ACTS is embarking on our 5th mission to Vietnam from 26th to 29th June 2019 to support the Salesian sisters at Tam Phu (Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City) and Nghi Loc ward (Vinh City, Nghe An province in Central Vietnam).
The Salesian sisters started their mission work in Nghi Loc ward over a decade ago in 2008, serving villagers who are mostly low income farmers growing crops and raising poultry or cattle for a living. In 2018, when living conditions worsened with a prolonged harsh climate and typhoons, causing severe damage to crops and the villagers’ homes, ACTS started work in Vinh City alongside the sisters to administer to the needs of the community.
ACTS supports the sisters through the facilitation of simple English lessons, organising art and craft activities, as well as fun outdoor events for the students who range from kindergarten level to Grade 8. We also teach the children basic hygiene habits. In addition, we reach out to families in need in the rural areas through the delivery of humanitarian parcels containing basic food essentials.
The Salesian sisters run kindergartens taking care of about 300 poor village children and provide boarding for some of the youths. Holistically, the sisters have also set up a small workshop for the mothers of the needy children to sew wigs to help supplement their family's income.
Hence, it is our wish to invite YOU to join us on 26th to 29th June to Vietnam, to share the spirit of Christ with the people we meet. We promise you a journey filled with love and compassion, a journey of fellowship and faith-building, a journey you would want to take with us each and every year.
Sharing in Service
ACTS Vietnam Team
Kampot located in Southern Cambodia, is a 3 hours’ drive from Phnom Penh International Airport where ACTS will run a week long outreach during our June school holiday period to spend time with Cambodian young students and villagers from the Saint Augustine Kampot Archdiocese headed by Fr. Tavola Gianluca.
We will organise small and intimate groups for play, music, art and craft and fun English classes suitable for kindergarten students (and hopefully to a new Montessori kindergarten if we have sign ups who are familiar in the Montessori method of education) and Elementary Grade 1 & 2 students at several school locations. This year, we will have great need for a handywork’s team to update an existing playground and to build new playground at another village Catholic centre, to help harvest fruits and pepper on the farm and lots of painting work including mural art.
ACTS will run free medical clinics at the schools and other Catholic community centres in nearby villages of Chum Kiri, Prek Pros, Koh Sla and Phnom Voar to young and old and to some who have never been seen by a doctor or dentist before.
Restricted to a group of 40, ACTS is looking for participants between 13 and 65 years of old with the appropriate skills set for the tasks described, be willing to commit to a complete week from 15th to 22nd June, be ready to rough it out and more importantly, happy to receive the spirit of Christ in our services and with the people that we meet.
Application closes on 1st March 2019. You will then be notified to attend a Mission Preparation Session where you can find out more about the mission outreach and what is expected from you.
ACTS Kampot 2019 is co-ordinated by Chris & Trixie Chan and lead by our Spiritual Director Friar Esmond Chua.
The Salesian Sisters saw the need for education, human promotion and development of youth, especially of children and young women, particularly in the area of women and youth education, primary education and skills training. Read more at their website >