Saturday, December 29, 2007

Touch Down

Arrived all safely. No problems with luggages or checking in at the hotel. Fresh juices and fruits at the market when we arrived. Air temp is approximately 80 degrees. Quite fesitive and crowded since the new year is arriving. Lots of tourist from Europe and USA.

Everyone is resting and jetlagged. Time here is 3am. Kirby and Grandma Jeanne are sleeping.

In the morning after a tai chi work out and couple laps around the park we'll have breakfast of fresh orange squeezed orange juice. Then head off to Be Tho, orphanage.



Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Agent Orange

Here are some photos of the Agent Orange Victims. This was part of the rainbow herbicides used during the War. Agent Orange was just one of the chemicals used to defoilant the vegetation. It is still in the ground water. It is in the genes of those that were in contact with it. It will continue to be passed down to the next generations to come.

Some of the children I was unable to photograph out of respect for them. Some have skin conditions that you would see out of the movie X-men. Their skin are blackened through out the body.

It was and still is a clear example of mankinds potential to be wicked and evil.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dying without a name

This photo was taken on our last mission in July August 2007. The child has no name. He was abandoned at the foot steps of a Buddhist Temple/orphanage on January 1, 2007. The Buddhist nun stated the parents could no longer take care of him. He had some type of brain cancer. He is paralyzed from the neck down. You can see the obvious signs that death is near for this unknown child. His limbs are so thin. The nun also stated that the child is deaf and mute. She does what she can to alleviate the suffering for this child. She trys to comfort him the best she can with what she has.

The 2nd photo you see is Grandma Jeanne comforting the child. Some of the children we return for will not be there when our team returns again. This no name child will be one of them. I know that he will not be there. At least he did not die alone and others were around him.
Come back to my blog if you think you are having a bad day and click on my video of this child.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Montanyards are the natives of Vietnam. They are your equivalent to our Native American Indians. They have been historically discriminated against quite harshly. Conditions worsen after the war since they were recruited by the CIA during the War to fight against the North. We will be building several water wells for these Montanyard Indians. Since most of the water duties are reserved for young girls that commonly walk 4-6 kilometers a day to get water.

The pictures are from a Montanyard orphanage outside Da Lat city in the highlands of Vietnam. Its approximately 40 kilometers outside the city in a remote area. There are approximately 40 orphans there. It is run by 2 nuns. They do not get much attention from visitors since they are in a remote location. The area is a agricultural based economy. This orphanage is also a central location for poor families that do not have enough to feed their babies or young children. The nuns would take the mal nourished children and fed them until they are stable of enough to be back with their parents. The children there speak their own dialect and also Vietnamese. They resemble the natives of Guatemala and the Philipines. You would not be able to tell the difference if they stood side by side.

The children have a unique spirit among them. They are really friendly children and naturally curious to outsiders. All well behaved and disciplined. The last time I was there we bought them soccer balls, kites, hoola hoops, and of Prior to that we witnessed them playing with rocks because they didn't have jumping jacks to play with. Literally...small rocks.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Water Sterilization system

Here is the water sterilization system I am setting up at the Be Tho orphanage inside the city of Bien Hoa. Many of the kids at this orphanage (125 in total) are handicapped. Approximately 40 of them have disabilities. They range from autism, mentally handicapped, deaf and mute, to being maimed. They currently boil water for cooking and drinking.

This system was designed at Saddleback College with the assistance of Professor Paul Curtis. We designed it in class to provide a solution for the children at this orphanage. It is a simple design able to treat thousands of gallons a day. It is durable and low maintenance with minimal service requirements. Parts are easily attainable and user friendly.
This system works with the particle filters. The water enters the first housing being filtered at 5 microns. The 2nd filter is rated at .5 microns. Its rated to filter out cyst and bacteria. The 3rd stage the water enters a carbon filter where any heavy metals are trapped in the filter. The last stage the water enters the ultra Violet tube where the rays are emitting a powerful wavelength killing any bactera or viruses. This system can sterilize and filter water at 2 gallons a minute.


Basically today we are learning how to fill out a blog. All new to us. Moises who is our webmaster is giving us instructions. We are somewhat blind when it comes to this sort of things.