Happy New Year, wishing you all the very best from everyone at ACCV!
I hope you've all enjoyed the Christmas and New Year festivities. After a crazy, hectic year we spent a very pleasant few days as a family away from the crowds on a quiet Queensland beach. A very nice way to re-charge our batteries and welcome in the New Year....
Now it's back to reality to deal with those new year resolutions and our goals for 2011.
Our major goal for the year is to help as many of the young children waiting in the Endocrine ward of the pediatric hospital as we possibly can. We now have approximately fifty children in our Christine Edith Sponsorship program, and 160 seriously ill children waiting. Hopefully they won't have to wait too long.............. should funds allow.
Our other major program is of course with our young blind students. An absolute source of pride and joy, they are doing so well. So much better than our grandest expectations. As an English language teacher myself I am seriously amazed at their progress. I now receive emails from students who had sat alone in the dark for years, without any prospects at all. It's a direct result of the commitment and hard work of both students and teachers, it's wonderful!
The ACCV English Language and IT Education program is now running in three different districts in Hanoi, with a view to run a fourth program after the Lunar New Year next month, .......... should funds allow.
There are so many young blind people waiting in line for a shot at an opportunity to transform their lives. But we are now stretching our resources as far as they'll go. Fortunately, we are able to recycle most of the materials, but we really need an injection of funds to move things along.
As we enter our new year it's not too long until the Lunar New Year approaches in Vietnam, for many people it will involve celebrations and family get togethers. But sadly, for many people we know, it won't.
I hope all is well in your world.
Alison & Rose
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Every dollar donated goes directly to the children of Vietnam - all administrative costs are covered by the Vidotto family