Have you ever been asked the question, “Why were you born into this world?” Do you have trouble answering it? I definitely did, and if it wasn’t for saigonchildren I may never have found the answer. I dropped out of school in 2012 due to family issues. My dad remarried, and he no longer cared about my family anymore. My brother was a farmer, and his life was as difficult as ours. My mother was a fruit merchant, and her income was only about 5 million VND per month. I spent my days helping my mother selling fruit to cover our living expenses.
During that time, when I had to worry about every single coin, I felt that life had no meaning. My life was full of failure, privation, and difficulty. My dreams started to slip away from me. …
When I was first introduced to saigonchildren, I thought I would just go to school for fun to cut down on my leisure time. However, I realized that I could change my life through my studies. My teachers taught me many things and saigonchildren became my second home. My teachers were very enthusiastic, and they taught me a range of skills from how to speak properly and different skills required for my job. Because I had rarely ever used English, Mr. Tuan always patiently tried to find new teaching methods to engage us. He reviewed many times until he was sure that we remembered and understood the lesson.
Apart from the hard-skills of hospitality, we were also trained in soft-skills such as communication, target skills, budgeting and saving, teamwork, interview skills, etc. Those lessons helped me remember my dream of working in a professional environment such as a restaurant or a hotel. Now, I have graduated, and I am in a trial period at Shri. Things are difficult because there are still many things to learn and remember. Sometimes I fail, but I never give up. I don’t want to be who I was yesterday. I don’t want my sponsor, Repsol, the help from my teachers at saigonchildren, and all the hopes from my family to disappear. More importantly, I want to fulfill my dream after all these years.
Once again, I would like to say thank you to saigonchildren and my sponsor, Repsol, for awakening my dreams. I can now live my life with purpose, working for a stable job to pay for my living expense and having a bright future. My goal for the next five years is to be able to study abroad and learn about famous wines throughout the world, especially in France. After all that I learned through saigonchildren, I know that through hard work I will get closer and closer to achieving my dreams.
Nam Doan – the student of hospitality course 15