Long was introduced to saigonchildren by his homeroom teacher at Tan Binh Continuing Education Centre. After his parents divorced, Long’s mother had to take him and his siblings back to live with his grandmother in Binh Hung Hoa Cemetery – where his grandmother had set up a tent and lived in for the past 10 years as the family cannot afford a rental house. Long’s sisters had to drop out of school early as the family couldn’t afford tuition fees. Recently, Long’s 2 siblings were accepted by Thien An School to attend primary school; and Long attends the Tan Binh Continuing Education Centre, studying grade 6 at the age of 17.
Long graduated from the Barista course at Saigontourist Hospitality College 4 months ago and now has a job with a salary of more than 6 million / month at a coffee shop in Tan Phu district.
After finishing the Barista course with an impressive grade, Long continued his streak of excellence in his secondary school with flying colours for results.
Ms. Loan – a teacher at Thang Long school said: ‘When he first went back to school, he was a bit embarrassed because of his age, but his homeroom teacher is very mindful and understanding of his worries – she motivated Long to overcome these barriers to fully focus on his studies and achieve the best results’.
When the pandemic came, his family’s already difficult financial situation faced even more challenges. To help them overcome this time of hardship, we decided to support them with rice, noodles, and food.
Long shared: ‘1 year ago, my grandma was bitten severely in her leg by a dog but did not have money to afford hospital fees because my mother and stepdad had unstable salaries. At that time, saigonchildren appeared and supported me. I was supported with literacy class, life skills class and Barista class. Also, my grandmother was taken to the hospital to treat her leg, thanks to the support from saigonchildren’s staff. I am very grateful’.
With the unpredictable development of the recent Covid-19 emergence in 2021, Long may face difficulties. We hope that Long still can keep his best state in his studies and his Barista career. We wish him all the best in his journey to becoming a professional Barista working overseas.