In the meantime I spent time speaking (through an interpreter) with Trung’s mum. Meeting her made me realise that although we may be worlds apart, both geographically and culturally, deep down we share the same dreams for our children. We both just want them to be healthy and happy and to be the best they can be. I felt a real connection with her.
As we said our goodbyes to Trung and his mother, Trung was holding onto his bubbles as tight as he could. It was extremely touching and emotional to actually meet him and his mother in person. I guess it has always been a dream to do so but one I did not actually think would happen. Meeting them definitely made me appreciate our living conditions back home; it gave me a deep sense of gratefulness for what we have and a desire to share more with others. I learned that a relatively small amount of money can make such a huge difference in the lives of others.
Our trip has spurred me on to encourage others to consider sponsoring. For me, it was tangible proof that we can change the world, one child at a time. I am very proud to say that our family tradition has now reached its third generation. My daughter, Jaimee, who is at university, also now sponsors two children, and her sister, Hannah, is planning to do the same.
I also hope in the future to bring the rest of my family back to Vietnam. I have my fingers crossed that one day my lucky numbers will be called and I will win Powerball so we can resource many more new schools in rural Vietnam. Though if no such luck, I will continue to play my part and encourage others to do the same.