Rotary D5170 Vietnam Project
Jan 26, 2023
Sue McKinney
Rotary D5170 Vietnam Project

Sue McKinney, CEO of Crila Health, is a California attorney and Vietnam business consultant, living and working in Vietnam since 1994. Sue has exported thousands of Vietnams products to the US companies like Costco. As CEO of Crila Health she sponsors clinical studies and research collaboration with UIC, the University of Chicago, scientists at Rutgers, Ultra Botanica and PanAmerican Clinical Research. Crila for Prostate and Crila for Menopause herbal supplements are found on Amazon and Crila Health websites. Sue is currently working in drug development with the University of Chicago, NIH, and FDA in the little-known field of “Botanical Drug.”

Sue has had the pleasure of witnessing and taking part in the dynamic economic and social growth Vietnam has experienced the past 29 years; and has been the in-country liaison on 25 Rotary projects. On the Board of Operation Smile Vietnam, Sue helped raise facial surgery funds for 20,000 children. She has helped to raise funds and facilitated Rotary Club projects in Vietnam to

  • distribute over 1,000 wheelchairs
  • build 3 libraries
  • fund orphanage programs
  • construct a home for unwed mothers with a Helping Grant from The Rotary Foundation
  • fund a women’s micro-credit project with a Helping Grant from The Rotary Foundation
  • organize 5 Vietnamese outgoing GSE Teams and the itinerary for 5 incoming US GSE Teams (including a team from District 5170).
  • Facilitate matching funds for a pediatric ICU in Vietnam’s largest Cancer Hospital – the culmination of a three year project valued at $600,000 which Sue facilitated with Rotary Districts in the US, Canada and Thailand.
  • organize the D5170 Vietnam Soccer Ball project 2015 which distributed a 20’ container of 2,400 ultradurable soccer balls in Vietnam with Rotarians and Interact volunteers. RI sent a reporter to cover the project, the article is in the March issue of The Rotarian.

The Vietnam soccer ball project expanded in 2016 expanded to support anti-Trafficking, information can be found at www.RotaryDistrict5170VietnamProject.org. RVP supports education through the Pacific Links Foundation to combat trafficking by keeping girls in school; educating youth and their parents on the tricks used by traffickers; and vetting job offers to place girls in legitimate jobs and/or support their higher education. Scholarships receive matching funds from a private donor administered through Vanguard Charities, NY.

The project has been presented to thousands of Rotarians at RI annual conventions in Seoul, Atlanta, Toronto, and Houston; and received two matching Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation. Rotary and Interact volunteers teach at an annual RYLA-style summer camp for scholarship recipients every July during any normal year when travel is possible. Join us!

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