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Thu works in his rice fields near his home in Quang Tri province, Vietnam. Photo: Phan Tan Lam/Caritas Australia

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From hardship to hope

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Thu and his wife Linh live in the Quang Tri province, Vietnam. After Linh suffered a stroke, Thu became her primary carer. Photo: Phan Tan Lam/Caritas Australia

People living with a disability in rural Vietnam often experience discrimination or exclusion, affecting their future education and employment prospects.  

Since losing his leg when he was 12, Thu has lived a life of hardship and difficulty. 

With your support, Thu participated in the Empowerment of People with Disabilities program supported by Caritas Australia’s partner, the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), as well as the Australian Government, through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).  

Through the program, Thu was able to access to an affordable loan from the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) and open his own barber shop. He no longer needs to rely solely on farming to earn an income and can support his wife as she recovers from her stroke. 

Thu also joined an incense-making group and, with the extra income, he could repair his house and reconstruct his front yard to prevent flooding during the rainy season. He plans to invest in livestock, such as pigs, ducks or chickens, to further diversify his income.   

“I think having a club is good, where people living with disabilities can join and help one another. Additionally, there are many meaningful activities from the project to support my family and others,” Thu says.   

Before my economic and emotional life was difficult. Now I’m spiritually happier and more relaxed.”  

With your generosity, the Empowerment of People with Disabilities program was able to support more than 6,300 people in Vietnam in the last financial year.  

I am grateful to Caritas Australia for the help they give to people living with disability like me and my wife. Thank you to Caritas Australia and the Australian people.

Thu

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Thu helps his wife Linh, who suffered a stroke, with her rehabilitation at their home in Quang Tri province, Vietnam. Photo: Phan Tan Lam/Caritas Australia

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Thu (left) helps make incense sticks with fellow members of his VSLA (Village Savings and Loans Association) group near his home in Quang Tri province. Photo: Phan Tan Lam/Caritas Australia

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Thu looks after cows near his home in Quang Tri province, Vietnam. When Thu was 12-years-old, he lost his leg after stepping on an unexploded land mine whilst looking after his cows. Photo: Phan Tan Lam/Caritas Australia

Support people living with disabilities to participate in inclusive disaster and preparedness and resilience  

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Thu and his wife Linh live in the Quang Tri province, Vietnam. After Linh suffered a stroke, Thu became her primary carer. Photo: Phan Tan Lam/Caritas Australia

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can help provide healthy meals for young people who come to Baabayn in Western Sydney.
a month could buy water filters to provide families and students in Malawi with access to clean and safe water.

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will help vulnerable communities to create a better tomorrow

Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible