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by Viet Blind Children Foundation
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the unique family in Binh Dinh province
the unique family in Binh Dinh province

THE UNIQUE FAMILY

I am an instructor of the Center for Children with visual impairment. Today, I would like to share with everyone the story of a family with impairment in a remote province of Vietnam. With me, they are energetic, loving and caring, optimistic and enthusiatic.

I met this unique family in Binh Dinh, a central province of Vietnam, about 650 km from Hochiminh city, during our training for parents and children with severe disabilities including visual impairment in early of July, 2019. One of our outreach service is for the children who are severe impaired in remote areas. We conduct a training for parents and children from 5 to 10 days on rehabilitation skills and basic self-serve skills every summer. This summer we brought our staff to Binh Dinh to implement the project for five days.

They are all impaired at different levels. The man, he is visually impaired, his wife is one handed, and their son is autistic and blind. The father is the bread wing of the whole family. The income of the family is from his job as a guitarist.

They came to the training as a whole family. Their son is the oldest pupil in the group. Both the father and the mother were learning so hard with their child. They were in time and fully attending the training with gratitude, joy and happiness.

After five days of practice, the boy got some improvement in his skills and perfomance. He was actively present. They wished they had known our service earlier. As his son will turn to 15 this year, he is over the age of the early intervention program. However, with the skills and methods this pair of parents had obtained during the training, I believe they will continue the practice at home. I hope with their strong will, the boy will develop quickly and be able to serve himself in the near future.

I, my wife in yellow, and the twin girls in pink
I, my wife in yellow, and the twin girls in pink

Dear Donors,

I am a parent of three children. They are all visually impaired. My wife is also totally blind. I myself use a wheelchair. I am a bread winner of this family, as recently my wife has diagnosed with pneumonic lobe and she stays home. Luckily, all my children are receiving free good education and care from Vi Thuy Home for the Blind. 

I used to run around with my tri-motorbike to beg for inclusive education for my two twin girls, but my poor little girls were refused. Finally I got to know this home via a friend. My boy went to the school first, then my girls went there too. Now my girls are growing up with good behavior, good self-care skills. My girls have learning problems so it takes them years to learn alphabet. Thanks to the sisters and teachers' patience and love, they are learning to read. 

I have a dream for my girls to become IT specialists or English users that help them live a good life in their future. 

With the support of the school, now I am able to sell lottery tickets to feed myself and my wife. We do not have to beg for food and daily expense.

I would like to write my family story to express our sincere thanks to the teachers and sisters, and especially to the donors who are helping the sisters with finance. Your generosity has been a hand to the sisters and to our family. 

Best wishes to you all.

A mom with her child
A mom with her child

Dear Sir and Ma'am,

I am a parent of a three-years-old boy who is totally blind, autistic, and mental retarded. He was born with prematurity at the month of sixth. Today I write this message with the attention of expressing my sincere thanks to you as donors of Vi Thuy Home for the Blind.

While we were desperated about our vulnerable child, we luckily met a lady who told us about the home. We contacted the director and she let us bring our child to the home. Immediately she accepted our child into the early intervention program with free of charge. The enrollment cheered me and my husband up.  

My child is scheduled three mornings a week. He learns how to stand up and to walk. As well, he learns how to interact with other friends even he has not talked yet. He also learns how to be in a group activity and other self-served skills. 

My kid also has sleeping problem. He is active during nighttime and sleepy during daytime. With the patient and skillful instruction of the teacher during the last three months, he is now making a big progress. He can stand up and walk with the support of an adult. He is also more awake during the lessons. I hope he will be more involved in the lessons and be able to pursue education as other children with visual impairment are. 

Via the director of the Vithuy Home, I am glad to know that the home is receiving help from donors around the world. As a parent, I believe your donations are very valuable to help us with our issues as I myself am not working. On behalf of parents of those children, I would like to thank you for your generosity and care. As the Christmas season is approaching, I wish that you and your families will have a great season and success in your life. 

Please continue to make life more beautiful and meaningful by your share.

Very warm regards,

A child in early intervention and her teacher
A child in early intervention and her teacher
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H'Quyt and mother on the first day at school

I am an eleven year old girl from an minor ethenic group. My village is in a very remote province where only a few men can ride a motorbike and know how to use a smart phone. I don't know how I acquaint the blindness as well as the age of onset. My mom only told me that I was blind after birth. I also do not know my father because he left my mom and me after realizing my mom's pregnancy. 

Even I had never gone to school before the blind school, I still took the responsibility of cleaning and feeding the pigs. I know how to chop the banana trunk into slices. I also wash the clothes for everyone. Unfortunately, I do not have a nice childhood. Since my mom got married to a man and gave birth to my two little siblings. They are very cute, but my step-father is not as kind as they are. 

Luckily, a missionary sister who travels to my village every weekend helps to seek a school for me. She convinces my parents to send me to a blind school of sisters. After many discussions between the sister and my family, my mom decided to take me to school because she was very ill. She believed that she would not be able to protect me any more. I was either doubtful or nervous. I did not think I could learn as many adults in my village said it was impossible for a blind child to learn. I was so nervous because it was my first time to get out of the clan. 

Getting to integrate into school life, I have chances to know more visually impaired peers. They all can learn. Some of my friends are younger than I, but they are going to normal elementary schools to learn with sighted children. They also can play music instruments and independently walk to school with a white stick. I have some friends. I like to play with a girl who is younger than I. We play rope jumping every afternoon after the classes. At first, I thought I could not live in the school since I am the only ethenic girl. However, living here my life has been changed in posittive ways. Just one month, I am able to navigate around by my own, read and write all alphabet characters and sovle simple maths. I belive I will be going the inclusive program next school year. 

I am thankful for being at school. I know that my parents pay nothing to the sisters. I have good meals, nice bed, and beautiful uniform. The sisters told me to pray for donors who help them educate and accomodate me. I promise to pray for you all. I promise to study my best. 

A child is jogging in the school
A child is jogging in the school's yard

He was born with multiple-disabilities, including difficulty in communication, in movement, and in thinking. His parents were so affraid of bringing him to the community as they thought people would have looked down on them for having such a weird look baby. 

He could not see, for sure, but also could not talk, could not move, could not stand up by himself as well. These disabilities delay his physical and mental development. He is 9 years old but acting like a two year old baby. He was accepted into our warm home for early intervention program in the school year of 2017. 

Since he could not see, his teacher had to use her voice constantly. In return, he could not talk, all he could do is to mumble. His teacher needs to interpret his mumbling according to the situation. Having observed his lessons, other people felt so awarkward as they do not understand any his communication. 

His favorite activity is to sing with others, of course by mummbling the melody. This is a reward after a lesson of walking which is his least farovite activity. At first, his teacher only could walk him for a few minitues. She patiently walks with him every day and increases the duration. For nine constant months, from walking with an adult with both hands attaching to the adult's hands, then one hand holding the adult's hand and the other hand trailing the hand rail bar. The teacher let him hold her one hand and gave him a cane to walk. He was so excited to walk but did dare to release the teacher's hand. 

His teacher tried to give him a small cane so that he could hold the cane horizontally to keep balance. This way works with him. He walked and walked with the encouragement of the teacher and other staff. For a few weeks walking with the small stick, he was asked to release it and walk freely. He was able to walk by himself for the first time in his life for two or three minutes. His face was as bright as light when he could walk freely. Of course, his parents and teachers were so happy for him as well. By the end of the school year, he was chosen to be rewarded in the closing ceremony. You donors, you made this happen to many children like this boy in our Vi Thuy Home for the Blind ! 

A group of blind children are at playground
A group of blind children are at playground
 

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Viet Blind Children Foundation

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Thuan Hoang
San Francisco, CA United States

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