The lotus flower is one of the most enduring and meaningful symbols of the Vietnamese people. The lotus is regarded as a symbol of their ancient culture. It represents their ability to withstand great adversity and retain their unique traditions. The lotus is associated with enlightenment and perfection. It is a common flower, both noble and sacred
LIFESTART FOUNDATION WORKSHOP January 17th 2009 How it all Started … News from January 2009…
It is with great excitement that I write this blog. It has been a long held dream of mine and many of the disabled women that Lifestart Foundation helps, to open the first not for profit shop in Hoi An. In December 2008 I was fortunate to be in a position to rent a fabulous shop and work space for the women.
A small group of local women ... read more
Asia » Vietnam » South Central Coast » Quảng Nam » Hoi An The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Independence was declared after World War II, but the French continued to rule until 1954 when they were defeated by Communist forc... ... read more
Karen Leonard has resided in Essendon, Australia, all of her life. For the past thirty years she has successfully run a small business in Essendon, The Karen Leonard Music School.
A dedicated traveler since the age of eighteen, Karen has visited many countries. In 2000 while backpacking through Vietnam, Karen met a young street kid and they had an instant connection. He introduced Karen to his world, his fellow street kid friends and their families. It wasn't long before Karen was supporting several street kids by encouraging them back to school and paying their education costs. After retu... full info