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Trish Franklin

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at The Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program (LVAP)
Member Since: 1970


The Loreto Vietnam-Australia Program (LVAP) received a permit to operate as a non-government organization (INGO) in Vietnam in 1997. Its mandate and absolute focus is to assist vision-impaired, hearing impaired, intellectually challenged and disadvantaged children to receive optimum assistance for a positive and most favorable education. The motto of LVAP is “lifting learners into the future”. In early 2011, LVAP successfully received an ‘upgraded’ License which now permits projects and activities to be undertaken in the remote, isolated and very poor Provinces of Phu Yen, Ca Mau, Tra Vinh, Tien Giang and An Giang. In 2013 LVAP has started the powerful implementation of EIGHT new projects in the Provinces of Phu Yen, Tra Vinh and An Giang. Assistance for struggling rural communities in these remote and far-flung Provinces is desperately needed and it is obvious that progressive changes has brought enlightened learning and teaching environments. Counterpart funding from impoverished partners is a part of the process leading to self-maintainability. In 2014 LVAP will initiate a further SIX new projects –including developments in Tien Giang and Ca Mau Provinces. Trish has been the CEO of LVAP since its beginning in 1997. After teaching in Primary Schools in Australia for 15 years, Trish moved to work with refugees in Thailand and extended this work back in Australia through assistance given to resettling families from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In 2005 Trish was invested with the Order of Australia Medal (AO) “for service in the field of humanitarian relief and to the children of South-East Asia, particularly in Vietnam, through the establishment and administration of education and welfare programs”. In March 2013 Trish received an Honorary Doctorate from the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Trish has been in Vietnam for 19 years. Honorary Medals were also awarded to Trish by the Vietnamese Government in 2000, 2004 and most recently in September 2007 when the Medal for “Peace and Friendship Among Nations”. Having recently celebrated its “Fifteenth Anniversary”, LVAP claims to have given a valuable, positive and educational boost to over 25,000 poor and disabled children of Vietnam. The Loreto Vietnam Advisory Board was set up in 2011 and inaugurated by the Chief Executive Director of LVAP in Australia. The purpose and role of the Board is to focus on supporting the guidelines/directions/issues of LVAP – based on useful/valuable skills and experience and particularly in directing an ongoing workable growth within the management of all LVAP’s projects.
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