Friends of COPI

The organization has been honored with the World Service Medal Award for its dedication to the community. With appreciation for what COPI has done for Vietnamese children, Kathy O’Brien, an American businesswoman in Singapore, initiated a group called “Friends of COPI” in 2010 to raise funds for poor children. “Friends of COPI” established with the aim of raising funds for poor children Kathy developed her love for Vietnamese children during business trips to Vietnam. In 2002, when Kathy was a single person, dedicating all her time to her business, she adopted a new-born orphan in Vung Tau and named him Van Cuong. Raising Cuong has changed her life. She loves Cuong as if he was her biological son and spreads her love for other Vietnamese children living with difficulties. Eight years later, Kathy met Binh Rybacki, an overseas Vietnamese in the US and COPI founder, which led to the establishment of “Friends of COPI”. Kathy said, “We are a group of people in Singapore who really want to help those who need it but we need to be sure that the organization is trusted and careful with the money. When we started years ago, I knew COPI did a very good work in Singapore so I told all my friends about this organization and we decided to do one event to raise some money. And the event went so well. We have done 11 events over years and have raised more than US$100,000”. “Friends of COPI” often hosts gatherings with… [Read full story]

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