This is the last part of Celia’s Caughey newsletter about Ba Chieu Shelter:
“Vinacapital in HCMC has also been assisting the Home (thanks to kiwi Brook Taylor) by having some of its staff work as volunteers in computer training for the girls.
During the July school holidays another link with New Zealand was strengthened when Lorraine Andrewes from the St Andrews Early Childhood Centre in Epsom, Auckland, came to Ho Chi Minh City (at her own cost) and stayed for 2 weeks in the Home. Lorraine is a trained kindergarten teacher who was able to spend time teaching the girls art in their holidays as well as doing some great face painting and developing closer bonds with the girls, many of whom are in need of motherly contact. Lorraine has also organized a fundraising event at the kindergarten for the Home.
One of the kiwis in HCM City who has helped with selling books for the Home is Julia Parker. Now back in New Zealand in her new role as Futureintech Facilitator Julia has arranged for Naomi Shingler at St Dominic’s College to create a new website for the Home. This is long overdue, so we await her work with keen interest.
Fundraising in Bonn
More kiwi connections are emerging in other corners of the world. I was contacted by a former teacher at NZ’s ACG School in HCMC who is now teaching in Germany at the Bonn International School. She is keen for her students to be able to support the Ba Chieu Home through their Community and Service project, so has sent their donation through to WOCA.
ACG and swimming
The New Zealand Associated Colleges Group HCMC campus has generously allowed the girls to use their swimming pool on Sundays to learn to swim for the past few years. This continues the New Zealand link with the Home, and several kiwis have also volunteered to give up their Sunday morning to supervise the swimming sessions. Many thanks to Ian King and his Vietnam staff for this very kind gesture; it is much appreciated.
New Zealand Chamber of Commerce – NZ Wine and Food Festival
This year once again the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce organized the New Zealand Wine and Food Festival, the hottest event in town, which began in 2000 (when I was Trade Commissioner). Thanks to good organization, a superb event and generous sponsorship, the Chamber was able this year to make a significant donation to the Home, which could pay for maintenance on the house and provided new lockers for the girls, as well as contributing to operating costs.
In a newsletter last year I included a photo of one of our earliest girls, Tram, who spent many years at the Home, as a beautiful bride. On my recent trip to Vietnam I passed through Danang where Tram now lives and was able to meet up with her and her beautiful new baby boy. When she left the Home with a good education Tram was able to get a good job in the jewellery department of a large department store in the centre of the City, and it was there that she met her husband to be. It is lovely to see her now happily married and starting a family of her own.
It is always heartwarming for me to go back and see the Home running well and the girls thriving and happy, thanks to the generosity of you all – friends of the Home, donors and those who have bought the books and game which were produced to support the Home.
Many thanks for your continued interest and support.
Celia M Caughey
Fundraising Coordinator, Ba Chieu Home, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel 6305292 021 1402 190, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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