A wonderful story to share with everyone was about buying clothes for the relief program. It was like a miracle happened when nun Nhu Hai helped me to look for cheap sweaters for the relief program at Central Vietnam. We found a sweater used to cost $70,000 vnd and now it cost only $50,000 vnd, nun Nhu Hai was so happy. For an unknown reason, it led the nun and me to a sewing manufacturer and they had clothes in stock. Ms. Anh, the owner of the company would like to clear all sweaters and pants to get new stocks in for the New Year. A sweater cost $40,000 vnd, now she sold it to us for $10,000 vnd each. When I let Ms Anh knew the amount of money we had, Ms Anh said “You don’t worry, I would sell it for a cheaper price than I have promised you. You would like to buy 1,200 sweaters, but I would deliver 1,500 sweaters to you without paying extra.” Then, Ms Anh said “you are young but you have already done all these good deeds.” I kept quiet and smiled. Ms Anh’s donation increased the money value of all benefactors. I would like to thank everyone for your encouragement and support through sincere emails. Eyes of Compassion would always try its best and carefully utilize your donation in an effective way to express our grateful thank to everyone.
December 19th, 2007 at 5am, I quietly left the house waiting for Mr. Hoai Truong to pick up me. We left together with nun Dieu Dam, nun Tinh Chon, nun Nhu Minh, Mr. Man and the camera man. The group left when it was early and foggy. The winter morning was a bit cold. The group left directly to Ha Tinh, the home town of the poet, Nguyen Du. Monk Hanh Nhan represented for Buddhist Organization and Dr. Hung represented for Red Cross Organization were our guides in this relief trip.
The first village we arrived was a catholic at Hoa Thang, Tuong Son village, Thach Ha district. We worked with Reverence Nga and Mr. Ngoc My to distribute seeds, fertilizers, rice, sweaters, blankets and children clothes and scholarships to poor students. Monks and nuns came to help the village many times before but this was the first time the village people met with the Buddhist nuns. Little girls saw Nun Tinh Chon’s gentle look and sweet smile, they came close to her and said “Hello nun! Please let me come with you.” Nun Tinh Chon gently and sweetly asked “Are you a Catholic? If you are a Catholic, you should stay with Christ.” Nun Tinh Chon told me “I do not need to see their faces. I only look at their feet and I can tell they are very poor. I saw many people walked bare feet in the cold winter. They did not have shoes. Their feet became big and yellow caused by walking bare feet in the alum water.