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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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On behalf of the Warm Hold Association we would like to give thanks and recognition to the following for their special donations to this project.
Hope Church, Holland, Michigan (February 2017): Donation of $2,700.
Skidmore College Fundraiser, New York (May 2017): By students Nate Kraus and David Immerman. Donation of $580.
Thanks for the work that you do to support this project and for children with HIV/AIDS in very desperate situations. Your work will have a positive impact on the lives of many children. Thank you so much!
I had the opportunity to visit the Warm Hold Association Team in Vietnam in April. There is a lot of very good work being done by the team on several fronts, but I want to give you an update on some of the three housing projects we are working on.
Kim Loan Nguyen was born in 1986 in Ninh Dien commune, Chau Thanh district, Tay Ninh province. She has two children. Nguyen Hoang Phuong (8 years old) and Nguyen Thi Kim Phung (7 years old). All have HIV.
Her husband died 4 years ago because of HIV/AIDS. After he died, his family pushed her and the two children out of his parent’s house to live without support. Kim Loan Nguyen and the two children then moved into her parent’s house with the support of her younger brother as her health situation is very weak.
Her daily support replies on her parent’s as she cannot work to earn a living and care of for kids. With six of them in her parent’s house, the brother was recently married and his new wife is afraid of HIV infection and discriminates against her and the kids. It is a difficult situation for her parents and they are sad they cannot solve this problem.
Her dream is to have private small house for her and her two children, located next to her parent’s house. She plans that when she dies, her parents and her brother would be able to provide support for the kids to go to school like other children without HIV.
Our team has worked to provide a new house for the three of them next to her parent’s house (See photos). In addition, we have worked with the Local Women’s Union and AIDS Center to provide counseling for the sister-in-law so she can get to a position to help provide the much needed care and assistance for the two children when their mother has died.
Our teams goal is to keep these wonderful children in a loving and caring family situation, so they can grow up with the support needed to successfully face the many issues related to their HIV infection.
I went to visit the family of Ms. Vo Thi Thu Hang. She was born in 1975, living in Hiep Thanh commune, Go Dau district, Tay Ninh province. She was infected with HIV from her husband, a mason, who went working far from home and got HIV/AIDS. He has since died.
They have 5 children, the oldest was born 1993 and youngest 2007. The three older are without the HIV infection. Unfortunately, the two younger ones, Ngo Ngoc Han (13 years old) and Ngo Vo Truong (10 years old), are both infected.
The six people had been living in a poor cottage that nearly collapsed. That qualified them for a small government loan for housing with a 10-year payment of low interest.
The $1,000 loan allowed them to construct a very basic structure with roof, but without walls. So that, when rain comes, it gets very wet inside. Not to mention the critters, or others, who can walk in any time. Ms. Hang has valvular heart disease, and with the added complications of the HIV infection, is expected to not live much longer.
Currently, three of oldest children (not pictured) have quit school to earn wages with the total of about $15 – $20USD per day (depending on sunshine or rain) to support living cost for the six people.
The Warm Hold Association, working with both US and local donations, has now started to implement significant improvements to the home including wall and toilet. This will provide a healthier, safer and more secure environment for the family. We will provide updates as the construction progresses.
Dang Thi Thu Thao is a 4-year-old girl with HIV. Her mother, Tran Thi Kim Uyen was born in 1983 in Hang Gon village, Hang Gon commune, Long Khanh town. Like many women in Vietnam, she has been infected with HIV/AIDS from her husband who has since died. She also suffered a stroke resulting in some paralysis and has diabetes. She passed on the HIV infection to her daughter though childbirth or breast feeding.
The family lives in a temporary house near the rubber forest in Hang Gon hamlet. They have no productive land and no ability to repair the house which is almost destroyed. They get a small amount from social welfare for their daily existence. They are living in extreme poverty as they both fight their illnesses.
We are working on a plan to provide a house for the Thao family. By working with local donors and government agencies we will raise the necessary $1,500 for a new house, providing a safer and healthier living condition. I will keep you posted as we move forward with this new project.
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. 24, 2016.
We need your sponsorship and support to continue the great work of the Warm Hold Association Team! Donate Now!
And scroll down for the latest updates!
Peace to all….dan