"Love your neighbors as yourself" is one of the traditions valued amongst our Vietnamese people. Today, the society is revolving in the direction of industrialization and modernization.
We are the farmers of the far most rural area of Ben Tre. For the past several years we have experienced the circumstances of hardship. We are forced to put our children to labor due to circumstances.
My family consists of six. I am the second oldest amongst 4 siblings: the oldest brother, Nguyen Hoang Thinh - age 17, myself - age 15, the younger sister, Nguyen Kim Thach - age 13, and the youngest brother, Nguyen Thanh Thang - age 11.
Today, through the Sisters of I.C.M., I learned that your mission has a scholarship program that helps needy students. With your permission, I would like to present my circumstances as follows.
My name is Nguyen Thanh Truc, born Sept 30, 1994. My father, Nguyen Van Ve, was born in 1941. My mother, Lu Thi Sau, was born in 1951. I was selected by school officials as candidate for scholarship or financial aids.
My name is Nguyen Thi Ven, a third grade student of Thanh Thoi Elementary. Today, I am writing this letter to your mission.
Everyday, mom picks and washes each "sabo" fruit to make our living.
Not able to pay for our school tuitions.
No monies to buy school books and clothes.
We are so poor.