It has been more than ten years since we made the fateful first visit to Vietnam. During that time, I have been honoured to play a role in making positive changes to hundreds of individual lives, and in the lives of young blind people on a community level in Vietnam.
I’m very proud of the work we have done and what we have achieved.
My goal from that very first meeting with a young blind man, Quan, was to make a difference. It has been my intention ever since.
It has also been my intention that ACCV would be a program run by Vietnamese people, for Vietnamese people. Empowerment was always my ultimate goal. It was with this in mind that I handed over every piece of IP I developed. Nothing carries my name, it is there solely to enhance the lives of young blind people.
I have reached a point where I believe I have made all the difference I can, and that the programs I have developed can continue to run without my input.
As I reflect on the past ten years, I realise that now is the time for ACCV programs to be handed over to their rightful owners.
I am humbled by the support and encouragement we have received over the years. It has been so very much appreciated, and it will never be forgotten.
Supporters, Family, Friends, Staff, Volunteers…. there are so many people I could single out for their wonderful contribution, but the list would be so long it would be very boring! You know who you are, and I hope you know how grateful I am. Thank You!!
I must thank my family as they have graciously allowed ACCV to become a huge part of their lives too. Without their support, it would simply have not been possible. I am blessed.
I would also like to offer my sincere acknowledgment to the young blind people I have had the privilege to work with. I wish you well and I have no doubt that you will succeed with your future endeavours.
I’m proud to know you.
Ps: Should you wish to make a donation to assist disadvantaged young people in Vietnam please contribute to the wonderful work done by Blue Dragon’s Childrens Foundation. Should you mention ACCV your donation will be directed to fund their work with disabled youth.