STEP Forward is a non for profit organisation registered and based in Adelaide, Australia. Our team have worked on a variety of community development and cultural exchange programs, including projects in the UK, Tanzania, India, Japan and Vietnam itself. Our core team have a like-minded passion for charitable work and we all share a particular closeness, especially to social and economic development in Vietnam. As a grassroots organisation we aim to accomplish as much work as possible in rural Vietnam with the resources available to us.

Our Team

Max Martin - Founder & Director

Tony is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in Asian Studies and International Relations at Flinders University, Adelaide. During 2012, he spent the year volunteering at a disabled orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. After returning to Australia, Tony made a conscious effort to stay active in the social development field and joined our team in April 2014. He is responsible for fundraising and volunteer recruitment in Australia, while also playing an integral role in our activities 'on the ground' in Vietnam. He can be quite pedantic and spontaneous but his fresh ideas and out of the box thinking make him a valuable asset. 

Le Minh Anh Thu - Founder & Director

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Tony is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in Asian Studies and International Relations at Flinders University, Adelaide. During 2012, he spent the year volunteering at a disabled orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. After returning to Australia, Tony made a conscious effort to stay active in the social development field and joined our team in April 2014. He is responsible for fundraising and volunteer recruitment in Australia, while also playing an integral role in our activities 'on the ground' in Vietnam. He can be quite pedantic and spontaneous but his fresh ideas and out of the box thinking make him a valuable asset. 

Tony Haddad - Assistant Director

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Tony is currently in his final year of a Bachelor of International Studies, majoring in Asian Studies and International Relations at Flinders University, Adelaide. During 2012, he spent the year volunteering at a disabled orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. After returning to Australia, Tony made a conscious effort to stay active in the social development field and joined our team in April 2014. He is responsible for fundraising and volunteer recruitment in Australia, while also playing an integral role in our activities 'on the ground' in Vietnam. He can be quite pedantic and spontaneous but his fresh ideas and out of the box thinking make him a valuable asset. 

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Don Hong Minh - Vietnam Program Coordinator

Carmine Vassallo - Treasurer 

Chris Richards - Secretary

Aims and Objectives

STEP Forward will focus on providing a platform for socially and economically disadvantaged families in rural areas of the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam; to improve their livelihood, in particular women and children who are likely to or already living in poverty-stricken circumstances. This will be achieved through the provision or reparation of housing and scholarship programs. As well as this, there will be an emphasis on developing cultural awareness and exchange between beneficiaries and both local and international project participants. 

Our projects focus on 3 key areas:

Community Development

  • Improve the lives of impoverished families in rural areas through construction and reparation of housing, this will be aided by workcamp programs encouraging international and local volunteers to fundraise and take an active role working on individual projects.

  • Encourage educational and economic development in the local area through the provision of education scholarships for children.

Cultural Exchange

  • Encourage and improve cultural awareness and understanding between local and international communities.

  • Provide a platform for people from different countries to develop an understanding of various cultures and customs through a collective goal.

Personal Development 

  • Through experiential learning encourage people of all backgrounds to improve self-awareness, knowledge and social understanding, learn new skills and develop existing talents and explore their potential to achieve.