Thrive Networks was established as a result of a merger of East Meets West Foundation and Blue Planet Network. We began in 1988 as East Meets West to help the people of Vietnam, where we continue to innovate today. In Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, we continue to operate under the name East Meets West.
Women-led & engaging private sector projects
In 2018, East Meets West celebrated 30 years of operations in Vietnam and received the Vietnamese Government’s prestigious Friendship Order Service Award in recognition for helping to enhance the quality of life for Vietnamese people. Thrive Networks also partnered with JSI Health to implement the USAID-financed Building Healthy Cities program in Danang, Vietnam.
East Meets West continues to build its programs with a gender and socially inclusive lens to ensure no one is left behind in essential services such as water, hygiene, and sanitation, and building resilient communities and healthy cities.
Expansion to Cambodia & Laos, new funders
With a focus on collaborative partnerships, innovative financing schemes, and technology, East Meets West expanded to Cambodia and Laos and changed its name in the United States to Thrive Networks. Funders such as the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation financed East Meets West’s output-based aid approach to programs in education, deworming, and water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Pioneering evidence-based programs
East Meets West developed programs in education and health programs such as its SPELL scholarships, Operation Healthy Heart pediatric cardiac care, and Breath of Life newborn care programs, and pioneered new innovative financing and service delivery approaches in water, hygiene and sanitation. Several institutional donors started their support of East Meets West, including the World Bank (education), Ford Foundation (programs for people with disabilities), and USAID (early childhood development and school construction).
Grassroots programs in Vietnam
East Meets West was founded by Le Ly Hayslip, who described her life during the Vietnam War in the book “When Heaven and Earth Changed Places,” which became the basis for Oliver Stone’s film “Heaven and Earth.” In the first 10 years, East Meets West was known for its grassroots programs in Vietnam in clean water, health, and education.
East Meets West currently operates in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
Our priority programs are WASH, Healthy Cities, and Community Development
We design innovative financing and service delivery models for underserved communities
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