By Ha An and Quang Nguyen
The void and nostalgia struck us at our work table when our eyes glanced at the camera lying in the corner; like a habit, we reached out and turned it on. On the screen there were faces, smiles of the friends miles away in the North West, who came as visitors but left like friends.
The trail of memories flashed back at the glorious ceremonies glittering under the sunshine of Go Vap district. Everything had surprised us at its best, and our hearts were pounding immensely, adrenaline kept on rocketing with rapturous applause after each pupils’ sophisticated music performance. Wednesday was a puffy day at IKEA’s soft toy factory, a little break after “too many new things to digest” – Emilie, we had time to reflect on the implications of the previous iWitness visits and made timely revisions to the agenda. Down memory lane again, in the haze of the morning dew, Cu Chi district appeared with its village schools, the atmosphere switched to a more casual state, which had granted us a ticket to our childhood with the indulgence of countryside treats and fun games with the children.
“Although the environment diversifies from one place to another ritually, the children remain the same! We witness the same naïve eyes, same cheerful faces, same curiosity, same courage, same creativity, same confidence, and for that reason, our trust in the work to promote Child Protection and Children are the most important people in the world, is once again strengthened!”, confirmed Anna.
The very last moments of us sitting together were to walk through the points of notice during the past week. Comments and ideas on how to meticulously prepare for the next iWitness trip were exchanged constructively. The consideration of delivering a social media package was highlighted, we recognized there’s a need for engaging and loyal messages about IKEA Foundation’s contribution as well Save the Children’s work on the ground.
“I miss you already!” shared Carin when we were at the hotel, ending the Friday visit as well as the iWitness visit to the Vietnam program. A week flew by so fast, but the memories of the laughs, the sharing, will last for a long time in our minds, an unforgettable week of the witness visit to the Vietnam program, November 9 – 13, 2015.