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Annual Children's day with Lanterns Restaurant.

On Sunday the 18th of September Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa staff went to Diamond Bay to help Lanterns Restaurant with their annual "Children's Day".

It was their 5th time doing this event and they bring together over 500 children from many orphanages and poor communities. The children sing, dance, play games, we read books to them and lots of other fun activities.

 We joined up with a wonderful group of young girls and read books to them and helped them practise their English. These young girls 12-18 years old live in a house with a nun so they may go to school. They only go to their homes two times a year. We hope to go and visit with them next month. They are an hour out of Nha Trang.

It was a wonderful day. 

 

 

Thank you Dung and Trang for joining with Steve and I to help with this.

 

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Visiting Tu Bong orphanage September 2016

It was a wonderful experience to spend time with the children at the orphanage. Hau, Hieu and Hien are now standing up. They are playing together most of the time and sometimes they even tried to sleep at the same place. Hau waves back when you wave to him. The children are growing up amazingly fast.

Duc, Trong and Tai are now a bit chubbier.  This week we also took Hieu, Hau, Trong, Nghi, Trung, Tai, Hieu and Duc to the local hospital for vaccinations. The Master bought the van down to the orphanage and we all went together.  It was a bit surprised that Duc was the only one that cried at the time and the rest of children were very calm. Maybe they have gotten use to it now.

It is very nice now that the weather is changing into raining season as the children are not feeling hot as last month and seem to be sleeping better and they crawling and playing a lot.

If you would like to donate or see more information about this orphanage please go to

https://www.gofundme.com/266c654y

 

 

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Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa Charity for September

This month as in the last few months we have joined with our friends Robert Constable and Hien from Lanterns Restaurant to buy supplies for the Orphanage at Tu Bong.

It has been so hot this month. The babies are growing quickly but everyone has heat rashes making it uncomfortable for all the babies.

Tai, Trong and Duc (the three youngest babies) have all started to roll over. In the last two weeks they have all put on so much weight. They are getting so big and strong. They have become fascinated with their hands and feet.

Phuc is starting to stretch a little more. He now lies on his side for a short time propped up with a pillow and seems to love it. One of our visitors Stephen showed me some more exercises to do with him and I hope this will help.

Hau, Hien and Hieu are all standing up. They pull themselves up but as yet no one has walked. Hieu is standing without holding on to anything. Someone gave them some toy drums and this is the favorite thing to play with at the moment. All five of them, including the twins are all trying to play with the drums at once, unfortunately sometimes some heads or hands get in the way. It makes for some entertaining listening. It’s amazing how well they share. No crying if someone takes something from them they just let them.

Joseph a friend from Australia joined us as well as Trang, Trang and I visiting the orphanage. I would like to thank you all for your help.

If you would like to volunteer at this orphanage please contact me through Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa or you can donate online through

https://www.gofundme.com/266c654y

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Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa with Hashtaglunchbag August

On Sunday August 28 Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa joined with Lanterns in #hashtaglunchbag where we packed several hundred meals and then they were distributed to two locations, a local general hospital and also Khanh Hoa Mental Hospital. We elected to visit the mental hospital with 200 meals which we would hand out to the patients.

Hashtag lunch bag occurs on the last Sunday of every month and it is becoming a global movement in an effort to help feed the less fortunate. In Nha Trang this occurs at a restaurant called BBQ Un In. A group of hotels have joined with Lanterns restaurant (the owners of BBQ Un In) and supply the food. Volunteers pack the lunch boxes and distribute them.

At Khanh Hoa Mental Hospital they do regular treatments every Monday, Wednesday and Friday but they do have Doctors there all the time in case someone gets very sick or needs some urgent treatment. This hospital treats people with epilepsy, schizophrenia, and the criminally insane.

The hospital is located in the centre of the three neighboring provinces and is the only facility of its kind. For these reasons it is very busy most of the year.

It was a great to be able to do this with our staff. It makes you realize how lucky we are to have good physical and mental health.

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Pure Vietnam at Blood Donation Day

On the 30th of August there was a blood donation day held at Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel and Spa in conjunction with the Red Cross. We asked any of our staff if they would like to come with us. As in any country blood is always needed for accidents and sick people. In Vietnam many local people don't donate because they are scared of needles.

We were joined by a few of our staff. After filling out forms we donated our blood with some very efficient blood collectors. They even paid us to donate. 150 000 VND for 250 mls and 200 000 VND for 350 mls. We were given water, milk and some fruit was available to eat. Two of our staff couldn't donate because their haemaglobin was too low.

This is an excellent cause. It was open 7:30am - 1:30pm and held every three months. We will certainly be supporting this again.

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Stephen and Lynne Volunteering at Tu Bong

We met Stephen and Lynne when they came to stay with us through Air B&B. They come from Ireland and are on a holiday in Vietnam for 2 weeks. Stephen is an Osteopath and Lynne specialises in caring for the disadvantaged. When they heard about the Orphanage they wanted to visit. Stephen and Lynne went to the orphanage in the afternoon by bike. They planned to stay at the orphanage for 2 days but when they got to the orphanage they changed their mind and stayed for an extra day.

During the time they were at the Orphanage they played with the babies, Lynne was especially taken with Nghia (one of the twins). Stephen was able to check Phuc and do some gentle treatment with him. He has been able to advise me on things to do in the future to try to help Phuc regain some mobility.

Steven also played with Truong (10 years old boy) and Thuong (8 years old, who lives close to the orphanage, she really likes to practise English and has a bad family home). Sư Thong took Stephen and Lynne to visit the temple and went to the local beach. At night they slept at the temple. They left in the morning and keeping travelling to the wild beach which is 30km away from the orphanage.

Thank you for visiting and helping with the children.

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Kate Volunteering at Tu Bong

Kate is an Australian lady who I met through Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa when she came for a massage. We got to talking and became friends. Kate stayed in contact with me and saw on Facebook that I was working in an Orphanage and was going to run an English summer school program for local children. Kate wanted to help.

Kate joined me at Tu Bong where she helped teach English for nearly three weeks. Kate became the teacher for the older class and taught them about Australian animal’s, Australian sayings “See you later Alligator..In a while Crocodile” they even named one of the puppies in the temple Dingo because they thought it looked like an Australian Dingo. The older class would prepare talks and deliver them to the group. They thrived under her expert teaching. Many lifelong friends were made.

Kate brought many resources for the school as well as a suitcase of toys for the babies from Australia but also bought some beautiful books in Nha Trang while she was here. Kate took many photos and printed them out and gave them to the monks, orphanage and the children. Most of the children don’t have any printed photos of themselves so these were very precious.

We were able to visit the beach and another Temple while Kate was with us.

Kate helped at the Orphanage. She loved playing with the older children but especially loved the younger babies.

Through the wonders of modern technology Kate was able to watch most of the Summer School Graduation on FaceTime. It was wonderful that she was able to see the end result of all her hard work.

Kate has gone back to Australia but continues to gather resources for both the school and Orphanage. We have set up two penpals for two of the children.

We are hoping that Kate will come back in the next few months to visit but also hoping that she will be here for next year’s Summer School.

Thank you very much Kate you have made a big difference in the lives of many people.

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Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa Charity for July 2016

 

Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa in conjunction with our friends from Lanterns Restaurant participated in our monthly charity at Tu Bong at the orphanage. This orphanage is ninety minutes north of Nha Trang by car. We have made a commitment to help this orphanage every month to contribute towards the cost of nappies and formula for their nine babies and a few small children that they have. I am living in this orphanage at the moment in an effort to help them. I am helping them look after the babies and teaching English in a summer school program for the local children.

It has been an exciting month in the orphanage. We now have the five older babies using reusable nappies during the day. The cost of nappies for so many children is expensive and we are trying different ways to reduce the cost. I have found some all-in-one reusable diapers in Nha Trang so we shall see how we go. The initial outlay will be high but hopefully it will reduce ongoing costs considerably. One of our  wonderful staff Thuy Dung along with her friends just paid for six more pants and now we have enough for the older children. Thank you very much Thuy Dung.

 Heiu, Hau and Hien the three oldest babies are now pulling themselves up. Heiu stood by herself for about 5 seconds the other day. They are growing so quickly. The 3 small babies have grown and are changing so quickly. They are all putting on weight which is wonderful to see. The older babies have teeth coming through and they can get a little cranky at times with that.

 I am joined at the moment with a wonderful lady from Australia who is staying with us for two weeks. Her name is Gloria Litchfield and a lovely lady Oona Baumier from Switzerland who is also staying for two weeks. Thuy Dung, some of her friends, Dung Vo, Steve Brown all made the trek up from Nha Trang to visit and help with the babies. It was wonderful to see them. Trang is staying here with me at the moment helping with the babies and they love her.

 If you would like to donate please go to gofundme.com/266c654y or if you would like to come and visit and spend some time please contact me (Eileen Brown) through Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa.

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Pannee Volunteering in Tu Bong Orphanage

 

 

Pannee comes from Hong Kong and she has her own website where she talks about fashion and local things. Pannee found us through a website called www.withlocals.com

 Trang and I picked her up at her hotel after that Pannee and Trang went to the orphanage by local bus. Pannee stayed at the orphanage for 3 days. Pannee loved playing with the three youngest babies. She got to feed and spend time with them. With 9 babies there are always things to do with them.

 Pannee loved doing mediation so she was able to do mediation with the monks in the temple. We showed her around the temple and she joined in the tea ceremony and got to talk with the master of the Temple for quite a while.

Trang took Pannee to the local market, and Pannee bought 4 can of formulas and 10 packets of nappy wipes for the babies. We also went to the beach and took Tuyen the 10 year old boy with us. He loved swimming in the ocean with us all.

 On the last day Pannee stayed we also had special celebrations for the children (Celebrating a better life for the children). She helped us prepare food. Unfortunately Pannee couldn't join in the Celebration as she had to catch a bus to return to Nha Trang so she could fly to Hoi An.

 

Thank you very much for your donation and help.

 

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Buffy, Marco, Olivier and Indy Volunteering at Tu Bong

 

  

Buffy Marco and their two boys heard about us through a called www.withlocals.com

Buffy and Marco wanted their two boys 12 and 14 years old to experience an orphanage in a foreign country. They come from Holland and Buffy and Marco do some work in a Romanian orphanage. It was great sharing stories and discussing the differences in orphanages in different countries.
 As soon as they arrived at the orphanage Buffy and Marco wanted to start playing with the babies. Indy (12 years old, we called home lobster because he had been swimming and got sunburnt) and Olivier (14 years old). Indy was a bit more scared. I don't think they were as comfortable as their parents. They had bought a soccer ball so Marco started playing with it with Indy and Olivier and Truong, a 10 year old boy. This soon broke the ice. The babies were fascinated watching and started crawling after the ball. Truong was very happy because he doesn’t have many friends to play with his age as most of the children are much younger than him. He helps the ladies here look after the babies. He is very patient with them. After kicking the ball Marco, Indy and Olivier started to gradually play with the babies. 
 Olivier and Indy were very nervous in the beginning but soon they were happily cuddling them. Indy was quite scared, and I guess he never held a baby before. He held Duc (Duc is three months old. Indy rolled his eyes, and wrinkled his face, I think he tried to make Duc smile, Duc kept looking into Indy's face, and then he smiled. Suddenly Indy was smiling you would have thought that he had just made a big breakthrough.
 Buffy and Marco were so touched with the babies. Buffy had bought a lot of new clothes from Holland for the babies. In the afternoon, after we visited around the temple we went to the beach which is just 1km away from the orphanage. We took Troung swimming with us. He can't swim but Marco and Buffy made sure that he was always safe and the two boys were very protective of him. The time went so 
fast. The other people swimming there were fascinated by us having a young Vietnamese child with us. The other children soon wanted to join. After we swam Marco was invited to play a game of soccer with some young men but unfortunately we had to leave as it was getting dark.
 The next day, Olivier, Indy and Buffy were playing football with Truong in the yard outside of the orphanage while Marco was playing with the babies. Buffy and her family left that night, they were very sad, Indy cried so much, Truong was very sad too. Everyone hugged and said goodbye to the babies and the carers. We took them to the bus stop for their overnight trip to Hoi An.
 
Thank you Buffy, Marco, Oliver and Indy for spending time and helping us.Indy and Olivier really enjoyed their experience in the orphanage. You too can bring your child so long as they are well behaved. This is an awesome opportunity for children to understand that not everyone has the same opportunities as them but still realise that these children are the same as them at heart.
 Thank you for your help.




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Oona Volunteering in Tu Bong

Oona Baumier is a photo-journalist who comes from Switzerland and she will travel for 12 months working and discovering the world. Now she has been traveling for 9 months. Oona heard about us through the Swiss/ French Association “Offoir Un Toit” that built the orphanage. Oona planed that she would stay with us for 3 days then she would continue to travel to Hoi An.
Oona helped us teach English for both younger and older classes. She loves taking photos and the children love to be photographed. After finishing the class we went to visit around the temple and of course Oona's students were the tour guides. Oona was here at the same time as Gloria (a visitor from Australia who stayed with us for two weeks), they both really loved the babies.

 

The Vu Lan Ceremony is one of the biggest events in the calendar of Buddhist people. In this day people visit and offer some goods to the temple. The goods are not so important but the meaning of this day is that each of us remembers and honor our parents whether they are living or dead. We pray for a better life for them. During the ceremony flowers are given to people. Red flowers mean your parents are still alive. White flowers mean they have died. Oona was so taken with the babies and wanted to help us raise money and so she decided to stay especially after Su Thong (the second chairman-monk in the temple) explained the ceremony to Oona and how it would happen a week after she was meant to leave, so she decided to stay for a few more days because she wanted to join in the ceremony.

 

Hue Luc is one of the novice monks in the temple and he was taking part in a special examination to become a monk in Luong Son Pagoda (near Nha Trang). Oona decided to stay longer to support him and hope to see him pass the test. We were all praying for him to pass the test. Oona decided to stay four days more. On the testing day a group of us including Steve, Oona, Trang and I went to the temple where Hue Luc was taking the test. Hue Luc said that he had passed the test with a 38.5/40 score. What an amazing result! We were very happy for him.

 

Oona left the next day. She stayed with us 10 days instead of 3 days as she had planed, she said she would love to bring her whole family to visit here.

 

I really appreciate everything you have done Oona, thank you very much for your time, you have really helped us.

 

We hope to see you and your family again, soon!

 

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Gloria Volunteering at Tu Bong

 

 

Gloria Litchfield is an Australian lady who heard about Tu Bong through a friend of hers, Maureen Daniels, who had come to help me with the orphans. Gloria saw it on FaceBook and contacted me. Within a week Gloria had booked a ticket and was coming.

Gloria was able to help with the English school that we ran and also help with the babies. . In Australia Gloria devotes her time to rescuing and raising bats. The children loved hearing about her experiences in Australia as well as learning about rescuing animals and raising them. She loved cuddling and looking after the babies. Gloria is an amazing loving and giving lady. I would like to thank Gloria so much for coming and helping me.

You too can volunteer to look after the orphans of Tu Bong. You can visit for a day, several day or a week or two. You will fall in love with them. The ladies of the orphanage take such great care of us and the babies. The food is fantastic.

This is an amazing experience that is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa Charity for June 2016

 

 

                            

On Tuesday Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa in conjunction with our friends from Lanterns Restaurant participated in our monthly charity at Tu Bong at an orphanage. This orphanage is ninety minutes north of Nha Trang by car. We have made a commitment to help this orphanage every month to contribute towards the cost of nappies and formula for their nine babies and a few small children that they have. I am living in this orphanage at the moment in an effort to help them. I am helping them looking after the babies and teaching English in a summer school program for the local children.

It has been an exciting month in the orphanage. We have started the older babies on pureed fruit (which they love) and we are about to start trialing using reusable nappies during the day. The cost of nappies for so many children is expensive and we are trying different ways to reduce the cost. I have found some all-in-one reusable diapers in Nha Trang so we shall see how we go. Fingers crossed. The initial outlay will be high but hopefully it will reduce ongoing costs considerably.

  

Phuc is a 16 month old baby with physical and mental disabilities. At the moment we are starting to introduce some of the children to mashed fruit and he seems to be liking his fruit and is in the process of weaning off formula onto milk. He is starting to get some daily exercises to help him with his arm and leg movements to try to prevent contractures. One of the carer’s sons is training to become a physical therapy person at a Saigon University and he bought up his books so he could help him.

Hieu now has two bottom teeth. She is starting to pull herself up to stand. I don’t think it will be long before she takes her first steps. She loves being the “mother” to the other babies and pats them on the back or head when they are crying. It’s amazing what she has learnt by watching the carers. She is a very observant young baby and learns very quickly.

Hau is a big strong young baby and he looks like he is the oldest but he isn’t. He is always smiling and happy. He loves his bananas and had some apple the other day for the first time, you should have seen his face. He loved it.

Hien is going to be the lady killer. He bats his big brown eyes at you and smiles and it’s very hard to not just pick him up and cuddle him all the time. He is now up on his knees and is learning to crawl. It’s very funny to watch him rock back and forth and move forward a little then drop to the floor in amazement. He is very proud of himself.

The twins Nghia and Trung are doing very well. They are smiling and playing. They always seem to be looking for each other. You can see them watching the older babies crawling and there are the first signs that they would like to be doing the same. They are rolling and spinning but haven’t yet got the forward momentum.

Duc, Trong and Tai, the youngest babies, are certainly thriving. They are growing so fast. The other day we took them for some immunizations and they were so good. 

   

I would like to thank Maureen and Trang for coming up and helping with the babies. It was wonderful to have them here with me.

If you would like to donate please go to gofundme.com/266c654y or if you would like to come and visit and spend some time please contact me (Eileen Brown) through Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa.

 

 

 

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Summer School graduation in Tu Bong

The Summer School at Tu Bong has drawn to a close.

 Children with Certificates

I have been teaching a summer school at a Buddhist Temple in Tu Bong whilst I have been staying at the orphanage. I have been joined by so many people from different countries who have helped. They have come up and stayed for a day, two days and a few weeks. The children have learnt so much in this time. The change in their self confidence, their ability to speak English and the knowledge is amazing. We were joined by Diem (who is Vietnamese) but studying in New Zealand, Agnes from Germany who bought all the children toothbrushes and taught them how to brush their teeth correctly, Kate from Australia who provided so many resources for the school and the orphanage, Fleur and Jitte from Holland, Maureen, who lives in Nha Trang but comes from Australia, Sam who lives in Nha Trang but comes from Australia, Gloria who has come over from Australia, Oona who has come from Switzerland and of course Trang who has been with me most of the time and Van who has helped as well. The children have learnt something from everyone and are all the richer for the experience.

Diem talking Truc upset but came back and spoke Kai talking Phuoc talking

For the graduation ceremony each child prepared a talk. The younger children told a story about themselves and their family and the older children had a subject they had to talk about. Something they were passionate about. I was so proud of every one of them. They worked so hard all week. On Saturday we prepared the room and decorated it with the pictures that Kate took while she was here as well as balloons. Each child presented their talk. Some were overcome with nerves and couldn’t speak but after they sat down we invited them back and they all spoke from the heart. We learnt about Buddhism, the Environment, soil erosion and their dreams for the future. It is wonderful to hear about their aspirations for future. We had a Kung Fu Teacher, many English teachers, Policemen, an airhostess and monks.

Luc talking first and second prizes

We gave them each a certificate, a book in English and Vietnamese and a small gift and some lollies. This was all in a paper bag of course so as not to harm the environment. There were four judges who picked the top ten students and then. They had the hardest job. Steve, Oona, and two visiting  Monks had the terrible job of giving them marks. The winner was Luc who bought a tear to everyone’s eye when he talked about his journey to become a monk and what it means to him, second place went to Thuong who is a ten year old girl who spoke so fantastically but had so many nerves that when she sat down she was crying. In the top ten we had both older and younger children and they received special prizes of books and bags for school.

Trang our fabulous MC Su Thong

Trang did an amazing job of being our MC, helped by Su Thong. We were joined by my wonderful husband Steve, families of the children, friends from Nha Trang and some of our fantastic staff from Pure Vietnam, Thuy Dung, Dung Vo, Thinh, Hao and their friends. It was a truly amazing and inspirational day. The children gave me so many presents for teaching them, it was very humbling and a lot of tears were shed. It is always those that have so little give so much. Hopefully we will be doing it all again next year!

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Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa Charity for July 2016

Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa in conjunction with our friends from Lanterns Restaurant participated in our monthly charity at Tu Bong at the orphanage. This orphanage is ninety minutes north of Nha Trang by car. We have made a commitment to help this orphanage every month to contribute towards the cost of nappies and formula for their nine babies and a few small children that they have. I am living in this orphanage at the moment in an effort to help them. I am helping them look after the babies and teaching English in a summer school program for the local children.

Trang with Hien Oona with Nghia

It has been an exciting month in the orphanage. We now have the five older babies using reusable nappies during the day. The cost of nappies for so many children is expensive and we are trying different ways to reduce the cost. I have found some all-in-one reusable diapers in Nha Trang so we shall see how we go. The initial outlay will be high but hopefully it will reduce ongoing costs considerably. One of our  wonderful staff Thuy Dung along with her friends just paid for six more pants and now we have enough for the older children. Thank you very much Thuy Dung.

 Trang and Thao with babies Oona with Hau

Heiu, Hau and Hien the three oldest babies are now pulling themselves up. Heiu stood by herself for about 5 seconds the other day. They are growing so quickly. The 3 small babies have grown and are changing so quickly. They are all putting on weight which is wonderful to see. The older babies have teeth coming through and they can get a little cranky at times with that.

 twins Gloria with twins

I am joined at the moment with a wonderful lady from Australia who is staying with us for two weeks. Her name is Gloria Litchfield and a lovely lady Oona Baumier from Switzerland who is also staying for two weeks. Thuy Dung, some of her friends, Dung Vo, Steve Brown all made the trek up from Nha Trang to visit and help with the babies. It was wonderful to see them. Trang is staying here with me at the moment helping with the babies and they love her.

Eileen with Babies 

If you would like to donate please go to gofundme.com/266c654y or if you would like to come and visit and spend some time please contact me (Eileen Brown) through Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa.

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Agnes in Tu Bong Orphanage

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Agnes Wittemeier was a lady who my husband met by chance at an airport. Only two foreigners on a plane at the end of the day and they started talking. To cut a long story short Agnes ended up staying with us and Agnes and I became friends. Agnes decided to come to the orphanage with me.

Agnes loved looking after the babies. Cuddling and playing with them, feeding them and just sitting with them. She had that magical touch that soothed them. Agnes taught English with me for the local children. The children were fascinated by her as she was tall, fair with blue eyes and curly hair. Everything they were not.

In Germany (where Agnes comes from) she is a dentist. She bought all the children we teach toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss. We then had an education session about brushing teeth. Agnes drew pictures on a board about decay and how bad it is for our teeth. She then demonstrated brushing her teeth for two minutes and the children had to do the same. Dental flossing I think is something we are going to need to practice quite a bit. Trang translated to make sure that the children understood what Agnes was saying. To make sure that this continues we have the children bringing their toothbrushes to English lessons and we time them for 2 minutes twice a day.

We took Agnes to the stream garden where we have been cleaning up all the plastic and rubbish, recycling cans and bottles. The novice monks and some of the local girls cooked us lunch, rice, soup and tofu and then Agnes taught them how to whistle using their hands and also leaves. We had a lot of fun trying to do this. The children have been practicing and now have actually mastered the art of whistling, they have done so well.

Unfortunately Agnes had to leave to continue her travels. She has given me 1 000 000 vnd to spend on the babies but she has left behind a lasting impression of love and generosity of spirit. We will certainly miss you Agnes. We hope you can come back soon.

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Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa Charity for May 2016

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On Thursday Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa in conjunction with our friends from Lanterns Restaurant went to the orphanage at Tu Bong, ninety minutes north of Nha Trang by car. We have made a commitment to help this orphanage every month, at the moment, as they have so many babies to look after and are really struggling. I am actually living in this orphanage at the moment. I am helping them out looking after the babies and teaching English in a summer school program for the local children.

   

We went on Thursday as a friend of mine from Australia Peter Ryan was visiting and he is a photographer and he generously agreed to come and take some photos for me.

I have started up a go fund me page in the hopes of raising some money.

The link is gofundme.com/266c654y if you are interested in donating or reading the story.

Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa and Lanterns put in equal amounts and go fund me paid for the rest.

 

There are 9 babies and 2 older children. The bill for just food and nappies for one month is just over 11 000 000 VND.

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Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa Charity for March 2016

 

 

We have the pleasure of joining with our good friends from Lanterns to help support an orphanage. Tinh Xa Ngoc Van is an orphanage in Tu Bong, 1 1/2 hrs north of Nha Trang set in beautiful countryside. With the help of Hien and Robert from Lanterns, we took up special baby formula for the babies and nappies, milk for the other children and condensed milk and other things that were generously donated from friends (thank you Stacey Black).

     

It was a fantastic weather today. Summer is coming to Nha Trang. We have been many times to this wonderful place. The orphanage now has two more children and at the moment they have 6 babies. The baby who has physical and mental disabilities is now 16 months old. He is going to see the doctor next Tuesday. A female baby who has a reasonably severe cleft palate is 6 months old. She is going to Sai Gon on 20th of April to check if she is old enough to have an operation. They have twin boys who are 4 months old and they have grown so much and are wonderful. There were two other adorable babies at the orphanage and they have grown up a lot since the last time we visited. The babies all woke up just as we arrived so we got to cuddle and play with them. We also helped feed them. These ladies work so hard taking care of the babies. They do a wonderful job. They were so happy to see people playing and cuddling the babies.

 

It was a holiday in Vietnam this weekend so many of the local children were having a good time playing with each other near the orphanage. We had a wonderful time with Robert, staff from Lanterns and some of our friends playing with all the babies. I would like to thank Robert Costabile,  Pi Cool, Ran Mori, Minh Hiền and other friends for coming. It was a very special day.

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Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa Charity for April 2016

On Sunday 15-5-16 Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa in conjunction with our friends from Lanterns Restaurant went to the orphanage at Tu Bong, ninety minutes north of Nha Trang by car. We have made a commitment to help this orphanage every month, at the moment, as they have so many babies to look after and are really struggling. The cost of feeding the children and providing nappies for them is a small price to help them in the amazing work they do. A special lady by the name of Lyn Griffin gave me some money while I was recently in Australia to spend on charity. Thank you for your contribution Lyn your donation has helped feed these babies.


This orphanage has just received a new baby that they have named Duc who is now two weeks old. He was left at the orphanage in a box out the front. He is a tiny little chap with a fantastic head of hair and the longest fingers with very big feet. I think he’ll grow into a tall young man. He seems very healthy.


The young boy with the cleft palate has had the first operation and he looks so much better. It is only a few weeks since he had it and seems to be healing really well. He is sitting up and crawling. He was the most active that I have seen him. He is certainly enjoying his food.


The twin boys are becoming mischievous. They are rolling and lifting up their heads and having a good look around. I don’t think it will be too long before they are very mobile.


Young Phuc, who has mental and physical disabilities, was actually the most peaceful I had seen. Maybe it was the calming presence of Hien sitting patiently with him that made him feel comfortable.


All up at the moment they have eight babies, all under the age of 16 months. They also have two young boys one 10 years old and the other 4 years old. The 10 year old boy is so quiet and sad. It breaks your heart. I guess everyone wants to play and spend time with the babies.
If anyone would like to help this orphanage in either monetary or with physical help please contact myself, Eileen Brown or Steve Brown at Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa. They do an amazing job taking care of the children, it is full of laughter, hugs and kisses but looking after so many babies is a continuous overwhelming job.


I saw a quote on Face Book the other day:
”Small acts when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world” Howard Zinn


I would like to thank all the people who came with me @Minh Hien, Anil Phan, @Uyen Uyen, Ly, Huyen and Tram we had a fantastic day.

 

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Doing Charity with a customer of Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa

One of our wonderful customers from Pure Vietnam Beauty and Spa wanted to do some charity at an orphanage while she was visiting in Nha Trang so she asked us to help her achieve this. She wanted to help those less fortunate than herself and give back to this wonderful country that she is visiting.

Andrea comes from Germany and she was very happy that she was able to come to the markets with Steve and I and buy some toys, some hair things for the girls, lots of vegetables, eggs and basic cooking ingredients but she was able to buy some special jam treats for the children for TET. It is good to be able to help pick out what the children will receive. We knew a few things that they wanted but Andrea also decided what she wanted to give. Andrea wanted to buy something to eat and something for fun. It is always good to have a balance.

At the markets Buying eggs Buying vegs TET treats

We took everything back to the orphanage where the children were.

food from markets

They loved the balls, skipping ropes and toys that Andrea bought for them. Andrea had a great time playing skipping with them. Some of the boys and girls were great at skipping. It was a great way to spend a few dollars and a Sunday morning.

 Skipping getting headbands and clips Skipping

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