HCMCInitially, there were only 3-5 children with special circumstances, now La Vang home (Binh Tan district) is the refuge of many orphans and abandoned.
The place is filled with love
The evening of 11 years ago, a little girl was abandoned on Dong Den Street, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Hearing the crying sound, the woman at the nearby photocopy shop discovered her and took her to La Vang Shelter. That girl was named Nguyen Minh Anh by Nguyen Minh Chanh (who builds and takes care of the children in La Vang Shelter).
Bright face, bright, talking eyes, a two-hour rumble, yes …, Minh Anh made the other person love him right from the first contact. She is a student in grade 4 at Binh Long Primary School with good academic achievements and is loved by her friends and teachers.
Growing up from a home, Minh Anh only knew that Father Chanh and his siblings were peers living under one roof. Every day, the older brothers take me to school, then pick them up, and are cared for by the ladies.
Outside of regular school hours, Minh Anh participates in a life skills class organized by the school, an English class sponsored by another school, and the rest of the time follows the church’s catechism class. “Minh Anh is very confident, understands, is always gentle with his brothers and sisters”, commented Mr. Chanh.
Each child in the home is always conscious and harmonious and united as brothers and sisters in the same house. This makes Mr. Chanh always feel proud. “Dad taught me to love, do good things, help more difficult friends; be polite to teachers and adults”, Minh Anh shared and promised to try his best to study well so he wouldn’t betray his father.
Minh Anh is one of the very close to 100 children brought into the family’s home. In the small house located on 5F street, Binh Hung Hoa A ward, Binh Tan district, there are many children with all backgrounds. She was abandoned on the side of the road when only a few days old, discovered and brought to the home. Children with disabilities, no relatives, orphans with both parents or parents are too poor to raise.
In the living room, Mr. Chanh hangs a lot of certificates of merit and achievements of his children. Nguyen Hung Manh (16 years old) who is in grade 10 at Tay Thanh High School is one of the children that makes Mr. Chanh always proud. Manh has a brother named Nguyen Minh Quang, who is a first year student at Saigon University.
Manh and Quang are from Nghe An, are in poverty, their father is seriously ill and cannot work (still in Nghe An); Mother’s health is also weak due to floods, unstable work, whoever calls for anything, often helps out with housework, while staying at relatives’ homes …
The two brothers were adopted by the family because the family could not afford it. “I was touched when I heard the two brothers share their desire to study well so that they can graduate and work and have money to support their family,” he said, adding that he decided to support Manh and Quang.
Minh Quang won the second prize at the city level in Mathematics on the computer 2019-2020, the 3rd prize at the city level in Mathematics 2019-2020. Currently I am in the first year of college. And Hung Manh, who is in grade 10, has been a pretty good student for many years.
The fate with children in special circumstances
La Vang Shelter was built and cared for by Mr. Nguyen Minh Chanh when he was a 19-year-old boy, working for a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City.
Talking about the fate of adopting a lot of children, he said, his compassion comes from the first time he met a wandering child. He said: “At that time, I really wanted to contribute a little effort to do something useful for society. And from a child, I adopted and raised many more children.”
Since its establishment up to now, the home has received a lot of love and assistance from the local authorities in terms of legal procedures, birth certificates, household registration, temporary residence books … and kind hearts all over. all regions.
Before Covid-19, each month, the home welcomed about 2-3 delegations of visitors to visit and sponsor the children. Since the epidemic, there is no sponsor, Mr. Chanh takes all the reserve fund to spend on food, food, daily activities … Currently, the financial source to pay for the home thanks to a flower shop that he is running.
La Vang is one of the shelters supported by the program “Together with Grab to give a full Tet”, run by Grab and the Hope Foundation (a social-charity fund operated by VnExpress and FPT Corporation) coordinate implementation. The program contributes to bringing the full Tet to thousands of lonely elderly and disadvantaged children at shelters and nursing centers in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
See also “Life of the children in La Vang” here.