Library of Vietnam Project and Library of Laos Project, not for profit
organization, was founded by F.J.Chuck Theusch - a veteran of Viet Nam War.
The LOVP accepts donations from the public to build libraries.
These donations include shelves, furniture, a basic stock of books,
computers and internet in the basic project. As a non profit
organization, donations are necessary because the cost of each
children's library is $35,000. The local People's
Committees and officials donate the land and site preparation to
include unexploded mines and bomb clearance where necessary.
From the day of dedication, the opening of the library, the security, operation,
and maintenance are paid for by the Vietnamese people.
The standard library design is key to our concept. It features a distinctive
roof line, handicapped access ramps, outdoor balcony with an open study,
meeting and assembly area on the first floor. Books and computers are on
the second floor to avoid potential flooding in the monsoon season.
The distinctive look is unique and provides an architectural signature
to our libraries. When you encounter the Library at Quang Ngai, at
(or at any other site as we continue to build throughout Vietnam) you know
that you are in the cooperative, friendly presence of the Amecian Library
of Vietnam Project. This recognition is essential to our charity
the larger vision of reconciliation, cooperation and peace.
Together with the Vietnamese people and you, we hope to build libraries
throughout Vietnam, creating a vibrant system of book exchanges,
computer hardware and software, educational programs - on land mine and
unexplored bomb safety awareness, medical and legal education, career
days in medicine, and countless other fields. We also maintain and
enhance the holdings and services of each library, and provide operational
support for the librarians, local schools, community and goverment officials
engaged with us in this international endeavor.
This is an ambitious project. To make this charitable fund happen we rely
on our steadfast "It's a Wonderful Life" appreciation of people. We need
everybody in every capacity, every life touches many other lives!
We are Americans and Vietnamese working together as a family
team to realize the greatest potential of this charitable fund for us all.
Library#1, Pho Thuan, Duc Pho, Quang Ngai Province.
Sponsor: Francis J. (Chuck) Theusch, US Army 1969-70
Dedicated: October 13, 2001