Green Vietnam Foundation


Green Vietnam Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 381896
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138-1896

Tel: (617) 909-7189
Email: gro.manteivneerg|ofni#gro.manteivneerg|ofni

Appeal for Start-up Funds

Green Vietnam NGO Launches Project

Dear Friend,

We have entered a new stage in our sustainable agro-forestry project in Vietnam with the establishment of a non-profit organization in Massachusetts and an international NGO (non-governmental organization) in Vietnam. Our start-up plan and budget are described in this email and in more detailed documents accessible through a link below.


A model eco-farm and guesthouse in Tuyen Quang Province specializing in fruit trees was established four years ago.

Our executive director, John Berlow, played a role of planner, advisor and fundraiser for the project. This followed his Organic Gardening Project at Vietnam Friendship Village, a center for Agent Orange victims on the outskirts of Hanoi.

Many people in Vietnam, in the U.S. and around the world contributed generously to both of these projects..

Work of the Non-profit and NGO

Enlarging and extending these efforts through a formal organization has been our intention from the beginning. With the help of friends and colleagues, a structure for a transparent non-profit international effort has been set up to promote sustainable eco-agroforestry and green technology in Vietnam. This has involved the creation of a tax-exempt, tax-deductible charitable organization in the U.S. and an international NGO in Vietnam.

This marks the beginning of a completely new stage in Green Vietnam's work.

Green Vietnam Foundation is asking for your support to launch our first project, which will train and help more poor farmers in the foothills of the Northern Highlands to become fruit farmers and to become trainers of other farmers.

The project will also plant an analog forest garden (i.e. a plantation of trees that mimics the structure and function of indigenous forest while at the same time providing profitable non-timber forest products such as fruit and medicinal herbs). This forest garden will be located on land contributed by the province and will be planted and tended by local farmers together with Vietnamese and foreign volunteers. Eventual profits will go to a specially-created community fund.

More information about the project can be found on the website of Green Vietnam Foundation:


Up until now, this new project has operated on donated labor, the pro bono work of Gail Pennington, Esq., significant personal and financial support of friends and the unpaid work of friends and directors of Green Vietnam Foundation. Now, an Assistant Director, Mr. Nguyen Doan Huan, has been hired and is meeting with officials in several provinces in the Northern Highlands to design the initial phases of the project. John Berlow will arrive in Hanoi to work as director of the NGO.

Your contribution to making this happen is deeply appreciated. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Once the details of the project are clarified, you will be updated on this website. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly at

With many thanks in advance,

John Berlow
Executive Director
Green Vietnam Foundation

P.S. Donations can be sent to our post office box above or via the PayPal button on our website.

Tax letters will be sent for donations over $250.00. 

Thank you for making this project a reality!

Board of Directors of Green Vietnam Foundation, Inc.

Ms. Meryl Stowbridge, President
Charles Bering, Esq., Clerk
Mr. John Berlow, Executive Director
Mr. Don Gurewitz
Mr. Eric Herter
James T. Kilbreth III, Esq.

Green Vietnam Foundation, Inc. 
Tax ID #26-2866283

Green Vietnam's Plan in Short

  • Plant Forest Fruit Gardens & Fruit orchards
  • Restore the environment
  • Improve the lot of bare subsistence farmers


  • Plant fruit gardens to simulate indigenous forest to cover bare hills 
  • Replace annual crops, harmful to the environment, with carbon-sequestering fruit trees 
  • Raise the standard of living of poor farmers
  • Restore watersheds 
  • Use organic and sustainable methods


This project is managed by John Berlow (gro.manteivneerg|wolrebnhoj#gro.manteivneerg|wolrebnhoj)

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