Have you ever experienced something that changed your life? Imagine visiting an orphanage in your poverty-stricken home town and finding a myriad of severely ill children. There’s one baby who grabs your attention. He’s physically contorted and in great pain. It’s 2007, and he has an easily preventable disease – spina bifida — and further, one that could be surgically corrected. You’ve completed medical school so you know the facts — there’s little time for this child. You frantically call and email your way through every network you know of to find help. You’ve never felt so helpless.
Too little, too late. The baby died. You can’t get him out of your mind. How can you change this story for the next? Tom Nguyen knows his prenatal vitamins. They have a significant role in preventing a host of birth defects and early childhood diseases like Spina Bifida. It’s so simple and so inexpensive. This is what changed Tom’s life. Tom is now on a mission to change the life of millions of babies right from the womb locally and globally.
Joining Tom in RightStart4Kids, is Dirk Tussing, whose mission is to improve literacy and overall learning for kids through the use of inexpensive, easily accessible learning technologies. Unlike Tom’s childhood in Viet Nam, Dirk grew up privileged with access to a great education throughout his life. After spending years in corporate learning and development, Dirk discovered the plethora of inexpensive and easily accessible learning technologies, such as Intel-powered Classmate PCs and e-learning-for-kids, that were being underutilized in solving a host of education access issues for children from Chicago to the Mekong Delta of Viet Nam.
Together, Dirk and Tom, with amazing support from the Executive Learning Exchange, many Rotary Clubs and several non-profit organizations around the world, have helped to open their doors and hearts needed to launch, lead, and sustain RightStart4Kids.
RightStart4Kids is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization based in Chicago, IL U.S.A.