A high school English teacher from Sydney, I moved to Vietnam in 2002 hoping for a simple life. Within a year, I was running classes and a soccer club for street children in Hanoi, and Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation was launched.
This blog follows on from my earlier blog, Street Kids In Vietnam. Here I will share the lessons I learn from the children and young people I meet from day to day; the extraordinary human beings whose lives might otherwise go unnoticed and unremarked, but whose daily trials and joys are truly exceptional.
Blue Dragon has always been ‘owned’ by many; it’s a charity made up of children, families, international donors, staff, a Board, and even some stray cats and dogs from time to time. We cooperate with police in Vietnam and abroad. We work with schools and mass Vietnamese organisations. Thanks to our work in the anti-trafficking field, there are also some folk who wouldn’t consider us their best friend. We choose to get involved in cases – in the lives of people – that nobody else would touch. Our mission is to find the good in children who have given up hope in themselves, and that’s never simple or comfortable.
Life is a long story, and we all have much to both share and to learn.