Dear November,

There is a quote that says, “November is the month to remind us to be thankful for many positive things happening in our life”. And yes, this November, Tea Talk was so thankful for the great support from our friends all over the world.

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You may have heard that Tea Talk Vietnam is going to relocate to reduce operational costs. And now is the time for us to move! Tea Talk has been in its current location for almost 5 years. We are relocating to a nearby location with similar floor area but at a much affordable cost. Instead of paying US$2100 per month for rental, our new location cost only $1100 per month. This relocation project means throwing out some old (really old stuffs), and installing some new items.  As such, we are writing to ask if you would consider giving a one-time love gift to help us with the necessary expenses involved in this relocation. To date, about US$3000 has been pledged. We will share more about the new location in the next newsletter.

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  • Items & Estimated cost ($US)

    Paint work – $1500

    Electrical/Pumping – $800

    Fire hazards prevention – $200

    Water filtering system – $600

    Installation of a glass-door – $700

    CCTV installation – $500

    Sound system – $600

  • Items & Estimated cost ($US)

    Children play area – $500

    2 desktop computers – $1200

    Sofa for counseling room – $600

    Bookshelves for library books – $300

    Cake display cabinet – $1500

    Oven – $1000

    Other installation work – $300

TO DONATE:

In USA, please click here and pick CoRE@Tea Talk.
In Vietnam, please click here for our bank details.
In Singapore, please write us for our bank details.
This November, Tea Talk Cafe and CoRE had the privilege to welcome many different groups of friends based in the U.S. and Singapore. Resource Exchange International (REI) experts conducted Community Health Training for CoRE staff. Friends from Bethesda Bedok Tampines Church and Covenant Evangelical Free Church came to visit and organised baking sessions to equip our cafe staff. They also conducted skills-based workshops targeted at Vietnamese young adults. One of the highlights was the Service-Learning project with 8 students from Tanglin Secondary School from Singapore. One of the students truly touched our heart by his words, “I really want to thank the Tea Talk staff for being very patient with me, even forgave me when I broke their bowl, and especially for giving me the opportunity to learn how to serve people.”
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November was such an exciting month for our flagship project Let’s Talk. Our trainers and trainees both had quality time at Team Building Activity and Mentoring Phase. Ms Tra My, Let’s Talk Lecturer & Mentor was full of praises: “I truly enjoyed myself at the team building session yesterday. It came to me when I need it most. Really appreciate Christine for your arrangement and Gwen for your awesome facilitating to bring us closer and stronger. Thank you so very much and wish you all the best!.”.
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In addition to the small classes it continues to offer, Tea Talk English ran the Let’s Share program through November, welcoming speakers from America, Singapore, Laos, and Israel. The stir-fry of TED Talks, Toastmasters and an English Club continues to draw young students and working adults who are interested in developing cultural sensitivity as well as life skills. Guest speakers this past month shared about Thanksgiving’s (even dressing up as a turkey!) origins as well as how our upbringing influences us to view others. From week to week, the sharing goes from festive and familiar territory, to more of the uncomfortable and uncharted sort. Whatever the topic is, more and more young people are happy to be invited to “express their soul” on issues in perhaps ways they haven’t been able to before.
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The month of autumn was memorable with Tea Talk Tour too. Ms Yen, the person in charge again helped our oversea friends discover the hidden charm of Vietnam especially Hanoi. The tours were arranged creatively that included Hanoi food trail, Ha Long Bay overnight trip and Sapa popular trekking base, etc.
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