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Irish Sister - Christina Noble

Christina Noble was born in 1944. Her mother died when she was a child. Her father was a chronic alcoholic, so he was unable to care for his family. After horrific experiences as a street child in Ireland and after being called and inspired by a dream, Christina made the 6,000-mile journey to Vietnam in 1989. She established the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation in Vietnam and Mongolia to provide medical and educational programmes for destitute street children and their families. The foundation has helped thousands of children and has fundraising offices around the world. Christina has never given up in the face of homelessness, poverty, deprivation and sickness. She has cared for children who might otherwise have spent their lives on the streets of Ho Chi Min city, selling their bodies to western tourists. Others, born in the gutters and alleyways, had a life expectancy of hours and days rather than months and years. Now they know the comfort and security of a home. Christina has financed all this by a unique mix of Irish charm and cajoling - including her talent as an entertainer. She is a staunch campaigner for children’s rights throughout the world. She has proved to be a masterly diplomat, finding ways for Catholics and communists to work together.

She asks "How can I help these people? Me with my life, my background. Who will take me serious? What will I do? How could I get through to the government of Vietnam, who didn't know me? I didn't know the language. I didn't understand their culture. I had no money. I had no education. I had no background. God took me through - right through the road into Vietnam.... God was with me all the way!"

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