Traveling through Southeast Asia for half a year now, I ran into many different charity organizations helping the children in rural areas, but BLV’s Books for Library project got my attention as it aims to provide access to something I truly believe should be accessible for everybody today – books. The idea behind the project is to provide books for 15 million children in Vietnamese rural areas.
Later I learned about BLV’s scholarship program and was more than happy to help the organization document their work with underprivileged children. This got me into Ba Vi, armed with a camera, loaded batteries and curiosity to meet children who are the top of the class in their rural schools.
That is how I met Le Khanh Duong and Nguyen Ngoc Anh. They are 14 and 12 years old and they are both among the top students. But they are not only students, they also work in the fields in order to help their parents provide for their families.
We met at their school, said “Hello” to their classmates and headed back to their houses where I got introduced to their families. They can’t speak English and my Vietnamese is far from the point where I can express anything rather than saying “thank you” or “hello”. But we had a great talk. With the help of BLV staff and a lot of mimics and emotion, these children and their families showed that day, I learned how valuable every help they get is.
These children are strong, bright and, above all, dedicated to their families and their future. Their parents do everything they can to overcome hardship and challenges in their everyday life.
I hope that the videos we filmed that day will encourage volunteers and sponsors from all around the globe to learn more about these exceptional young people and provide further support.