A STORY OF TWO VISUALLY IMPAIRED BROTHERS
Brothers of Kien and Tan are congenitally blind due to being born with prematurity. Tan has additional impairment with motor and mental problem. Kien and Tan’s parents have three children. Their father passed away when they were at the young age, their mother earns a living by gathering and selling palm leaf. Fortunately, the oldest sister is sighted and healthy; she can help the mother look after them.
At the age of seven, the mother took them to a local school for the Impaired. This school had an elementary program only, so five years later they were back to their families. Then their mother took to Vi Thuy Home for the Blind when they were 13 and 15 respectively.
At first, Tan and Kien were very homesick, but they adjusted quickly to the home life. Kien states: “It is very fun to live at this place. We have many friends and younger fellows. Everyone is joyful, studious, and well behave. The sisters teach us to pray for everybody. They tell us that we could do everything if we are praying with perseverance. God will help us with all kind of tasks. We cannot do anything to help our families, but we can do by our daily prayers. God will do everything for our families for us.”
Tan and Kien are making good progress.Their mother’s pain is reduced. Both of them know how to write and read in Braille, to play organ and frequently play this instrument in the church choir. Hoang Tan has a nice voice, sometimes he sings. They are still learning the instrument, and learning a traditional instrument. Their mother is very happy seeing them developing like this. When picking up, she usually borrows a keyboard from the shelter to bring home with them so that they can play the instrument at home to entertain their family and neighbors.
Sister director of Vi Thuy says: In the future Tan will join in career training program and learn traditional treatment, and Kien will continue studying further.
Thanks to your generosity and kindness, the two brothers have a good chance to study and develop in a warm environment.
I was born and raised up in a remote area. I have been living at Vi Thuy Home for the Blind for four years since the age of eight. I am in second grade now. My schoolwork is fine. During the last four years, I have learned many things: living skills, orientation and mobility skills, organ, craft making, core curriculum…
At school, I was an excellent student of the first grade. I got good grades for the latest organ exam. I am ok with craft making. Among subjects, I find hardest with social sciences. Yet I think that the more it is difficult, the more I have to try my best in order overcome it. Parents, Fathers, Sisters, teachers and donors have taught, encouraged me with their hearts, I cannot disappoint them. I believe that without kind arm stretches, I will not become who I am today.
Although I do not see the sun, and my parents as well as many beautiful and colorful things surrounding, I know I still have a pair of eyes of spirit to see life in hopeful green, and how beautiful it is. I am not an orphan, a leftover, a marginalized as many other children in this society.
Thanks be to God, thank you everyone for making a significant contribution to make my and my friends’ lives better. The enormous efforts of Fathers, Sisters, Teachers, and Benefactors I will embed into my heart so that I may live happily. I promise to learn well, obey to the Sisters so that I will be a useful person of the church and the society. I would like to wish Fathers, Sisters, and Teachers and Benefactors abundant health, God’s grace, and a completion the duty which God has given to you.
A STORY OF THE TWIN BROTHERS
The twin of Tung and Toan one of the five pairs of siblings of Vi Thuy Home for the Blind. They were taken into Vi Thuy Home For The Blind in August, 2014. Here is their story.
After more than four hours seeking a family in Kien Giang, eventually we found the house of a couple, Mr T.V.D and Mrs T.T. B. They have four children, the two first daughters are sighted, and the twin sons were born with blindness because of prematurity. These identical boys have a special mark which is they use one birth certificate name – QUY, usually called Tung and Toan at home. The Father goes fishing on local river and the mother is a hiring worker for a living.
The first sight, we saw those skinny boys on a hammock together. Their grandmother told us: because of aging, and not knowing how to look after a blind child, she did not know how to take care of them; therefore, they did not know how to use a toilet, how to eat like a normal boy though they were both 9 nine years old. They stayed with the grandmother during the day while their parents went out for work. Neither did Tung’s and Toan’s parents know how to raise them, they had no idea how could a blind child study, since there were many sighted children in their neighborhood not being able to study at all. Thus, they had never thought of sending them to a school, as well as they knew no school for the blind. In addition, they could not afford their schooling. So, they just were put in the hammock while the grandmother was waving the fishing net.
Having realized that we came with an intention to take them to our school, the whole family was very glad and amazed at us. They could not believe that someone could come and take them into their special care without conditions. It was hard for them to understand.
Tung and Toan’s health was worse than other peers in the Home. Initially, they just sat still, talked to no one and were totally dependent on the sisters for all basic needs. After one month of rehabilitation, they began communicating and playing with friends. After eight months of care, they made obvious progress. Both Tung and Toan began interacting with others, knowing how to respond to a call, how to scoop the food; even Tung starts learning to write and read in Braille, to ride a bicycle, and to put on the clothes.
Their families are happy with their development; sometimes their parents come to see them. Having seen them walking around, playing, and studying, they only break in tears.
Thanks be to God for giving us a heart full of Your Love, a desire of sharing endless. May this kind of love continue rise and rise forever to raise up all Vietnamese blind children to God so that this world will feel your love in this life.