Son Michael Pham left Vietnam on the very last day of the war in April of 1975. Even in those early, challenging days – on the boat to the U.S., at the refugee camp in the Philippines and as a new resident of Chicago – Son Michael volunteered helping his fellow refugees.
35 years later, he is a successful Seattle businessman who leads two companies while seeming to work nonstop helping disabled children affected by Agent Orange. He is a very active member of Rotary International and founder of Kids Without Borders – an international nongovernmental organization working with disabled children in Vietnam.
Son Michael describes himself as having an “all kids, one world” vision, and he is certainly committed to that ideal. Throughout his life he has been a champion for children, especially those affected by Agent Orange.
Every year since 2001 he has lead a special HumaniTour to Vietnam. “Travel with a purpose” as Son Michael describes it, the HumaniTour allows him to share the “then and now” of his country and its people.
Steve Mariotti, a participant of HumaniTour, sums it up:
“I don’t know where Son gets the energy to do all he does for these kids in the orphanages, plus raising money to build schools, purchase wheelchairs and keep a lookout for some of the children needing extra help and attention. GOD BLESS HIM!!”
Learn more about Son Michael Pham by reading our special interview with this tireless champion for his community, his country(s) and his world.