SOURCE: Global Community Service Foundation (GCSF)

August 11, 2011 17:18 ET

Global Community Service Foundation (GCSF) -- Founded by Marcia Selva -- Provides Humanitarian Assistance Including Healthcare, Education and Income Generation Activities to People of Vietnam, Burma and Other Southeast Asian Countries

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 11, 2011) - When longtime international travel agent Marcia Selva launched her adventure travel company Global Spectrum in the early '90s, one of the countries that piqued her curiosity was Vietnam. Selva, whose husband is a veteran of the Vietnam War, had been under the impression that the natives were still hostile to Americans, so when she and her sister landed in Hanoi, she told everyone who asked that she was from Canada or Australia.

When they hit Da Nang, Selva was tired of the ruse and admitted to being from the U.S. One particular moment stole her heart -- when a Vietnamese man beamed at her when she told him.

The trip Selva thought would be just a "blip on the map" instead evolved into a lifetime of passionate, widespread humanitarian work of her own as the Founder and President of Global Community Service Foundation (www.globalcommunityservice.org), a Washington, DC-area based nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty in Southeast Asia by implementing sustainable community based programs that focus on improving access to healthcare, education and income generation activities.

With the support of concerned friends and fellow travelers, the Fairfax, Virginia- based Selva incorporated GCSF (a 501c3 non-profit in the U.S., also considered a non-governmental organization, or NGO) after witnessing firsthand the extreme deprivation and hardships of the Southeast Asian people during her travels to the region. Today, Global Community Service Foundation has an active board of directors, a committed team of U.S. and Southeast Asian staff plus a growing network of global "voluntourists" whose dedication and hands-on support are invaluable to its success.

Additionally, GCSF works closely with other NGOs, resource providers and international groups to ensure the success of its mission. Together, they have positively impacted the lives of thousands of people since its founding.

In May 2011, GCSF participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Landon Carter Schmitt Residence, a central building on the still developing campus of the Quang Tri Center for the Blind. The Residence is designed to house and support 50 blind and visually impaired children.

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