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.
Lam* was born into a very poor family of eleven children in Tay Ninh Province, located on the Cambodia/ Vietnam border, approximately three hours North West of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Lam was born totally blind as were five of his sibilings. His parents had to work incredibly hard as hired labourers to support their children. They did all they could to provide the daily meals needed to feed their thirteen family members, let alone an education for the children. It came to a point that when the children with normal vision reached an age where they could work, they soon had to in order to support the family. This meant that Lam and his blind siblings were left at home by themselves.
In 2000, Lam was admitted to the CNCF Tay Ninh Residential Centre for Visually Impaired Children. Soon, the centre gave him the motivation to go to school and develop his talent in music, his life had been transformed. After graduation from high school in Tay Ninh province, he continued his studies further at the Ho Chi Minh City Pedagogical University, majoring in Special Education. CNCF supported Lam with his university fees.
Above, Lam teaching Music at the CNCF Tay Ninh Residential Centre for Visually Impaired Children
The CNCF team could not be prouder of this remarkable young man who withstood the challenges life threw at him to reach his dreams! This wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the compassion of CNCF and donors of our Tay Ninh Centre for Visually Impaired Children and donors of our CNCF Education Scholarship. Lam’s life has literally been transformed as he now leads an independent life and is now a thriving and happy indiviudal.
Find out more about our child sponsorship programme here: http://www.cncf.org/about-sponsorship.html
One person can make a difference. You can make a difference.
*Name changed for identity protection
Saikhnaa* arrived at the boys’ prison in 2015, when he was sixteen-years-old. He had grown up in extremely poverty stricken conditions with his mother, father and younger sister. His mother works as a cleaner in the city’s trauma hospital, earning a small salary for long hours of physically tiring labour. Unfortunately, as is often the case with those living in such hard and destitute conditions, his father is a heavy drinker and unable to hold down steady employment.
“At the beginning of 2009 I enrolled on the CNCF Child Sponsorship Programme. I was fifteen-years-old and living in the most difficult circumstances of my life. Thanks to the sponsorship programme a new door opened in front of me and my life conditions greatly improved.
When I joined the programme my father had just passed away and my mother was struggling to take care of my three siblings and me. She was unable to go to work because of her poor eyesight and painful stomach disease. My mother, with four children and no income, couldn’t provide proper food, clothing or school supplies for us. We were always hungry, cold and scared about our future. When I started receiving the sponsorship money it had a big impact on our lives and provided the critical support that my family and I needed.
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.
Book our 4th Annual Golf day into your calendar for Friday 14th July. We are delighted to be going back to Stanmore Golf Club, our wonderful hosts.
Guests arrive around noon for registration and brunch before heading out to one of North London’s most picturesque and challenging courses.
We guarantee a great day of golf followed by music and entertainment and, weather permitting, a sumptuous BBQ. However, should our British summer not play ball, a delicious carvery.
Whether you are a group of friends, your company, or an individual that wish to entertain clients, the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation Golf Day is always a fun and welcoming day for golfers of all abilities.
As well as enjoying a great day out you will also be supporting our life-changing work in Vietnam and Mongolia. All funds raised will help us to continue making a difference to the lives of the many vulnerable children in our care.
For more information on entering a team of four, sponsorship, donating a prize, or to join us for dinner, drinks and entertainment on the terrace, or all of the above!
We have been allocated places for the Prudential Ride London- Surrey which takes place on Sunday 30th July.
Don't miss your opportunity to get your place and help us raise much-needed funds for our Children in Vietnam and Mongolia.
Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 starts at 6am in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then follows a 100 mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.
To capture it all, the best action is broadcast live on TV in the UK and internationally, to be seen by an audience of millions.
Do something amazing, challenge yourself and help us raise funds for our Sunshine Children in Vietnam and Mongolia!
To find out more contact us today!
Our Foundation does important and often life-saving work on behalf of vulnerable children, their families and the communities in which they live. Our teams and volunteers have worked continuously and tirelessly in often very challenging and sometimes life-threatening situations for over 27 years and we have only been able to continue our work because of the ongoing belief and support of our warm-hearted, compassionate and dedicated community.
However, our projects and operations cannot run on love alone. We continue to need your help. This year saw our lowest ever ratio of donations to programme costs, and thus, we have had to rely upon our modest financial reserves to bolster our operational expenditure more than any other time in our history. The unfortunate truth is that the modern day charity has become incredibly competitive, if not at times aggressive. In recent years raising funds globally has become increasingly challenging for charities of our size, and we continue to do what we can do address this.
We are all part of a greater family - a greater humanity - where each and every one of us can make a difference. For our children's lights to shine ours too must shine; for our children to come alive we too must come alive; and for our children to love, we too must love.
Our Foundation and the children need your help. As you read our stories of the children, I sincerely ask that you consider supporting us in any way you can so that we may continue our vitally important work.
I remain deeply and eternally grateful to all our committed and sincere supporters - past, present and future.
The Christina Noble Children's Foundation would like to thank the Irish Business Association in Vietnam and the Saigon Gaels Club for organising such a great fun St Patrick's Day on Saturday 18 March 2017.
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