OUR STORY

Loreto Vietnam is an Australian INGO that focuses on capacity building in Vietnam by directly addressing Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education. By facilitating equitable access to quality education through the building of classrooms, libraries, safe toilets, computer rooms and multipurpose rooms in schools that cannot otherwise afford such facilities, Loreto Vietnam exists to empower children in southern Vietnam’s most underprivileged contexts. Loreto Vietnam also distributes school packs (containing school uniforms, shoes, stationary sets, exercise books etc), educational resources, bicycles and helmets, as well as scholarships, to children identified by local education partners as critically in need.

LORETO VIETNAM IS A CAPACITY BUILDING ORGANISATION FOCUSED ON IMPROVING ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION FOR VIETNAM’S MOST UNDERPRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

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

Project 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 .

DR RODERICK CROUCH

Chairperson
Roderick.Crouch@aisvietnam.com

Dr Roderick Crouch is a highly experienced international school educator and is currently Executive Principal of the Australian International School in Vietnam. His leadership career has included being Principal/CEO of schools in various states of Australia, as well as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and now Vietnam. In all the schools he has led, Dr Crouch has ensured that service learning and community action are key components for students. While in the UAE, Dr Crouch also trained and mentored school principals.

Dr Crouch was educated in Australia and has various degrees including a Doctorate of Education. He has presented at education conferences on school leadership, middle schools, and the impact of gender on education. He is a regular contributor to a variety of professional publications.

CASS LE

Member
Casslegardner9@gmail.com

Born in My Tho in the Mekong Delta, Cass left Vietnam at the age of two with her family arriving first in Malaysia as refugees then sent on to live in Perth, Western Australia where she grew up and became a naturalized Australian. After firstly attending Loreto Convent Primary School, she then went on to Perth Modern Senior High School on a music scholarship. In 1995, after Graduating from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Management and Marketing, she then moved to Singapore to take up positions firstly with Burson-Marsteller in Public Relationsand Corporate Communications then on to Citigate Su Yeang as a Branding Consultant.

In 2001, Cass joined AB-InBev in Singapore as an Area Manager for Asia Pacific responsible for their Exports & Licenses business across the region. In 2005, Cass then moved to AB- InBev’s Headquarters in Belgium as a Marketing Director responsible for External Growth and New Market Development.

After 3 years in Belgium, Cass could feel her Vietnamese roots calling and in 2007 accepted a position at Tetra Pak Vietnam as Marketing & Product Management Director for their rapidly growing operations. Today, she is the General Manager of the Professional Products Division in L’Oreal Vietnam. Cass has a combined 20 years of global experience in marketing, strategy, consumer insights, innovation, key account management, and new business development in a variety of B2C and B2B industries. Providing leadership and building teams that have driven bottom-line objectives, Cass believes that success comes from ethics, integrity and transparency.

Cass has a wide range of interests outside of work ranging from scuba diving to photography to golf and general fitness. Over the last 10 years of living in Vietnam, Cass and her family have been actively involved in a variety of INGO projects for education and training of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the fight against human trafficking.

MAI QUANG TRI

Member
QuangTri.Mai@atkinsglobal.com

Quang Tri joined the Atkins in 2012, taking the leading role in Vietnam, participating in the implementation of the group’ strategic global expansion into new territories. With him comes a strong architectural design and multi- disciplinary management experience, complimented by an extensive knowledge and appreciation of Vietnamese culture and business that the group needs to export its global expertise to this new emerging market.

Holding the position of Atkins Chief Representative Vietnam, Tri further extends his professional portfolio in designing and delivering major reputable urban developments and landmark buildings in HCMC and Hanoi, following his successful 8-years directorship at DCM.

TRUONG HANH LINH

Member
linhtruong@kpmg.com.vn

Linh currently holds the role of Head of Risk Consulting, including Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance Services and Financial Risk Management Services in KPMG Vietnam and Cambodia.

Linh has over 17 years of professional experience working for professional firms and multinational corporations in the United Kingdom (UK), Thailand and Vietnam in the field of corporate governance, internal control, risk management, compliance, auditing and finance & accounting.

Prior to joining KPMG Consulting practice, Linh was Head of Risk and Compliance cum Company Secretariat for an international financial services group’s base in Vietnam for 05 years. Her work was to assist the Board and Management in maintaining an effective corporate governance and internal control system in Vietnam-based operations to ensure the compliance with Group’s policies and applicable laws/regulations in Vietnam.

Linh has intensive knowledge and experience in corporate governance, risk management and internal controls. She also a finance/accounting and legal background and has conducted tens of projects in several sectors.

BUI THI THANH NGOC

Member
ntbui@kpmg.com.vn

Ngoc is currently Director of KPMG Legal (Vietnam) and has been a legal advisor for almost 20 years. Before joining KPMG Legal, she held positions of senior legal counsel of the top ranked Korean telecom group, was the founding partner of a leading Vietnamese law firm, and a partner of a leading French law firm in Vietnam.

Ngoc’s professional experience spans M&A and Business Restructuring, Foreign Investment, Dispute Resolution & Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Governance and General Corporate and Commercial Law, and Real Estates Business.

Ngoc has spent her career acting for multinational companies and top ranked Vietnamese companies, including State-Owned Enterprises, and in various industries.

Ngoc has successfully assisted clients

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.

Accountability

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  1. Loreto will act with integrity.
  2. Loreto will develop and nurture collaborative relationships based on mutual respect.
  3. Loreto is a social justice oriented organisation which prioritises and protects the best interests of our beneficiaries.
  4. Loreto aims to operate according to best practices of operational excellence.

Where We Work

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