Just a bit of background——————–
This blog begins in January of 2009, when my partner Sara was planning to resume her work in disaster response with an international housing NGO. Initially, we expected to live in Bangkok, but plans changed, and we ended up in Vietnam, first Saigon and then Hanoi.
On January 12, 2010, as we watched news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, I knew Sara (who directed the same NGO’s response to the 2004 tsunami) would be asked to work there soon. And, indeed, she was on site in Port-a-Prince in less than two weeks. I followed in June, after teaching a service-oriented writing course in India.
After some months of silence, the blog picks up again in November 2010 from Port-au-Prince. However, you may want to begin reading from the beginning of 2009. The story is compelling!
Note: As of March 2011, our year in Haiti has ended, and I am back home in the US for my partner’s sabbatical. Before we head back overseas on Sara’s next assignment, I am working on a memoir about growing up in an organized crime family and my later recovery from bipolar disorder (both event horizons in their own right)–a long-term project I will continue, even from our next international location.
It’s nice and a little bit surprising to find out Vietnam is mentioned somewhere in WordPress. I hope that you have good impression about our country.
Ah, I love Vietnam. I lived for 6 months in Saigon and another 6 in Hanoi! A lovely country and wonderful people! Thanks for stopping by.
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I found you and your blog through Thirdeye Mom’s blog. One of my sons was born in Saigon, Vietnam. We spent a month in Vietnam when we adopted him and we fell madly in love with the culture and its people! We can’t wait to go back someday. Glad I found your blog!
Great to hear from you, and how wonderful that you got to spend a month in Vietnaam and have a Vietnamese son! I understand how you feel about falling in love with the country and its people. Can’t wait to check out your blog!
Kathy, your experiences are so impressive! I can’t wait to read more!
Great to hear from you. I hope you will come back soon and read more! Thanks for stopping by.
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