Saturday, June 15, 2013

Children's Education Foundation's 2013 Beach Outing and Water Safety Day

The local children arrived early and then came a large bus load from the outlying districts of Quang Nam and a small bus from Da Nang.

They added sun protection lotion and signed papers.

They had water safety talks with question and answer sessions.

They then were divided into groups, went down to the water and played some games at the waters edge to got used to the water.

And learned to float.

And learned to swim... a little...

And had fun!

Then they had morning tea, played games, had lunch, rested, did karaoke and headed off with afternoon tea and a photo of them all in a frame....

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Brian came to the mountains with us to visit CEF families

Brian, one of our Australian board members, who is also part of the Thai Binh Education Program team, visited me in Hoi An recently. He came on our end of year trip assessment into the mountains. It enabled him to see what some of the family situations are like in the more mountainous and isolated areas outside Hoi An.

The countryside is very beautiful and its very peaceful up there; I love visiting the mountains. The families we help up there are clearly poor with very little in the way of work opportunities for the parents in such isolated areas.

Two of the families we visited are very sweet and life is hard for them. One is a single, disabled mum, who does farming. She has two children and is also responsible for her mother. The other mum is also a farmer and struggles to support the two children and her husband, who has had a stroke. Both mums can pick up some seasonal work sometimes.

It's always a pleasure to work with them and to know we ease the struggle a little by helping their children with their education.