The man in this beautiful family portrait is Dan Rocovits, here with his wife, Moon and their baby, Sunny. Dan is an American who has lived in Asia for most of his adult life. He is a remarkably kind and caring man, and has provided assistance on numerous occasions to me and others involved with VFVP-USA when we have traveled to Hanoi for international meetings.
Dan’s brother David Rocovits is an active board member of Vietnam Friendship Village Project USA. The two brothers have always loved international travel, and in 1996 Dan moved to Viet Nam to lend a hand with the country’s development efforts, and founded a nonprofit organization called World Village Foundation. Dan is also a founding board member of Vietnam Hosteling International and has served as its secretary for four years. Dan’s wife Moon, a professional graphic artist, is general manager of Vietnam HI Travel and, along with Dan and other staff, coordinates Hostelling International travel experiences for international visitors to Viet Nam.
Dan’s brother David Rocovits, who serves on VFVP-USA’s board of directors, is one of the most dedicated fundraisers we have here in the US, and his efforts are one of the reasons our small group of volunteers has been able to sustain a decent level of support for the Friendship Village despite economic challenges. David travels to Hanoi frequently to visit his brother’s family, and the village, and usually returns with a new batch of excellent photos.
The reason for this post is that Dan was recently featured on the Vietnamese television show, “Talk VietNam.” The interview was divided into four video segments and uploaded to YouTube. In the third segment, in which Dan discusses his brother’s involvement with the Vietnam Friendship Village, there is a great clip of Dan visiting the village. (If you would like to learn more about this extraordinary human being by watching the entire interview, just search for “Dan Rocovits” on YouTube.)