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The Loving Work Foundation tours the Mine Action Visitor Center on the first day of their week-long community service project in Quang Tri Province.

The Loving Work Foundation (LWF) wrapped up their week-long community service project in Quang Tri Province last Friday. Led by founder Trish Thompson, the group said their goodbyes after witnessing the important work of a clearance team from NPA/RENEW in Phong Binh Commune, Gio Linh District. This team is dedicated to cleaning up contaminated sites.

The group poses for a photo with NPA/RENEW team leader Nguyen Thi Hai Van and Deputy Leader Phan Thi Thu Huong in Tan Lich Village where UXO clearance is underway.

Earlier in the week, the LWF team reconnected with a family in Cam Nghia Commune, Cam Lo District. Ms. Le Thi Mit and Mr. Nguyen Van Loc have three children with severe disabilities caused by Agent Orange, and the LWF had previously provided them with support to improve their lives. Two elder sons died many years ago and now the elderly couple has to look after the youngest one who is 36 years old.

The group visits the family of Ms. Mit and Mr. Loc in Phuong An Village in Cam Lo. The village is dubbed Agent Orange village due to its prevalence of victims affected by this legacy of the war.

This trip wasn’t all about visits. The LWF members also got involved in some hands-on work!

They volunteered in Cam Thuy Commune, Cam Lo District, by helping to renovate the house of Ms. Le Thi Thi, a UXO survivor. Tragedy struck Ms. Thi in 1972 when she lost her three children in a bomb raid. After the war, she lost her right leg when a wartime munition exploded while she was reclaiming land for farming. Now, she lives with her 42-year-old daughter and two grandchildren ages 12 and 10.

Trish Thompson (middle) and other members of the group work along with local bricklayers to help renovate the house of Ms. Le Thi Thi in Cam Thuy Commune.

The LWF also had a good time interacting with teachers and students of Gio Hai School near Cua Viet Beach. Through Project RENEW, the LWF announced that they would sponsor the improvement of the toilet facilities to help create a more positive and healthy environment for the kids at the school.

Gio Hai School students dance with the Loving Work Foundation group during their visit to the school.

Since 2013,  the Loving Work Foundation has partnered with Project RENEW to conduct several community service projects in Quang Tri Province. Founded as a means to inspire personal interest in the cultural vibrancy, the spiritual practices, and everyday lives of the people of Viet Nam, the Loving Work Foundation improves the lives of children and families in Viet Nam through community partnerships, service-oriented mindfulness retreats, and a commitment to global community building and peace work.