Nhieu first came to our Boys' Shelter in 2001. He was only 8 years old at the time and had already had to grow up too quickly- his father passed away leaving his mother to raise him and his younger brother, Thanh. Their father's death left their mother mentally incapable of raising the children on her own.
For 12 years after that, the Boys' Shelter was Nhieu's home. The brothers continued to visit their mother every weekend. Their mother, who sold lottery tickets to make a living, was grateful that her sons had the opportunity to receive a good education and a life that she knew she would not be able to provide for them.
Nhieu made the most of his chance at a better life and worked hard in school and successfully passed his college entrance exams ( majoring in Marketing).
Nhieu is now studying Business Administration in one of Tokyo's reputed universities. He has two part-time jobs to help cover his living expenses in Japan. His brother Thanh also returned home in August 2015 after graduating from a vocational college. He has a stable job and looks after his mother.
The Boys' Shelter continues being a safe haven for children like Nhieu and Thanh. Children who might otherwise be at the risk of poverty, starvation or exploitation, have a safe and caring environment at the Shelter.