I visit a poor kid in Can Tho hospital. Vietnam.

I visit a 10yo girl in Can Tho hospital with brittle bone disease (Osteogenesis Imperfecta).

Vietnam

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Giving money to a poor Vietnamese kid in Can Tho.

I saw this poor brown kid with close set eyes working all day in the sun and then buying a disgusting sugar drink with dirty ice to quench her thirst. It made me want to help her so on behalf of Thanh Tran, Daniel Trinh, Khanh Pham, Roger K and Steve I gave her some money to help her out.

These kids are like toy soldiers. They endure an extremely hard and monotonous existence but without the slightest trace of self pity. Their sunny attitude is in direct opposition to the harsh lives they have to navigate from an early age.

No toys, no school, no school friends, no protection and no fun on the holidays.

I hope this money and the feeling behind it managed to give her a little boost for that one day.

 

Poor Vietnamese people.. and the lies charity organisations tell.

Poor Vietnamese people get a lot of bad press.
Charity organisations warn people not to give money directly. They say these people work for crime syndicates. That is not true.

The poor people work for themselves. 99.9% of them are hard working, genuine honest people.

Giving direct to them is the best way.
Charity organisations use nearly all the funds they collect to pay for advertising and corporate employees. Less than 7 cents of every dollar is used on the actual cause. Most are pure scams if not completely incompetent.

None of the workers for foreign charities can speak any Vietnamese and don’t understand anything about Vietnamese people or Vietnamese culture but they’ll have you believe that they know all about how the underworld operates here. Pfft.. pull the other one mate. If that’s the case they should be working for crime fighting units not charities.

They also patronise poor Vietnamese by telling people not to give cash. As if being poor and Vietnamese makes you stupid. Even homeless Vietnamese are hardly ever drunkards or drug addicts and will spend money responsibly. They just don’t have much of it.

So in short. Give DIRECT to those you see and feel are in need.
Trust your gut over some foreign charity organisation’s harmful lies which target the most vulnerable people in Vietnamese society and those who don’t have a voice to speak out in their own defense.

 

Helping poor Vietnamese children go to school. Part 3

Helping poor kids go to school. Part 3.

In this video we rejoin the children selling at the Ben Thanh Market in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City.

It was late night past 11pm and they had been up since nine. The children were all tired.

I bought them a dessert and passed along donations made by a kind hearted Viet Kieu by the name of Tony or Tuan ‘fivewinwin’.