Back in Taiwan, Fr. Jean-Pascal, together with a Vietnamese friend, started preparing some displays to present the situation of those children and ask people to help then. People were interested and the questions they asked have helped us to set up a reliable system of collecting information and communicating them regularly, together with pictures.
Today, the program has become a Spiritan project where other confreres also collaborate. Fr. Jean-Pascal, back in France, continues to communicate with some sponsors, while the program is managed by another Spiritan from Taiwan.
We have about 750 children in our files, including more than 200 currently sponsored, the others having stopped receiving sponsorship after they finished school or for another reason, and a waiting list of about 60. A class of ‘unschooled’ children is also being sponsored by paying the salary of 2 teachers. We also help some families fund the building of their new house. There are 8 contact persons in Vietnam collaborating in the program, for 17 different groups of Children in Hue and Quang-tri provinces. Every semester, we transfer about 10,000 usd for the sponsorships. We have about 130 active sponsors (Canada; US; France; Taiwan; Ireland; Italy; Portugal). Every year, we publish a report newsletter.