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The Lifestart Foundation is a grassroots, not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient. Founded in 2000 by Australian Karen Leonard and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Foundation applies a holistic approach to helping those in need through proven working programs and initiatives which are designed to effect a generational change.

The team works to create sustainable and ongoing income streams for the disadvantaged via education scholarships and vocational training schemes. Those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with complex disabilities are given improved opportunities through the Lifestart Foundation Workshop. Assistance also comes in the form of house building, safe accommodation, transportation, medical support and dental treatment.

The Lifestart Foundation continues to develop projects that will enable the charity to become self-sufficient. These include the production and sale of Longlife Natural Body Products, the Lifestart Foundation Workshop Classes and the Stitch-In-Time collaboration between the Lifestart Foundation and Spotlight Australasia.

As a registered charity in both Australia and Vietnam, the Lifestart Foundation guarantees that all donations will go towards the funding of philanthropic projects in Vietnam.


Lifestart Foundation Inc. is a Deductible Gift Recipient under Australian tax law. All donations exceeding $2 are an allowable tax deduction to the donor.