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I think we need a new photo! OK, next time! Peace to all.
Here is a snapshot of some of the work of the Warm Hold team for 2019 and currently in process.
We are supporting the construction or renovation of three homes this year. Here is a view of two of them that are active now.
Thach Ly An is 7 years old and has HIV. She is the youngest of 3 children but the only one infected with HIV. They have no producing land or regular job. Her mother works odd jobs around the village to earn income. The oldest sister, 14 years old, dropped out of school to look for work to help the family. You can see from the photos that the house is in very poor conditions and not safe for the family. Our team has been working with the local government and others to help provide the necessary resources to build a new home for the family. The cost of the new home is about $4,000 with $1,700 from our team and $1,300 from the local government and $1,000 from relatives. The new home will include an indoor toilet.
1)Nguyen Khan, who is infected with HIV, is 11 years old and one of three children of mother My Dung living in Thanh Tan hamlet. They live in a very poor situation and the house they occupy is not fit to live in. My Dung is working to provide for her family but cannot afford the cost of home reconstruction. The great dream of the family is to have a safe home for the children to stay and study while they are still healthy. Our team is working with the local government to provide a new and safe home for the family. The house has now started construction.
I was very thankful to return to Vietnam in January of 2019 to visit with children with HIV/AIDS, their caretakers and members of our volunteer team. As always, I’m amazed at the work of the Warm Hold Association volunteer team members. They work very hard for the kids donating both their time and many their scarce financial resources to help make a better life for kids in very tough situation.
While visiting with the kids, I traveled with our Director Hoang who leads the operations. And, this year I brought three people along including my cousin Virginia Emond who is a school teacher from Nevada and her friend Jodi Thorn who is a school teacher from Arizona. And, my friend Sara Swensen who is living in HoChiMinh City and who is on a Fulbright Scholarship working on her Ph.D. in Buddhism. It was a wonderful group to travel with.
We started our visit in HoChiMinh City. Then went to Tay Ninh province near the Cambodia boarder and Tra Vinh province in the Mekong Delta region. I think in all we met with about 40 children and their caretakers and visited 8 homes. Many of these homes we helped to build. It was great to travel with this team!
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We just returned from an amazing time in Vietnam. I was joined by my wife Kay, my son David (he’s from Vietnam), and my niece Cierra. We were able to spend great time with many of the children with HIV/AIDS, their caretakers, and the Warm Hold Association Team. We spent time in HoChiMin City, but also ventured out to Tay Ninh Province near Cambodia and Tra Vinh Province in the Mekong Area. Thanks to all who have helped support this project and please know your kindness is making a difference in the lives of so many children in very desperate situations. I will post stories soon.
Below: A few photos from our January Visit. More to come.
We’re at it again. My daughter Elyse and I will be running the Holland “Park 2 Park” 1/2 Marathon to raise funds in support of this project for Children in Vietnam with HIV/AIDs. Please come out to cheer for us on Sept. 23, 2017.
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