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Diep's Story

A sweet little six-year-old girl, Diep, never loses her smile, even though her young life has been quite difficult. She suffers from Brittle Bone disease and due to the fragility of her bones she often breaks them, causing her to take time away from school. This has meant that her mother must also stay home to take care of her which has been a hard decision as the family’s already meagre income is reduced.

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Dat's IT Competition

A couple of years ago we brought Dat and Hong to Australia, which you can read about here An Australian Adventure. Over the three months they were in Austalia, Dat and Hong studied advanced Braille and computer skills using NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access), a programme designed to help blind people to use a computer. These skills would then be brought back to Vietnam, where Dat & Hong would teach them to their fellow students in the ELITE classes.

The trip to Australia was a roaring success for these two, with Dat really excelling with his  computer skills and Hong mastering the advanced Braille. Dat said he loved every moment of it and had always had a passion for computers, even as a young child. He has found his passion.

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Binh's Story

Binh was diagnosed with CAH at birth; he has been supported by ACCV for the past three years. During this time we have seen him grow into a funny, sweet little boy.

Binh lives with his parents, who are getting older, having two daughters who have already left home and are married with their own families. This has made caring for Binh difficult as they cannot do as much farm work to earn money for his treatment.

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Urgent call out for Quan's medical care...

    I recently wrote about a young boy named Quan, who is only eight years of age but has already shown real strength in the face of very real health challenge. Quan was diagnosed with CAH at birth and has spent much of his childhood battling this disease.

Quan’s family are very poor and his mother is ill with heart disease. Paying for Quan’s medical treatment was far beyond their means which led to him being a very sick little boy...

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Walking In Other People's Shoes

I would like to start today’s post with a saying that encompasses not only ACCV’s work, but also the attitude of the families we support:

“Life isn’t about getting and having; it’s about giving and being” Kevin Kruse

We all understand that charitable work can be rewarding on many levels; nothing compares to the feeling of seeing a smile on a mother’s face after her child receives the much needed, but yet so hard to come by medical treatment that helps to relieve their suffering.

But what the two stories below have shown me is that you don’t need to be in a position of power or have a lot of money to help people.

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