Who We Are

Global Village Foundation (GVF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) NGO organization based in San Diego, California. Founded in 2000 by author and humanitarian Le Ly Hayslip, GVF is non-religious, nonpolitical, and non-governmental. GVF’s mission is to uplift the people of rural Vietnam and Southeast Asia through self-sustaining programs in education, healthcare, cultural preservation, and disaster relief, as well as the construction of schools and homes in impoverished regions. As volunteers working through hands-on engagement at the grassroots level, we provide valuable life lessons to both local and international recipients, encouraging literacy and supporting regional arts and culture.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been giving back locally with a cross-cultural exchange experience here in San Diego, California. For more information, check out our Apprenticeship program.

Mission Statement

Global Village Foundation’s mission is to advocate, educate, act, forgive, and reconcile in peace through humanitarian work. We seek to end human suffering by promoting global peace through nonviolence, and empower people to become better and stronger bridge builders with wisdom, knowledge, and compassion.

GVF has a long and fruitful history of partnerships with several international organizations, universities, and student groups. These partnerships have resulted in cultural exchanges and critical assistance to the people of Vietnam, Southeast Asia, and other countries. We aim to improve the conditions and expand the opportunities of people in difficult situations, so that they can uplift themselves from aversities towards a better future.

COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, but impoverished communities have suffered greatly. Every corner of the world needs your help right now, and humanitarian outreach organizations around the world have continued to provide support. At GVF, we have responded dynamically to the changing and challenging conditions that the pandemic has created. Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic limiting international travel, we have been focused on giving back locally with a cross-cultural exchange experience here at our San Diego, California headquarters. Please see our Apprenticeship Program page for more information. We would also like to invite you to join us on our Heaven & Earth Pilgrimage: Vietnam in Spring 2022. Our pilgrimage will begin locally, expanding nationally and internationally as the conditions from the pandemic allow. For more information, please check out our Events page.