Eva surprised the wonderful kids of @allambieorphanage with goodies from Penny Dreadful and Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children ! The kids loved it so much that they posed for photos. Thanks to Miss Suzanne Thi Hien Hook, Allambie Orphanage’s founder, for sharing the photos.
The Allambie Orphanage Vietnam, a UK registered charity, was set up in 2010 with the sole purpose to house, support and educate disadvantaged orphaned children within Vietnam. Its founder Suzanne Thi Hien Hook, a mixed raced (African American and Vietnamese) orphan herself, was abandoned by her mother and subsequently spent the first three years of her life in an orphanage in Saigon where she was mistreated not only because of her cultural heritage but also due to her abandonment.
In 2009, Suzanne visited an orphanage and connected with a child who was abandoned by her parents at the age of 7 years old. This young girl was in a large institute where she had been physically, sexually, emotionally abused and was denied the opportunity to go to school. The young girl’s dream was to go to school and become a tour guide. Shortly after returning to the UK, Suzanne made a life changing decision and in the span of six months, Suzanne sold all her worldly belongings, including her much loved shoe collection, and jumped on a plane with just a suitcase, laptop, and a vision to open up a safe house filled with love. This house is now known as the Allambie Orphanage. Suzanne rescued the young girl from the poor care conditions she was in. Five years on, this young girl is healthy, happy and will be graduating from tourism management college. She has a family, love, care, support and continues to prosper. With the help of Allambie, she has achieved her dream. Over the last five years, Suzanne has single handedly built an orphanage that’s supporting and caring for 9 children who continue to prosper and enjoy and achieve in life.
Eva has been a great supporter of The Allambie Orphanage for years and if you would like more information on how you could make a difference and help Suzanne continue in making her home a place of love and opportunities, please visit www.allambie.co.uk.