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14
Nov

7: Cuong’s story: Raising awareness for people with multiple disabilities

Cuong’s story: Raising awareness for people with multiple disabilities

 

Cuong is a 22 year old young man from An Phuc district in Hanoi. Cuong was born without sight, without hearing and has never talked. Cuong’s contact with others is through touch only. As his parents work during the day Cuong spends most days alone.
Recently, Mr Tam (formerly from the City Police) contacted Pastor Jacob about Cuong, the Tam of his friend, to see if HIF could help. CityPartners contacted Quy from Unbounded Space and a member of HIF, who took the time to assess Cuong’s sit-uation and talk with his parents.
Duc, together with Mai and Phuc (from another partner organization in the An Phuc area) visited to inter-view Cuong’s parents. During this interview, Quy told Cuong’s father about cases from other countries where education for children with multiple disabilities was available. Cuong’s parents seemed interested in learning more about educating Cuong in the hope that he might be able to communicate better with other people.
We are grateful to Duc, Phuc and Mai for their willingness to provide ongoing support. Quy and Unbound-ed Space will contact organizations that have experience in educating kids with multiple disabilities to find out what support & materials are available, e.g. how and what Cuong should be taught.
During the day, Cuong is always alone at home . It appears that this is something that causes him stress, given the lack of socialization and communication. Mai and his friends are able to visit Cuong and are keen to find ways to communicate with him. From Duc’s observation, Cuong’s perception of people sur-rounding him is quite good. Cuong is able to ‘recognise’ things and moves freely within the house & knows exactly where to put items.
Currently Quy is based in Hoi An, but can Skype with Mai and his friends to guide them how to work with people with disabilities so as to build relationship with Cuong. Quy advised that Cuong’s Dad wants to have Cuong’s hearing checked to see if hearing aids may help. Quy will contact an organization that provides hearing aids to see if they can help.
City Partners will keep updated with Unbounded Space re Cuong’s situa-tion although we cannot help won-dering how many others like Cuong are spending each day in solitude and loneliness in Hanoi? If anyone from HIF knows someone or has ex-pertise in this area, please contact CityPartners.
Michael Walls
(Names and image have been changed for privacy)

20
Dec

4: Love in Action: mobilizing churches for impact

Love in Action: mobilizing churches for impact

 

The Love Hanoi Festival with Franklin Graham presented us with a very special challenge; one which we had never experienced before: How were we going to demonstrate the love of God to the city?

Our answer: Love in Action!

Love in Action is a unique committee which recognizes the powerful witness that many of the churches have created through their actions of service for their communities. Now formed as part of the Love Hanoi Festival, the committee hopes to carry out a number of new initiatives.

Thanks largely to CityPartners and the Love Hanoi Campaign, both of which had laid the path already and  developed a foundation for uniting local Non-Profit Organizations (NPO’s) and churches together to serve the city

Meeting  in early April, the Love in Action Committee selected specific issues or programs to focus on and support. These are:

  • Drug Rehabilitation Centers
  • Human Trafficking
  • Blood Drives
  • Neighborhood and Park Clean-ups
  • Training Churches in Service Project Development

Since agreeing on the goals, the committee has worked with the local churches to help turn these goals into reality, achieved through a combination of projects, training sessions and seminars.

Workshops & seminars

One of the key hopes of Love in Action has been to help develop awareness of the issues which have been plaguing the city and provide training on how to combat it.  Love in Action has partnered with groups to hold awareness events for the people in the city. They were the Anti-Trafficking organization ColorMe, the Christian based rehabilitation centers, and the Pro-Life organization Passion Life.

To date over 600 people have attended these events and there are still several more events planned this month. 130 church leaders have attended training programs and seminars that seek to teach about the theological directive for Christians to love their city and strategies for how churches can begin their own projects.

Future vision

With the Love Hanoi Festival only a few weeks away, the Love in Action Committee is hoping to complete some of its goals and mission before the festival occurs. However, the true goal of these projects is to create a culture amongst churches to partner with one another and with their local government; a partnership that will continue long after the festival has finished.  Through the continued efforts of City Partners and Love Hanoi, we hope that dialogues, seminars, and training sessions can continue to occur and even greater works of love can manifest in the city.

Lucas Jens Chatelain
Billy Graham
Evangelistic
Association,
Co-chair
Love in Action
Committee,
+841629560942

 

 

14
Dec

3: Christmas Party at Phu Chau Children’s home

Christmas Party at Phu Chau Children’s home

HIF members, you made 2017 great! YWAM Mercy Vietnam staff, and the children of our Children’s Homes, wish you a happy and prosperous 2018.
YWAM Mercy celebrated Christmas, at the Phu Chau Children’s Home on December 17. ‘Joyful, Sharing & Love’ were the themes. 168 people attended including children, staff, district and commune leaders, sponsors, volunteers & neighbors. Our volunteers and sponsors organized games & helped with putting up decorations.

Playing, singing and dancing filled the air. Performances by the children were a way of saying thanks to the home staff and sponsors, who all help to create the opportunity for the children to have a better future despite the hardships they’ve experienced in their lives. We all enjoyed a delicious dinner together and then a concert.

Sharing and Love

Every child received a present on this celebration day. HIF members were able to choose a child to sponsor from the Phu Chau children’s home and then filled a shoebox with individual gifts for each of these children. At the end of the day, every child received a gift– which they enjoyed so much. These were special gifts, given with LOVE.
We would like to thank all members of HIF for their contribution to-wards the gifts and the Christmas Party. God bless your continuing support.

Natalia and Alexander Priester

14
Nov

1: Drug Rehabilitation Training

Drug Rehabilitation Training

of Hanoi.  Many of the pastors who are serving in the community today are former addicts whose faith played a crucial part in freeing them from their addiction. Now saved themselves, they have gone on to open their own rehabilitation centers, providing help and care for addicts in the city.

This Spring, the Love in Action committee began hosting dialogues with the leaders of these centers to discuss their needs and hopes for the future of their programs. Many of these centers have gained great recognition for the care provided to their clients, however many of them still lack the access to training and government authorization. In response to this, Love in Action reached out to the U.S. Embassy’s Department of Health and Human Resources to develop a partnership with the centers.

In October members from HIF met with Embassy Representative Nadine Rogers and her team to visit centers in the city and better understand their situation and challenges.  Earlier this month Love in Action hosted a training seminar provided by Ms. Rogers’ team with members from all of the centers in attendance regarding the issues of abuse and strategies for treatment.

This seminar was just the first step that is opening up a new relationship for the US Embassy and the centers to partner together to help provide the leaders with certification and recognition from local government leaders.

 

14
Jun

Love in Action new logo, website & FB page

Love in Action new logo, website & FB page

The Love in Action Committee of the Love Hanoi Festival is continuing its efforts post festival event. In June 2017 the committee had purposely set goals for one year, determined not to stop love the city even though the festival organization would end. The committee has recruited new members and is seeking additional volunteers for various roles.
It is our objective to complete the goals already set by June 2018 and to coordinate ongoing efforts by all churches to serve their communities. To do so, a new website has been created with the content of the Love in Action booklet, plus pages for news, events and resources. You can also find us on Facebook as Yeu Thuong Bang Hanh Dong.
www.loveinaction.vn