Visit Tan Chau school

Visit Tan Chau school

    Hi everyone, just a quick update on the Water Purification Project. 

    Hi everyone, just a quick update on the Water Purification Project. 
    So many emotions! Our visit to the school was an uplifting, humbling, joyful and a thankful experience. It was a great to finally make that human connection with the children and staff of the school.

     

    You know, it is a wonderful and unique feeling that you get inside when you have that rare opportunity ……… just to simply make someone’s life a little bit easier and help them along their journey in life. It truly made all those moments of difficulty and insecurity along our 1800km journey all worthwhile, and the experience has genuinely enriched our lives.

    We thought you might like to take a little glimpse into the school and home life of these children ………. to be honest visiting these people’s home’s was a gut wrenching experience, and quickly makes you realize how lucky we are to be born in Australia and New Zealand. Yet, even in this shear poverty are the smiles of the children, who with nothing, barely the clothes on the backs, still managing to find happiness in the smallest things.

     

    On our visit we had the opportunity to sit in a class ……… of pre-schoolers ……… all of which, like us, Vietnamese was their second language. We were able to share some treats with the children for morning tea. It was great to see the eyes so bright and happy to receive a small kitkat, packet of crisps and small carton of milk. The Principal explained to us that this would be the first time they had experienced any of these things ………. many surviving on the vegetables they grow in a small garden, a little rice and maybe some boiled water.

     

    On the second day of the visit Ben and I, in conjunction with the Sharing Kitchen, were able to give around 20 families some valuable necessities of rice, noodles, sugar, fish sauce and salt. Then we finished off the morning kicking around a half inflated basketball, but it is not the equipment or the gear you use, the children still had so much fun chasing and playing ……… a luxury for many of these children, many of whom help out their parents to eke out an existence as laborers and pickers in the coffee plantations.

     

    The project is in the final stages of approval with the government authorities …….. through some generous gifts here locally and some generous benefactors in Ho Chi Minh City we have managed to come pretty close to our target ……..however we are still around 500 to 600 dollars short …………. and sincerely hoping that we are able to make up this shortfall by the end of June. So once final government approvals come through the project can start in earnest and the children and village will have access to clean drinking water.

     

     

    Once again thank you everyone for your support, messages, donations and likes, we are truly grateful. I am also sure that the children of this school will be so grateful for any help or assistance you might be able to give.

    Thanks again and bye for now.