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.