how to be significant helping impoverished children. He retired in the fall of 2012 and he and his wife decided to give the next 10 years of their lives serving the street kids of Vietnam. He will work full time at ACH fund raising and managing the finances.
Louise is a homemaker who raised three daughters and has nine grandchildren. She has been married for 49 years to Howard and graduated from the University of Michigan. She was an agent and manager of the family owned insurance business for 15 years. She left that position and was a successful real estate agent for 20 years before retiring in 2012. Louise has traveled world wide the last 17 years working with and helping abandoned and impoverished children. She will work full time at ACH managing and overseeing all new and existing projects.
For the past 27 years Mark has owned and been CEO of successful business specializing in printing industry needs. Mark has made numerous trips abroad working with children who are hurting and need help. He is a giving man that understands that when you give you receive much more in return! Mark will serve as advisor on all business related matters at ACH. He has committed his time on demand to help ACH reach the street kids of Vietnam.
Sheri is homemaker and married for 32 years. She is mother of three adult sons and a new grandmother. Graduated from college with master’s degree in nursing. She is a licensed pediatric nurse Sheri is very active in her church and mentors young mothers. She brings a wealth of life experiences to ACH. Sheri will work 10 hours a month helping ACH evaluate existing projects and plan for new projects under consideration.
Luan is a Vietnamese who was adopted at age 10 and was raised in America. He is graduate university from the U.S. with a double major is Graphic Design and Art Education. He now lives in Vietnam and works as a designer and a teacher. His company Align Lab develops and manages websites and mobile apps. He has a dream of building a school in Vietnam. Luan will be responsible for ACH website, social media. He has also committed himself to help ACH when Howie and Louise is back in the United States.
In 1997 we made our first mission trip to the Middle East. We helped build a church that was a part of rehab center for drug addicts and alcoholics. The trip changed our lives. The joy of serving and helping others was beyond description. From there we moved on to other parts of the world. We visited areas devastated by hurricanes and earthquakes. During this time we built churches and schools plus delivered the message of HOPE to many people. Serving HIM in this capacity became our reason for being.
In 2001 and 2002 we entered China delivering bibles to the underground church. In 2003 the decision was made to stop in Vietnam on our way back to America. Our hearts were full of angst because of the devastation caused with American involvement in the Vietnam War. To our amazement we were genuinely welcomed with kindness and respect. The people actually loved us. The most amazing thing that happened was both my wife and I felt exactly the same. We were from that moment on “side by side ” in our commitment to serve the children of Vietnam.
The first ACH house was established and up and running in 2007. We had 12 children in the program. The learning curve continued and the another project was completed in November of 2013. Ten more children with HOPE for tomorrow and a reason for being. A third home is currently being renovated for use in 2014.
After a decade of working with the children in Vietnam it was time to make a decision. In the fall of 2012 we both retired and decided to give the next 10 years of our lives serving HIM in Vietnam. At age 70 this was a bit unusual. We were obedient and it is our intent to be SIGNIFICANT and get as many kids off the streets as possible. This is the essence and core of AGAPE CHILDREN’S HOME (ACH).