Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nothing can actually happen without you

Yes, the staff and I work all year round, but the fact is without your support in various ways nothing at all can happen!

Our 'Education Sponsorship Program' doesn't work without sponsors! I can't pay a child's school fees and pay for their uniform, stationery and textbooks without a sponsor. Each child has a sponsor and some sponsors help more than one child.

We can't have our 'Mobile Library for Literacy' without a salary for the librarian and donations for books.
We are blessed to have received a donation for the librarian and two generous donations for books in the last year. And also have received a wonderful donation for a motorbike so we can carry many books to do book deliveries and do deliveries more often. The motorbike has a large storage space, a separate container and  helmets, as well as insurance, registration and all things needed, to carry our large supply of books. The legalities are all taking place and we will be able to use it soon.

Our 'Medical Fund' is essential to keep the children healthy, but also to keep the parents and carers healthy so they can care for their children; without medical donations we can't do that. Medical care might be in the form of medications, herbal treatment, payments for transport to visit doctors or hospitals for assessments or diagnostic tests, nutritional supplementation or eye tests and glasses.

One mother who is unwell and had ovarian cancer recently, has had surgery and chemotherapy, and couldn't afford a check up, so we have paid for her to find out what is wrong and help her with further treatment.

Another mother who is weak from bleeding has an undiagnosed uterine tumor and couldn't afford tests or an exploratory operation so we are able to help her get an accurate diagnosis due to medical funds we have.

One granny responsible for the care of many children including her disabled daughter, three school age grandchildren and two more little ones, is now on long term medications due to a medical donation that enables her to stay healthy and care for the children.

We always seem to have children with headaches which nearly always are due to eye strain. So we also use medical funds to get children's eyes tested and for the purchase of eyeglasses.

Three girls needed vitamin and mineral supplementation and that was possible due to our medical donations. Another girl had undiagnosed asthma and now is on treatment. One girl has heart disease and it's an unusual case and has involved many trips to hospitals for tests and consultants, but with the medical support we have and with support from Hoi An Foundation and their cardiac team we have been able to help her.

Our 'medical' fund needs donors so we can help the children and family. One bequeath from dear Gabby has helped hugely and Go Philanthropic are helping with our medical funds too. These donations make a big difference. Without good health the children are challenged to attend school full time, concentrate and be awake enough to learn. The carers can't look after their children when unwell and as many of our children only have one parent it is crucial they are as healthy as possible.

Fundraising events are crucial to share our work and raise funds and we are blessed to have Stephen and Greg both help raise funds recently while I was in the States. Thi also organized an event at her university in California which was a blessing too to help the university students. Go Philanthropic are very supportive too with finding sponsors and helping with our medical fund. 'Journey's of the Heart' helps many charities in Vietnam and we are grateful for their support for some years now with medical and education costs. We are blessed to have some wonderful donors too. Due to the wonderful support of our friends, partners, donors and sponsors we are able to help the children and families here in Vietnam; this changes many lives but also brings joy to many.

Small fundraising events or even web fundraising is always appreciated. Greg did a last minute event, showing that last minute events can work! We had a wonderful evening with Greg and I preparing and cooking Vietnamese food; we then all ate together with friends and I did a short presentation and answered questions. In that short evening $2000 was raised and long term interest in our work was generated. 

Small home events can be most productive and even when last minute; all are totally supportive and make a difference. We have presentations we can send you as well as brochures and business cards, and CEF board members can attend events if I am in Vietnam at the time of your event or we can program events in for when I am there.

I hope this helps to see how valuable each of you are, and that we can't do the work here in Vietnam without you. You often say how wonderful we are, but we are helpless without your enthusiastic support and care, practical help and financial support. 

For those of you interested in participating in helping us make a difference, more information and PayPal is on both the blog and website:                                                                                                         

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US website:
All support of our education work in Vietnam is appreciated and makes a difference:
We have 501(c)(3) status (Internal Revenue Code).  Please consult your accountant regarding the tax- deductible eligibility of your gift.

The Australian blog and website for information and donations (people who are from Australia, New Zealand or Europe):                       

Saturday, August 10, 2013

One of the CEF girls in our sponsorship program is a prolific artist

Trinh's mother sells betel nuts, the leaves and tobacco. Clearly her income is very limited and she certainly doesn't earn enough to support herself and her daughter. Trinh is sponsored to ensure she has an education.

Trinh's passion is art; she is a prolific artist. The following is some of her artwork. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Children's Education Foundation - Vietnam fundraising event on the 27th July

Last weekend we had an event to raise funds for our educational work with girls in Vietnam.

We had a small event in Brooklyn at Stephen's spacious and bright home. Stephen is our US Manager.

I did a demonstration on how to make a Vietnamese 'Summer Roll', we had a 'Tea', a raffle and I did a presentation with the help of Stephen. We ended with a Q&A session where great interest was shown, and some wonderful supportive suggestions were made.

The event is over, but funds are still coming in and at present donations stand at about $2800. We are thrilled as it's the time of year when most people are super busy or are away. I unfortunately can't get away from Vietnam for very long except in the summer holidays, so at present we don't have any other time of year we can do events in the US with me present. So we were thrilled with the turnout and the donations given.

It all was possible due a lot of help and support. Thank you Stephen for opening your home up for us; and Anne for helping me with all that shopping and with the preparing of food!  Lynette thank you for your wonderful marketing ability and your great care in supporting our work. Sushi-D donated a meal token which was appreciated, and Bruce and Elaine (who are wonderful supporters of CEF) donated two copies of their most interesting book: 'Back to Vietnam'.

Thank you for the kind and generous support of all those who could come. But what was also wonderful is that many who were invited but could not come, also made donations. Thank you one and all!

The CEF girls in Vietnam will benefit from all this support!

The start of the presentation
 Showing where we work in Quang Nam province
 Part of the presentation

Some of the 'Tea' 

 Some of our guests and donors making their own 'Vietnamese Summer Rolls'
 Stephen drawing the lucky numbers
 Our winner of the Sushi-D meal token
 Our winner of one of Bruce Logan and Elaine Head's wonderful book - 'Back To Vietnam'
 Winner of some delicious Vietnamese coffee
 One of the winners of a linen bag / underwear bag
 Lynette with her 2 prizes and me with our CEF brochure!