Saturday, October 18, 2008

Well here it is ....... the ACCV Blog!

The Story so far........

The Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam (ACCV) began in 2006 after the Vidotto family went to Vietnam for a holiday.

We met the lovely children of Friendship Home when we sponsored the supplies for an English language class a friend was establishing there.
What began as a quick visit to deliver the supplies turned into an afternoon of great fun, friendship and mayhem! Our kids couldn’t speak Vietnamese, they couldn’t speak English, but before too long squeals of delight could be heard! The children then began blowing up balloons and passing them back and forth………. before too long they were filled with water and being tossed out of third story windows and directly onto those below!! Nobody escaped the water, it was a fun filled drenching for all!

Friendships between our children and those living in the home began that day and with each visit to Hanoi since, they have grown stronger.

We had a lot of fun in Hanoi, we became friends with Nam and he showed us around, gave us the tour guide treatment and even helped us cross the crazy roads! While it was a great holiday, the difference between the standard of living and opportunities available to our children and those of the Vietnamese children we spent time with were too obvious to miss and as a family we decided that we wanted to do something to help. We returned to Australia and hopped aboard the permit seeking, fundraising bandwagon, ACCV was born!

The last couple of years have been quite the roller coaster ride and ACCV has grown quite quickly. Rose and I are particularly active in the running of ACCV and together we go back and forth to Hanoi. While there have certainly been a number of heartaches and challenges, there has been a huge amount of joy and we have met some of the most amazing people.

We are truly appreciative of the support we receive.



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