The Foundation was formed after a conversation of a family about the difficult life of indigenous people in rural areas, where young children are subjected to dangers daily on their way to school. The charity’s founder, Miss Nam Phương, realized that with her small network she could raise enough funds to build bridges for small and remote communities, whereby eliminating unsafe boat rides.
In September 2011, the first bridge was built at Mỹ Thuận hamlet, Cái Bè District, Tiền Giang province in southern Vietnam.
The strong and positive feedback from the town of Mỹ Thuận directly inspired the creation of the Nam Phuong Foundation, as Nam Phuong believed that ‘Build a Bridge’ is a project that could be implemented at other locations around the country, and even globally.
Then, on the 19th September 2013, the Nam Phuong Foundation was the first charity by students to be granted an Establishment License, number 1048/QĐ-BNV by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in association with the international Nam Phuong Foundation.