Mai Nha’s activities in Vietnam are funded and supported by four legal entities, established in Vietnam, France, the Netherlands and the United States. Marc Witlox, Mai Nha’s co-founder and President of Mai Nha France and Mai Nha Vietnam, coordinates and oversees all operations. Mai Nha Netherlands stepped in as early as 2010, playing a key role in the funding of the Mai Nha Family homes, and continues to fund a significant part of their annual operating costs. In France, Mai Nha raises funds and develops partnerships, mostly with foundations and companies, and is supported by an Advisory Board whose members are experienced professionals working with children (child psychologists, pediatricians…) and NGOs operating in the area of childhood and education. In Vietnam, Mai Nha is supported by well-known Vietnamese NGOs and experts. May Nha USA raises funds in the United States.
A story of friendship
They met at the University of Rotterdam, 40 years ago. In 2010, when Marc told them about project that he intended to launch in Vietnam with Marie Ponsin, Bart, John, Pieter then Robert immediately made the decision to support him. They founded Mai Nha Netherlands, mobilized their friends and family and raised the funds required to start the construction of the facilities. In 6 years, thanks to their relentless support, Mai Nha Netherlands has raised over 600 000 $, mostly with individuals.
The local team
Mrs Kieu, first Mai Nha grandma, has held in her arms all 16 children from day one they arrived at Mai Nha. She loves children and ensures they are doing well, she supervises the local team (about 15 nanies) and orchestrates the daily life at the two homes.
Han is the administrative manager with increaing responsabilities with the children getting older. A cook, two cleaning professionals and a security staff are also part of the local team.
Joelle, a French national who lives in the village, comes once a week to Mai Nha in order to organize various games and manual activities for the children
Very soon a second mother will join the team taking care of the 9 boys.