Readers select Vietnam ministry as 2018 grand prize winner
The overall winner of WORLD’s 2018 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion is the Aquila Rehab Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, the first international ministry to capture the top honor. Aquila received 35 percent of the votes cast by WORLD readers and will gain $10,000, which will go a long way in Vietnam. All of the ministries considered are worthy, and regional winners receive $2,000 each, plus lots of publicity and increased credibility that they use in their own areas to multiply those dollars.
Go and do likewise
If you’re looking for ideas about a ministry you could start, please see our listing of the 100-plus organizations we profiled from 2006 to 2017, with their major focuses: addiction, babies (unborn), community, disabilities, education, family, gardening, homelessness, immigration, jobs, legal needs, medical, prison, repair work, sex (anti-prostitution), transportation, and youth. The listing also shows what it takes to start a poverty-fighting ministry: a license, a specific skill (such as auto repair), experience (such as that a mother gains), or neighborliness (a simple desire to invest time in helping others).
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Aquila Rehab Center in Hanoi, Vietnam
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