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Kim Shepherd’s Adventures in Vietnam: Habitat for Humanity Build Part 1

Decision Toolbox CEO Kim Shepherd is lending her compassion, hard work and talent to a Habitat for Humanity build in Vietnam.  Kim is will be sharing a chronicle of her adventure with our blog readers.



Getting in one last meal in LA before the trip begins – a breakfast of champions, Vietnamese style!


My trip got off on an unexpected adventure.  I missed my connection in Seoul and had to spend the night in the hotel without my luggage.  I didn’t have a Korean dollar to my name and no one would take U.S. currency.  I can truly say that I cannot figure Seoul out.  Everyone is in a very big hurry.  I figure this is all part of the adventure in store for me.  Next plane to Hanoi!


Finally, after 48 hours of trains, planes and automobiles, I hooked up with the leaders of Habitat For Humanity for a couple of days in Hanoi before our build in Pho Thu Vietnam.

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Today my new friend Janice and I went on a street food tour of Hanoi on scooter. We ate things called mystery meat…didn’t dare to ask. Six meals in four hours.

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Great dinner tonight with the habitat group from Orange County.  Tomorrow we leave for Habitat for Humanity build in Phu Tho.
We’re finally off to Phu Tho.



Reception before the big Habitat build.  collage-531


Day 1 – the work begins, and by the end of the day, I’ve made a date with Ben Gay!

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Read on for part 2



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