Who We Are

Global Village Foundation (GVF) is a non-profit NGO founded by author and humanitarian Le Ly Hayslip. GVF’s mission is to uplift the people of rural Vietnam through self-sustaining programs in education, health care, cultural preservation, and disaster relief, as well as construction of schools and homes in impoverished regions. Le Ly Hayslip, has been active in bringing aid to those in need throughout Vietnam since 1986. Purchase any of our founder’s books: When Heaven and Earth Changed Places • Child of War, Woman of Peace • Purchase the DVD of Heaven & Earth


GVF has hosted and partnered with several international organizations and university and college student groups to promote cultural exchange and provide assistance to the people of Vietnam. Please see our Get Involved page for more information.


GVF announce a new partnership to create a dental health program with Dr. Ralph Duffin.The lack of dental health awareness, along with tooth decay is an ongoing problem for Vietnam’s children. Cavities lead to pain and infections that prevent children from learning and socializing. GVF is partnering with dental scientists to bring a powerful new method for treating tooth decay to Vietnam. This program involves treating tooth decay with medicine and stopping the infections that lead to pain and swelling. This approach avoids the need for surgery to repair and remove diseased teeth. The new model for delivering dental heath services supports local resources and is self-sustaining. Coping with tooth pain distracts children from learning opportunities. Treating tooth decay with expensive surgical solutions diverts important financial resources away from other important projects to enhance the quality of life for Vietnam’s citizens.