In November our Founder, Christina Noble, wrapped up a three-week coast-to-coast United States visit. This was the first such trip to the U.S. for Christina since the 1990s. At six stops along the way, Christina spread the word about the important work CNCF is doing for the children of Vietnam and Mongolia, met with both long-time and new supporters, and even sang an Irish tune or two.
The film Noble is spreading across America, thanks to devoted fans like you!
Fans organized online to bring Noble to Baltimore, Maryland and Tallahassee, Florida this summer. CNCF supporters teamed up with Tugg to raise funds for our vital Children's programs in Vietnam and Mongolia. Ten percent of the ticket prices goes to CNCF and donors may opt to buy school kits for Our Sunshine Children. It's not too late to bring Noble to your hometown! Contact Office Manager Rachel Malet of CNCF-USA and set up a fundraising event in your neighborhood. Go to Tugg.com, register the event, and contact everyone you know to spread the word!
"The movie works because Christina's desire to help these kids feels natural, and because she herself shoulders burdens that would drive most people to the grave, all without losing her faith," wrote the film critic for the Village Voice.
Invite friends, family, co-workers, church members, book club readers, your college or high school alumni group, local civic organization members, MEETUP group, and anyone else interested in improving the lives of the world's children. By organizing a Noble Film Night, you'd be supporting our Sunshine Children in Vietnam and Mongolia.
Fan site Rotten Tomatoes gave Noble an amazing 86%! The average viewer rated Noble 4 or 5 stars. "Knowing it is based on a true story grips you and serves as a moral mist to your soul," wrote one fan, Ruby J.
According to The New York Times, "a feisty, passionate performance by the Irish actress Deirdre O'Kane gives the inspirational biopic Noble a serrated edge of defiance and gumption."
Hau is now 26 years old. He is the eldest of two Children and comes from an extremely poor family.
Hau’s father abandoned the family when Hau was 9 years old. Hau’s mother was left alone to care for him and his younger sibling, who had Down’s Syndrome. All three of them lived in a dilapidated room in one of the many slum alleys of Ho Chi Minh City.
Hau’s mother did many manual jobs and struggled very hard to make ends meet. As an unskilled laborer her income was meager and unstable at that. It was very hard for Hau's mother to cover even the most basic of family living expenses.
Through pure determination, however, his mother eventually acquired a small street stall selling Vietnamese bread. From daybreak each morning Hau would help her to prepare the bread to sell at the stall.
Hau was 10 years old when he joined our Sponsorship Program, and from this very young age, Hau was aware of the challenges his family faced and always tried his very best at school.
With lots of encouragement from his sponsored parent and our Child sponsorship team, Hau studied hard over the years and he eventually graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City of Transport University in 2013. In his spare time, Hau also worked as a tutor to help support his family.
Hau’s time under our Sponsorship Program came to an end when he graduated from University. As part of our ongoing monitoring process, our sponsorship team stay in regular contact with all of our Sunshine Sponsorship Children. In one of our catch-up meetings, Hau told us that he wanted to continue his studies overseas so that he could get the best job possible to provide for his family.
With the support of the Christina Noble Children's Foundation, Hau fulfilled his dream. He was awarded a full scholarship to study Nautical and Economic Law in France. While studying and living for free, he also receives a monthly allowance of €600 ($653) for the duration of the three-year course.
Through his hard work and dedication, and with the support of his sponsored parent and CNCF, Hau has been able to break the cycle of poverty. He said that when he returns to Vietnam he hopes to provide a better standard of life for himself and his family.
In Vietnam and Mongolia, 4.5 million poor Children need your help. That’s a big problem. YOU can make a big difference by sponsoring just ONE Child. It only costs $ 31.00 a month.
Summer is approaching, the heat is on, and Team Noble is deep in training for our semi-annual Charity Challenge. We will be lacing up our sneakers and pounding the pavement at a fun run 5K in Miami on September 27th to support the children of Vietnam.
CNCF operates multiple programs in Vietnam and Mongolia that seek to protect children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation, while ensuring access to basic care and educational opportunities. One of our projects for which we are actively fundraising is the Tay Ninh Centre for Visually Impaired Children. The Centre functions as both a residential and educational centre: providing children with long-term residential care, food, health care, education, recreational activities, and vocational training. Tay Ninh, a province in the Southeast region of Vietnam, was the scene of one of the fiercest battles during the American-Vietnam War. The high incidence of visual impairment within the community has been attributed to several factors including the use of defoliants such as Agent Orange.
Since its inception, CNCF has initiated over 100 projects providing vital health services, educational opportunities, and community support programs to more than 600,000 vulnerable children and their families. Our founder, Christina Noble, has received many internationally recognized awards in recognition of her contributions to child welfare, there have been a number of documentaries made about her life, and recently, her story was adapted into a movie: Noble (http://noble-movie.com/)
Team Noble is once again ready to do our part to help support our children, but we can’t do it without you! Every donation, no matter how small, makes a world of difference!
Winner of eight US film festival awards, NOBLE opens in multiple cities across the U.S. on May 8. The film tells the gripping true story of Christina Noble, who rose from the slums of Ireland to become the fearless and loving protector of thousands of abandoned children in Vietnam.
The Hollywood Reporter calls the film "a joyful and rousing affirmation of the human spirit that will resound widely."
The film will open in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Lexington, Los Angeles, Orange County, Midland, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City, Phoenix, San Diego, and Washington, DC.
The film travels in time among Vietnam in the 1980s, England in the 1960s, and Ireland in the 1950s. Noble’s childhood is grim, but she manages to find hope and joy by singing. Her mother dies when Noble is young, and her brothers and sisters are split apart. Eventually, she ends up on the streets. Noble suffers abuse and extraordinary loss. She finds love and heartache. At one of the darkest times in her life, Noble has a dream.
Inspired by that dream, Noble travels to Ho Chi Minh City and discovers that one fiercely determined person can do the impossible.
“Of course when I began here in Vietnam, people said what I wanted to do was impossible,” said Christina Noble. “‘You are only one person ‘ they said. But when I was a child, I needed only one person to understand my suffering and my pain, one person to love me. One is very important. There are many ones and they add up.”
NOBLE, written and directed by Stephen Bradley, stars Deirdre O'Kane (MOONE BOY, PATHS TO FREEDOM), Brendan Coyle (DOWNTON ABBEY, THE RAVEN, AILSA), Sarah Greene (THE GUARD, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN), and Liam Cunningham (GAME OF THRONES, HUNGER, SAFE HOUSE), and introduces Gloria Cramer Curtis, who plays the young Christina Noble with extraordinary skill and grace.
The music is by two-time Grammy award winner Giles Martin and three-time BAFTA nominee Ben Foster. The cinematographer is Trevor Forrest, who won the Best Cinematography award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.
NOBLE won the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Best Foreign Film at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival; the Audience Award at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival and the 2014 Nashville Film Festival; the Audience Award for Best Foreign Feature and the Jury Award for Best Foreign Film at the 2014 Newport Beach Film Festival; and Special Jury Prize and Best Feature at the 2014 Boston Irish Film Festival.
Christina Noble founded the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (CNCF), which is committed to alleviating child poverty and giving children the right to a happy and safe childhood. The foundation provides health, residential, educational, vocational, and community development services to children and their families in Vietnam and Mongolia.
In connection with the film, the #sheisnoble campaign has been launched to celebrate other fiercely determined “NOBLE” women. Nominate a woman who works tirelessly, fearlessly, and without recognition to provide assistance, hope, or vision to people in her immediate community or around the world. The winner receives $10,000 to support her work and the person who nominated the winner wins a trip for two to Ireland. For more details, see http://sheisnoble.com
NOBLE is an independent film by Ansty Productions and Destiny Films. CNCF is not entitled to receive any profit or royalties from the film.
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To a poor child, a bicycle is more than a means of transportation. A bike puts you on the road to success. With a bike, a child can go to school far away from home, and with an education, a child can expand their mind and earn a living. The following success story is about Trang, whose name has been changed to protect her privacy. She received a bicycle kit and hope for a better future, from the Christina Noble Children's Foundation.
Trang comes from an extremely poor family. Tragically her father, who is only 45, lost his sight completely in June 2007. The family spent all their money on his treatment and are now in debt. Last year, Trang’s father found work as a massage therapist and was able to provide a little support to the family. Her mother, the main breadwinner, works in her sister's bookstore earning just $130 per month. Trang and her parents live in her paternal grandparents’ house along with other relatives. Every month her parents pay $90 for rent and household costs.
Trang is an excellent student and has ranked in the top three of her class over the past seven years. She receives many compliments from her teachers. Along with her studies, she also goes to swimming class and keyboard playing class. In her spare time, she loves reading books and watching the animal channel. Her dream is to become a veterinary surgeon.
Previously Trang walked around 3 km each way to attend classes and paid around $4.5 per week for a motorbike-taxi to take her to her extra classes. Having a new bike has helped the family save money on her transport costs, meaning less financial stress on the family while enabling her to go to school and attend her after-school classes. The bicycle kit was a wonderful gift for her.
For $120 a child can enjoy independence and freedom and we think every child deserves this.
Buy a bicycle and help a Child succeed.
There's no place like home!
Thanks to CNCF staff in Mongolia and supporters from around the world, Children at the Blue Skies Ger Village have four new and improved gers to call home. Bright furniture, bright linens, and bright ceilings means beautiful Children with bright smiles.
CNCF staff spent months shopping, shipping, planning, negotiating, putting up furniture, and laying floors to create a magical place for Children to sleep. The Children, many of who had never seen such beautiful, colorful, and lovely things, were thrilled. Seeing the Children's faces light up with such happiness and pure amazement as they walked into their transformed ger for the first time was a moment that will stay in our hearts forever.
Our Children are busily creating artworks to decorate their gers. We are very proud of our art program at the Village. We strongly believe in the transformational power of art and beauty. We've seen how our budding artists grow in confidence as they develop their skills. By creating art, Children play an active role in improving their lives because they personally make their homes more beautiful too.
A special thank you to all of you who have donated to our Ger Village Wishlist and made dreams come to life for our incredibly special Children.
To see more pictures and watch a video of a transformed ger, go to the Christina Noble Children's Foundation Mongolia page on Facebook. Like us!
If you want to make a difference in the lives of Children who are orphaned, and were once abandoned and homeless, support the Blue Skies Ger Village program.
Here’s a great holiday gift idea: Charity Gift Cards. You decide the amount to donate and the recipient decides the charity.
Introduce your friends and family to the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. Buy a charity gift card and suggest that CNCF gets the gift. Or send an “Honor Card,” and designate CNCF as the recipient.
Just click onto http://www.charitygiftcertificates.org/ and support programs such as the Sunshine School in Vietnam, our school that provides primary education to street-Children and Children from under-privileged families. Our Sunshine Children also receive on-site medical assistance and extracurricular activities, such as sports, arts, music, dance and drama. This Holiday season, give these Children the opportunity to learn, laugh, and play.
Customize gift cards with your company logo for your office party. Put them in your Holiday cards. Tip your mail carrier, doorperson or hairdresser. Send a thank you gift to a teacher or secretary. Ask for one for Christmas! They make great stocking stuffers.
Teach your Children the value of giving. Purchases are 100% tax deductible, and cards never expire!
Charity Choice also lets you redeem old retail gift cards; you receive a tax deduction and any balance remaining is donated to CNCF.