Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Along a muddy lane on the edge of Hoi An is Nga’s house. It looks over a flat expanse of rice fields stretching into the hazy distance. Stooped figures move calf-deep in the mud. It’s the time of year to prepare the paddies for planting.

Nga’s family do not own land but their front garden is lush with vegetables:sweet potatoes cover the ground and green beans climb up the trellis around the garden and along the path leading to the front door.

She’s growing up in an unusual family for Viet Nam: Nga’s mum is the breadwinner and her father stays at home looking after the kids and the house. And it feels a nice place to be despite its chaotic construction of wood and coconut matting, rough earth floor and rusty tin roof.

It’s Christmas day and we’re visiting Nga with Ted Mylnarz. He’s representing Liverpool Rotary who are paying for the schooling of Nga and nine other children in central Viet Nam.

That day we visited four more families all with very different circumstances but with one thing in common: they all know that one of their children will finish school.

(Photos and blog by Graeme Burn, CEF Manager, Australia)

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