On Nov. 8, 2015, Grace Mishler, a Church of the Brethren member and a Global Mission and Service worker in Ho Chi Minh City, was honored for her work with disabled persons by Vietnamese government officials. Selected individuals from the southern region of Vietnam were recognized for their contributions to the disabled community including blind and partially sighted persons, the area of Mishler’s expertise.
Since Sept. 2000, Mishler has been working with the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, where she consults with the staff and provides educational and eye care support for students with visual impairment. Additionally, she facilitates services, monitors, and provides support at the Thien An and Nhat Hong Blind Schools with specified project development including a Student Eye Care Project and International Cane Awareness Day.
At the Disability Conference held by the Disabilities Federation Association of Vietnam, she was awarded a Medal of Honor, two certificates of “excellent activities in caring and supporting persons with disabilities within the frame time of 2011-2015,” and a bouquet of flowers in appreciation for her many contributions to disabled persons in Ho Chi Minh City.
Mishler was nominated by Thien An Blind School for the awards. The certificates she received included a certificate from the Ho Chi Minh Association for Protection of People with Disabilities and Orphans, and another from the Vietnam Fatherland Front Socialist Republic Peoples’ Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.
To know more about the work of Grace Mishler and Global Mission and Service in Vietnam, go to www.brethren.org/partners/vietnam . Find a a 26 minute documentary about Mishler from Hanoi VCT-10, titled “The Silent American,” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMQHiX-Qk_k .