December 2016 mission trip
Twins for Hope wishes to thank the many sponsors and supporters who have helped us with several donations we brought over to the various centres we visited:
- Dr. Shannon Butler, Kingston
- Dr. Tim Agapas, Kingston
- Dr. James Yim (Kingston) and his crew and several contacts from Ontario
- Dr. Ken Luco, Kingston
- Dr. Michael Yu, Kingston
- Greenwood Medical Centre
- The residents of Greenwood Park, Kingston
- Boston Pizza, Kingston
- The Bulk Barn, Kingston
- Smith Army Surplus, Kingston
- Princess Auto, Kingston
On our first full day we visited the Long Hai Centre just outside of Vung Tau which is about 2 hours from Ho Chi Minh City.
I had no idea how much work was involved and really felt like a spectator watching the flurry of activity all around me. Twins for Hope donated 10 bicycles (worth $900) to 10 lucky children who were on the waiting list. We were scurrying about giving the children 180 sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste, 15 pairs of shoes, toiletries and clothing not to mention 180 packs of candy in 4 piñatas and craft supplies. Not to mention hockey helmets donated by Boston Pizza. Not being mechanically inclined, I tried to help out where I could mostly on garbage duty and handing out hugs. I felt fulfilled and happy at the end of the day at what Twins for Hope had accomplished.
We also visited a Catholic Mission in Ba Ria province run by 3 Catholic nuns. We donated a 30 kg bag of rice. Some of the children here were severely disabled from cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. What can be cured so easily in Canada was a critical situation in Vietnam. But the other children had clean clothes on and seemed to be well cared for. They also had a playground that they enjoyed.
We also visited the Lucky Fish workshop run by Japanese ex-pat Papa. The work ethic of these disabled workers is second to none. They make wonderful things that we are hoping to sell back in Canada and re-direct back to the Lucky Fish workshop. Twins for Hope donated $750 which provides 6 months worth of food as well as several sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste. We also donated office supplies and toiletries.
Twins for Hope also donated a 50 kg bag of rice at the DaNang Vocational Centre and 30 sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste at the Thien Tam Vocational Centre.
Lastly, it was great meeting our newest member -Twins for Hope Vietnam liaison Mai and her beautiful daughter as well as meeting David Le and his wife and two lovely daughters before they move to Winnipeg in April.
All in all a great initial mission for the Twins for Hope team. With your support, we hope to accomplish great things in the future for the children of Vietnam.
Twins for Hope Board of Directors