I fly in just a few weeks on the 12th November 2017.
I will be covering all my costs for this journey but reaching out for donations with 100% proceeds going towards essentials for the orphanage including Vitamins, Medicines, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Sanitary Goods. Cleaning Supplies, Laundry Soap, Bathroom Soap, Infant Formula, Underwear, Diapers (nappies), Pyjama’s and Shoes.
Thank you in advance, please read my story from last time...
In August 2016 I fulfilled my lifelong passion to volunteer with children who needed it the most. I spent 3 weeks in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; I was based at a local hospital where I cared for children with disabilities from unprivileged families living close to destitution but had the support of this vital volunteer program and hospital day care. I gave my time, my love and my gentle hand to children who just wanted to be accepted. I assisted local staff in providing therapeutic treatments, feeding, play time, entertaining and educating.
In my spare time I visited an orphanage where my heart was broken; 3 floors and 75 children with no mummy & daddy and a safe place to call a home. There were no bedrooms for these children - they shared communal floor space and simply was provided with a pillow, they were fed twice a day and relied on donations from volunteers - donation of time and donation of basic supplies for everyday living.
The orphanage was over an hour on the bus out of district 4 and I was struck by the vision of poverty on the streets, no documentary can prepare you for that. I fell in love at the orphanage with every child I met – I spent most of my time in the baby room as my heart lay there, with around 10 babies under 2 including ‘tiny toes’ a 10 day old baby abandoned by his mother and born at 7 months premature. This sweet innocent child was perfect but with a long road ahead of him and no name at the time.
It’s also hard to forget Quin – a 12 year old girl with severe mental and physical disabilities who also resided in the baby room at the orphanage as the staff where not quite sure what to do with her due to her inability to walk or feed herself, she was playful and sweet and just wanted to play.
I knew it wasn’t going to be easier but I had no idea how hard it was going to be. 35 degrees of heat with no air con at the hospital or orphanage, in an area struck with poverty and a nation of people with no healthcare support. There is no public health cafe in Vietnam!
We have all had ups and downs in life some harder than the other (loss, illness and hardhsip) but we are truly blessed to have access to clean water, health care and a roof over our heads and food in our tummy’s. I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who supported me in my last journey to Volunteer in Vietnam and donated. Your donations went further than you thought, providing the orphanage with vital essentials to continue to support so many children with care and hygiene and a few luxuries’ including an industrial rice cooker that can feed more tummy’s than ever before.
Last a note from the words of a true inspiration - Christina Noble.
“I will work with the ill and unwanted, with the lonely and the misbegotten, with the throw-away children of this war torn country.
The future of our world is the future of our children, our beautiful children. For many of them, it is a matter of giving them back their future, giving them a life, giving them hope and giving them the childhood they deserve.”
Thank you xx
- Gemma Hudson
- Roberta Lewis
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- KImberley Rutherford
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