Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chuc Mung Nam Moi – Happy New Year

Tết (Lunar New Year) is a very special celebration throughout Vietnam and there are a lot of traditional customs practiced during Tết, like visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money in red envelopes to children and Cumquat trees or gift baskets to adults, it’s all an important part of the festivities.

Dat represented ACCV and took our Tet gifts around to the different people we support, he thoroughly enjoyed his Santa-like role and the gifts were very gratefully received.

Little Tuan enjoyed receiving a box of choco pies and a lucky money envelope along with 5kg of rice for he and his grandmother.

Thao is doing really well in her medical studies and she is looking forward to the Tet break to spend some time at home with her mother. She was very happy to receive her small Tet gift and lucky money envelope.

Ms Lan and the children were also delighted to receive their Tet gifts, I can’t help but think of the shy, anxious young people we met last year – when you compare them to these beaming grins!

A little side note – Thuong is wearing glasses even though she is completely blind. And the reason is because they make her look .... ‘more graceful and fashionable!’ ....

It’s so lovely to see that she is now concerned about fashion and her appearance rather than about where they will live or how they will survive.

Thank you! – This is what your support achieves – it changes lives and puts smiles on faces.

We wish you all the very best for the year of the Buffalo!

Kind regards

Alison & Rose



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