About us

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 cleanup 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. Cleanup 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.

If you would like to be involved with KHC, please contact us!