Over the past few years I have mentioned Quan's mother to you a few times. Duyen is honestly one of the nicest people I have met. And she really does it tough.
It is always a joy to go up and visit the remote village where she lives. We don't get there very often, but it's a highlight to our trip when we do. Although a very poor area, it's such a beautiful part of the country.
Duyen is so proud of the wonderful progress Quan has made and the nice life he has built for himself. She is always so happy to see us, and we're given a very warm welcome (granted, we do have Quan with us). This visit Duyen had quite a houseful, we had staff, friends and family with us, it was a fun crowd.
Duyen takes so much pleasure from visits from Quan and his friends. She loves watching him mix with everyone, and she just beams when he chat's to us in English, you can see the pride on her face. It's so nice to be part of it all, they're very close.
We had a lovely chat that afternoon, she was telling us how hard it was when Quan first went to live in Hanoi, she cried every day. When you think about it, it was such a leap of faith for her to let him leave with us. But she did, and they've never looked back. She again told us how thankful she is for the help we have given to Quan.
Now we would like to help her....
This is Duyen's family home. It's a small timber shack and as you can imagine, it's boiling hot in summer and it's freezing cold in winter. When Quan goes home for New Year in February, the cold plays havoc with his arthritis. There is just no escape from the elements.
We'd really like to change that.
For less than $1,500.00 we can build a solid concrete little building where Duyen and her invalid husband can live.
If you would like to donate towards a secure home for Quan and his family this Christmas, please make a donation and simply mark it "Quan's home"
Hoping all is well in your world.
Alison & Rose
(please drop us a quick email so we can acknowledge your kindness)