Monday, July 16, 2012

Courage: One Step at a Time

The staff at Reaching Out, the social enterprise where we dedicate our volunteer services annually in Hoi An, recently sent the staff on a holiday to the city of Hue.

It is remarkable that these young people embark on such a journey, but it is even more remarkable when one considers the challenges inherent in travelling with a disability. As I browsed the many pictures of this outing, I was stuck by the courage and fortitude shown to get to the shrines, pagodas, and the citadel in this ancient city, where Imperial Vietnam is celebrated and remembered.

How fortunate the staff is at Reaching Out, that Binh and Quyen who manage the enterprise, understand that the independence developed through travel is an essential benefit.

The trip also included a visit to the Hope Center, where they met fellow craftsmen and women, sharing techniques and stories.

The brilliant smiles in all of the pictures are a testament to the pure joy which the travellers and revellers experienced. How lucky they are to be a part of the Reaching Out lucky we are to be part of that family too, when we are in Hoi An.

Stay tuned for news of the opening of the new Reaching Out teahouse where even more persons of disability will be given an opportunity for training and employment.

Do let us know if you would like to support the continuing growth of this enterprise, by sponsoring a new trainee.