Happy Birthday SCC
November 2012 sees us pass our twentieth year working in Vietnam. Although we did not get our official Vietnamese “license to operate” until 1994, the organisation was established as a UK charity on November 2nd.
Paul Cleves, the school teacher who set up SCC all those years ago, must be hugely proud of what he set up: with many thousands of Vietnamese children and families having benefitted from his commitment to bring change.
1992 was a very different time in Vietnam – SCC was amongst the first international ngos to open here and there simply was not the infrastructure or attitude, even, that exists today.
Twenty years ago it would have taken many many long hours by car to travel – very uncomfortably – to areas that it takes just an hour or two to get to now.
Twenty years ago SCC was started with a £100 Trust Deed and a lot of passion and hope, twenty years later we are able to support 3,000 children every day, build schools and plan for the future with confidence.
Many of the articles in this newsletter talk about new initiatives and programmes that SCC is involved in 2012 and I am very happy to have had the chance to take on what Paul started and continue his vision for change.
But, whatever we do, whether we are launching a new initiative or maintaining a long-running successful programme, we continue to make the same commitment – to bring positive change to the lives of severely disadvantaged Vietnamese children and young people and lift them and their families out of the scourge of poverty.
We also continue to believe –
Every Child Counts; Every day counts
So – please join me in wishing SCC a very Happy 20th Birthday and join me in continuing to bring change here every day.