Di (centre) at the “1,000 Girls, 1,000 Futures” Launch Event: “This campaign to advocate for girls’ rights means a lot to me. I hope my story will inspire more girls.”
The life path of girls in Tua Chua, Vietnam is often decided for them – drop out of school at 10, get married at 14 or 15 and then become a mother at a tender young age. Through World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Programme, Di defied the norm and became the first person from her village to go to university!
21-year-old Di was once forced to drop out of school to become a child bride. Upon learning about her situation, World Vision staff visited Di’s family multiple times to persuade them to let her return to school. World Vision also supported them in various ways to improve their income and living condition. Eventually, Di’s family allowed her to return to school.
Now a student at the Hanoi National University of Education, Di said, “Even though my family does not say it, I can feel that they are proud of my achievements and are supportive of me pursuing an education!”
In conjunction with World Vision Malaysia’s “1,000 Girls, 1,000 Futures” campaign to sponsor 1,000 girls by International Day of the Girl on 11 October, Di was in Malaysia to share her story. This was Di’s first time travelling out of Vietnam and she was excited to meet her sponsor, Ms Heng. Di expressed, “Thank you, Ms Heng, for accompanying me throughout the years, supporting me in my studies and encouraging me to pursue my dreams!”
Sharing her passion for learning, Di said, “In school, every class allows me to discover a whole new world! The extra-curricular activities have also made me more confident in expressing myself."
“Education is especially important for girls! Education can cultivate our minds, expand our horizons and give us the key to a brighter future!”
“In the past, even with fewer opportunities, I successfully overcame many challenges. I cherish everything I have now and I have no reason to give up!” – Di (pictured here standing in front of the Hanoi National University of Education).
It was a heartwarming scene when Di and Ms Heng met in Malaysia.
Inspired by the people on her education journey, Di is determined to become an inspiring preschool teacher in the future. She also wants to volunteer at a charity club to help the underprivileged and ethnic minorities in remote areas, just like herself, as a way of giving back to society.
Di said, “I hope my story can encourage more girls – that no matter what, pursue your education, believe in yourself and courageously overcome challenges!”
You can give girls the opportunity to stay in school and complete their education. In conjunction with International Day of the Girl on 11 October, sponsor a girl today and help her become the next Di so that she can also achieve her dreams!
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