Over the years, saigonchildren has managed to help thousands of disadvantaged students to continue their education and Sơn is one of them who demonstrates an amazing strength to live life to the fullest despite his glass bone disease. Sơn has received support from saigonchildren since he was in grade 2 and he is now 1st year IT student at University of Technical Education in Ho Chi Minh City.
Sơn at the recent saigonchildren student meeting
Sơn is the second of three children in his family. The family has lived in Solidarity House, built by the government in 2006. The house is old and degraded. His father was born in 1956. When he was younger, he would travel with a wheelchair to sell lottery tickets. However, due to his age, he has suffered from poor health and is now unable to sit up. All income in the family comes from the mother’s employment. His mother does any kind of work that is available at the time such as picking peppers, picking cashews, picking flowers, etc. She is only able to earn about 900,000 VND / month. His mother has had kidney stones but due to family difficulties she is not able to seek medical attention. His older sister also has a disability and cannot move around freely. She must have someone else to feed her as well, caring for like a baby even though she is 22 years old.
Sơn himself also has a form of glass bone disease. He has difficulties with movement and is prone to bone fractures. Despite all that, he is very dedicated to studying and very eager to learn. He passed the college entrance examination and is studying Information Technology at the University of Technical Education in Ho Chi Minh City. Sơn’s youngest sister is fortunate to be born healthy. She has just successfully completed grade 12, studying English Language at University of Industry in Ho Chi Minh City. The small amount of money from the hired labor of his mother, together with the allowance of 1,620,000 VND (540 thousand VND/person/month) is not enough to cover the expenses of the family and also for Sơn and his sister to go to college. In order to have money to pay the tuition fee for the two children, his mother collected all the contributions of the family and borrowed more to complete the enrollment procedures on time.
Sơn with his friends at school
Sơn said: “In the future, I will be dedicated to my studies. A new page has opened and even though it is more difficult, with the support of my mother and my family, I will strive to succeed and not miss this opportunity. I hope to find a suitable job, self-sufficiency and to support my parents or even help other people. I chose IT because it suits my situation and the market demand have the best conditions to help me realize my dream. “