I took these pictures in May 07 during a four day stay in Hoi An, a town on the East coast of Vietnam. I went there to meet up with my sister who was doing some work for a charity called Lifestart Foundation. This is a small, Australian charity that is helping underprivileged Vietnamese people to become self-sufficient. If you are an orphan or disabled in Vietnam there is no government support and life is very, very tough. My sister was working with a disabled group of twenty-five Vietnamese who have formed a co-operative. In spite of some awful personal circumstances the people I met were incredibly resilient and positive and I think this comes through in the photographs.
Money from Lifestart Foundation goes towards training programmes that will enable people to make a decent living. If you want to find out about lifestart and maybe make a donation check out their website www.lifestartfoundation.org.au If you would like to use any of these Vietnam photos feel free but please make a contribution to Lifestart Foundation.