Serving people from Vietnam since 1983 - Phục vụ người từ Việt Nam kể từ năm 1983


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Background and History



Community of refugees from Vietnam – East London (CRV-East London) was set up in 1983 by the first group of Vietnamese refugees settled in east London. Its purpose is to provide care and support to enable Vietnamese refugees living in east London to
integrate into the local community and to assist other Vietnamese refugees communities in the UK to set up their own organisations.
During the past thirty years the needs of the community have changed from those of newly arrived refugees. At the same time, there have been changes in welfare policy, practice and funding resources. These facrors directly influence the services that C.R.V offers.

Organisation status and its date of origin:

The Community was set up and registered as a voluntary charitable organisation in 1983 as Community of refugees from Vietnam in Tower Hamlets. It became a company limited and registered charity under the current name Community of refugees from Vietnam-East London in 1999. The Organisation is managed by 8 unpaid Management Committee members and run by 6 community staff (1 full-time and 5 part- time).

Factors leading to the setting up of the organisation

In 1979, the Home Office welcomed the group of over 10,000 Vietnamese refugees from Hong Kong for resettlement in this country; British Council for Aid to Refugees took charge of the work initially. It later delegated the work to the Vietnamese themselves.
The role of the Organisation was two-fold: spreading experience and good practice to help their own community, helping the loyal authorities and others concerned to understand better the Vietnamese Community.

Organisation’s mission

CRV-East London seeks to serve and assist the Vietnamese in East London who are in need and hardship due to language barrier. It also helps to promote and preserve the tradition of Vietnamese culture.