Huynh Hoa grew up in a ‘Poor Household’ in a small commune in Long An Province. Her father was once a pig farmer, but this was an unsuccessful business, so he moved into motorcycle repairs. Hoa’s mother opened a small grocery store in the neighbourhood. The total monthly income of the whole family was only around 4 million VND. With this money, Huynh Hoa’s family is struggling to pay for monthly living expenses. Moreover, they are in further debt of 12 million VND, which they owe to local authorities.
After graduating from grade 12, Hoa wished to study at university or college. Unfortunately, because of her difficult family situation, she had to let go of this aspiration. Completing high school and moving into higher education seems to be quite easy for many of us, but sadly, for Hoa, it’s a dream not easily accomplished. However, despite these struggles, she refused to give up. She decided to go to Ho Chi Minh City to undertake vocational training, in order to get a job where she can earn money to support herself and help her parents. Hoa went to Ho Chi Minh City, armed with a passion for change and self development. That was when saigonchildren met Hoa and started supporting her.
With an eager attitude towards learning, she has shown everyone her passion and dedication to the path she has chosen. She has been studying for more than 5 months at Nhan Dao Vocational Secondary School. Although she has not completed the Basic Vocational course yet, she was voted by the class to take the Local Skills exam on March 18, 2019. As a result, Hoa won the First Prize for ‘Women’s Hair’.
Ms Dang Tuyet Mai, Hoa’s teacher, she said that after the contest, Hoa will represent Nhan Dao Vocational Secondary School, taking part in the Ho Chi Minh City Skills Competition. After that, she will be trained further by the school, to become a teacher at the school in the future.
Hoa shared, “I want to express my sincere gratitude to my sponsors, teachers and Saigonchildren for supporting me and helping me to overcome my most difficult days. Back then, I was new to the city and they gave me the opportunity to continue studying so that I could become who I am today. “
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