The Montagnard Foundation, Inc. (MFI) is
a private, nonprofit corporation based in Spartanburg,
South Carolina, USA. Montagnard Foundation, Inc. was
founded in 1990 and received its tax exempt status in
August, 1992, under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code. Donations to Montagnard Foundation, Inc.
are tax deductible as charitable contributions (Federal
Tax ID No. 57-0925222).
Montagnard Foundation, Inc.'s overriding mission is to
preserve the lives and the culture of the indigenous,
Montagnard (DEGAR) people of Vietnam's Central
Highlands. Its guiding strategy is to restore,
safeguard, and monitor the innate and inalienable human
rights of the Montagnards as described in the covenants
and declarations of the United Nations. MFI pledges to
accomplish its mission through peaceful, humanitarian,
and non-military means in the spirit of international
Montagnard Foundation, Inc. is a non-membership
organization founded by Mr. Kok Ksor, president of this
foundation. Mr. Kok Ksor was sent to the United States
by the founder, and leader of FULRO, General Y-Bham
Enuol, with a mission of gaining world assistance for
the Degar people. He was directed and empowered by the
General to explore every peaceful avenue for the
reinstatement of the legitimate rights of the Degar
people under international law.
The Montagnard Foundation, Inc. continues to represent
the Montagnard people in the following arenas: 1) the
United Nations Workshop for Indigenous Peoples, 2)
before ambassadorial level representatives of the
various Permanent Missions to the United Nations, 3) the
U.S.-NGO Forum on Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia, 4) the
International Decade of Indigenous Peoples, and 5)
before humanitarian program planning bodies of the U.S.
development assistance agencies. On all occasions, our
focus is on basic human rights and the need for action.
The Montagnard Foundation, Inc. will continue to work
with international organizations in pursuit of humane
policies and the delivery of in-country humanitarian
programming that will guarantee to the Montagnards
health care, education, and their overall right to a
peaceful and prosperous coexistence as a people.
A CULTURE ON THE BRINK
All the peoples of Vietnam have suffered terrible human
and economic losses brought on by 30 years of war,
followed by the imposition of a socialist economy. But
it is increasingly evident that the Montagnards have
lost even more than the others. In addition to their
lands, schools, courts, and churches, they are now in
danger of entirely losing their culture (the very
essence of their existence), as they are systematically
denied their traditional ways of life. It remains the
inherent responsibility of the world community to
preserve and encourage the cultural diversity of the
Montagnards and to protect their essential human rights.