I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS
Well we have had some snow in Vietnam this year but much further North than where our office is based in Ho Chi Minh City where it is still in the high 20°s (sorry to those of you who are struggling in the cold!). But we are surrounded here by a multitude of vignettes of Santa Claus and his reindeer and snowmen sitting on lawns outside hotels and shops – all very incongruous but Vietnam has really taken Christmas to their hearts and it is a happy time to be here.
I also talk about dreaming as a number of the stories in the newsletter this month refer to the dreams of children and I wanted to say a little more about this.
There are two dreams I typically hear about at SCC from the children and young people we support with your help. For the very young the dreams are often about growing up in such a way as to be able to help their parents or grandparents who are often ill – so “doctor” features occasionally or “pharmacist” or simply a job where they can earn enough to help. The saddest “dream” like this we heard this year was from one of the children in a new province where we will be working with ANZ next year called Hau Giang. This small boy dreamed of being an electrician because there was no electricity in his house and his Mother had had to “die in the dark” and he didn’t want this to happen to any other members of his family.
The other type of dream isn’t a dream at all but, in fact, a complete lack of dreams. I am affected to my core when I meet young people growing up and who have no dreams about their future at all – no hopes, no desires – just a kind of sad acceptance of a tough time being spent trying to eke out enough of a life to support themselves and help their families too.
I am sorry to be so sad especially at Christmas and so I will end by saying that – even though things like dreams are not always amongst the “measurable outcomes” that we gauge our impact by - I am happy to say that SCC does give dreams back to these children or help them to realise them where we can. If you would like to see more about this there is a new short video about dreams of children and of one that came true – please click here to see the video.
Happy Christmas and many many thanks for all of your support throughout the last year!