Hôm nay là một ngày đã cho Tiểu Hương thấy sự thật nhất của cuộc đời, và càng thương những đứa trẻ bị bỏ rơ nhiều nhất,
Ông trời ơi, con muốn hỏi ông một câu, con có phải là Huỳnh Tiểu Hương không? là một cô bé bị cha mẹ bỏ rơi từ khơi mới lọt lòng,
Rồi con phải đi làm con nuôi cho một cặp vợ chồng nhà giáo, chưa bao lâu con lại bị cưỡng hiếp, cuối cùng con phải ra đường sống với một cuộc sống đói khát roi vọt, ở các nhà ga, bến xe, những nơi ấy là nơi cho con điểm dừng chân, sống qua ngày.
Vì những trận đòn roi đau đớn, và bị hãm hiếp, con không chịu được, một hôm con được các chú đi rừng lấy trầm , đãi vàng, họ kêu con đi, để cho con, ăn cơm, con nghĩ miễn được ăn làm gì con cũng làm cả,
Nhưng đâu phải dễ dàng như vậy, mỗi ngày con phải xuống nước đãi vàng, tối thì làm công cụ … cho các chú… mỗi ngày con đều bị những cơn sốt liên miên, không thuốc men,… rồi cuối cùng con cũng trốn được về đến đồng bằng,
Từ đó cuộc sống của con, lại trở về bến tàu bến xe, và con quyết tâm đi tìm người thân, đó là cha mẹ của con, con đã đi mót lúa, và rửa chén, để kiếm cơm ăn, và về đến nơi quê hương mà bà nuôi dưỡng con đầu tiên, gọi là nội, để con tìm cha mẹ,
Con được mọi người nói cho con, là ba mày ở trong nam, có rất nhiều vợ, mẹ mày rất nhiều chồng, nếu mày muốn tao chỉ cho,
Vậy là con quyết tâm đi tìm cha mẹ, sau những ngày tháng đi tìm cha mẹ, thì vào năm 1983 Tiểu Hương vào đến đồng nai, người ta chỉ cho con, người đàn bà bán quán là mẹ của mày,
Con liền gọi mẹ mẹ, nhưng người vẫn không nhận, cuối cùng con đã mạnh dạn vào quán, và kêu mẹ mẹ ơi, người đán bà ấy hỏi con mi là ai? ở đâu con trả lời con là con của mẹ,
Mẹ trả lời con tao chết trôi sông lạc chợ, mi kêu tao bằng mẹ mần chi, con liền nói cho con làm con đi mẹ, và qua một thời gian, con cứ lẫn quẫn ở gần nhà để kêu mẹ, cuối cùng mẹ cũng cho kêu, mẹ và mẹ đã quyết định cho con vào ở trong nhà, hàng ngày con đi lấy rau heo, để phụ mẹ nuôi những con heo, những ngày tháng không đơn giản, .. để được gọi 2 chữ ba mẹ, con phải trao doi063 biết bao nhiêu cực hình…
- Ý Nghĩa:
- Nói lên số phận cùng cực và lòng nhân hậu người phụ nữ, mua bán ve chai, dù khó khăn, vẫn luôn chia sẻ đến với những mảnh đời bất hạnh. Biết tiết kiệm để đóng góp với cộng đồng xã hội trong khả năng của mình, thắt chặt tình đồng nghiệp tình Quê Hương. Dù mỗi ngày đi mua bán, nhặt từng bịch nilon, sợi dây, miếng giấy vun, miểng chai ở những nơi hôi hám để tích tiểu thành đại mưu sinh, thậm chí có những ngày không có một đồng để ăn cơm uống thuốc vì sức khỏe và vay vốn ăn trước trả sau, với những bộ quần áo cũ kỹ, những chiếc mền đắp không đủ ấm, chiếc xe đạp cũ rích luôn hư hỏng nhưng phải làm việc suốt ngày khắp mọi ngóc hẻm, phố phường để nuôi sống gia đình .
- Bên cạnh nỗi buồn lớn nhất là họ phải rời bỏ Quê Hương, con cái để đến đất khách, quê người tìm cách mưu sinh góp nhặt từng đồng gửi về cho cha mẹ con cái ăn học, thuốc men, trang trải. Họ phải thuê nhà với số tiền thật khiêm tốn không đủ cho giấc ngủ một đêm.
- Nhưng lòng can đảm tình yêu thương của những trái tim nhân hậu, những người mua bán ve chai biết chia sẻ tình người tình đồng loại, hoàn cảnh cùng cảnh ngộ, vì tất cả sự sống vật chất của cải nếu có đến với họ hoặc những người sống trên cuộc đời này đó chỉ là tạm bợ, phù du, nhưng tình người là vĩnh cửu. Họ đã tình nguyện lập một nhóm những người bán ve chai.
- Nói lên ý chí người phụ nữ mua bán ve chai người Mẹ có trái tim nhân ái dù đi nhặt từng xu mọn thật sự đã rất khó, để bảo vệ đời sống ngày ngày của họ nhưng để làm từ thiện giúp đỡ trẻ mồ côi càng khó hơn. Ở đây Tiểu Hương nói lên tấm gương của những người mua bán ve chai chính là những tấm gương sáng rạng rỡ trong xã hội hiện tại, nhờ có những người mua bán ve chai nên thành phố ngày càng sạch đẹp hơn và những cháu bé mồ côi vô thừa nhận có những người mẹ mua bán ve chai nhân ái đón nhận chia sẽ cho các cháu một tương lai, dù là một phút giây hạnh phúc, dù sự đóng góp ít hay nhiều, nhưng họ vẫn là tấm gương nhân hậu.
- Bên cạnh đó có những người có tấm lòng nhưng không biết đi về đâu để thiết thực, người giúp và người nhận.
Sponsor a child:
Que Huong Charity Center offers the chance of a lifetime. The chance to form a lasting, meaningful relationship with a child. Through Plan and your sponsorship, you’re making a personal investment in the life of your sponsored child.
For just $25 a month, you’re helping make possible programs that respond to your sponsored child’s in a loving relationship that will change his or her life — and yours! And most basic needs programs that provide your child with better health, better education, clean drinking water, a safer shelter.
– Exchange letters, photos.
– Become a friend.
We do not allow sponsors to choose a child. We will select a child or children on the basic of need and send you their profile(s) so you can see exactly who it is that you are supporting.
Child Sponsorship FAQ (Frequently asked questions):
How long should my sponsorship last?
Que Huong Charity Center sponsorship offers you the opportunity to stay with a child for a number of years, usually through the school year in which the child reaches the age of 18. While we hope that you will be able to continue in your support of your sponsored child until he or she completes the Que Huong Charity Center program, we recognize that sponsors’ circumstances sometimes change. You may discontinue your sponsorship at any time.
What specific benefits will the child I sponsor receive?
The child you sponsor through Que Huong Charity Center will receive opportunities and services that most of the world’s poorest children will simply never see. These opportunities and services include the following:
The opportunity to receive an education: This means providing a child’s education begins with an adequate learning environment and this means providing the cost of school fees, clothing and supplies. In other cases, it means providing tutoring, help with homework, encouragement and, if necessary, participation in a literacy program outside the classroom. Your sponsorship will allow one special child get the most out of his or her education.
- The opportunity to be healthy: The health of the child you sponsor will be monitored and care will be provided as needed.
May I send gifts to my child?
Yes. Que Huong Charity Center encourages sponsors to give additional monetary gifts to their sponsored children for special occasions, to address specific needs or simply as an act of love. These gifts are another effective way for you to reinforce your care and commitment to your child.
Everybody has a hometown to remember, but Tieu Huong never knew where she was born nor even what her birthday was. On her Identity Card at present it is written that she was born in 1968. Let’s let that be the year she was born. She just vaguely remembers the hot sun of the stern central region, with trains up and down from the north to the south, exciting, hurried, and crowded with people. There was an old lady with curved back leading a little girl going to beg food from the passers-by. That little girl is Tieu Huong now, but she has no memory from her childhood of what the old woman’s name was. In 1978, the economy was really bad because of a poor crop, and everyone was poorer. The old lady felt herself weaker and could not keep a growing Tieu Huong with her. So, once on the train, the old lady met a married couple from Vinh Phu. Desiring that Tieu Huong’s life be better, she had them help bring up Tieu Huong. However, the old lady’s dream was not fulfilled. Tieu Huong’s foster parents were teachers, and of course they did not get a big salary. Their manner was also very strict and unusual. Tieu Huong’s life in that family was full of tears and whipping. Even more terribly, her foster father occasionally attempted to rape her. She was so frightened and looked for a way to run away. Fortunately, some kind neighbors knew the pitiful story. They gave her a little money and took her out to Am Thuong train station. From that moment, trains, coming and going with sacks, chicken cages and passengers, became Tieu Huong’s warm roof. She followed the trains up to Lao Cai, then down to Thanh Hoa, Nghe begging money from passers-by to live day by day. Many nights she was battered by hunger and starvation. Moreover, bad treatment by gangsters on the train made Tieu Huong exhausted.
During that miserable life, Tieu Huong had a period of happiness that seemed like a dream. Once while hiding from the inspector on a train, she sheltered underneath the seat of a soldier woman named Miss Ai. After understanding Tieu Huong’s situation, Miss Ai took Tieu Huong to her troop, and Tieu Huong was allowed to live in Miss Ai’s camp for a while. For the first time in ten years, Tieu Huong was eating on time and slept on a bed with quilt and net. This lasted only six months. Then something happened that she does not understand to this day. One night Tieu Huong was woken up by an alarm. She heard Miss Ai saying that she could not stay there any longer due to some military reasons. At first, Miss Ai said she would send Tieu Huong to her parents in Hai Duong province and ask her parents to take care of Tieu Huong. But Tieu Huong had once escaped from foster parents and now was scared like a bird shot by an arrow. She persisted in refusing the arrangement. In the end, Miss Ai gave Tieu Huong a little money, wept her tears away, and brought Tieu Huong back to the train station where she found Tieu Huong. Then, Tieu Huong returned to her homeless life again.
Tieu Huong lived at the station six more years with all sorts of careers from being a beggar to being a smoking ice tea seller. She was wary of placing herself in dangerous situations. Also, Tieu Huong was becoming a beautiful young woman. Many times she had to protect herself from the bad actions of vagrants. One bastard even burned her chest with cigarettes.
Tieu Huong turned to follow the gold rush group up to the west of Nghe Tinh, Binh Tri Thien. She did everything she could to have food to eat, but that food was mixed with her own blood and tears. Tieu Huong could not forget the shower of whips of the owner “Tu” at the gold beach A Luoi. He ordered that anybody who did not wash two pans of dirt would have their rations cut. One day, when Tieu Huong had washed nearly a full pan of dirt, waved from a passing boat made the pan of dirt in her hand rock back and forth, and then fall into the river. Seeing that, Tu rushed to Tieu Huong and struck her unmercifully. She fell down unconscious. Everybody standing around did not dare to try to stop him for fear of losing their only rice and vegetables. Too frightened, she escaped from the gold beach running through the forest. She was so hungry and exhausted she even ate herbs. In 1986 Tieu Huong came to Saigon and chose Mien Dong bus station as a place to hide. In the mornings, every time she saw a passenger car stopping, she rushed and washed that car, not even knowing whose car it was. In exchange, some kind men would give her bread or a bowl of rice or noodles. At nights, she did not dare sleep at the park. Instead she found a place to sleep on the wooden bridge of public toilets on a Saigon river bank. A few months later, a bus owner named Huynh Van H., seeing her working hard, accepted Tieu Huong as a foster daughter. She lived with his family on Ham Tu Street, District 5. It was this place that Tieu Huong formally got a surname, replacing in his population register the name of his daughter who had been missing 10 years. Her foster parents were very kind, but they and their ten children all depended on the old bus, so family life that was originally hard now became harder. Eventually, Tieu Huong’s foster brothers and sisters became jealous of her, and she could not avoid bad words and treatment from them. Finally, she thanked her foster parents for their golden hearts and once again returned to the bus station, making a living by her “knocking-noodle” career.
During the days, Tieu Huong worked hard at the bus station. One morning, Tieu Huong saw a baby girl left near her place. Having sympathy for the baby, Tieu Huong decided to pick her up. She named her Anh Dao. Day by day, she went around selling cakes, and at night she brought Anh Dao to sleep next to the public toilet. Anh Dao grew, and the burden on her shoulders became too much. Both mother Tieu Huong and Anh Dao now moved to Bach Dang port. Tieu Huong had somebody look after Anh Dao while she rushed around at various jobs: selling coffee, chewing gum and cigarettes, and evening being a porter at quays to have enough money for rearing Anh Dao. For herself, she ate leftover food from restaurants and slept any place she felt was safe. Yet even living this way she continued to grow, and as a young woman she faced indignities. More than once she suffered the bad actions of bastards even though she resisted to the point of exhaustion. Many times she was going to jump into the Saigon River, but she would hear the faint sound of Anh Dao’s crying and think, “How would it be after I went away? Anh Dao would be thrown away and left in the street like a second Tieu Huong.” So, she ignored indignity, held the baby in her arms, endured in silence and went on living.
During her time living at Bach Dang port and wandering in the streets of the central city, Tieu Huong picked up some Chinese words. Knowing this language helped her to know a Taiwanese tourist by the name of Chao Lai. He used to go around Bach Dang port at midnight to take fresh air and to drink coffee on the pavement. Witnessing Tieu Huong’s hard life, he tried to help her by renting a flat on Nguyen Hue Street and looking after baby Anh Dao as a foster child. However, only a few weeks later the owner called Chao and forced him to end the arrangement because Tieu Huong often brought tens of homeless people home for washing and relaxation. Chao Lai rented another flat on Le Van Si Street, and then Dang Thi Nhu Street. But none lasted more than a month, always for the same reason: all of Tieu Huong’s friends were wanderers or homeless.
Tieu Huong’s life became better. Then, unexpectedly, one day Chao embraced her in his arms. She realized Chao’s kindness had an ulterior motive. Tieu Huong grasped a knife on the table and put it near her throat, threatening to die by her own hand. Fearing she would carry out her threat, he promised not to meet her again. He kept his promise and also left Tieu Huong twenty ounces of gold with the advice that she should take care of herself and buy herself a house to live in. This was on December 10, 1989, the day Tieu Huong chose as her birthday.
Tieu Huong bought a house on Nguyen Van Cu Street right then, a real bargain. Later, she decided to sell that house and made a great profit. After that, she bought another house on Le Hong Phong Street and started her rental car business. She even entered a new job without any experience: she became a tour guide for Taiwanese business people coming to Vietnam for investment. Knowing a little Chinese language, Tieu Huong won them over not only by her language but by her keen intelligence as well. She led Taiwan business people to many houses or flats and eventually became a real estate agent. When the land fever in the city was at its peak, Tieu Huong would receive US$30-40,000 for medium-sized transactions. She now owned property worth billions of dong including 4 houses and a dozen hectares of valuable land.
Soon after acquiring her first house, the first thing Tieu Huong had to do was bring baby Anh Dao home. Sometimes in her spare time she would pick up some children in the street to feed. She bought an area to build a mansion in Long Thanh – Dong Nai for the children and had nurses look after them. Up to this point she was Godmother to 1,000 wandering children throughout the country. Among them, some were newborns, some were three years old, some were five, and some were ten. All were given food to eat and a place to stay and the chance to go to school to learn. As for Anh Dao, she is now a school girl, sixteen, able to speak two foreign languages fluently. Tieu Huong has said that the success of children is a part of her life. On her birthday in 2000, she received more than 700 greeting cards from her foster children. These cards were made by the children themselves. Looking at the innocent, scrawling handwriting, Tieu Huong burst out crying in happiness.
Tieu Huong has also shared the suffering of older men and women with unlucky lives, miserable people. Recall the time she was staying in the house on Le Van Si Street – in District 10 of Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh. Seeing lots of people living in the street, she would go to market at 3pm to buy chicken, meat and 50kg of noodles, and then cook it for them. In order to join them, she would also sit or stand and eat with them. Looking at this picture, some might think it was only an act, but for Tieu Huong sharing sufferings with the poor is really a great enjoyment.
Tieu Huong’s charitable activities are not only in Ho Chi Minh City. Wherever it was needed, she would come with all her heartfelt spirit. In 1999, she spent over US$40,000 for flood relief in the central region of Vietnam. She was also an active member of the Vietnam Handicapped Sponsor Association in that year. Once while visiting an orphanage and disabled children’s center, she recognized that as adults they were never able to get a job. She decided to build a purified drinking water production factory under the brand name “Ultra-V” so as to create jobs for them as well as to sponsor charitable activities and the other children’s centers. Furthermore, during three days of Tet in 2001, Tieu Huong went to a hospital. Her friends and a benefactress came to see her and gave her the sum of 30 million dong. Upon leaving the hospital, she sent all of that sum to the Handicapped Children Sponsor Association with a simple proverb: “The good leaves cover up the bad.”
Tieu Huong has said that during times of suffering, sometimes her only dream was to have a piece of bread, not even a piece of meat; only a loaf of bread to be eaten at midnight in a strong, chilling wind. Now, she hopes that children will be happy and go to school, and that there will be not be another “Tieu Huong in society…”
In order to make her dream come true, Tieu Huong is making all efforts to construct a building for lonely elders and orphans at Tay Dong Hiep commune – Di An district – Binh Duong province, using her own capital. The center’s infrastructure is now completed and preparations are under way to welcome those with lonely and miserable lives. She also is mobilizing another support source to build a hospital for the poor. She remembers her former life: nights with nothing in her stomach, disguised as exhausted in front of a hospital in the hope that she would be taken into the hospital in emergency and be fed for several days. After leaving one hospital, she would go on to the next one with her odd trick. Now, in gratitude for the kindness in the past, there is a fee-free hospital for the poor.
There is one thing that nobody knows: she shares so greatly, but her present financial condition seems to be “going on clouds.” All of her capital is being concentrated on a handicapped and orphaned children’s center in Binh Duong. Meanwhile, income from the bottled water factory is only enough to cover labor costs. Tieu Huong is worried about what she has to do to go on sharing the sufferings of those with lonely and miserable lives.
Ngo Giang Son
Kien Thuc Newspaper
What is your mission?
The Que Huong Charity Center believes that everybody has the right to be independent and equal, has the power to choose, and to live their life to its fullest potential. To accomplish this mission, we strive to provide shelter, equipment, funds and basic needs for the orphaned and disabled children.
How much of your investment goes directly to our programs and projects?
Because we keep our overhead low, over 95% of all investments in Que Huong Charity Center go directly to our programs.
If I make a donation, is it tax deductible?
Que Huong Charity Center has public charity 501 (c) (3) status, which means that all donations to us are tax deductible. But it’s probably most important that you discuss your donation with the IRS or with your tax accountant.
Can I go to Vietnam and visit your center?
Yes, Que Huong Charity Center encourages and welcomes you to visit our center in Binh Duong province and programs and projects. Vietnam is safe, user friendly and the people are especially cordial to Americans. If you are in Ho Chi Minh City, we encourage you to visit our main office.
Where do you get your funding?
Que Huong Charity Center got funding from several sources:
- Individual donors engaged in supporting program, child sponsor and project.
- From employee and corporate matching gifts such as Hewlett-Packard Company matching gifts (cash and equipment).
- From our small water bottling plant.
Why should I support this organization when there are people in need in my own country?
We certainly think that every individual should support their own country. But in addition, we feel that it’s important to help others. In particular, many of our donors come from some of the richest countries in the world, and their money can go a lot further in the countries in which we work. This world is really a small place, and providing a helping hand to those in need has no national borders.
The Que Huong Charity Center believes that everybody has the right to be independent and equal, has the power to choose, and to live their life to its fullest potential. To accomplish this mission, we strive to provide equipment, funds and basic needs for the orphaned, disabled and poor children.
Que Huong Charity Center was born from one woman’s her name is Huong Tieu Huynh dream of helping the disabled, orphans, and poor children in Vietnam. Through the last 21 years, she has left her footprints in 61 provinces and towns, coming to see miserable people. Wherever anyone is in need, one or many living in severe conditions, she reaches out to soften their suffering and hold out for them a torch of hope for the future.
Que Huong Charity Center has built a reputation of implementing high quality programs, projects that make a lasting impact on thousands of disabled and orphans children in Vietnam. Also, Que Huong Charity Center is a home of hundred of disabled and orphans children. Que Huong Charity Center is a non-government organization (NGO).