Tran Thi Hiếu Ngọc, or Sophie as we call her, was born in 1991 in Ho Chi Minh City. Although they didn't have a lot of money, her parents were determined to give their four children a better future.
They knew the key to this lay in education and so they decided to sign their eldest child Sophie up for a sponsorship programme with the Christina Noble Foundation. Sophie was a very bright student who loved school and worked hard in all her classes. She couldn’t believe her luck when she found out she was accepted onto the programme.
Although the sponsorship came to an end many years ago now, our relationship didn’t, and I was able to follow her story and keep in touch with her online. '
I know very clearly that only education can help me to get a better life for myself and my family.
I was sponsored by Christina Noble Foundation when I was in grade 6. The sponsorship continued until I finished my college. After I finished high school, I continued my study in college and got an Associate Degree in Business English. Then, I started my first job at a hotel. While working, I continue my study in university and I got my Bachelor Degree in Business English and Literature. I'm now working as Food & Beverage coordinator in a nice hotel in my city. I felt so grateful for what I have got in life. I got education, I got support from people in other countries for my study. That was a great encouragement to me when I was younger. I now have a job to earn a living and I can support my family a little bit.
Everything started with Christina Noble Foundation, Roger is the one who sponsored me. I remember we made Christmas cards and sent to our sponsor every year. I could write in English so I always wrote to Roger to say "Thank you" for his support to me and wish him all the best. Then, several years ago, I received an email from Roz (Roger’s daughter) in which she introduced herself and her family. I felt so glad at that time and we exchanged emails and stayed in touch with each other.
I used to be a local volunteer for Volunteer for Peace Vietnam (an NGO) when I was in college. I supported the foreign volunteers when they came here for volunteer work. We teach English at shelters, orphanages, etc. We also have activities at the orphanage to take care of disabled children. It was a wonderful experience for me. I feel I'm still very lucky comparing to some other people and I appreciate everything I have got in my life. '
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