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"Bring visually impaired children in disadvantage opportunities to approach the comprehensive and appropriate education helping them develop all potentialities, and gain essential knowledge and skills to independently attain happy life and social integration."

THE STORY OF THE SHRIMP’S HEADS

THE STORY OF THE SHRIMP’S HEADS

“I want to remember those days, after 1975, we, Vietnamese people, could only eat shrimp’s heads because shrimp’s bodies were for exporting”… There is something that seems to be normal but the result it brings is extraordinary.

 

     One early day of 2006, sister Maria My Dung, a nun of Dominican, while studying in Switzerland, was invited to a baptism for a native student who she taught catechism. In the baptism, the guests were served with lobster. Looking at sister My Dung deliciously eating the lobster’s head, a Swiss couple wondered why the nun was interested in the waste parts. Simply and precisely, sister My Dung replied: “I want to remember the past days, after 1975, we, Vietnamese people, could only eat shrimp’s heads because shrimp’s bodies were for exporting. The story seemed to end but surprisingly, the nun’s answer to the couple could get attention of those strangers.

 

     One week later, the man from the party came to sister My Dung’s dormitory and said that “We are truly emotional with your story about the shrimp’s heads. Vietnam and its people suffered so much pain and loss. We want to do something to share the loss with you.”

 

     Such a surprising suggestion! As a premonition, the first picture appeared in the nun’s mind was the image of Thien An Shelter’s teachers and students including her niece who was living and studying in a level-4 hot and narrow house in Sai Gon. The piece of land that the shelter bought from savings since 2004 with the hope of expanding the house to help more students was full of weeds because the shelter did not have enough money to start construction.

 

     Luckily, Mr. Hugo Geiser, Vice President of GKG Association, a charity organization specializing at building open houses and shelters agreed to help the shelter.  Sister My Dung’s suggestion was quickly accepted. Thien An Shelter was officially sponsored one third of the total fee of constructing new building by Swiss GKG Association. And as a magical arrangement, sister Mai Thanh, an aged nun of Duc Ba Sai Gon, a women that the students of Thien An often called grandmother, successfully contacted Miserior organization for sponsoring one third more of the building fee. The shelter found, saved money from Maecenas everywhere and finally had enough money. As a proof of God’s blessings, teachers and students in Thien An Shelter happily moved to a new beautiful house, creating a happy and magical ending for the story of the shrimp’s heads.    

 

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