Project #16594

One Dollar One Meal

by Viet Blind Children Foundation


In September, 2012, my parents took me to Vi Thuy Home for the Blind. I felt everything very strange at first interaction.

I started getting used to with the surroundings: from human, objects, to activities. The Sisters carefully instructed me to familiarize myself with rooms by identifying and safely navigating from one to another; then I learned to get used to with daily activities such as: eating, sleeping, studying, playing, and personal hygiene care.

After one week, I became familiar with the home’s activities, peers, and the Sisters. Currently, I am very much familiar with all activities and I realize that this home is providing me good chances to study and live happily.

I feel lucky to be accepted into this place. The Sisters are taking care us with kindness. I also share lives with other friends having the same conditions with mime as well as with individuals with additional disabilities. The facility is spacy, fresh, and clean enough for us to live and play.

Sometimes we are taken to meaningful community events: Festival for the Disabled, Christmas Eve; and to a funny picnic by which I swam into man-made sea in Suoi Tien Theme Park.

I am very glad to live at this home. I wish the Sisters abundant health to continue taking good care of and educating us; and wish friends good health, submission and well studies. As well, I would like to express my sincere gratitude towards donors for your geneous support. Best wishes to you and your families.


I was born in a cozy family. I am the oldest son and have a younger brother. I grew up with parental love and protection. My parents gave me everything I needed. My childhood seemed to be peaceful and happy until the accident that caused me losing an eye at the age of nine. Although I had only one eye to see, I did not value it. I did not listen to my parents. I was severely addicted to games; I neglected my studies. As a result, I had an eye surgery when I was sixteen. The surgery went wrong; I lost my sight forever. Since then, I started a life in darkness. I felt disappointed and regretful of my deeds. If time could have reverted, I would have valued my remaining eye.  Having lost it, I realized it was more valuable than everything else was in the world. My game addiction cost me a life in darkness.

The beginning life of blindness made me miserable and gloomy; I blamed the misery on myself. Sometime I thought it was just a nightmare. I almost collapsed before difficulties. Fortunately, I still have caring parents, friends, and families who always encourage and take care of me well. Thanks to their affection, I gradually grow with confidence.

My life really turned to a new page when I met Vi Thuy Home for the Blind where I have been living under the loving care of the sisters for a year. I also have many brothers, sisters, and younger ones who share the same disability with me. Not only do the sisters accommodate my daily life, but also they care for my spiritual life. They give me chances to take part in classes that fit with my abilities such as: organ, guitar, and handmade crafts. By learning these skills, I obtain more joy in life. In spite of being a un-believer, I go to church with the sisters daily. I feel like tiny faith flame lightened within by God via the sisters. While attending the mass, I realize that all my sorrow goes away under God’s glory. Deep in my soul, I have faith in God; through the priest’s preaching, and sharing, I learn how to be human, to love and help others. I like Sunday Masses very much because of the beautiful chants. After the Mass, I usually return to the Home with peace and joy in my heart.

I am happy and lucky to live at this home. At this place, I have a stable life, everything is scheduled; especially every morning I learn doctrine with sister superior. She also shares useful living experiences. She shows me how to live a good life and how to please God. Furthermore, she instructs me special skills to live with blindness. I feel loved and protected under the supervision and care of the sisters. Thanks to the detailed lessons of walking and communicating, I am growing better in terms of relationship with others. I adopt this home as my second family. I will try harder in rehabilitation and practice in order to deserve with the sisters, parents, and whoever loves me. Thank you very much for supporting me to live this life more happily.

Through my shares above, I want to send the following message to the youth: “Be respectful and thankful for things you have; never be disappointed with anything so that you can lose faith in life, since there are many people caring for you.”

Tinh (blue T-shirt) is learning to make crafts
Tinh (blue T-shirt) is learning to make crafts

Twenty-five years of age, I have been living at Nhat Hong Home for the Blind for eleven years; so, naturally Nhat Hong becomes my second family.

Eleven years passes as quickly as yesterday only. Looking back the lively memories in my mind, I have thousands of emotions.

It is sadness and disappointment at first. I was sad of separation from my loved family, and disappointed of unexpected things. In the mind of a fifteen-year-old boy, Nhat Hong should have been a big and gorgeous place; simply it was in Saigon, the biggest city in the country. Yet, it was an old-three-story house among other cement houses. It took me a while to adjust myself to life at this home.

Having caught up with the Nhat Hong life, it becomes my second family. Here, the sisters love us with their hearts. They care for us from food to sleep and study. They care for our heath when we are ill. When it becomes cold, they give us warm clothes. They console, encourage, and soothe us when we are in a bad mood. They share with our joy when we are in victory.

Not only being nice mothers to us, the sisters also play a role of strict teachers when we behave without consideration and fall down before temptations in daily life. They guide us with discipline, instruct, and lead us back to a well-behaved way of living. Sometimes they are so strict with me that I become upset rather than grateful. Now, I appreciate them for being strict to me very much. “No pain no cure”, thanks to those bitter doses, from then to now, wherever and whatever I am doing, I will never make the same mistakes.  I come to an understanding that love is not always a smooth and soft melody; sometimes it soundly thunders making people fearful to turn around or change their way.

In this sweet home, I have chances to live with peers having the same circumstances with me. We sympathize, love, care, and share with each other our joys and sorrows, and help each other overcome obstacles in study and in life. However, it is a fact that life is not peaceful and joyous all the time. My Nhat Hong home is up and down sometimes. It is when we make a mistake with our selfishness and weakness. We treat each other badly, make each other sad and sorrowful. Some of the pains are healed; but some need time to get over.

The most important point after those breaks is that we then accept our faults and accept our own weakness. This makes us turn back to each other, hold one’s hand to continue our challenging journey. Those encounters are invaluable for me during my Nhat Hong life.

Having been lived at Nhat Hong home is my luck and happiness. Without this family, perhaps I did not become mature both physically and mentally as I do now. Thanks to Nhat Hong, I entered the university; it only takes me several more months, and I will possess a bachelor diploma of psychology.  I am well aware that beside the sisters like our meek mothers, we are also receiving affection and enthusiastic kindness from benefactors all over the world, especially from BVCF.

All precious love and care blow a strong desire and dream within us, lift our wings to fly up to the sky of knowledge and then to walk with confidence on challenging road ahead.

I would like to say special thanks to Fathers, Sisters, friends, and donors. May you be deepened into the rain of God’s grace.

My dream is to apply my knowledge of psychology into helping the children of Nhat Hong, then others having trouble with psychology. I strongly believe that deed is my practical thanks for Fathers, Sisters, friends, and benefactors.

Tan & Kien
Tan & Kien



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.


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Viet Blind Children Foundation

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

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