Christina Noble had the classic impoverished, Irish childhood. Her mother died leaving five children in the protection of her alcoholic father. Needless to say, he did not rise to the occasion. As she grew, she felt she had a calling to help other abandoned children. One day in 1989, the idea came to her that the Vietnamese children orphaned by war needed her help. So she got on a plane. This is a very Irish way handling social responsibility. Ireland, as far back as medieval times, has supplied the world with men and women (usually as monks or nuns) who set up schools and hospitals. This practice is still alive today.