Needing some October inspiration? Look no further, this magical young lady’s heart-warming story will make you stop and think about life.. 20-year-old Sarnai* came to our Blue Skies Ger Village in 2007 when she was just 9 years old with her then 3-year-old brother.
Sarnai and her brother used to live with her mother, grandmother and uncle, all of whom were serious alcoholics who had lost all drive and enthusiasm for life. After drinking heavily one night, Sarnai’s mother beat her badly because she hadn’t cooked dinner for them - this is one example of the sort of life her brother and Sarnai were living.
One evening their home was set on fire; their mother managed to get everyone out except for her own brother, Sarnai’s uncle, who was killed. Sarnai’s mother was sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder and for two years their grandmother raised Sarnai and her brother.
Their grandmother worked as a street cleaner, she used all her income on buying alcohol.
The drinking got worse, Sarnai said there were many days when she had to calm her brother and take him to bed in a noisy house where the grandmother would stay up late drinking with her friends.
This heartwarming personal account was written by one of our former ger village children, Tsendee*. After living at the village for seven years Tsendee is now living a happy and independent life as a young adult. We are all incredibly proud of the beautiful person she is and the hard work and commitment she is putting in to achieving her dreams.
"Before arriving at the Foundation I used to live with my mother and stepfather in very hard conditions. Life was extremely difficult for me at this time. I was not happy at home and at school I was the shy, unconfident student who rarely spoke.
When I was eleven I went to live at the Christina Noble Children's Foundation's Blue Skies Ger Village. I had never been around so many other children before and especially not in one place where we could play together and really enjoy ourselves.
The ger village is home to lots of kind, polite and neat children and in no time I adapted to my new surroundings to become one of them. We all strived to uphold the ger village name by making accomplishments at tournaments and competitions.
We met ten-year-old Gereltungalag* in 2014 when her mother, Ariuntsetseg*, enrolled her on the CNCF Child Sponsorship Programme. For many years this brave woman had struggled to provide for herself and her two children – Gereltungalag and her younger brother, Anand.
Sadly, Gereltungalag’s father left his family shortly after she was born. Ariuntsetseg remarried and gave birth to Anand, but his father also abandoned the family and neither man has kept in touch with or supported them. The money from Ariuntsetseg’s salary combined with the CNCF sponsorship money just about covers the family’s costs for food, electricity and basic needs, however on this income owning their own home would never be more that just a dream.
17-year-old Tsatsral* had been living under intolerable conditions for many years. Tsatsral, her sister and their 55-year-old mother were living with Tsatsral’s two uncles in a small ger belonging to one of the uncles who is unfortunately – like many Mongolian men living in extreme poverty – an alcoholic.
The other uncle has a severe learning disability which means he needs nursing care at home. Tsatsral’s mother, Uyanga*, has an acute kidney disease and also suffers from high blood pressure and depression, and so is unable to work.
A surprise visit from two of CNCFs beautiful grown up children who were married in 2012 and their son. We were so happy when Phuong and An came to visit us with their lovely little boy.
Time flies so it only seems like yesterday that we were congratulating them on their wedding in 2012 and now, they are a happy family of three. The little boy was so well behaved and there were so much laughter as we reminisced about the old days and how they were excited about their future.
Infansure is high quality milk powder from Australia that scientifically helps young children’s growth and development. Many of our children are lacking good food and nutrition which can limit their physical and mental development. Milk formula is very expensive and considered a luxury in Vietnam and therefore is hard for The Christina Noble Children’s Foundation to find donors. Therefore, we are thrilled and really appreciate the tremendous support of Infansure milk for our children. Here is a beautiful success story of Bao from Son Ca Kindergarten in Vietnam.
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.
to find work that would fit around caring for her daughter.
After learning about Anujin's situation we spoke to our Ger Village kitchen team to see if there were any opportunities available. With a growing number of children living at the village and therefore lots of little mouths to feed we were able to offer Anujin a position straight away. She was delighted!
Anujin has since been coming to work on a casual basis at our village, working around her family commitments, and bringing her baby with her so that they can remain close by each other's side. She loves being part of our kitchen team and told us how much it means to her to be able to help support her own family while also at the same time being able to support her younger Ger Village brothers and sisters.
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.
In the Field