Friday, May 14, 2010

International Day of Families....

The United Nations General Assembly, proclaimed that the 15th of May of every year shall be observed as the International Day of Families...
We work with a number of families, and like families all over the world, they come in all different shapes and sizes. Little Tuan & his grandmother, Thao, her mother & aunt, Cong & his mother, the Pham siblings…. Many of the families we help have been fractured in one way or another. Parents have died, absconded, become ill, been incarcerated, sometimes all of the above... 

And sometimes we work with a nuclear family, Mum, Dad and the two kids....
We are currently supporting a lovely such family. Dad is unable to work due to severe health problems, including blindness. Mum works out of town for a very small amount of money, and the two kids… well they are certainly giving it their best shot….
Hiền & Phuong have inherited the same condition that has caused their fathers blindness. Hiền is legally blind, she has a very small window of sight the size of a straw opening. Only if she holds an item directly in front of her eye can she see it.
Although their lives are very challenging, Hiền and Phuong are both excellent students and determined to get a good education. Hiền is now doing very well studying business at Hanoi Open University. ACCV is funding her university education and she is also a student in our English Language Training Course. Hiền feels very worried for her parents and herself, so she is also working as massage therapist to earn about $60.00 per month to reduce the family difficulties.
Hiền’s younger brother Phương unfortunately suffers with the same medical condition. ACCV is helping him to study at a high school that accepts blind students.  He's working very hard at the moment, studying for final exams that he hopes will gain him entrance into University.  
Toan works closely with Hien & Phuong and their family to make sure they are doing okay. ACCV is more than happy to help them with school fee and supplies. These young people and their family are working very hard to lead the way for change for disabled people in the community. 

Without our support they could not continue to study, higher educational would be completely out of their league. 

And without your support we could not offer to help them.
Thank you!

No matter where you are, or what shape or size your family is, we wish you all the very best.

Kind regards
Alison & Rose

(please drop us a quick email so we can acknowledge your kindness)


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