Zoë Tinnes – April 2017

  A large orphanage, siblings separated into large dormitory rooms with barred walls, walls that locked the children in at night. Nobody could flourish in an environment like this.   The inception of Allambie orphanage was possible because of one, very brave woman who couldn’t stand to see the neglect that these children were experiencing. […]

Charlotte Miller – April 2017

I would like to tell you about my time at the Allambie orphanage. I think my preconception of the idea or word of orphanage comes from Victorian times; I didn’t know what I expected to see…skinny, sad children who have been abandoned or neglected in rags. The reality at allambie is completely opposite the words […]

Abbi – February 2014

Kids Painting

I have just come back from an incredible week at the Allambie orphanage. I didn’t really know what to expect when I left, and when we arrived in Ho Chi Minh City and Suzanne told us all of the kids stories, I was even less sure of what to expect at the orphanage, but I […]

JD Gardner – 2013 – 2017

My name is JD and I’ve been volunteering for Allambie for about 5 years now. I really enjoy the atmosphere created by the founder of Allambie. It is a small orphanage, which has helped the children to become more like actual siblings with a sense of family and belonging. I volunteer with the boys and […]

Hannah Hones – September 2014

I have just come back home after an amazing week spent with everyone at Allambie Orphanage. I was asked to write down my favorite moments that I had during this week, but for me that feels almost impossible as I loved everything I did with the kids. When we landed in Ho Chi Minh City […]

Chloe Weightman – Feb 2014

Chloe Weightman – Feb 2014   Testimonial for my trip to Allambie orphanage   When I found out that I was lucky enough to win a trip to Ho Chi Minh City to visit Allambie orphanage I was ecstatic as this would be a once in a lifetime trip. However it did not actually become […]

Phil Saleh September – November 2013

I found Allambie through and internet search where it stood out as being especially warm and caring, in stark contrast to the stereotypical ‘Vietnamese Orphanage’. Knowing that I was to spend some time in Saigon teaching, I decided to volunteer my time here. Suzanne agreed to meet up for coffee and told me about each […]

Louise Silk – February to March 2013

I had been teaching English in Vietnam for 3 years when a friend told me about  Allambie. Having been there for a while and previously volunteered at another orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City I had a fair idea what Vietnamese orphanages were like and was interested in Allambie as it sounded like something completely […]

Ann Vermeire – December 2012 – Jan 2013

We spent the Holidays ( Christmas and New Years) in Vietnam. My son and family joined us from Zhuhi, China. While there, we planned to see two of the adult adoptees I had met at the Reunion in 2009. Hung (Brian) from the US and Suzanne Thi Hein Hook, who had returned to England with […]

Sam Bradwell – December 2012

Having first visited Allambie in June 2011 while travelling around SE Asia, I decided to return in December 2012 to see how things had progressed and, of course, to see the children once again. Suzanne and I thought it would be fun to surprise the children, as they didn’t know I was back in Saigon. […]