An old proverb that proves true time and again. When we share the burden with others we can achieve so much more. This was clearly demonstrated recently when a group of people came together to make life easier for a family living in poverty.
Many of the families with sick children that ACCV supports are so poor that providing medicine for their child is a huge battle. They are often faced with terrible decisions; do they buy food for the family or medicine for the child? Do they sell off the family buffalo to pay for medical care?
Quang’s family sold off their buffalo last year and life has been a struggle since.
But it’s about to get a whole lot better.
Little Quang is just seven years old, he suffers from CAH and sadly so does his little sister. As they both require constant care, their mother must stay home to look after them. When she has time she collects garbage to earn a little extra money. Currently their father is searching for a part-time job to help pay for some of the children’s medical expenses.
Last year, the family were unable to afford to pay for medication so they sold off their buffalo. Having a bovine animal is almost a basic necessity in rural villages, they are the main labourer for the farming work. It has been quite a struggle for the family since, losing the buffalo has made the production of rice far more labour intensive.
Thankfully, one of our wonderful sponsors (Jessica) heard of the family’s need of a buffalo and gathered her friends together to raise the funds to purchase another one for the family. Once they received the money, Mai and Phuong travelled to the countryside where the family lived and helped them to purchase a cow. They decided to buy a cow instead as they are easier to raise in the mountainous area where they live and are just as useful as having a buffalo.
The family are absolutely delighted and so thankful to have a cow to help them farm their rice. They asked Mai & Phuong to pass along their gratitude to ACCV and Jessica and her friends.
ACCV would also like to extend our thanks to Jessica and her friends. Their generosity will have a huge impact on this young family. Having an animal to take some of the work load will give them more time to find paying work and to care for their young family.
Without the generous support of our kind donors we could not possibly help those in need. Thank you!
Sending best wishes to all.
Alison, Rose & the ACCV team
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Please remember that 100% of all funds donated go directly to ACCV programmes, administrative costs are met by Vidotto Group