Vietnam – 18th August, 2016
Categories: Hope Project Trips
The Team of 8 from Hope City Church arrived in Vietnam and made their way directly to the central highlands to serve alongside ACCI Vietnam in two communities and pay a first visit to a third adjoining community – all of which are vulnerable to human trafficking.
Meet some of the Team. We made a stop to take in a massive hydro- electric dam and Jerry, Adam, Jesse, Catherine and Nkosi decided to take a moment to say hi.
The photo books we prepared for significant officials and stakeholders went down a treat, with one official taking the book down to the local market to show everyone there:) This is just part of how we bring honour and build lasting relationships with key decision-makers within the government and community leaders.
Child Protection Training was delivered in one community, involving interactive small groups and discussion about known risks to children and what can be done about them. Thank you Signs On Time in Toowoomba, who funded this vital training as part of a prevention strategy against child trafficking.
Meet a local family. In this community the secondary school principal said that although the people are extremely poor, their greatest gift is their love for one another. Having spent a couple of days amongst them, we came to the conclusion that he is absolutely right.
Marion spent some quality time with some of the communities great beauties and was invited to become their new sister 🙂
Jesse supervised the timber cutting after we were joined by a small crowd of locals, all keen to get involved in repairing the broken bunk beds at the secondary school.
Even the kids leapt into action to help out!
Catherine helped in a team that cleaned out dormitories, so that they would be in a good condition for the new school year and the nearly 200 children who live at the school.
The bunk beds were repaired and a number received welding repairs as well to make them safe and usable for the children. New mats for every bed were also supplied. We know that improved school conditions translates to increased numbers of children attending school and the retention rate in significantly improved. Many children live “many mountains” away from the school and need to stay at the school during term times.
Toiletries bags were supplied for every child living at the school, along with plenty of soccer balls. Desks were also repaired throughout the school.
After a memorable first- ever sleepover at the school, the team said goodbye to everyone and made the long journey on the “snake road” back to a more centrally located town in readiness for tomorrow’s work in another nearby community.
The atmosphere is changing, favour is building, trust is being granted and family is being made amongst these wonderful mountain people.
Thank you ACCI Vietnam for allowing us to journey with you in such a profound way. In working collaboratively with communities, it is such a profound privilege and this work is really getting traction, with measurable changes in improved health, education and capacity to become more self-determining.