Weʼre raising £1,000 to to help small schools and provide necessities to the people of Vietnam
- Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
- 28 days to go
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My goal is to help Vietnam in any way possible. Vietnam is a small, less economically developed country which deserves more.
I was born and raised in the UK so going back to visit the place which represents my ethinicity and the person I am by blood was exciting for me. Living in England for the most part of my life was such a blessing which I only managed to properly understand when visiting Vietnam.
When I was 7 or so, I remember coming to Vietnam for the first time and having breakfast on the street. You see, the area that I was in consisted of "roads" which was basically just organised dirt and many houses next to each other. In England, we have tarmac or stone roads everything is man- made, so proper. My family and I were sitting in little stools on the open road in front of someone's house and I remember everyone staring at us.
In Vietnamese, we have a term called "Viet Kieu" which sort of translates to "foreign Vietnamese or tourist in your own country ". This, I indeed was. A chubbier child with different looking attire on, along with the rest of my family, we all stood out like a sore thumb with many people looking. We were waiting for breakfast to be served when I noticed people around me instead of staring at me, they looked away from the direction in front.
I heard a bell ring and my parents looked ahead and told me to look away as everyone else was, however being the curious child I was, I didn't. Approaching me was a thin, little boy in rags holding a rope in his hand and pulling, with a cap in the other pleading for money. Attached to the rope was a bell and an old man's leg stump.The young boy was dragging this disabled man also dressed in rags along the dirt road pleading for money. From my eyes, a naive child, I was in shock. Being in England left me in my own little bubble, unaware of the issues in many different countries, least of all my own.
I want to paint this picture for you.
A young boy in rags pulling along a disabled man with simply a rope tied to his leg stump and twigs to support his arms. The dirt road had cleared of the people there as they passed, cap stretched out asking for money. It broke my heart watching this and seeing people look away. I didn't know then, but this was because everyone there was suffering and couldn't afford to donate them any money and couldn't afford things for themselves let alone help their fellow Viet.
I tell this story as I remember it, from the age of 7. No exaggerations, just the truth of what I witnessed which I will forever remember.
Since then, this memory still stays with me as I remember the emotion welling up in my younger self. I felt overwhelmed from what I had witnessed and also so grateful for what I had in England. Realising that what we all simply take for granted such as running clean water, shoes, a roof over our heads, electricity which are all considered a blessing in Vietnam struck me that I should do something, anything.
I wish to raise £x amount of money with no goal in mind just however much money people are willing to gift to provide Vietnam with the help it needs. I hope with whatever donations that are kindly received, will be able to somehow benefit the people of Vietnam. I don't expect an amazing change overnight but even providing breakfast for people there, being able to fund the electricity bill for schools or food, water, clothes would be a big step for a small price. Any donations at all will be kindly appreciated as a little, truly does go a long way.
The currency conversion is roughly £1 = 30,000VND so what isn't worth much here in the UK for me, is worth a lot there in Vietnam, a beautiful country with a beautiful culture. For simply around £1/30,000VND you can pay for one person's breakfast.
what you could do with £10, or even £1000.
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