In 2000, Hands-On Saigon delivered medical equipment to Dr. Hien, the founder and director of Thanh Xuan Peace Village in Hanoi.
In 2001, assisted by Dr. Hien, they visited twelve needy AO families in Ha Tay province and donated piglets and pig feed to help them have a way to generate a bit of income.
In 2005, several families were visited and given small gifts in Can Duoc near HCMC, a village where children were born disabled due to Agent Orange.
In 2007, again with the help of Dr. Hien, Hands-On Saigon began helping AO families in Bac Giang Province. Seven families received piglets and pig feed. One young man they’d met at the Peace Village in 2000, (not pictured here) was now married and had a small son, but was still struggling to make a living. His dream was to sell his artwork, so Hands-On Saigon supplied him with startup funding for art supplies.
In 2008, the last year that Dr. Hien was healthy enough to join the team, two trips were made to Bac Giang. In May, four families were beneficiaries of the program. Three received cows (two heifers and one pregnant cow) and one family requested a water buffalo. In December, all nine needy families aided by Hands-On Saigon received water buffalos (one of them pregnant).
In 2009, Hands-On Saigon continued assisting poor AO families in Bac Giang without Dr. Hien, whose health had declined. Seven families were assisted, with five of them receiving mature cows, one a water buffalo, and one family who preferred pigs, receiving ten piglets as well as pig feed to get them started. Cows and water buffalos are all essential for work, but the latter, though a more valuable gift, is inappropriate in drier areas.