"small victories in a large world"


In 2002, Tracy and Steve Foster traveled to Vietnam to adopt their first child, a baby girl, from Hanoi. It was to be the first of three adoptions. They returned in 2006 to adopt their son from Danang, and again in 2007 to adopt their youngest son from Phu Tho. Tracy and Steve witnessed the differences between the three orphanages where their children were living. All of the orphanages shared similar facilities, the building were older without heat or air, and limited resources. The primary difference was one orphanage clearly had a trained staff with direct administrative oversight, which made a significant difference in the care of the children living there. The most difficult part of the adoption process was seeing the many children who were left behind to live their childhood in institutional care. The cries of the children left a lasting impression.

Tracy made connections with organizations working in Vietnam asking for her adoption group and her family to become active participants in facilitating change at the orphanages. In time, she decided to form an organization dedicated to working toward improving conditions for the orphanage children. The name came for a favorite quote by Seneca, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.”

The formation of Project Being There has been in process for many years. Project Being There was officially incorporated on March 18, 2009 and became an official tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on
September 19, 2009.

Tracy, her family, friends, and other members of her adoption group are committed to bringing about change. Victory is celebrated with each positive change that occurs for the children living in orphanages. Join us and become a part of a special group of people dedicated to improving the lives of orphanage children in Vietnam, one small victory at a time.



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