Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A few good reasons.....

Rose and I are now back in Hanoi, and things are moving along very quickly. We are spending our days going from meeting to meeting trying to sort out many different things, including where and when our next course will begin.

Once again we've received a wonderful welcome.


Kind regards

Alison & Rose


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Saturday, March 20, 2010

The warmth of Friendships and winter coats....

Over the last couple of years Rose and Thao have struck up quite a friendship. They genuinely enjoy each others company and look forward to catching up, it's lovely to see.

The enormous differences in their worlds seem to fall away and they are just two young girls who like to laugh and do each others hair.   But as you look closer the differences become more apparent.

This photo was taken on a very cold and wet Hanoi morning. Thao was wearing only a thin tracksuit top and sandals, while Rose was all rugged up against the cold. We learned that Thao did not even own a winter coat.

Some things are easily remedied...

Kind regards 
Alison & Rose

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

In the eye of the beholder….

Like children the world over, the kids we meet are little individuals. They’re funny, cheeky, serious, sad, and each and every one of them comes with their own unique personality and talents.

One talent that I’ve quietly enjoyed, is the photography skills of some of the children. For the last couple of years, each time we visit they take my camera and go have some fun. It’s very rare that they get to handle a camera, so it's a treat for them. They love to strike a pose and take photos of each other....

It’s always a bit of a lucky dip when I upload my photos later, life's full of surprises! There are always the random shots of floors, ceilings, and a few blurry images of unknown objects. 

And there are some absolute gems....

Happy days...

I did this jigsaw all by myself.....

Swings and roundabouts....

 Do you still recognise me?

There's something fishy going on...

 Hello again...

 I missed you...

A penny for your thoughts....

A giant twirl...
Behind the smile....

Under siege from the bubble blowers!
I just love those sour lollies!
 Nudge nudge, wink, wink...

She's a star...

There is so much talent and potential in these children, just waiting for opportunity.

Kind regards 
Alison & Rose

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

A little clarification….

In recent times I’ve received a few emails asking how donations are distributed. We welcome any enquiries or comments, it’s always good to hear from you.  So, just to be very clear, I thought I would give an exact run down on how we operate...
In 2006 the Vidotto family established ACCV after a family trip to Vietnam.  ACCV is now a registered charity in both Australia and Hanoi. Our financial records are regularly audited by the Australian government.
100% of all donations go directly to support disadvantaged children in Vietnam. 
As a family we pay for all administration and travel expenses, we also pay salaries for the Vietnamese staff we employ.  Brian, our volunteers and our teaching staff all very kindly donate their time and energy.  Each time Rose and I travel to Hanoi the Vidotto family covers each and every expense we incur. 

When you make a donation to ACCV, this is exactly where your money is going....
 Blankets & other essentials for needy kids.

Educational supplies for those in need.

 Braille boards for students who can't afford their own

 English language classes for blind students

 A necessary Braille watch 

 Computer courses for blind students

 Funding Thao through medical school

 Hien & Phuongs Educational costs

 Medicines for Thao's mum

Rice for Tuan & his grandmother

These are just a few clear examples of how we use your generous donations.
We operate very much on an individual ‘as needs’ basis. We treat every person who comes to us as an individual, we do what we need to do to help them help themselves, (that was a bit of a tongue twister, but you know what I mean!) Our goal is to give them a hand up, not simply a hand out.
Every dollar is greatly appreciated and put to such good use.

Kind regards 
Alison & Rose

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