Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New computers for staff

We use a mixture of new laptops and second hand ones at CEF. If  they are donated to CEF and are not too old and in good working order, we repair them all and give most of them to the students who need computers. We also use some in the office until they get too slow for the staff to work on. Then we repair again and pass onto our students who need computers, for just doing simple things like writing assignments.

Recently two of the staff computers got to that stage and these two staff were thrilled to get new laptops. Without non-specific donations we could not do this.  So we are very grateful for these donations. Now they can do their spreadsheets on costs of the students, estimated costs for our education programs and support programs, their reporting on their students, researching, preparing powerpoint presentations for workshops, then storing work in dropbox and much more. 

Thank you!

Thuy Dinh says: 
I am writing this note to express how thrilled I am at having a new work laptop.  My old computer one was second hand but it was a good quality one except for not having a battery that worked. I had problems when the electric power was cut off suddenly while I was working. Now, I am working without worrying about the power going off. I am sure the new computer will help me work more quickly and efficiently. Thanks so much for giving it to me!


 


Friday, November 9, 2018

Mentoring training

We at CEF were most fortunate to have mentoring training with two very experienced staff from Blue Dragon Children's Foundation.  This amazing organization has an extensive sponsorship program, but also specializes in rescuing and helping with rehabilitation of street children and trafficked children. 

Their experience in mentoring was most valuable as we were able to not just learn new ways to ask questions, but were also very stimulated by the related conversations and questions we were asked. Working together on the issues that arose was valuable and left us keen to amend questionnaires we use when seeing our students and families. Open questions we found out were crucial to finding out information we need to know. Taking care, showing more compassion and being good listeners all were crucial to developing better and more open relationships with our families. 

We are most grateful for this wonderful help and support we received from Blue Dragon Children's Foundation.   





Sunday, October 28, 2018

Home visits in Duy Xuyen

On Sunday we visited CEF families in the closest part of Duy Xuyen district, which is about 45 minutes from the CEF office. We left at 6am and got home at 7pm. These days can be long, but are important to catch up with the families, to see their homes, the quality and the safety of them, and to hear about the family and discuss the child's education. 

The following are a few of the children we visited on Sunday. 


Her father died last year and her mother is doing what she can to support her three children on her own. This little angel was given this doll for her birthday the prior day to our visit. With CEF providing education support it reduces some of mum's financial burden.


This CEF student is holding a bag she was given by her sponsor, filled with all sorts of goodies, some educational and some just for fun. Her dad died last year too and mum is bringing up two children on her own.   


The brother, who is unfamiliar with having his photo taken and isn't sure what to do. He is holding a bag given by his sisters' sponsor. It was full of many fun activities and some cars too. 


The step sisters only started livng together recently after step-dad died. They love each other so much and the older girl is now so much happier than when she lived with her grandparents.  


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Happy to say T is sponsored

Now T is sponsored and we are thrilled. Thank you Kathy!

She has had challenges and will continue to due to being affected by agent orange. Her father worked collecting scrap metal at Da Nang airport, the site of dumping dioxide or what has become known as 'agent orange'.  After working there some years he and his wife had T. She was born with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. Sadly a few years later dad died from 'agent orange' related illnesses.

Last year she had her sixth finger removed from each hand and the recovery process was extremely painful for her.   She was meant to have the sixth toes removed this year, but the memory of the pain is too much and she is refusing, but she can only wear thongs due to having 6 toes and knows at some stage she will need to have them removed.  

Normal looking hands now

Site of removal of a finger can be seen


T who had two fingers removed

Monday, October 15, 2018

Thuy Tran's birthday tea break with the staff


We popped out from work to celebrate with Thuy Tran one of CEFs hard working staff members. It's fun to take a break from work to celebrate birthdays!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Quang Nam term 1 payment day

These are some photos of our students from term 1 payment day in Quang Nam. Payments in the low lands take place in three halls where students come to receive payments.

In term 1 we talk briefly about an important issue and in term 2 we have more time to do a longer talk and presentation on an issue we consider important for our children and families to know about. On term 1 payment day this year we reminded the students to use Facebook wisely due it being the main means for traffickers to obtain young girls her in Vietnam.



  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Payment day and workshops for our scholarship students in Phuoc Son distict

In term 1 we make scholarship payments to our students in Phuoc Son district, not far from the Vietnam-Laos. These students are mainly from poor ethnic communities and are considered the best female students in their school. 

Scholarship funds enable them to pay education costs they could not otherwise cover, purchase study materials and eat breakfast. We also provide extra tuition for our ethnic students in grade 11. When there is more funding we will provide extra tuition for our grade 12 students too.   

After payments a session took place on careers guidance and explained how to choose a suitable subject for their ability, and how to do research they needed to see the careers that come within their abilities and in which they have an interest.  

Over the next day we ran small workshops in female health, hygiene, family planning, unwanted pregnancy, and sexual diseases for all the girls in this high school. It is easier to deal with questions when working in small groups. We also divide the ethnic girls and non-ethnic girls as they then are all more open and communicative. 

As it is normal to marry and bare children at a young age in many ethnic communities we feel it is important to cover these subjects so they don't have unwanted pregnancies and can complete their studies and develop a career before marriage. 



CEF Scholarships students 


CEF Scholarship students wearing jumpers CHIA donated to CEF


Students in career guidance session


Thuy Tran teaching and guiding on the subject of choosing a suitable careers 


Some students with an excellent book on female health


One of the small groups who studied female health, hygiene, family planning 
and sexual diseases over the weekend

Sunday, September 9, 2018

A CEF student is now sponsored for her last two years of her high school education

Having a sponsorship to do her last two years of high school is really important, so we are very grateful to her new sponsors for this meaningful help. She has no parents, and lives with her aunt and granny who have almost no income due to granny being old and her aunt having a serious back injury.

She wants to complete high school and as she loves English her hope is to train to be a receptionist after high school.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Vietnam's beauty helps to nourish the spirit

I am mainly writing about the challenges our CEF families and children are facing and help that is needed. but I wanted to share another aspect of their lives. Our students all come from poor families, but they live in beautiful or interesting environments. I believe this beauty of their surroundings helps them. The greenery, the mountains, the hills, rice fields, rivers, streams, lakes, bridges and the historical buildings are beautiful or interesting and help nourish their spirit, which is a huge help when struggling to make ends meet.  I believe this nourishment helps give them the strength to not give up.