Mai Tam, Christmas 2010Dear friends and benefactors,
Christmas is coming; while most of us are traveling home to be with family and loved ones, our children are also blessed to celebrate the fifth Christmas at Mai Tam House of Hope.
Indeed, this house has truly become a house full of hope when most of our orphan children who came here in the past few years were looking for a last option in life: a place to rest in peace. Instead, it has become a place to receive new life for most of them.
It is the first time in the past five years that all of our children survived because of proper medication, nutrition and care, but above all, because of love that we received from most of you. As a result, Mai Tam is now sheltering 65 children and supporting 370 children living with HIV in communities. Many children who lived in Mai Tam before were able to return to their relatives. If three years ago the children who came to Mai Tam were in the last stage of AIDS, this year, it was the HIV pregnant women who came to Mai Tam with the hope that their children would be safe from HIV after receiving prophylactic medication. In fact, 4 new infants were born to HIV mothers this year in Mai Tam and all four of them were free from HIV. This result couldn’t be possible without your love and support that we have been counted on for the past years. The message of Christmas once again reminds us that ‘the light has come, and darkness couldn’t overcome it.’
We are so grateful for all of your kindness and love that you have shared with us.
Christmas is the season of hope, of giving and receiving love, we would like to wish you all a Christmas full of love, hope and joys with your families and loved ones.
Fr. John Phuong Dinh Toai, MI
A new HIV-positive arrival whose
mother died in labor.