Monday, October 20, 2008

The Children of Friendship Home

As mentioned in a previous post we had a wonderful time when we met the children of Friendship home on our first visit to Hanoi in 2006. It was actually these kids that inspired us to come home and do something. The children range in age from 4 yrs to 17 yrs old. There are usually about 18 children living in the home at one time.

Many different circumstances have contributed to the children living in the home. Death, poverty, illness, abandonment or incarceration, whatever the reason, they cannot live at home. They are a great bunch of kids and we aim to enhance their lives where we can. We support the English class that is run at the home and we occasionally supplement their kitchen. and bathroom supplies, we have also purchased outdoor playground equipment for them.

Most important of all, we have made a commitment to the children to return to visit them at least twice each year. We want to be a constant in their lives.

On every return visit we also take them out for an excursion, somewhere fun to break the monotony, somewhere that would normally be out of their league. And over the past couple of years we have really had some fun. An outing we’ll never forget was the day we took them ten pin bowling …...

Hilarious! none of them had any idea how to bowl, they sailed the ball in different directions, they rolled balls down other peoples aisles… they chased the ball down the alleys.....… Great fun!


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