In Mekong Delta surrounding by waters, there is an area known by very few people, but this is a place for dream sprouting, the dreams that seem too far away, but these could be come true because of the hands and hearts of all benefactors through the Blind Vietnamese Children Foundation. That is the Vi Thuy Home for the Blind, brings a brighter future for children with vision impairment in rural areas, including those from Kh’Mer minority people.
In 2005, the Thu Duc Congregation fo Lovers of the Holy Cross has extablished this Home to serve children with vision impairment, even though there is only a small ruined house. When Father Thuan Hoang, the Director of BVCF, visited Vi Thuy the first time, he himself had to sleep in a mat on the soil ground. At that time, the roads in villages have not made, so he has to visit blind children’s families by a small boat that had enough place only for people sitting closely. However, because he saw poor life conditions of blind blind children families, he called out for donations from benefactors to help blind children to have anough food to eat and cloths to wear, to have good care and education. For families that were very poors, he also help a small capital so that they can invest in the field to make enough rice or the families. The characteristic of this Home is it has 5 pairs of blood brothers and sisters, that are Giang and Truong from Giong Rieng, Tan and Kien from Soc Trang, Nhu and Tinh from Bac Lieu, Phi and Yen from Cau Mong, Phu Quy and Phu Quy from Kien Giang, Tran is by herself but as other children, she loves everyone as in her own blood family.
This year, with the support of BVCF, Vi Thuy Home for the Blind is building a new one-floor house to provide better facilities for the children, so that they will no longer be very hot by the sunshine and be wet by the rain. The building is in its process but it goes slowly because of limited budget. We are hoping that the Home will continue to receive donations from benefactors to be completed to welcome more blind children in the new school year. Surely when blind children live in this new house, they will not forget to thank the benefactors and keep everyone in their daily prayers.
Appreciation Words from A Student of Vi Thuy Home for The Blind
From Saigon, along National Road I, directly toward Can Tho Bridge’s west side, is the border of Hau Giang province. From the greeting gate of Hau Giang territory, continuing to travel futher 50 more kilometers, passengers will approach Vi Thuy town of Hau Giang, where we live and study in a full of love home. It is Vi Thuy Home for the Blind, a sub-branch of Nhat Hong Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
I am Le Van Giang. I am 16 years of age. I do not know exactly since when I become visually impaired. I hear from my parents that I was born with blindness. My family is currently living in Rong Gieng – Kien Giang Province. My parents have three children. I have one older sister. She was a nine grader last school year, and now she is no longer in school because my parents cannot afford her schooling. If she continued her education as a ten grader, she had to travel very far from home. The distance cannot be reached by bicycle.
I have a younger brother. His name is Le Van Truong. My brother also has congenital visual impairment like mine, but he has additional disabilities. When he was staying with my parents, his muscle was weak and body was skinny, he could not stand upright and walked. When he needed to move, he had to drag his legs hardly. In recent years, thanks to the sisters of Vi Thuy Home for the Blind who took him in their home, and with the support of BVCF, he is taken good care and rehabilitated well. He now can walk rather normally, scoop food and dress up by himself, talk more, tell stories, and communicate with other people friendly. Every day, the sisters help him stretch his muscle and massage his arms and legs so that his arms and legs are strengthened, as well his touching sense can be developed to help him learn about the surrounding more easily and learn to do basic personal things by himself. Beside that, Truong also have orientation and mobility lessons so that he can move around independently. Along with other young peers in this home, Truong is learning Braille, singing with fun. Thanks to these learning activities, Truong is developing and making good progress.
For me, I have been living in this house for nine years. The sisters has been assisted me and given me good opportunities to study. I am in seven grade of Nguyen Quoc Tri middle school. I have classes every day in the afternoon, and classes whole three days in a week. The sister takes me to and from school by motorbike. I always try to be good at school because I am well aware that to have today condition of living and studying, many generous individuals sacrify for me. Thanks to the awareness, I always get good standing at all school years.
After school and self studying hours, I help the sisters teach young friends Braille writing and reading, and mathematic with Soroban. On Sunday I take time to study how to play the organ. Now I can play many songs, thus I feel happy and I will try to spend more time on studying more.
After school, I usually go to the church to attend the daily mass to thank God for blessing us a peaceful and healthy day. I am taught to pray for benefactors and donors around the world who have been giving us this advantage condition. In the evening, other students and I finish our day with the liturgical hour and rosary recitation with the sisters. Then I prepare materials for the next day school before going to bed. I try my best in learning to become good person, be useful to myself and to family. My dream is to help young students study well. May Our Lord bless all benefactors and donors with His warm love and care.
Chau was born in 1998 in Loc Chau, Bao Loc, Lam Dong. He came from a poor family with three children. Chau was the second child in the family. His parents were very happy to have him. Unfortunately, Chau had impaired vision since childhood. His eyes have always been full of pus. Due to poverty, it prevented Chau's parents from seeking treatment for him. After the delivery of his younger sibling, his mom became ill with a serious heart disorder. The family had to sell every possession including their land to care for mom's heart disorder. However, she passed away when Chau was 4 years old. After a long period of caring for his children as a widower, Chau's father passed the children to Chau's grandmother so that he can go to seek work in the city. Grandmother was old and had to care for grandfather who has a heart disorder like Chau's mother. She prayed that one day she would find a place for her blind grandson. During this time, Chau spent most of his time alone, sitting at a corner and having food intermittently or sometime days without food. Chau has been withdrawn and fearful of strangers. Then one day, Chau's grandmother met Sister Nhan in a market with tears flowing down on her cheeks like rain. Grandmother asked Sister if she could help taking Chau to the shelter. Sister Nhan made a visit to grandma's home and remove Chau to Suoi Mo Home for the Blind in 2007. Chau never went out or far away from is home. He cried, ran out and avoided all strangers. The sisters tried with Chau's family cooperation to correct and rehab him day by day. Starting first with visit by the sisters to acquaint Chau, then half a day, then a full day to help him orient. By now, Chau has become a very good boy. He is able to feed himself with spoon, no more eating with his fingers like he used to, able to self-care and able to talk a lot more. He loves to engage in conversation and no longer shy and avoiding people. He loves to play ball with friends at the shelter. With your contineous support to Globalgivings project like "One Dollar a Meal", you will be able to assist many visually impaired children like Chau to be able to live healthy and independent life.