"I want to be healthy enough to go to school because when I grow up I want to become a nurse so that I can help treat my brother and parents”, that is a wish from Tuan, a little girl who is now 6 years old and suffering from Thalassemia.
This week, our children welcomed students from the American International School for a day filled with games and fun. The School has included these visits as part of their community service program, encouraging students to give back and support the local community.
Our children from CSADC were very excited when Peter The Clown from Ireland turned up at our Foundation last Thursday morning to entertain the children. Peter is the co-founder of Clowns for Haiti, a Dublin-based charity working to rebuild schools in Haiti; raising funds; supporting performing arts and bringing fun to Haiti.
Art for Saigon, an organization of high school and university students dedicated to the empowerment and the development of children through the use of art, recently returned to the CNCF Art Programme to do a workshop for the 3rd grade Sunshine Class.
In the first week of July we got the most lovely surprise visit from one of our previous Sunshine Children. Julie, aged 8, was born in October 2007 in Kien Giang Province.
Julie arrived at our Foundation when she was only one month old and she stayed with us until September 2008 when she was 10 months old and her Swedish parents adopted her. She now lives in Stockholm with her parents and her adopted Vietnamese brother who was adopted from an orphanage in Hanoi around the same time.
Julie now wants to become a model and a dancer. It was a great day for us all at the Christina Noble Children's Foundation.
When I learned about the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, I was very moved by Christina’s story and then watching the film about her life, it really touched me. Her work impressed me and really inspired me to do something for children as well. A short internship with CNCF made this possible! I spoke to those around me, first of all classmates, then others in my school. I organised a raffle to raise money so that I could bring something to Vietnam. Unfortunately we were not able to carry out this initiative but then we came up with another idea, a bake sale at school! The sale went so well we did another one! I could never have imagined that I could have raised €300 Euros from selling cakes! Some of my classmates also gave donations of toys for the children and even the children of my French professor got involved and insisted on giving me their toys personally.
Last week we were so happy to see Charlotte return to CNCF after 24 years. We had the honour and privilege of looking after Charlotte for the first 4 years of her young life. She then moved to France with her adoptive parents to start her life. 24 years later this beautiful 28 year old young lady walks in through the doors the Sunshine Centre of the Christina Noble Children's Foundation with her father to visit us. She now works successfully as a receptionist at a hotel in Southern France. We are all so happy at the Foundation that Charlotte has made a success of her life.
What a truly special day last Tuesday was.
A lovely girl called Claire (her Vietnamese name was Truong Thi Bich) now aged 26, unexpectedly dropped into our Sunshine Centre with her adopted Spanish mother and French-Vietnamese father. Claire was adopted after spending much of her first 21 month with us at the Foundation 25 years ago, she required a higher level of care than she could receive at the orphanage in which she was living. Claire and her parents now live in Southern France and were visiting Vietnam for the first time since she was adopted, they had wanted for her to see where she had begun her life.
We showed them around the Foundation but obviously she did not remember very much about her early years at the Sunshine Centre. Claire and her family were then taken into the Intensive Monitoring Unit (IMU), the medical ward for children aged 1 month old to 24 months old. She was so moved she was in floods of tears. the carers were told that she was an ex-CNCF baby and they were very excited to meet her.
A very special moment for all of us, seeing how this beautiful young girls’s life has changed for the better having gone through the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation and on to make a wonderful life for herself with her new family.
Days like this make everything we do so very worthwhile and rewarding for all the staff and volunteers who work at the Sunshine Centre.
walls, their artwork in collages and stories of all their shenanigans are told and re-told to new staff, volunteers and carers.
Our staff and volunteers also visit these children who were at our Centre at their homes or orphanages. During one such visit, the children at one of the orphanages told Dr. Ngan how much they would like to come back to our Centre to see all their friends.
In the Field