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Our Mission

Lifestart Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation helping disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient.

Founded in 2000 by Australian Karen Leonard OAM and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, Lifestart Foundation applies a holistic approach to helping those in need through proven working programs and initiatives which are designed to effect a generational change.

Our main focus is providing educational scholarships, but our assistance spans across many areas including house building, vocational training, emergency aid and medical support.

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  • Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

    Nelson Mandela

Success Stories

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to complete an education and have been actively assisting students in Hoi An and its surrounding regions since 2000.

Meet Dr.Tran Van A

Lifestart Foundation congratulates our first medical student to graduate and be appointed to a new position at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Danang. We are in awe and admiration of your hard work and determination to overcome adversity and your passion to become a doctor. “A” was born and raised in the Cam Thanh

Congratulations Hien!

We couldn’t be more proud of Hien, who has just completed her Law degree and has graduated with a distinction. Hien has had a Lifestart Foundation educational scholarship for the past 6 years. She has been a dilligent and commited student and it has been an absolute delight to watch her grow into the confident

A Letter of Gratitude from Nay

A Letter of Gratitude from Lifestart Foundation Education Scholarship Student VO THOI NAY – who is currently studying Nuclear Physics at University. It is always very special to hear just how much our help has been appreciated and how it has positively impacted a young life. We are very proud of Nay’s diligence and determination

Meet Hoai, future doctor of Central Vietnam

In May 2018 Lifestart Foundation launched and awarded a new round of major Medical Scholarships at Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy. These scholarships are the most valuable on offer at the University. The scholarships were awarded to impressive first year students who have demonstrated academic excellence and are from extremely disadvantaged backgrounds. By way