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WCD 2018 Final report

Keep Hanoi Clean’s participation in World Cleanup Day 2018 was a resounding success! We would like to thank our many volunteers (almost 400) who helped us clean five sites around Hanoi.

We have tabulated the results, including the total amount of trash we collected, and you can download the World Cleanup Day Final Report here.



Keep Hanoi Clean - World Cleanup Day 2018 SupportersKeep Hanoi Clean would like to say a BIG thank you to our generous sponsors and donors for their support. If you would like to help, here’s how you can.

September 2018 sponsors
(World Cleanup Day 2018)

Platinum Sponsor:

Standard Chartered Bank

Gold Sponsors:

Family Medical Practice
Wide Eyed Tours
Hai Yen
Pham Thai Ha
Titanium Sponsors:
CityPartner Hanoi
Trinh Pham
Hashiya Japanese Restaurant

Silver Sponsors:

Ngoc Shila
Phan Y Yen
Better Day (Roger Burrows)
Cao Ba Canh
Le Hoai Giang
Min Blogger
Le Hung
Turtle Lake Quiz Night & Participants
Anonymous x1

Bronze Sponsors:

No Ko Lee
Bui Thi Thu
Anonymous x3


Inspired by a challenge

Keep Hanoi Clean (KHC) was founded by James Joseph Kendall — a long-term American resident of Hanoi who was concerned about the levels of trash in and around his neighbourhood — in May 2016.

The inspiration for KHC was a Vietnamese friend’s challenge that expats living in Vietnam show their commitment to the country by helping solve problems they saw around them.

The first event kicked off in May 2016, when James invited a group of friends to clean up an area that had trash dumped beside an in a water canal.

Motivating communities

Since that first clean-up event, James and his team of volunteers have engaged with nearly 2,000 volunteers and collected many tons of trash from over 50 locations in Vietnam. Clean-up sites have ranged from downtown urban Hanoi to Sapa in the north of Vietnam.

Through our grassroots work with local communities and hands on approach to clean up events, KHC continues to motivate, inspire and educate in the environmental protection space.

We place a priority on maintaining a healthy, clean environment via a three-tier approach to outreach with the government, other green-minded organisations and businesses, and everyday citizens concerned about the environment.

Our organisation

Aiming to engage more broadly with environmental concerns, KHC is a registered social enterprise, which allows us to increase the scope and reach of our work as well as raise funds for issues of high concern.

Our scope of work includes both three non-profit environmental activities as well as for-profit ventures that will serve as models of socially-minded businesses and sources of revenue for the non-profit projects.

The non-profit activities – Clean Air Project, Clean Land Project and Clean Water Project – will each include research, public education, hands-on volunteer work, and collaboration with other organisations and the Vietnamese government.

Our mission

We emphasise leadership, sustainability, education, grassroots support and collaboration, with a strong commitment to transparency and community.

Each of these dimensions is essential to the successful relationships we share with our partner neighbourhoods, other organisations and businesses, and government agencies.

Our goals

The ultimate goals of KHC  are to first help Hanoi become “green gem city” for sustainable living in south-east Asia, and then to replicate this success across Vietnam wherever cities and towns are friendly to the green lifestyle ideas and the volunteer work that KHC support

Our team

KHC has 12 core volunteer staff working in administration, marketing, fundraising, environmental science, event planning, and education, and we are actively building a board of advisors from diverse disciplines.

Our management team ranges from recent university graduates to corporate executives, senior environmental PhD scientists, marketing professionals and experienced sustainability consultants. A range of specialists also help us out on an as needs basis.

Goodwill is the fuel that keeps KHC running, and we are fortunate there has been no shortage of positive intentions and actions in Hanoi.


KHC needs your help!

We rely on the goodwill of Hanoi — government, businesses and individuals — to help us achieve our goals and there are many ways you can help Keep Hanoi Clean. If you think you can help us out in any way, please email us.


Volunteers are the lifeblood of KHC — we would not have achieved what we have without them. You can volunteer your time to help clean up at one of our regular events (as many or as few as you want) or a special event like World Cleanup Day (we need more than 500 volunteers).

You may have skills and experience that would be useful in the office, for example, logistics and coordination, events management, project management and marketing communications.

You’ll be joining a team of values-driven people who are committed to effecting real change on environmental issues.


You may not have time to volunteer at one of our clean up events, so donating goods, services and funds is also appreciated and helps us with our work. No donation is too small!

We are currently looking for donations and sponsorship for World Cleanup Day. If you can help, please email us.


We are always keen to partner with like-minded organisations who share our commitment to the environment. We have special events, and regular projects, programs and activities that often require corporate sponsorship, so if you feel we are a fit with your business and business values, please email us to discuss the options.

Sponsoring KHC is a win for your organisation — and the environment!




Keep Hanoi Clean is located at 587 Lac Long Quan Road, Xuan La, Tay Ho.

Our email address is and you can join our Facebook Group here.