Hong Bang is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support poor rural communities in the areas of education, health, agriculture, and social services. We assist these communities by sending volunteers who share their skills and by providing financial assistance for development projects. In carrying out our mission, Hong Bang strives for mutual sharing of experience and the promotion of self-help. In concrete terms, these goals mean that our volunteers live in the communities where they work, so they can better understand the perspective of those they serve. Our goals also influence the design of our projects: we incorporate an active role for the people, so that they can retain their dignity as they move toward greater self-sufficiency.