Today we share with you a touching and inspiring letter from one of our brave students whose life changed because of saigonchildren’s Child Development Scholarship Programme:
“My name is Le Van Trung. I am 22 years old and I was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City. I am in my final year studying Sociology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. I live with my mother and older brother. When I was younger, my father was sick and went to the hospital frequently. He died when I was 14 years old. It was difficult for all of us.
My mother was a factory worker and earned little, although she worked 12 hours a day. My brother dropped out of school because my mother couldn’t pay for both of us. He went to work, although he was so young. I was so sad and angry because we were struggling. We did nothing wrong but bad things kept happening to us. It became difficult to manage. I was little and not useful. I felt helpless.
I learned of saigonchildren when I was in 9th grade. Things became a little easier for my family when I received a scholarship. My mother stopped worrying about school fees. My brother applied to a non-government high school and graduated 3 years later. I finished high school and was accepted to university but this brought my mother an even heavier burden in supporting me through university.
I also received a scholarship from ILA English Centre with a reference from saigonchildren and have been studying there ever since. I worked all the way up to advanced level. I take my education seriously because I know I have been very fortunate.
Currently, I am a Teaching Assistant for the English Centre which I received the scholarship before and recently began working as a Customer Care Officer.
My mother can work less now because I can support myself. Hard times have passed because of the people who gave me a chance to follow my dreams…”