OUR STORY

Loreto Vietnam is an INGO that focuses on capacity building in Vietnam by directly addressing Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education. We are here to empower the disadvantaged children and communities in Vietnam through quality education. 

From building classrooms, equipping computers, books, learning resources, distributing bicycles and helmets, renovating safe and clean toilet blocks, promoting inclusive education, to various capacity building initiatives, we are side by side with donors, local partners, teachers, students and communities to pave the best way for our children to access quality education for their future and their communities.

IN KEEPING WITH LORETO MINISTRIES’ MISSION, LORETO VIETNAM FOCUSES ON IMPROVING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION FOR THE MOST DISADVANTAGED, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN AND WOMEN.

Loreto Vietnam originally known as Loreto Vietnam Australia Program (LVAP), was formed in 1997 in Vietnam by Sister Trish Franklin, a charismatic and gifted educationalist from Australia, who felt strongly the challenge to respond to the needs of the disadvantaged children she saw in the community. Trish brought to the organisation the 400-year-old heritage and values of the larger worldwide community of the Catholic Loreto Order which seeks to focus on inclusiveness and working where the need is the greatest.

The Loreto Order (Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary) was formed in the 1600s by Mary Ward, a British woman who had experienced persecution due to her faith, and who herself was denied access to mainstream education due to her gender. Despite many challenges, Mary Ward subsequently began the Loreto order which has always recognized and articulated the importance of women as thinkers and contributors to society, and in Australia, has been inextricably linked to the education of girls. These links with Loreto Schools in Australia continue in their support of Loreto Vietnam’s educational projects.

The focus of the work of the organisation has evolved in the past 19 years, constantly responding to needs that Trish either identified or was asked to assist with. Loreto Vietnam’s initial work focused on street children, creating safe shelters for them and offering learning opportunities in partnership with local organisations. It has also focused on working with children with disabilities, improving their access to learning and enhancing their abilities and life opportunities. With increasing prosperity in HCMC, it became apparent that many of the needs of those in rural communities, particularly in the education sector, were not being met. Children were learning in, and with, substandard and inadequate facilities and resources, so Loreto Vietnam began supporting infrastructure development in 5 other provinces in the south of Vietnam, namely An Giang, Ca Mau, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh, and Phu Yen.

Our team

NGUYEN VIET DUNG

Executive Director
executivedirector@loretovietnam.org

Joining Loreto Vietnam after many years working within the health sector including Ministry of Health and NGOs – with a focus on designing and implementing public health initiatives such as tobacco control, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis and hypertension. Along with these tasks, he successfully coordinated various children-oriented campaigns such as smoke-free schools and families, and national painting contests for children. Proud to be a great friend of all the children he has been working with and for, he is fully devoted to promoting and fighting for children’s rights and inspiring others to join hands for a better world for our children.

Nguyen Thi Quyen

Program Manager
projectmanager@loretovietnam.org

Quyen is experienced in the design, implementation and management of educational projects of international non-government organizations including Plan International, Save the Children, ChildFund, and Room to Read. Her scope of work focuses on holistic and bilingual education, child-rights based programming, teacher capability building, curriculum development, and child-friendly environment creation. Quyen has forged strong partnerships with local communities and provincial authorities nationwide .

Mr. JASON TURNBULL 

Chairperson
jasont2406@gmail.com

Internationally experienced Hotel, IR, Hospitality, Entertainment, Property Development, FMCG, Manufacturing, & Start-Up Industry Executive.

Holding an MBA from MGSM, Jason is a commercially focused Senior Executive poised to deliver responsible growth, and genuine results. A rich mix of investor, financial, commercial, and operational management, strategic leadership, and key stakeholder engagement. Expert in improving controls, and moving business forward by leveraging new technologies. A change agent affecting cultural shift, who is acknowledged for balanced judgement, stability, flexibility, and adaptability.

Jason is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors MAICD, and has vast experience at Board, and Treasurer representation, Including NFP’s such as the Australian Chamber of Commerce – Vietnam, representing the organisation at Australasian conferences, and events, a key member of strategy development, finance, governance, and event implementation.

As a Board representative of Loreto Vietnam, Jason has a strong commitment to community giving programs, especially those related to the support of the development of children in disadvantaged communities.

DR. RODERICK CROUCH

Member
Roderick.Crouch@aisvietnam.com

Dr. Roderick Crouch is the Executive Principal of the Australian International School in Vietnam. His leadership career has included being Principal/CEO of schools in Australia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and now Vietnam. Dr. Crouch passionately believes that service learning and community action are key components for students.

Dr. Crouch was educated in Australia and has served on the board of several not-for profits boards both in Vietnam and Australia.  He was Chair of Loreto Vietnam from October 2018 to March 2020.

Mr. MAI QUANG TRI

Member
QuangTri.Mai@atkinsglobal.com

Quang Tri is the Country Director of Atkins (www.atkinsglobal.com) in Vietnam.  

Upon returning to Vietnam in 2003 following his early career in New Zealand, Tri has been playing an important role in urban transformation in Vietnam, with an extensive professional portfolio in designing and delivering major reputable projects, including the RMIT University in HCMC, the Landmark-81 Tower, and other large-scale master-planning development throughout the country.

His understanding about the reality and practicality of the local construction industry, for both rural and urban context, as well as the impact of rapid urbanization on the social and environmental structure in Vietnam offer practical and technical dimensions to Loreto Vietnam’s programmer development.

Ms. BUI THI THANH NGOC

Member
ntbui@kpmg.com.vn

Ngoc is currently a partner of KPMG Vietnam and Cambodia, being in charge of legal services in framework of KPMG Legal Limited, as continuance of her professional practice in legal sector since late 1995.

Before joining KPMG, she held positions of senior legal counsel of the top ranked Korean telecom group, founding partner of a leading Vietnamese law firm, partner of a French law firm in Vietnam.

Her areas of practice span in M&A and Business Restructuring, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration, Corporate Governance, and Commercial Contracts. Business sectors of her experience include real estates, renewable energy, education and training, distribution, e-commerce and manufacturing. Her client portfolio includes multinational companies, transnational companies and top ranked Vietnamese companies.

Ngoc’s personal interest is contribution in giving education opportunities to all children, the basic approach of healthy and stable social development.

SR MARGARET CALLAGHAN

Member
margcallaghan75@gmail.com

Margaret, an Australian, is a trained teacher, majoring in English and History. She has taught in Australia for 30 years and was a Board member of the Loreto School in Ballarat for 6 years. She currently teaches English on a voluntary basis in HCMC and supports her community. She has a long association with Loreto Vietnam, having lived in Vietnam for over 10 years during which time she managed the organisation for a period when Trish Franklin was on leave. Her passion is education and having had a diverse educational experience herself (lived in 3 different countries, attended 6 schools during her own primary/secondary years), has an appreciation for the various educational contexts in different countries, and a strong commitment to educational opportunities for children.

Ms. Catherine McAllister Franzi

Member
cmcfranzi@gmail.com

With more than 25-year experience in Global and Regional Corporate Real Estate across Asia and Australia, one of Catherine’s strengths is cultural sensitivity in directorship and leadership in diverse global teams and clients. Being an energetic and optimistic person, Catherine’s devotion for community makes her a strong advocate for social activities and empowering disadvantaged women and children. Catherine is now a Senior Managing Director at CBRE Asia Pacific.

mr. nguyen trung kien

Member
kien@mdktcapital.com

Kien has international banking and finance experience and a deep understanding of Vietnam. He spent his professional career with Credit Suisse, OCBC and Temasek Holdings in Singapore, and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in New York before relocating back to Vietnam. He has been helping local and foreign companies with M&A, capital raising and investment activities in Vietnam since 2008. He is currently a co-founder and Vietnam country partner of Asia Partners, a private equity fund focusing on growth capital for technology and technology-enable businesses in Southeast Asia. He also served as a Vietnam Chairman for Cognita, a global K-12 school operator, and subsequently Vietnam Chairman for A-Star-Education, a Singapore-based education company.

Kien graduated with Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Macquarie University and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is splitting his time between Vietnam and Melbourne and is a proud current Loreto Mandeville Hall parent.

Accountability

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  1. Act with integrity;
  2. Develop and nurture collaborative relationships based on mutual respect; and
  3. Ensure operational excellence and transparency.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

  1. Loreto Vietnam will facilitate access to education;
  2. Loreto Vietnam will facilitate the development and delivery of quality education;
  3. Loreto Vietnam will facilitate opportunities for disadvantaged communities to achieve their full potential; and
  4. Loreto Vietnam aims to achieve sustainability with the organisation, its programs and their outcomes.

Where We Work

103 sustainable projects in 6 provinces
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • An Giang
  • Tra Vinh
  • Ca Mau
  • Tien Giang
  • Phu Yen