Maison Chance is a facility in Ho Chi Minh City, set up by a young Swiss woman for disabled people. Nam is 15yrs old & was living at Vinh Son 5, one of the 6 orphanages in Kon Tum. She fell one day & lay in bed for some time apparently. She developed an infection in her back that went into her spine, which consequently has left her unable to walk. She & 14 others live in Maison Chance, where Ross & I visited her. She is the youngest & rooms with a 25 & 30yr old women. She goes to school & has physio most days, so it seems she is being well cared for physically but desperately misses her village family & her friends at the orphanage. She has been in HCMC for over 2yrs. We took her a bag of clothes & some other bits & pieces from Australia which she enjoyed. I felt sad leaving her out on the street in her wheel chair, waving us goodbye in the taxi.
Every year when we arrive, we wonder what changes will have taken place in the orphanages in the last 12 months. There are many organisations helping the orphanages which are fantastic, but one never knows quite who is doing what. Ross & I & our supporters are only a very small drop in the bucket but our thinking is, every drop counts. We can’t embark on big building projects but we can, as we did this time, pay for the repair of a roof that was leaking into the girl’s dormitory at Vinh Son 5, where they care for over 100 children.
We visited a village school where we had contacts & had been previously. We bought exercise books, pencils, crayons, face cloths & hand towels, soap, some balls & some candy, which was received with much joy & thanks. We also bought some reading books, which had English & Vietnamese translation in them, which we gave to Liem to use at VS5. He helped choose the books & was very excited about showing the children.
We would like to thank everyone who has helped support us in any way over the last 12 mths to enable us to bring a little help to those in need in Kon Tum. We will continue to fund raise & accept donations of money or goods to sell at garage sales or markets, to uphold our commitment to the children of Kon Tum.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our trip. Till next time.
Thanks You All.