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NON Profit ORG U.S. postage PAID Portland, OR Permit NO 2717 Day 11, April, 2010 Dear Benefactors, I am pleased to report and share with you my annual visit to Vietnam during Tet Nguyen Dan also know as Lunar New Year from February 18th through March 15th; just 3 days short. As every year, I visited 19 leprosy camps, 2,000 children with disabilities, 6 orphanages, SARA Dao Ngan Clinic and two small clinics in Thanh Hoa and Hue City, which are oprated by Sisters of The Lovers of The Holy Cross Thanh Hoa and The Lovers of The Holy Cross Hue. In addition I visited several ethnic minority villages in Kon-Tum and some remote villages in Bac Ninh Province. These areas are considered most impoverish and rarely received aids from organizations. Five thousand packages were distributed. Each package includes a sweater, a shirt, a bottle of cooking oil, 1 small package monosodium glutamate, a small bottle Eagle Brand Medicated Oil Pain Relief, a package of candy, and either 5 kilograms of rice or 50,000 VND. The cost per package is about 10 dollars. Also with me visiting the poor villages in Bac Ninh Province were doctors and nurses to provide free medical care and distribute medicine to 400 disabled and elderly. I began the mission starting from the Bac Ninh Province in North and ended in at Ca Mau, Soc Trang in the South. The daily memoirs of my trip are as follows: On 2/20 and 2/21, accompanying us were 2 doctors and 5 nurses, who are also nuns of The Duc Me Hiep Nhat Order. Two hundred patients in the villages of Bac Giang, Cau Chinh and Bi Noi received free medical and medicine. Eighty poor disabled and elders received packages. People were joyful because they have never been visited and received charity help, especially free medical care. The two day examination, doctors discovered that many cancer patients in the constellation need immediate treatment. Doctors said the majority of poor health is due to lack of nutrition, hard labor, and hypotension . From 2/22 through 2/25, we visited the leprosy camps in Soc Son of Bac Ninh Province, Ba Sao, Xuan Mai, and Phu Binh near Hanoi, Chi Linh and Quang Yen of Hai Phong Province. The elderlies were happy to see us. Some of them told me, “ We miss you so much. We’ve been anxiously waiting for you everyday like a child couldn’t wait to see her mother. Your short visit brought us much love, hope and joy. We need your love. It gives us the hope the you will be back next year. A year of waiting for you feel like 10 years long.” On 2/26, we visited Van Mon leprosy camp and Thanh An orphanage located in Bui Chu Province. Everyone was waiting and welcome a little package as a gift of Tet. On 2/27 and 2/28, we were at SARA Dao Ngan Clinic joining the staff there to provide medical exams and distribute medicine to many people as well as distributing packages to poor elders and disabled. Each year on this occasion, many poor patients received free or deep discount exams and medicines as the courtesy of SARA. Many, who would otherwise could not afford the cost of a thorough exams, took the advantage of our visit to have ultrasounds, x-rays, and blood tests. With anticipation of very large number of patients, we hired 2 additional doctors to join SARA Dao Ngan Clinic medical team for that 2 days. The SARA Dao Ngan Clinic medical team is comprised of 5 doctors and about 10 nurses. All, except 3 doctors, are members of The Sisters of Duc Me Hiep Nhat Order. The team had to work through lunch, so people from the remote villages had enough time to catch buses home. The doctor doing the x-ray commented, “A day of work is like a month”. Although exhausted after 2 days, we were satisfied with much accomplishment. Number of patients discovered having cancers at early stage, so they can try to get treatments to remove them. Many people claimed the drugs either bought or given to them free of charge from the Sisters are more effective. The Sisters have always treated them with respect and gone extra miles making sure they take medication according to the instructions. On 3/1, we traveled to Thanh Hoa Province visiting children with disabilities, 30 children in Phuc Da village and 20 children in Phong Y village. Each child receives a package. We also visited Cam Thuy leprosy camp near Phong Y village, but unable the leprosy camps in Son La and Lai Chau in the remote areas. However, I asked Sister Xuan to deliver 200 packages at later time. In addition, I gave $200 to the priest of Phong Y to help the ethnic minority living around his parish. On 3/2, we came to Nghe An area visiting Quynh Lap leprosy camp, 263 children with disabilities, and 36 poor families. According to the schedule, we planned just to visit Quynh Lap leprosy camp due to lack of funding. However, we alternated the plan when I received the call from Sister Cat-Ti of the Bac Ai Order. She begged me to find ways to help many families in need. She informed me people were running out of food and really looking forward to receiving aids from us, because they heard of our coming to the area. It was difficult for me to turn away such a request. I took a $2,200 loan to provide each family 10kg of rice, 50,000 VND, and a T-shirt. It wasn’t much. However, people were very happy to receive the help. They promised to keep all benefactors of SARA in their daily prayers. On 3/3, we visited 60 children with disabilities under care of the Sisters of Bac Ai Order in Vinh Archdiose. Currently, the children are living at 3 separate very small houses. The Sisters has a new building under construction. Unfortunately, the fund ran out. It’s important that the children to have a decent place to live, I decided to contribute $500 and 6 million VND to the building fun on behalf of SARA. On 4/3, we came to Quang Binh, a province in central of Vietnam visiting 69 disabled children in Huong Phuong village. I regretted for not having enough time to visit another 171 children in other 3 villages, because we needed to reach Hue before getting too dark. We left the packages for them with Fr. Lan Thai Hoang. On 3/5 we visited 196 children with disabilities in Hue. Each child received 150,000VND; no package. We wanted to save the packages for the poor lepers and families in Kon- Tum, who just suffered through a major storm. We left Hue on the evening of 3/6 and reached the convent of St. Paul Order in Kon-Tum in the next day’s morning. The majority people living in this area are ethnic minority. The first thing we had to do was to assemble 700 packages and completed it by 2pm. Then, we went to visit Dak Tia leprosy camp and delivered 165 packages. There are 2 Sisters providing assistants to them. The older nun has been with the camp for 40 years. She spoke on behalf of all lepers in the camps thanked SARA for giving them so much. I asked her and everyone in the camp to keep all benefactors in their daily prays. I couldn’t help but notice the people here are much poorer than any other places I visited. It touched me deeply. I wish SARA’s financial will be stronger and allow me to visit them next year. On 3/8, we went to visit 3 places in the area of Kon-Tum. The first place was in the rubber tree forest, where people of nine small villages gathered. We could not traveled to their villages due to distances and terrain. I let them know, that the packages are from SARA’s benefactors. One of the chiefs spoke on behalf of everyone there thanked SARA organization. More than 200 packages were distributed. The second place was Konhzing village and 151 packages were distributed. The people here were the victims of the storm, which destroyed all their homes. The packages brought them some comforts. Fr. Calisto, also a native, expressed with me that his village desperately needs help . If you’re interested in helping Konhzing village, please contact me. The last visit was at the two villages with lepers living among the non-lepers. We distributed 180 packages. There are no missionaries living with them. However, The Sisters of St. Paul Order often sent someone to deliver the medicine and look after them. Witnessing people here living in such impoverish, I felt such sadness. I pray that I will be able to visit them next year. It all depends on contributions from you. On 3/9, we arrived Kien Giang in the south early in the morning. The first stop was at Tan Hiep Parish visiting 30 disabled children under the care of Fr. Thinh. We also witnessed about his small hospital overflow with about 300 patients. Number of them had to lie outdoor. We contributed 50 boxes of instant noodle, just a little gift to comfort them. Next stop was My Lam orphanage visiting 100 disabled children under the well care of the Sisters. I did not visit the orphanage the last 2 years; so I determined not to miss it this year. Although I did not visit them on the 2 previous years, SARA has continue to send money to buy rice. We also took the opportunity to visit the tomb of Fr. Truong Buu Diep in Ca Mau to pray for all SARA’s benefactors. For years, people came to his tomb to pray and many received miracles. Then, we went to visit an orphanage with about 50 disabled children in that town. In the late afternoon that day, we came to the final location of the trip in Soc Trang. We visited 65 lepers and over 100 disabled children, who are under the care of the dedicated Sisters which of the Lovers of the Holy Cross. It would not be possible for SARA to touch many lives without the generosities of many people like you. The packages brought much happiness and hope to many unfortunate people of Vietnam. I thank God for a successful trip and kept us safe. Thanks the volunteers in Vietnam for all the work they done. I could not have done it, without their helps. And much appreciation to all SARA benefactors for your continuing supports. May God bless you and your family. Regards, Kim-Dung Vu President of Southeast Asian Relief Society Financial Report For The Vietnam Trip From 2/18-3/15/10 1. Dedicated funds for the visit: Funds from SARA account: $40,000 From benefactors in Australia: 1120 Australian dollar (about $1,000). Fron benefactors in Europe and Canada: 610Euro + $30 Canadian (about 1,000 dollars). Relatives of Kim Dung Vu: $3,210 Total: 45,210 dollars. 2. Expenses: Cầu Chính Village: $110 + packages. Bỉ Nội, Bắc Giang Village: $110 + packages. Tân Bình Village: $110 + packages. Sóc Sơn Leprosy Camp: $260 + packages. Phú Bình Leprosy Camp: $320 + packages. Xuân Mai Leprosy Camp: $320 + packages. Ba Sao Leprosy Camp: $350 + packages. Đồng Lệnh Leprosy Camp: $260 + packages. Chí Linh Leprosy Camp: $418 + packages. Văn Môn Leprosy Camp: $1,412 + packages. Thanh An Leprosy Camp: $260 + packages. Khuyết tật Trà My Leprosy Camp: $80 + packages. Medicine distributed at SARA Dao Ngan Clinic : $1,000 Grant to SARA Dao Ngan Clinic: $2,000 . Medical device: $3,100 . Kon Tum: $2,590 . Cẩm Thủy Leprosy Camp & Disabled Children in Phong Ý: $430 + packages. Disabled Children in Đa Phạn: $80 + packages. Disabled Children in Thanh Hóa: $400 phần packages. Quỳnh Lập Leprosy Camp: $800 . Disabled Children in Nghệ An and Thanh Dã: $2,200 . Disabled Children in Ba Nội - Vinh: $710 . Disabled Children in Quảng Bình: $600 . Hướng Phương Orphanage: $500 + packages. Disabled Children in Huế: $1,500 . Disabled Children in Bình Thuận: $300 . Tình Thương Cà Mau clinic: $230 . Disabled Children in Mỹ Lâm - Kiên Giang: $342 . 2 villages at Tắc Xậy - Kiên Giang: $150 . Sóc Trăng Leprosy Camp and Disabled Children Orphanage: $330 Transportation: $2,000 . Food and Miscellaneous: $550 . Tổng cộng: $25,642 cash + $25,000 food and T-shirts = $50,642 * Package: Include a sweater, a shirt, a bottle of cooking oil, 1 small package monosodium glutamate, a small bottle Eagle Brand Medicated Oil Pain Relief, a package of candy, and either 5 kilograms of rice.
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