Your dedication to the mission of Pearl S. Buck International is so important. Your generosity is instrumental in helping children in need become successful young adults and break the bonds of poverty that have hindered their families for generations.
Please enjoy the Success Stories and Program Updates below to see how you are changing lives.
A Vietnamese Orphan’s Journey to Success
Finding a Home at the Orphanage
Son was very young when he lost both his parents in a tragic accident. Son was taken in by a cousin, but his cousin’s family was poor and it was very difficult to make a living and support an additional child. So at 12, he went to live in Birla Hanoi Children’s Village, one of seven orphanages operated by Pearl S. Buck International Vietnam.
Here he started a new life in one of the four houses at Birla. Son lived with more than 20 other kids and one housemother. Here, he experienced the support and camaraderie of the other children and the care of his housemother, who looked out for the children’s health, well-being, and their education. He, like the other children in the orphanage, eventually became sponsored through Pearl S. Buck International Vietnam.
Encouraged by Sponsor’s Support and Kindness
Even though Son’s sponsor lived on the other side of the world, the care and support he received because of her generosity changed his life. He received medical care, nutritious meals every day, training courses and most especially, a great friend in his sponsor.
Apart from the monthly contributions, his sponsor helped him buy school supplies and clothing and gave him money to put into savings. They exchanged encouraging letters that created an intimate bond between them—once strangers, now close at heart and in mind.
Striving for Success at Vocational School
Upon his graduation from high school, Son decided on a vocational path. He began attending Hanoi Mechanical and Electrical College to study industrial electrical engineering. With no family, he continued to live in the orphanage while he studied. The continued financial and emotional support of his sponsor allowed Son to focus on his studies. He was also able to work part-time in a restaurant when he wasn’t in school to save up money for his future, and follow his passion of playing soccer and competing in soccer tournaments in his free time.
Son is grateful for the help he received from everyone in his formative years, especially the staff and volunteers of Pearl S. Buck International Vietnam and his child sponsor. He strives to make them proud and live up to their faith in him by getting a good job and being a good electrical engineer so he can take care of himself. He also wants to pay their kindness forward, by helping and making a difference in others’ lives.
“In a World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Kind”
Son believes, “When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.” So, in a world where you can be anything, be kind! Thank you to Son’s sponsor and all the child sponsors and donors who put their kindness out into the world and change the lives of children like Son every day.