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