Ho Chi Minh city, 26th January 2022 – VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) is proud to announce that Dr. Philipp Rösler has been appointed the International Chairman of the Care to Rise program. In this meaningful role, Dr. Rösler is committed to use his voice and influence to raise awareness and support from the international community to assist orphans and disadvantaged children impacted by Covid-19 in his birth country Vietnam. An agreement is signed by the 2 parties today to recognize this important partnership.
VinaCapital Foundation is honored to welcome to the signing agreement representatives: Dr. Philipp Rösler – Former Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Honorary Consul of Vietnam to Switzerland; Ms. Tran Thu Ha – Vice Secretary and Head of Children Department of HCMC Youth Union, Chairwoman of HCMC Young Pioneer Council; Mr. Don Lam – Co-Founder and CEO of VinaCapital and Chairman of the Board of the VinaCapital Foundation; Mr. Rad Kivette – CEO of the VinaCapital Foundation; and Associate Professor. Medical Doctor Nguyen Hoang Dinh, Head of Cardiology Surgery Department of University Medical Center HCMC. The HCMC Youth Union is VCF’s partner in the Care to Rise program.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to foster a devastating legacy, more than 2,000 children have lost their parents and are living in extremely challenging circumstances. The number of orphans will continue to increase because of the ongoing impact of the virus in Vietnam.
Along with financial and education difficulties, the loss of loved ones has left behind severe psychological trauma for many orphans. Since November 2021, VCF and HCMC Youth Union have implemented the Care to Rise program to provide for, protect and encourage these 2,345 orphans until adulthood through scientific individual assessment, short-term and mid-term remedies and long-term pathway for health and success.
Dr. Philipp Rösler signs the agreement with VCF to become the International Chairman of Care to Rise and the program’s global ambassador and advocate. Dr. Rösler is a Vietnamese-German cardiothoracic surgeon and former politician who served as the Minister of Health, the Minister of Economics and Technology, the Vice-Chancellor of Germany from 2011 to 2013, and recently the Honorary Consul of Vietnam to Switzerland. Born in Soc Trang, Vietnam, Rösler was the first cabinet minister and vice-chancellor of Asian descent in Germany. He became the Chairman of the Advisory Board of VinaCapital Ventures in 2019 and an independent board member of Loc Troi Group in 2020.
“It is an honor for VinaCapital Foundation to collaborate with Dr. Philipp Rösler in the Care to Rise program supporting our disadvantaged orphan children impacted as a result of Covid-19. Dr. Rösler’s assistance will enable us to reach out to the global community to call for help and deliver the best support for each of these children,” states Rad Kivette, CEO of VinaCapital Foundation.
Dr. Philipp Rösler also expresses his determination, “By joining VCF and Care to Rise, I hope to use my voice to raise awareness and call for actions at the international level to provide timely assistance to those who have already endured so much as a result of the pandemic. I am committed to dedicating my time and efforts to build a healthier and happier Vietnam – my country of birth.”
On 25th January, Philipp also visited the orphanage in Soc Trang where he spent the first months of his life and met with beneficiary children supported by VCF’s Heartbeat Vietnam, Brighter Path and Care to Rise programs in the province. This is the first time in almost 50 years that Philipp came back to his former orphanage and reunited with the Catholic nuns who took care of him.
On this occasion, each of Dr. Philipp and VCF donated 1,000 USD, 32 gift packages to the orphanage and 10 gift packages to VCF’s programs’ beneficiaries, supporting the orphans, the caregivers and the disadvantaged children to have a better and more fulfilled Tet holiday.
Since inception, in Soc Trang province, VCF has provided 152 surgeries for children with congenital heart defects, screened 393 children as well as supported 4 ethnic minority girls with full high school and university scholarships, one of whom is now a medical doctor in Ho Chi Minh city.