Dear Friends, Happy Springtime! Hope you are enjoying the awakening nature and all of its beauty.
This spring, we at Bridging Hope were celebrating a joyful event as we joined the Grand Opening of the Cau Hi Vong (Bridge of Hope) that our organization helped to construct for the people of Tam Trang in the Central of Vietnam. The bridge connects the people of Tam Trang to the outside world during their annual flood. Sisten Sen will have a more detailed report on this joyous event in her letter.
Bridging Hope has always been looking for partnering organizations that share our goals and objectives in making positive impacts to the quality of life for the poor and vulnerable children and women of Vietnam. This year we have added 2 projects to our list of partners that we support financially, as following.
And we are working with Fr. John Toai, director of Mai Tam, exploring ways to have:
To exercise good steward of Bridging Hope’s fund afforded by your generous contributions, Sister Sen has completed her trip to Vietnam in April to do a site visit of the organizations we support. You will read about her trip in her report.
Many thanks to our friends, donors and supporters. We are blessed by your generosity and support. May love, hope and happiness be yours throughout the year.
All the best, Luong Ha
President of the Board
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.” – Pope Francis
Pope Francis spoke to the Christians but his thought fits in with Bridging Hope’s mission which is to build bridges of relationship to women and children in Viet Nam in order to improve their lives.
The spring site visits were friendly, warm and successful. Though in some cases I felt stuck and didn’t know what to do, (as in the case when I was engaged with the women who have polio – their declining health is truly such a challenge) but the rest of the visits were incredibly up-lifting. The staff and volunteers are truthfully dedicated in what they do, and without them we surely couldn’t reach those in need. Michael Pham, a Bridging Hope’s friend from Denver, came along. He seemed to be impressed with the many aspects of work Bridging Hope does for the women and children. I hope he can become a living witness here for Bridging Hope.
And with great joy, I want to share with you the good news. After two years of working, the bridge for the people in Tam Trang village in Quảng Bình was finally complete! The Bridge opening ceremony was on April 21, Easter Sunday. It was a joyful occasion, an Alleluia occasion!
The celebration started with the Eucharist as the way of giving thanks, and after that people proceeded to the newly constructed bridge. The temperature was high, not only hot, but hot, hot, hot…90 plus degrees with severe humidity. But this didn’t prevent the joy of people celebrating the completion of the bridge. Most of the participants were children and youth, and their joyful energy was exuberant even in the consuming heat.
Truly, we want to extend our love and gratitude to all of you who have provided us with opportunities to bridge the oceans, reaching out to those who are so underserved.
With Gratitude and Hope,
Please Note: Due to the high number of participants, the fundraiser this year will be held at the Queen of the Vietnamese Martyrs Parish.
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