Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to address the legacy of war by removing dangerous explosives, returning land to safe use, promoting peace and cultivating a brighter future for the children and families of Vietnam.

Our Vision is a Vietnam completely cleared of dangerous unexploded ordnance and communities fully supported in their goals for safety, education and economic success.

Safe land, successful communities

The tragic impact of the U.S.–Vietnam war still threatens the lives and livelihoods of children and families across central Vietnam. In partnership with Vietnamese leadership and local communities in Quảng Trị and Quảng Bình Province, PeaceTrees Vietnam safely clears land of explosive remnants of war, returns land to productive use, and supports community-led  educational and economic development initiatives so that future generations can thrive. Your support cultivates prosperous and sustainable futures for communities that continue to be impacted by war.

Founded in 1995 by Danaan Parry and Jerilyn Brusseau — whose brother, U.S. Army helicopter pilot Lt. Daniel Cheney, was shot down and killed during the Vietnam War in 1969 — PeaceTrees Vietnam became the first U.S. organization permitted to sponsor humanitarian demining efforts after U.S.–Vietnam diplomatic normalization. Today, PeaceTrees’ work remains rooted in an enduring commitment to building friendship and understanding between Vietnamese and American citizens. PeaceTrees is a shining example to the world of how tragedy and conflict can be transformed into peace and partnership.

Our Guiding Values

Partnership, Collaboration, and Trust: Thanks to PeaceTrees' Vietnamese program team's expert leadership and the progress, friendship, and trust built over 26 years of work in central Vietnam, PeaceTrees has developed effective partnerships that enable our mine action, economic, and educational development programs. We are committed to nurturing these partnerships and to having trust and collaboration guide our work.

The Environment: We recognize that the effects of climate change will exacerbate inequalities caused by the legacy of war and will further impact the safety and livelihoods of individuals and communities across Vietnam. PeaceTrees is committed to using our resources to minimize the negative environmental impacts of our work, protecting the environment, and supporting partner communities as they adapt to the impact of climate change.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: As an international organization, we embrace that our community extends across national and cultural boundaries. PeaceTrees Vietnam is committed to principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity with the overarching goal of creating long-term understanding and belonging. We aim to uplift the voices and lived experiences of all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, geographic location, or disability status.

Furthermore, PeaceTrees is committed to ensuring that the lived experiences of the communities we work with drive organizational priorities and program design. We strive to understand and balance the privilege and power inherent in our role as facilitators of resources and, wherever possible, keep power and decision-making with those most impacted by our work. With this in mind, PeaceTrees is also committed to mainstreaming gender and disability inclusion in all of our programs.

PeaceTrees stands in solidarity with AAPI communities against all forms of racism, violence, and xenophobia.

We are outraged and deeply saddened by the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the US, including the mass shootings in Atlanta that took the lives of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women. There can be no doubt that members of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities—particularly elders, women, and the working class—are being targeted and harassed. 

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