June 22, 2012
I first discovered L.O.V.E. in 2007 when I was looking for a way to become involved with the people of Vietnam. While surfing the internet, I came upon L.O.V.E.'s website and found it was just what I was looking for. L.O.V.E. not only pays school fees and buys uniforms and school materials for children from poor families but also helps make sure they have enough to eat. Frequently, sponsorships include the whole family. L.O.V.E. also sponsors visits by medical personnel and free medical care to poor areas and villages. I chose to sponsor a boy who was in high school. We were able to write back and forth every month, and the staff at L.O.V.E. sent copies of the original letters plus translations. Soon I decided to sponsor the family. The father had passed away many years ago, and the mother had worked hard selling produce in the market place to support her three sons and young daughter. Over the years, we became close through letters, and I learned to love my adopted family. Last year I came to Vietnam as a teacher. I have met all the L.O.V.E staff and they are wonderful dedicated Vietnamese young adults (except for the director, who is American with a Vietnamese wife). Now I can spend time with my adopted family also. A little money goes a lot farther here. The mother has used the money I have sent over the years wisely with help and guidance from L.O.V.E. The family now has a new large kitchen and inside toilet where before they were cooking outside over an open fire. All three boys are working now and my "niece" just got married. L.O.V.E. gave them the step up that they needed. The staff at L.O.V.E. have been extremely helpful in translating and in helping more and more children and poor families to achieve a better life. I would urge you to support L.O.V.E. and become involved in giving some family or child a better life.
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