Holly goes to Vietnam

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Holly Goes To Vietnam

Project 2014-01-08 21:40:02 +1300

Hi everyone - my name is Holly and I graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2011.  Since then I have been working in a private practice in Wellington.  

However this February I will be working as a volunteer Physio in two Vietnamese orphanages - four weeks in Huong La orphanage near Hanoi, (http://www.forgottenpeople.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=44) followed by four weeks at the Tam Ky Orphanage and Peace Village near Da Nang.

The children have a high rate of disability due to the chemical warfare used throughout the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was a strong and toxic herbicide used to clear crops and land where guerrilla fighters could be hidden.  However the toxic nature and the long period in which it takes to degrade have resulted in high rates of birth defects, still births and medical conditions.

Our mission will be to work with the nuns that run the orphanage to find fun and easy ways to encourage proper positioning of children to prevent contractures and encourage the development of functional goals such as sitting up, walking and rolling in bed.

100% of all donations will be given directly to the orphanages to improve conditions and buy essential equipment for the children. I am very fortunate to have been sponsored and therefore no funds will be going towards travel costs.

Every donation counts, no matter how small.

Please stay in touch, for ongoing updates follow my blog: http://physioinvietnam.blogspot.co.nz/

Holly xx

For more information check out the previous Physios amazing blog: 

http://wheninvietnam.wordpress.com/

Please help us get some nappies that fit! 

 

Also so please note that pledges do not come out of your account until the project deadline, I also will not be sent your contact details for rewards until then, to claim your reward sooner please email me on [email protected]

 

Comments

Updates 6

Thank you from Tam Ky Peace Village and Baby Orphanage

08/04/2014 at 6:51 PM

 

Hi again,

 

It is nearly the end of our travels here in Vietnam, I would love to bring all these children back home but then quickly realised I have minimal motherhood experience after I witnessed a few major poo explosions. That however brings me to the next point of business, the lovely Jemma and her team at "The Big Sew In" (https://www.facebook.com/thebigsewin) have done a magnificent job and have developed a nappy design and set a day for us to make reusable nappies that we can then send over (P.S anyone with a private jet that wants to drop them off?). When I told the caregivers at the baby orphanage she jumped up for joy and gave me the biggest tightest cuddle. There was no trouble translating their happiness!

 

These nappies will not only provide the babies with much more comfort, they will help prevent the spread of illness, as currently they use a thin triangle piece of material,  similar to what you would use to sling your arm, however nothing is contained (trust me I am now out of clean shorts because yesterday any baby I went near must have had a very full bladder).

 

That is why we have decided that the remaining half of our fundraising money will go towards supporting this project and getting those babies some good quality, reusable nappies.

 

Again thank you so much to all of my Pledgers, you have honestly improved many lives today.

 

Love Holly.

Thanks for your input! Love the chilren of Huong La

12/03/2014 at 7:15 PM

So a conclusion has been reached regarding where the half of the money raised for Huong La will be spent. (We still have a second orphanage to visit and half of the fundraising total will go there). Thanks again so much for your input.

 
The weather is only just beginning to warm up, but the mozzies are starting for the year! There are some nets that get draped over the beds, but the kids that sleep on the floor cant be covered, so we are installing some more permanent mosquito nets to keep the blighters out.
 
We were so worried because both Hue and Khang had temperatures and were covered in these spots, but it was just the shear number of bites they had. You will be pleased to know that it is cooling off again a little so hopefully we can get the nets installed ASAP before the wee ones get too many more bites.
 
Its hard to see but Hue is covered in little insect bites
 
And so is Khang
 
 
 
No stopping this fella
 
 The wee troopers kept up their exercises!

Robyn

18/02/2014 at 2:32 AM

Hi all, 

I'm Robyn the other physio who is a part of this amazing adventure to Vietnam. I graduated in 2012 and am working for Physiotherapy + Pilates Evolved a private practise in Christchurch NZ. 

 

Holly and I have started working with various children here at the Houng La Orphanage and in 4 weeks time the Tan Ky Orphanage. 

You need to pledge to see this update.

FAB NEWS!

23/01/2014 at 9:26 PM

Thank you so much to the exceedingly generous sponsors, we have officially met the target!

I am blown away by your generosity.

I have set up a new blog to keep you all updated with the trip and pre-trip fundraising efforts, the Pledgeme account will remain active until my return, and that way we will know what areas require the funding the most.

Keep in touch,

http://physioinvietnam.blogspot.co.nz/

Love Holly!

 

Postcard recipients!

10/01/2014 at 9:34 AM

Thank you all so much! 

Please note that no money will be deducted from your account unless the project is successful, after the completion date I will be set the reward recepients email, however during the trip I will take plenty of photos to let you know how the artwork is coming along! 

Any problems please email me on [email protected] 

    Pledgers 30

    Catherine Lindsay
    2014-04-12 20:11:04 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-06 09:19:39 +1200
    Keith and Julie Roffe
    2014-03-10 12:17:18 +1300
    Hana Wong
    2014-03-05 16:27:57 +1300
    Corrine
    2014-02-13 13:49:02 +1300
    mike penlington
    2014-02-10 11:31:53 +1300
    Nicola
    2014-02-09 21:05:53 +1300
    Kate
    2014-02-05 14:55:25 +1300
    Renee
    2014-02-03 18:30:08 +1300
    Denise Fuentes
    2014-01-30 11:36:15 +1300
    Paul Griffiths
    2014-01-23 12:34:48 +1300
    Joanna Wiseman
    2014-01-21 21:01:41 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-01-21 09:17:25 +1300
    Lloyd Roffe
    2014-01-21 09:04:17 +1300
    Calum O'Neil
    2014-01-20 22:21:35 +1300
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    2014-01-17 15:11:46 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
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    2014-01-11 11:53:34 +1300
    Emma Laing
    2014-01-11 11:27:55 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-01-10 22:00:17 +1300
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    Bianca Sawyer
    2014-01-10 11:25:34 +1300
    Sarah McCaig
    2014-01-10 09:24:11 +1300
    david barnes
    2014-01-10 09:13:54 +1300
    Aaron Cope
    2014-01-10 08:56:29 +1300
    Laura Ayre
    2014-01-10 08:44:47 +1300
    Jess
    2014-01-10 07:35:38 +1300

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    Holly Goes To Vietnam

    Project 2014-01-08 21:40:02 +1300

    Hi everyone - my name is Holly and I graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2011.  Since then I have been working in a private practice in Wellington.  

    However this February I will be working as a volunteer Physio in two Vietnamese orphanages - four weeks in Huong La orphanage near Hanoi, (http://www.forgottenpeople.net/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=44) followed by four weeks at the Tam Ky Orphanage and Peace Village near Da Nang.

    The children have a high rate of disability due to the chemical warfare used throughout the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was a strong and toxic herbicide used to clear crops and land where guerrilla fighters could be hidden.  However the toxic nature and the long period in which it takes to degrade have resulted in high rates of birth defects, still births and medical conditions.

    Our mission will be to work with the nuns that run the orphanage to find fun and easy ways to encourage proper positioning of children to prevent contractures and encourage the development of functional goals such as sitting up, walking and rolling in bed.

    100% of all donations will be given directly to the orphanages to improve conditions and buy essential equipment for the children. I am very fortunate to have been sponsored and therefore no funds will be going towards travel costs.

    Every donation counts, no matter how small.

    Please stay in touch, for ongoing updates follow my blog: http://physioinvietnam.blogspot.co.nz/

    Holly xx

    For more information check out the previous Physios amazing blog: 

    http://wheninvietnam.wordpress.com/

    Please help us get some nappies that fit! 

     

    Also so please note that pledges do not come out of your account until the project deadline, I also will not be sent your contact details for rewards until then, to claim your reward sooner please email me on [email protected]

     

    Comments

    Thank you from Tam Ky Peace Village and Baby Orphanage

    08/04/2014 at 6:51 PM

     

    Hi again,

     

    It is nearly the end of our travels here in Vietnam, I would love to bring all these children back home but then quickly realised I have minimal motherhood experience after I witnessed a few major poo explosions. That however brings me to the next point of business, the lovely Jemma and her team at "The Big Sew In" (https://www.facebook.com/thebigsewin) have done a magnificent job and have developed a nappy design and set a day for us to make reusable nappies that we can then send over (P.S anyone with a private jet that wants to drop them off?). When I told the caregivers at the baby orphanage she jumped up for joy and gave me the biggest tightest cuddle. There was no trouble translating their happiness!

     

    These nappies will not only provide the babies with much more comfort, they will help prevent the spread of illness, as currently they use a thin triangle piece of material,  similar to what you would use to sling your arm, however nothing is contained (trust me I am now out of clean shorts because yesterday any baby I went near must have had a very full bladder).

     

    That is why we have decided that the remaining half of our fundraising money will go towards supporting this project and getting those babies some good quality, reusable nappies.

     

    Again thank you so much to all of my Pledgers, you have honestly improved many lives today.

     

    Love Holly.

    Thanks for your input! Love the chilren of Huong La

    12/03/2014 at 7:15 PM

    So a conclusion has been reached regarding where the half of the money raised for Huong La will be spent. (We still have a second orphanage to visit and half of the fundraising total will go there). Thanks again so much for your input.

     
    The weather is only just beginning to warm up, but the mozzies are starting for the year! There are some nets that get draped over the beds, but the kids that sleep on the floor cant be covered, so we are installing some more permanent mosquito nets to keep the blighters out.
     
    We were so worried because both Hue and Khang had temperatures and were covered in these spots, but it was just the shear number of bites they had. You will be pleased to know that it is cooling off again a little so hopefully we can get the nets installed ASAP before the wee ones get too many more bites.
     
    Its hard to see but Hue is covered in little insect bites
     
    And so is Khang
     
     
     
    No stopping this fella
     
     The wee troopers kept up their exercises!

    Robyn

    18/02/2014 at 2:32 AM

    Hi all, 

    I'm Robyn the other physio who is a part of this amazing adventure to Vietnam. I graduated in 2012 and am working for Physiotherapy + Pilates Evolved a private practise in Christchurch NZ. 

     

    Holly and I have started working with various children here at the Houng La Orphanage and in 4 weeks time the Tan Ky Orphanage. 

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    FAB NEWS!

    23/01/2014 at 9:26 PM

    Thank you so much to the exceedingly generous sponsors, we have officially met the target!

    I am blown away by your generosity.

    I have set up a new blog to keep you all updated with the trip and pre-trip fundraising efforts, the Pledgeme account will remain active until my return, and that way we will know what areas require the funding the most.

    Keep in touch,

    http://physioinvietnam.blogspot.co.nz/

    Love Holly!

     

    Postcard recipients!

    10/01/2014 at 9:34 AM

    Thank you all so much! 

    Please note that no money will be deducted from your account unless the project is successful, after the completion date I will be set the reward recepients email, however during the trip I will take plenty of photos to let you know how the artwork is coming along! 

    Any problems please email me on [email protected] 

      Catherine Lindsay
      2014-04-12 20:11:04 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-06 09:19:39 +1200
      Keith and Julie Roffe
      2014-03-10 12:17:18 +1300
      Hana Wong
      2014-03-05 16:27:57 +1300
      Corrine
      2014-02-13 13:49:02 +1300
      mike penlington
      2014-02-10 11:31:53 +1300
      Nicola
      2014-02-09 21:05:53 +1300
      Kate
      2014-02-05 14:55:25 +1300
      Renee
      2014-02-03 18:30:08 +1300
      Denise Fuentes
      2014-01-30 11:36:15 +1300
      Paul Griffiths
      2014-01-23 12:34:48 +1300
      Joanna Wiseman
      2014-01-21 21:01:41 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-01-21 09:17:25 +1300
      Lloyd Roffe
      2014-01-21 09:04:17 +1300
      Calum O'Neil
      2014-01-20 22:21:35 +1300
      Mark Johnson
      2014-01-17 15:11:46 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-01-17 08:11:23 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-01-14 14:16:06 +1300
      Melanie Jayne Evans
      2014-01-11 17:12:12 +1300
      Martine Evans
      2014-01-11 11:53:34 +1300
      Emma Laing
      2014-01-11 11:27:55 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-01-10 22:00:17 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-01-10 21:31:16 +1300
      Julia ferguson
      2014-01-10 17:05:31 +1300
      Bianca Sawyer
      2014-01-10 11:25:34 +1300
      Sarah McCaig
      2014-01-10 09:24:11 +1300
      david barnes
      2014-01-10 09:13:54 +1300
      Aaron Cope
      2014-01-10 08:56:29 +1300
      Laura Ayre
      2014-01-10 08:44:47 +1300
      Jess
      2014-01-10 07:35:38 +1300

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