Wow, I went from posting every day to nothing! Complete "Radio Silence." Ugh. Teething has been kicking our butts here the past few days. Pair that with life and you get one exhausted mama. I've got a bunch of posts bouncing around in my head that I hope to get up in the next few days, but this one can't wait. A couple of days ago I received an email from a blog buddy about a new project she was involved in, called Mothers in Action for Vietnam. As many of you know, we thought our adoption journey would take us to Vietnam to meet our child. Obviously, that wasn't meant to be. Regardless, part of my heart is, and will always be, in Vietnam. So the opportunity to donate to something like this was amazing. They've already reached their initial goal of raising $600 to provide surgeries for two boys. Now, they are working on providing a mobile medical clinic, and hoping to raise $500. It brings tears to my eyes when I think about how much good can be done with so little money. The two surgeries are life-changing surgeries for these boys... for less than my quarterly tax bill. That's insane.
Here's a quote from their blog that sums up their mission much better than I ever could:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Spending time living amongst an amazing people, many of whom are struggling with poverty, changes you. We cannot forget Vietnam, or the people we met there.
Several months ago, the three of us watched a video about a young boy living in the Tam Binh 2 orphanage located in Sài Gòn, a video that touched us deeply. That video set into motion the events that would lead to Mothers In Action for Vietnam. We began a dialogue about finding a way to unite the large number of bloggers we know for a common purpose. We started researching non-profit groups working in Vietnam with one goal in mind: to bring medical aid to disadvantaged children, orphans and families. In that spirit, we hope to partner with various non-profits in Vietnam by sponsoring projects that align with our goals and passions.
This idea has been born out of a great passion to see what kind of good we could do if we all united to support a series of projects with different organizations. It is our hope that with enough support, we will be able to expand our partnerships to encompass projects in the areas of orphan care, family preservation, HIV/AIDs care and education. It is in honor of our sons that we have united to form Mothers in Action for Vietnam.
Please visit their site, and consider making a small (or large!) donation. You'll notice that I rarely request support for causes on this blog... if ever. But this, this is special. Please consider helping out.
[You'll also notice a new button on the bottom of my sidebar that links to their site... ]