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Dieu Lien came to give some money because Tam’s parental grandpa was ill. Tam’s maternal grandma told that Ms Oanh in Canada, Tam’s sponsor, sent Tam a pullover as a present, which has the name “Quebec” printed on it. Tam wears it every day. When the pullover gets dirty, he asks his grandma to wash it, and will wait for it to dry and put it on again immediately. His grandma asks why he keeps wearing it, he replies: “wearing it, I feel as if Ms. Oanh is here with me”.

DIEU LIEN DIRECT CAME TO THE STUDENT HOUSE TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIP

My name is: Cam Van Tam – born in 1996

My father is: Van Hung (died)

My mother is: Cao Thi Na, born in 1978

I live in: Hung Dao commune, Hung Nguyen district, Nghe An province

I am studying in 5C Grade of Hung Dao Elementary School. My father passed away just when my mother gave birth to me. When I was 3 years old, my mother left me to my maternal grandma and went away to earn a living. She now has remarried. My maternal grandma is very old now, nearly 70. She gets ill so often and has no means to make money.

Programme: Good writings, inspiring literature

Entry for the question: write about a close persoN

School: Hung Dao 1 elementary school

My friends told me that if they were to write about a close person they would write about their mother. As for me, I think of the person who “lights up my dream” since I was very small. They are my teacher Phan Thi Lien and my benefactor Nguyen Thi Oanh.

I still recall with fresh memories the first day I went to grade 1. Every body was accompanied by their mother in his or her first day to school, while I was taken by my grandmother to the school-gate. When I was standing alone timidly, teacher Lien came and guided me to stand in a queue to attend the new school-year ceremony. We were given a present to memorize our first day to school, which was a notebook and a small, nice-looking pen.

I was so happy, but upon returning home, I did not have a mother to tell about my joy. Every night, I opened the notebook and admired it, recalling my teacher’s words “from now on you are first-grade pupils!”

I felt so proud.

The first year flew in the guidance and encouragement of teacher Lien, and I got the rank of “excellent pupil”. I moved to grade 2 but could not forget my beloved grade 1C. In our last class in grade C, teacher Lien announced “all of you qualify entering grade 2.” She was so happy and she read the poem “Goodbye grade 1”

When she read to these:

“do what I taught

and you will see that I am always with you”, I thought I did not want to move to grade 2. Was it funny, my friends?

During the break-time, every body tore off a page or two from their notebook to write for her. And, without anybody telling to anyone else, we all slipped our letters in her bag.

When the class was over, I saw tears in her eyes. I thought – “so everything ended now, from now on there will no longer be anybody who cares me.”

When I moved to grade 2, I felt it was so difficult to comprehend the lessons. Then one day, I received a letter from her. She wrote “I still always follow each of your steps. I have trust in you”. Whenever passing by my classroom, she would never failed to look in and smiled with me. I felt so happy. At such time I wanted to call out loud “Mom!”, but my mother was so far away, how could she hear me!

Then, a great amazing event came to my life when I learnt that teacher Lien proposed to the school executive board that I received a scholarship of 400,000 VND from benefactor Nguyen Thi Oanh. She told me about the life and work of Ms Oanh, who refrained from spending for herself to save for charity work and assistance to children in need in many places. Ms. Oanh has the kind heart of a fairy, a Buddha, who helped such children as me and inspired us with dreams to overcome hardship.

I listened passionately to what she told me and no longer felt bad for myself for losing my father and not staying close to my mother, which none of my peers suffer, but in return, I have teacher Lien and the benefactor, who light up my dream.

And I got encouraging results in my study – I was ranked “excellent pupil”. Fondling the certificate of merits, I kept wishing that I could meet my benefactor to tell her about this.

I kept writing for teacher Lien but, for some reason even I myself could not explain, did not send her the letters. However, time is the best test for love. Now, though I stopped being her pupils, I always feel deeply respectful and grateful to her.

My dream may not turn true, so I do not dare to tell it out loud, but I know that right now I have to act to realize that dream, don’t I?

I am deeply grateful to teacher Lien for initiating this writing programme that gave me a chance to express my love to my teacher and benefactor over the years.

Since I cannot visit my teacher and cannot meet my benefactor either to extend my best wishes for health and happiness to them.

Cao Van Tam

Pham Sy Thang, Village 5A, Hung Dao commune, Hung Nguyen district, Nghe An province, pupil of grade 5C

My situation: My father died when I was still very young. My family is so poor. My mother alone has to work very hard but she could still hardly earn enough just for two meager meals for us. There were occasions when I went to school with empty stomach because Mom had not come home yet. I only like Summer, I do not like Spring or Winter, because we did not even think of new or warm clothes. Whenever I go to school and see how smart-looking my friends are, I keep thinking that if my father had not died, I would surely be like my friends, and would be able – just like them - to make financial contributions to school as on time as required. And I feel very bad for myself whenever my teacher reminds us of financial obligations.

Today, a big surprise comes to me – a scholarship of 400.000 VND from benefactor Nguyen Thi Oanh. Receiving the money, I cannot hold back my tears because I am so deeply touched. My family and I can only express our most sincere thanks to my benefactor, and we wish you health and success.

Sincerely,

Pham Sy Thang.

Village 5A, Hung Dao Commune, Hung Nguyen District, Nghe An Province

I came to this life without ever being able to call my Mom! Because just after giving birth to me, my mother was no longer living to be able to see her daughter. For ten years now I have been living as an orphaned girl. My father has to seek every drop of milk for me, and work hard to raise my sisters and brothers. There were days when I had to swallow my tears instead of food, and went to school with hungry stomach. I felt so desperate for a Mother in such moments. I am both hungry for food and clothes. In class, whenever my teacher reminds of financial contributions, I feel pitiful for myself, because only some few others and I in the whole class have not yet made the financial contribution. I do not know what to do.

It is such a good luck for me to be given 400,000 VND. My family and I are deeply moved, and I can only say how grateful we are to benefactor Nguyen Thi Oanh. I would like to promise that I will rise over the misfortune to study well. I wish you good health. You are the one that leaves the best impression in my life.

Sincerely,

Tran Thi Thao.

Cao Tuan Anh, Village 1, Hung Dao Commune, Hung Nguyen District, Nghe An Province, pupil of Grade 5D, Hung Dao elementary school.

I am a child born with many misfortunes. Being an ailing child, I usually get ill. Especially, after I was born for 3 months, my Mother acquired a mental illness, and since then I have grown up without knowing the warmth of my mother’s love. I was left to my paternal grandparents and my father. But when I got 9 years old, once again life bereaved me of my beloved father in a heart-breaking accident. Now my grandparents are old and weak, and could barely do anything to earn a living. Life was becoming so hard that some time during the school-year, I thought I could no longer afford going to school. However, thanks to the scholarship of 400,000 VND from you, my benefactor, and the encouragement of my school teachers, I can still join my friends in classes. My family and I would like to thank you, my benefactor.

Sincerely,

Cao Tuan Anh.

Phan Nguyen Huan. Village 2A, Hung Dao Commune, Hung Yen District, Nghe An Province; pupil of grade 3D, Hung Dao Elementary School.

My family is now living in misery. My father, after a long time’s suffering from illness without being able to buy medicines, has passed away, leaving me and my mother, who often faint all of a sudden because of her heart disease. We again cannot afford medicines for her. As her children – three of us – are still very young, we cannot do anything but just add burden on our ailing mother. We all rely on earnings from a field of three sao (360 square meters x 3), thus have just enough for survival.

I am still too small to help her with anything. In such a bad plight, I am given a scholarship of 400,000 VND from you, my benefactor. My family and I are grateful to you for the kind support, which has enabled me to continue with my study.

May you always be in good health.

Respectfully,

Phan Nguyen Huan.

The list of 30 orphaned pupils receiving annual assistance of 500,000 VND from Ms. Nguyen Thi Oanh

Fatherless

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Name

Grade

Address

1

Cao Tuan Anh

5D

Village 1, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An (mother with mental illness)

2

Nguyen Van Au

5C

Group 7, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

3

Nguyen Thanh Binh

4B

Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

4

Nguyen Tien Dung

5C

Group 6A, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

5

Nguyen Thi Ha

2C

Village 2B, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

6

Nguyen Thi Hoa

2

Group 7, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

7

Nguyen Huan

3D

Group 2A, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An (mother with heart disease)

8

Nguyen Thi Huong

4A

Nam Yen, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

9

Nguyen Manh Kien

3C

Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

10

Nguyen Thi Lan

5C

Nam Yen, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

11

Dau Thi Loi

1A

Village 7, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

12

Tran Van Phuc

5C

Village 6B, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

13

Luu Thi Phuong

5C

Village 6A, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

14

Cao Van Tam

2C

Village 1, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An (living with paternal grandpa)

15

Pham Sy Thang

5C

Village 5A, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

16

Dao Xuan Thien

5C

Bac Yen, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

17

Phan Dinh Trong

2B

Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

18

Nguyen Thi Tuyet

1D

Village 1, Bac Yen, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

19

Nguyen Thi Yen

3

Xom 1, Bac Yen, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

Motherless:

N0

Name

Grade

Address

1

Nguyen Cong Dung

4B

Village 6B, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

2

Dau Thi Hien

4B

Village 7, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

3

Tran Van My

5G

Village 8A, Nam Yen, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

4

Tran Thi Thao

5C

Village 5A, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An (mother died upon giving birth to Thao)

5

Nguyen Thi Sen

4D

Village 9, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An (living with her maternal grandparents)

6

Phan Thi Trang

5D

Village 2B, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

Both parents died:

No

Name

Grade

Address

1

Le Thi Hien

5C

Village 7, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An (living with old maternal grandparents)

2

Nguyen Thi Hong

3B

Bac Yen, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

3

Nguyen Van Hung

2A

Bac Yen, Hung Yen, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An (living with paternal grandparents)

4

Tran Thi Nhat Le

4B

Village 5A, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An (living with her aunt and uncle)

Father abandons

No

Name

Grade

Address

1

Phung Huu Duc

4A

Village 5, Hung Dao, Hung Nguyen, Nghe An

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