Written by John Seddon
John is one of Aspire Performance Training’s valued Trainer/Assessors who has now retired. He has spent time in the city of Vung Tau in Vietnam assisting at one of the orphanages, where he has had some great opportunities to interact with the children and help them learn. John has written this article to share his experiences with us and he encourages people to donate any outdated laptops that we may no longer have a use for; as they can go a long way in helping children in the community. John will be going back to Vietnam in August 2016.
If you or someone you know has any outdated laptops that could be donated, please contact the Aspire office on (08) 6460 0965.
Centre for Social Protection of Children in Vung Tau
Trung Tâm Bảo Trợ Trẻ Em Vũng Tàu / Trung Tâm Bảo Trợ Trẻ Em Long Hải
This recently completed orphanage in the city of Vung Tau – 1.5 hours from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is directed by Chu Thi Thu. My Huong has worked for the centres for 8.5 years and is the vice-director of Long Hai Centre and manages various programs at Vung Tau centre. Ms My Huong Le (pronounced Me Hoong) was adopted to Australia in 1975 and returned to Vietnam after being reunited with her birth mother 12 years ago.
She has her own story to tell and has adopted two children herself – We met her 13 year old son Daniel – a fine tall good looking boy who speaks perfect English.
The children range in age anywhere from a few days old to teenagers – some of whom have entered University and others being educated at the institution from pre-school to year 12. Unfortunately a few of the children are handicapped however the staff do a great job caring for them. When there last year we had the pleasure of entering one of the classrooms and were pleased to find 2-3 students who could speak English. One little girl who I met on our trip last year (Pictured below) Remembered me from our last visit and came running to greet me when I arrived on 24th April 2016.
This little one (pictured below on the left) landed on the doorstep at an estimated 5 days old. They now have enough good mattresses but a shortage of pillows exists.
One very acceptable contribution would be some out of date laptop computers (with the hard drives cleared) to be given to the senior students entering years 7 – 12 and those entering University. To date we have been able to take up two laptops so any organisation who have any which are no longer required – it can be assured that they would be gratefully received when we return to Vietnam for the 50th anniversary at Long Tan Cross. This laptop was Donated by ASPIRE PERFORMANCE TRAINING and given to “Be” a seventeen year old who is just entering year 12 – it was a pleasure to see the look on her face when I gave it to her.
Ms Houng tells me some very satisfying success stories where-in they have placed 9 girls in to hairdressing employment and a similar number of boys training as motor bike mechanics (the main mode of transport in Vietnam).
One leaves this visit with quite a lump in the throat and an admiration of the work carried out by My Huong and all the staff. We leave for Vietnam around the 1st week in August – so should you know of anyone or organisation who have laptops they no longer need we would be most appreciative of any contact you can forward to us.