100 Friends and its Founder Marc Gold have been partners with Blue Dragon since 2006. I met Marc while he was in Vietnam seeking people in need of help, and immediately knew I had met a kindred spirit. 100 Friends is like no other charity. Marc finds the people who have fallen through the gaps, who receive help from nobody else, and empowers them to fulfill their dreams. By working together, Blue Dragon and 100 Friends have assisted Vietnamese children living in poverty who need access to healthcare and schooling. 100 Friends has funded children and families who have needed direct support; and on a management level, 100 Friends has provided Blue Dragon donors with tax deductibility when needed. These are practical actions which have made a tangible difference to people in need. 100 Friends is now turning 25. With Marc’s vision and passion, this special charity has done even more than it set out to. Happy birthday, 100 Friends; I hope you will continue for many years to come.
Founder and CEOHanoi, Vietnam
Marc Gold and 100Friends shares our both our heart and our goal of seeing meaningful change in the lives of those who are impacted by poverty and crisis. When Marc and team came to visit our work along the Burma border for the first time, it was soon clear that our two organizations fit very well together. The ease at which 100Friends worked alongside our team and Marc’s enthusiastic open-mindedness to see, feel and then act on the needs he was observing has made this partnership a joy from day-one. Through our partnership with 100Friends, we’ve seen real needs met, lives changed and futures brightened. Our first full-time Burmese medical staff got her start with a grant from 100Friends and continues to work within some of the most vulnerable border communities. A Burmese migrant woman, once given a small amount of startup capital from 100friends was able to start her own small business and move one step further from a life of uncertainty. I’m happy to call Marc and his team both partners and friends of Compasio Relief & Development and look forward to many more years of working together.
My name is Tsemdo and I grew up in a small village in Amdo, Tibet. I was one of the few lucky kids in the village to get a college education. And the first one in my family to ever graduate from a primary school. In 2009 I received scholarship from 100 Friends Project to continue my college education. I was enrolled in college in 2008 to study English language but the amount of the money that I had to pay for my school expenses was beyond my mother’s capability. My father passed away in 2003 due to a serious stomach illness and since then my mother had been supporting my education with her small amount of income generated from farming. So when I got into college, my mother managed to pay for the first year expenses and from the second year onwards the school raised the tuition costs and my mother and I couldn’t afford my education. Therefore I reached to one of my college teachers for help and through her introduction and recommendation, I got to know Marc Gold, who generously agreed to support my education. And because of that, I was able to continue my college education and in the beginning of 2011 I had successfully graduated from college. What the college education and Marc Gold’s support meant to me is that I managed to pursue my passion in photography and train young Tibetans on the Tibetan Plateau in photography and digital storytelling. When I received Marc Gold’s support I was already beginning to take photography seriously and involved in a participatory photography project called Plateau Photographers that has been training young Tibetans from across the Tibetan Plateau in documentary photography. I am now working as the executive director and photography trainer of Plateau Photographers. And in the summer of 2009 Marc Gold gave me digital camera which further enabled me to use my photography to tell stories and document endangered cultural elements on the Tibetan Plateau. All of these would have been difficult without the support of 100 Friends Project. And I am paying back 100 Friends generous support by serving local communities on the Tibetan plateau to share their stories and make positive social impacts. I am grateful of 100 Friends and I hope 100 Friends can continue to support Tibetan students and others like myself whose life would otherwise end up farming, herding, or looking for temporary jobs in the urban areas.
Hello Mr. Gold, I’m Mawite who is working to community health worker. Now I’m living in… I will tell you a little about what we do. we are going to slum area and work with the poor people especially those who cannot go to school and do not have to eat enough food, we feed them food and teach them how to read and write, check their health too, we call daycare center the place we are doing is… This people are coming from difference places like Ayawady Division their parent are do not have permanent job so that they could not sent their children to school. Thank you for helping this people.
I remember the first time I met Marc Gold: it was seven years ago when 100 Friends was introduced to HSCV. I was the lucky staff member to take charge of the medical and family assistance program, so I had the opportunity to work with Marc. Time flies so fast! Now, seven years later, HSCV and 100 Friends are good partners and have been working together to help many families and children with different programs like scholarship, rice distribution, and health care. Without the support from 100 Friends, HSCV would find it difficult to make a difference in the life of very poor families and children in Hanoi and surrounding villages. We have helped the sick, the disabled, and those who are unable to help themselves. One case in particular comes to mind regarding a heart surgery. Without help from 100 Friends, the parents didn’t have enough money to pay for the hospital and especially the long, post-surgery follow-up visits and medications for their son. Because of the support from Marc Gold and 100 Friends, the family is able to pay for the medicine and now their child is happy and a good student in his class. The lad wants to send Marc and 100 Friends a picture that he drew and also there is a letter from his mother. Marc Gold is truly a godsend who is always giving to needy people when he is asked. I know that he cares deeply about the work that HSCV is doing and I hope that together we help the poor children whether in big or small towns, villages & hamlets or urban and remote areas. l’m confident that we will continue working together to make the world better. I would like to send my personal thanks for your sponsorship of HSCV over the last several years. Thank-you for your kindness. Your contributions have been making a significant difference in the lives of many needy individuals in Vietnam.
Hello Marc, just wanted to write a short note to thank you again and tell how much the contribution from 100 friends was appreciated. As you know Marys Home is not part of a foundation or any other organization. It is just one mans desire to help some children in need and is supported by myself , my sister and a couple of others that understand and see the need for a small grass roots concept such as we have developed. As you saw yourself, we are not interested in building glamours or impressive buildings Instead we provide good clean living facilities, good nutritional food, teach good hygiene and good personal values and a ‘Real Home’ environment. And of most importance probably is the opportunity for these children to have an excellent education. We are simply just a home with some awesome children. NOT a “Childrens Home.” As you were aware when you visited funding isn’t easy for a home such as we have and we always have ongoing expenses, repairs and such plus some unfinished construction… Some of these things were a bathroom needed for the girls area, a septic system, a ceiling in the childrens rooms to prevent mosquitoes from “rooming” with the children and some repairs on our old pickup. When you visited we sat down and discussed these needs and you told me that 100 friends would provide the money necessary to do these specific things. True to your word the funds were provided and we were able to complete these projects. I probably can’t express enough how much this was and is still appreciated by all of us here. There are always many people that say, ‘we are going to help’ but in reality the actual number is almost nil when it actually comes to doing so.. Your help was such a good feeling and a real importance for the children to actually see that there are people that truly care and are true to their word.. So again I just want to say Thank You from each of use and hope you are able to help others with their needs. Please come visit and see the fruits of you help when you can. Take care always, Rick, Pichai, Thoei and all the children.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
My respected Marc Gold, At the beginning of my mail I would to say Tashi Delek firstly and of course hope that every thing goes smoothly over there as well as hope you have a good health as I wish. Yeah, when we first met in Dharamsala my English was very poor and I couldn’t talk to you what I felt in my heart then. So I felt very sad and wanted to talk to you many things during that time. As well as when that time I didn’t know how to use the Facebook too. But now I can talk to you by using the English language so I feel very happy. Anyway, what am I is because of you, so by the way I would like to thank you very much once again. I am always welcome you come to my college one day. And I hope the opportunity will come true soon. At last I would like to say thank you once more. All my love
Dear Marc Gold, My father was feeling a little ‘lost’ after retiring from nearly four decades of work for a bank in India. That changed when he read about what you are doing at 100friends. He became inspired to do small acts of kindness. He found that he was not helpless to make a difference, even with his pension from the bank. He found a new focus and purpose in life and was much happier for it. His last few years were spent in happily others in the way you and your friends do. The most important thing he was excited about was in telling all of us that we don’t have to be very rich, or have grand designs, to improve things in this world. He passed away last year. I hope to remember the spirit of his philanthropy and continue it. I am sharing this with you to encourage you to continue doing what you are doing, and to ask you to tell your story anyplace you can. You never know who is waiting to listen. Warm regards,
I first came to know about Marc through my mom who met him when working as a seller on the beach in Lovina, Bali. My mom met Marc and his friend one day at work and as they have a good chat, they came to the house and that was my first time to meet Marc. We really had a nice chat. Marc and his friend were really nice, friendly and funny. We talked a lot about what am I doing. At the time I was a 17 yr old student in Senior High School and also helping mom on the beach as a souvenir seller. Marc and his friends from 100 Friends talked to me about the school, how I was going at school, how can I divide my time between school and work, what motivated me to go to school even though my parent income wasn’t enough. I was so happy when Marc from 100 friends told me that they will help with my school fees, so was my mom and dad as I have a younger sister and brother who were also both at school – it really helped us. School here can very expensive on a small income, It is really hard for people like me to go to school here in Lovina, the expenses are so high. I am so grateful and very very happy when 100 friends helped me for my school. I promised to do well at school. I went to vocational high school for tourism industrial so after I graduated I am able to find a job.Now I am married and living in Sydney, Australia with a good living standard. 100 friends also helped my sister for school and now she is working in our home town as a supervisor in a major hotel. No words can describe how happy and our thanks to Marc and 100 friends. Thank you for your help and kindness to me and my family. My best regards
Lovina, Bali, Indonesia
To All those 100 Friends of Marc Gold, The Community Working Group: Burma, would like to thank you for your wonderful support for this very important work. 100 Friends was the very first organization to help us with this rather unique program. Through the years you have continued to help us help those with very little opportunity. Our team of community volunteers and medics are able to access areas that are often overlooked by government and larger NGOs. CWG is able to meet individual needs through basic medical service, counseling, teaching, escorting, and by providing food supplements, transportation and medicines to those without resources. It is rather overwhelming to see the extent of tragedy in this near collapsed State. Despite the “New Openness” and the rush of investment into this economic frontier the sixty years of mismanaged government has placed millions into poverty with all the accompanying hardships that follow.CWG is uniquely able to get into these impoverished areas and work with individuals, families, and schools.CWG is dependent on the goodwill and kindness of people like you. We operate on a small budget and your contribution has already done more than you might imagine. Thank you for opening your hearts in this special way and know that you have brought some measure of peace to others you may never even meet. CWG is so grateful to Marc Gold and the good folks of “100 Friends”. I would like to let you know to what ends this latest participation of 100 Friends have gone towards. 1,562 Healthy Meals We know that no matter what opportunity, or good circumstance of life may arise for kids we care for in our three day centers, if they are hungry or sick it means little. CWG can provide a nutritious meal once a day for these children. This is what we can do. We do it good. Thanks to you and your 100 Friends. Our “Healthy Meal Program”, together with the educational day care centers, and an eye towards medical intervention, offers stability to children in a quite fragile environment. Cheers to you and thanks so much from all the volunteers here to all the kind folks of 100 Friends.