Truyen Tin Orphanage was established in 1995. At that time, there were only 20 children living together in a 65 sq meter house. The conditions were very uncomfortable. In spite of the difficulties, we pushed on as we have committed our lives to God. At present, there are 55 children.
During the past 15 years we have had to make due with received some contributions from our family and friends, as there have been no regular major donors. Among those donors are Mrs. Matsumi Onda’s family who have been a tremendous help. In addition to their regular help, we have visitors who occasionally help us to buy food, clothes, books and other necessities.
Before the establishment of Truyen Tin Orphanage, I worked and taught cooking classes, and was hired to cook food on occasion such as weddings, birthday parties and other private events. During that time, I met many unfortunate and poor people. I began to feel sorry for their lives and wanted to help them. It was then that I committed my life to God and to the helping of such people. I left my past behind in order to be of service to the unfortunate ones that crossed my path, especially abandoned children and single mothers. I decided to build a house where I could receive and help them. The following is a little more of my history.
Before establishing the orphanage, I used to live in an abbey. Everyday I helped and prayed for HIV/AIDS patients, handicapped people and orphans.
In 1993 a generous Italian man gave me VND 12.500.000 (USD 800) to buy a piece of land, on which our current orphanage is now located.
In 1994 we began the building of a small 64 square meter house on that small piece of land which was eventually accommodate the first 20 children.
In 2004, we built a three story house next to the old one. The money to do this was partly funded by the abbey, and the rest half was funded by my family members.