Dec 19, 2008
Dear Friends of Mai Tam,
We are sending to you the 2008 Annual Report of the Mai Tam House of Hope Project and the Director’s 2008 Christmas letter of thanks.
Much progress has been made since last year, as you will see from the report. Also there are more needs that must be filled in the coming year.
We again reiterate that our commitment to the Mai Tam House of Hope must be long-term, i.e. donations must continue over an initial five-year period. This is essential since the medicines and care cannot be stopped; to do so would mean depriving a child of the chance to live to adulthood. Therefore, we ask that you kindly renew your generous support for 2009.
We plan to send the next quarter’s donation in January 2009. Perhaps your donation can be matched by your company. Please look into that possibility.
We sincerely thank you for your kindness and look forward to hearing from you soon.
Jill and Robert Morris
811 E Broadway
Boston, Ma, 02127 USA
Tel/Fax: 1 617 269 2415Mobile: 1 617 308 1937
Mai Tam, December 2008.
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Christmas is coming very close, and I want to take this opportunity to thank you all of you for making this third Christmas a reality for most of our orphan children.
Time has passed so fast, as many of our children could celebrate the third Christmas in their life, we know that Mai Tam is already three years old. Through your generous support, prayers and encouragement, this year Mai Tam is able to shelter up to 50 children and 22 mothers. On May 2008 we were able to split Mai tam into two groups when the new building was completed and it has become a new home for 7 mothers and 20 children. They live together as a family, where the older ones are taking care of the younger; 12 of our children are able to go to school and attending regular class. The old building continues to be a safe home for another 30 children and 15 mothers who still need special care to recover physically and psychologically.
With the advance of medication and care to prevent from mother to child infection, 4 pregnant mothers who came to our shelter in despair are now so happy with 4 new babies in their arms who are all saved from HIV infection. Yet, there is always a mixing of joys and tears in any activity, and in fact, this year we also experienced the loss of 3 of our children to AIDS complication. Their departure making us realizes that the best that we could do is also limited because we are limited. At certain moment we have to surrender them to our Creator. Yet, we also believe that nobody has come to Mai Tam and left Mai Tam unloved. And love enable us to say the beautiful phrase of Gabriel Marcel “Thou shall not die.”
Mai Tam from a small shelter for 10-15 children now it has become a big shelter for many children and mothers. For us, it is not the size of the building that could make it happen but it was the size of love in your hearts that have enfleshed in our shelter and that have given us the courage to move on, despite of many difficulties and challenges. Thank you once again for opening your heart to us and helping us to open our children’s hearts to the world with full of hope and love.
As we are closing the year 2008, allow me to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas – a Happy Holiday – and a Joyous New Year 2009.
Fr. John Phuong Dinh Toai, MI
A new HIV-positive arrival whose
mother died in labor.