Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas in Viet Nam

Warmest Greetings from Saigon, Viet Nam.

My last Christmas in Saigon was in 1974, thirty five years ago. What is the occasion this year? A very special event on Christmas Eve brings us here. Our very first 'Teach Me To Fish' recipient, someone who inspired me to launch the program (and a great testament on how much a difference can be made with less than a dollar a day), will get married on Christmas Eve in Saigon. I have shared the story of Dr. Ha and many of you have met her family (traveling on the HumaniTours). We are honored to be at her wedding and bring along congratulations and good wishes from many of you.

We left North Pole (Seattle) on Sunday night (Dec. 20) with our maximum luggage allowance - some 250 pounds of gifts. Twenty four hours later we arrived in Saigon and experienced one of the most special Christmas season. Meeting us in Saigon are several 'Santa Assistants' - our newest Kids Without Borders volunteers - coming from different corners of the world.
We will start posting our trip reports on the blog with stories, photos, and videos. We invite you to follow us and share with your friends and families.
Where you are celebrating this holiday season, may you feel the special joys this season brings. On behlaf of the KIDS we serve, THANK YOU for your support, your encouragement, and your friendship.
Son Michael Pham (and Judy)

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