As the newly appointed Chair of CNCF International, I am delighted to share with you my first thoughts and observations in this first global newsletter of 2018.
Firstly, I am honoured and humbled to have been given this important and trusted role. We have now formed a new International Board of Directors, primarily based in Hong Kong, to provide oversight and governance support for the CNCF global operations. High on my list of priorities in forming this board has been to ensure diversity and complementary experiences from a range of backgrounds. Our focus will be to ensure the highest standards of governance and oversight over the operations of the Foundation and to ensure the future is as robust and exciting as our past thirty years.
Speaking for the Board, we are all committed to ensuring the excellent work already achieved over the years by the Foundation continues long in to the future and that Christina and her family's extraordinary legacy is secured for many years to come.
CNCF, one of the longest established and most respected NGO's in both Vietnam and Mongolia. It has provided life-saving and life-enhancing humanitarian services which have collectively impacted the lives of over 1,000,000 people in areas of education, health and community development.
What is most remarkable about this is that it all started with one extraordinary person with an unstoppable drive and passion for children's rights. As many of you know, Christina Noble first arrived in Vietnam in 1989 with only a few hundred dollars in her pocket, limited community service experience and extremely limited financial support to rely on. Christina is a living testimony and an inspiration to us all that one person can indeed make a difference. It has been my privilege to get to know her and appreciate her amazing drive and determination in my first few months with the Foundation.
Since taking my new position I have been able to spend quality time on the ground in Vietnam with Christina’s daughter and CNCF CEO Helenita Pistolas. I am looking forward to visiting Tom Minter and his team in Mongolia in mid April.
Whilst the issues faced by so many of the children we support can be confronting, it is incredibly uplifting to see the excitement and happiness in their eyes as they are looked after by our wonderful staff and volunteers. It has become so clear to me, after seeing and better appreciating the Foundation's achievements, that investing in humanity is an investment that returns huge dividends.
Through our focus on education, access to healthcare, shelter, improved nutrition and water sanitation we are laying long term foundations for a health society. When you invest in our Foundation you are helping children and their communities living in extremely challenged and impoverished conditions to improve their quality of life and end the poverty cycle they are trapped in.
With this in mind, I would like to tell you about the forthcoming launch of our ' I Matter' campaign. This campaign will focus on the many children that are still being marginalized, suffering in isolation, and who continue to be denied even their most basic human rights; education, healthcare, shelter and nutrition. We kindly ask for your proactive engagement with this campaign launch next week in helping us to get this message out far and wide so we can help more children that continue to be lost and abandoned and who remain in very desperate need of our help.
I will draw this message to a close by asking you to please continue supporting our Foundation in whichever way you can. As Christina has repeatedly told me, "I could never have done what I have done without the investment and trust of so many good people over the years, and for that I will be forever grateful to those who believed in me and my foundation, but most importantly.....who genuinely believe in childhood and that all children born in to our world deserve the right to be happy, safe, protected and surrounded by love."
I look forward to updating you in our next global newsletter on my forthcoming trip to our Mongolia operations where I will be spending time with the team, the children, and CNCF Director of Operations and Christina's eldest grandson Tom Minter.
On behalf of CNCF International Board, we are proud to be a part of this big and wonderful CNCF family.
CNCF International Board
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam