EARLY 2014 UPDATE FROM TRISH AND THE TEAM

Dear Friends – once again – it’s time to express our deepest appreciation for so much encouragement, support, interest and backing coming from you all – which cheers our daily tasks for the GREAT little kids in our care.

                January 2014 saw the Loreto Team make innumerable reconnaissance trips to the Provinces of: Phu Yen, Ca Mau, Tra Vinh and An Giang – reviewing proposed new projects for LVAP to grasp and redeem throughout the next 18 months! After many years undertaking these field expeditions – we are still perennially shocked, surprised, stunned and astounded to see such deprivation and outrageous conditions in many underprivileged schools – in remote areas……

The word DIGNITY comes sharply to mind as we witness the nothingness within so many villages that just can’t meet the educational requirements for their children.

Ponder these five dignity principles:

  • every human being has a right to lead a dignified life
  • a dignified life means an opportunity to fulfill one’s potential which is based on having a human level of care, education, income and security
  • dignity means having the freedom to make decisions on one’s life and to be met with respect for this right
  • dignity needs to be the basic guiding principle for all actions
  • ultimately, our own dignity is interdependent with the dignity of others

While the importance of literacy, sciences and core education can never be underestimated, the Loreto Program knows that when we can ‘answer’ poor areas with enlightening, new, encouraging and illuminating educational opportunities for innumerable disadvantaged and disabled children – we also assist them and their families to attain their DIGNITY - then they can prosper. Children who live with dignity get the best start in life – they survive, thrive, are healthy and protected and develop to their full potential. We can hear the kids saying: ‘it’s great being treated like I was a somebody’.

My Team Members are also riding on the DIGNITY road! Selfless, creative, generous participants in our daily quests to endorse each project to achieve DIGNITY. The Team welcomes Steph (Giles) onto our DIGNITY road too – as our new Communications Manager: our sister promoter and advocate of “all for the kids”…….

                                                      Trish and the LVAP Team  

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The Loreto Team often says: ‘We haven’t finished yet’! Once we have ‘liftedlearners into the future’ in one region – we are ready, willing and very much want to move to the next - in order to magnify and develop valuable and stimulating learning environments for other needy children. This is our current “Wish List” – in particular stretching to many remote, poor and isolated areas of Southern Vietnam. Please follow this link for more information.

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  • 23.04.2014

    LORETO MANDEVILLE HALL STAFF AT CAN THANH SPECIAL SCHOOL - CAN GIO

    On Thursday 17th April 16 staff members from Loreto Mandeville Hall – Australia visited Can Thanh Special School for a morning of fun activities, games and excitement with the students.

  • 20.04.2014

    NGUYEN DINH CHIEU SPECIAL SCHOOL TO PONY CLUB - 13/04/2014

    At 2 p.m. the Loreto volunteers gathered on time at the Saigon Pony Club for the horse riding trip of Nguyen Dinh Chieu School’s pupils. This time, there were around 11 students aged between 6 and 11.

  • 18.04.2014

    A WARM BIKE DROP AT CAU KE DISTRICT – TRA VINH PROVINCE

    On the morning of 16th April 2014, the Loreto Team set out on our 5-hour journey to Cau Ke District – Tra Vinh Province to distribute 146 bikes and helmets to 146 underprivileged kids from 40 primary schools and secondary schools in the whole District.

  • 18.04.2014

    TRAVEL INDOCHINA AT THE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

    On Thursday 17th April – a number of happy employees from Travel Indochina(HCMC office) joined an interactive day with a number of beautiful vision-impaired kids from Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind – an ongoing project of the Loreto Program. Loreto Team members joined in too!

  • 07.04.2014

    SUNRISE SPECIAL SCHOOL 2 TO DAM SEN PARK – 04TH APRIL 2014

    Being a volunteer for the Dam Sen Park excursion , I  had a great experience with the lovely kids from Sunrise  Special School. During the excursion , all volunteers  tried to bring smiles to them to make them feel great and to forget their  disabilities .