In 2000, Dr. Toan Pham and his wife made a noble decision to use their fund to assist many poor children in dire need to continue schooling in Hue, Vietnam. The purpose was to financially support the children so they can keep going to school and completing their educational dream . Dr. Toan Pham named this mission as the Pham's Education Encouragement. The effort was only to assist the children in need because the association could only generate funds from and within the Pham's family.
Dr. Phat Pham has joined this noble mission for many years. However, he decided to reorganize the association and continue this work to hope many more children in need in 2015. He established this Schooling Encouragement Foundation that remains the purpose to continues financially assisting children of disadvantaged socio-economic families in Hue and Long Xuyen cities, Vietnam, encouraging them to pursue and complete their educational dreams. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, SEF proposed support to the children in some affordable housing communities in the U.S. SEF affiliates with some service providers and non-profit organizations to assist the after-school activities in those areas as mentioned above.
SEF's Board of Directors currently consists of Dr. Toan Pham, Ms. Joann Rodriguez, Ms. Ngoc Bich Tran, and Dr. Huy Nguyen-Khoa. The Board of Directors will oversee the management of operations and finance of this foundation, making sure this charity work would be more effective and systematic.
Our vision is ambitious. Schooling Encouragement Foundation looks for room to grow to provide more effective programs to the school-aged children of the low socio-economic families in Vietnam and of the multifamily affordable housing communities in the United States of America. Depending on the financial availability, SEF seeks to increase the number of assisted children crossing the border in the long haul.