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When the baby was born, his maternal grandmother saw that he had no hands and his legs were deformed and she thought about killing the baby.  But she discussed the idea with the baby’s uncle who advised her against it.  The uncle’s wife worked at the Eyes of Compassion office in the granting of loans to the poor, and she said she would recommend that Eyes of Compassion provide a loan to the family. Thus the baby escaped an early death.... (Detail)

In the morning of September 7, 2007, my Master and I went to the eye operation center to get a close look to our project and to contact with the numbers of doctors and eye patients there. In general, the hospital organized everything well. All patients were from poor families in Ham Thuan Nam. The center provided transportation, patients were self-support for lunch. Our temple did not know this situation before to provide meals for patients ... (Detail)

In the opening ceremony of Loong Hang school in 2006, some people in the hamlets about 20-30 kilometers away from Loong Hang also came to join. Before leaving, they told us that their hamlets earnestly desired to be given a school and a water supply system like those of Loong Hang hamlet, because their hamlets were also extremely poor but had never been helped by anyone. People of Loong Hang hamlet dream of a health clinic to station health professional sent from the district to cure them...  (Detail )

Coming back from a trip where we were engaged in charity works, Mrs. Diep Yen Binh and I were sharing with each other the joy of new achievements for Eyes of Compassion.  Yen-Binh has a house in the heart of the tourist center of Hollywood-Florida, at only 20 steps from the Atlantic Ocean.  She took me there to rest, to swim in the sea, to listen to live music and to look at people dance and eat throughout the night on the beach. ... (Detail)

The bumpy, red-soil road led us through immense tea fields to Phap Hoa Pagoda, Di Linh district. The Pagoda is not far away from Di Linh’s downtown. After travelling a short distance from Di Linh market, we came to the turning to the pagoda. From distance, we saw its tole roof, surrounded by darkish blue canvas-tents. The unique feature of the pagoda is not its construction or architecture, because it is very poor, but its stretching green tea and coffees gardens. Though being located near the town, the path for walking meditation of Phap Hoa is still unconcretized, which looks as homely and sincere as the people here ... (Detail)  

The compassion of Mr Tu Truyen and Mrs Tu Đat has led the Sangxane storm relief mission to An Bình village in Quang Tri Province. The mission was also sponsored by esteemed Buddists of Phap Van, Vien Quang, Huong Đam, and Bat Nha Pagodas in Canada.
Prior to our departure to Viet Nam, we received US$ 500 from Mr and Mrs Truyen, who asked us to build water wells for An Binh village. They highlighted the fact that, the village’s intoxicated water sources has resulted in an alarming number of cancer patients here... (Detail)

Leaving Toronto with a rather tight programme for Vietnam, I, Dieu Lien, felt more energetic this time. Perhaps what gave me more strength was the trust by Monk Thich Tam Hoa, the abbot of Phap Van Pagoda. On behalf of some Pagodas and Buddhists in Canada, he entrusted me with a large amount of funds so that I could work with monks and nuns in Vietnam and mobilize resources for the victims of the recent Xangsane storm. It was this enormous spiritual motivation and funding that urged me to go back with even more strength and joy. This was perhaps the first time when I had the most resources to help the poor... (Detail )

Khe Muong village locates at the high point of O Lau River. The river flows gently dividing the village into two areas. During the dry season, the river is symbolized of the freshness of the dry and destitute region. In the wet season, diluvial rains in the mountain provoke floods in the whole area. The river becomes the threat creating many difficulties for people in the village... (Detail )

After the days of rain and typhoon winds in Central Vietnam , the warm sunny weather has come back. We could not help but be moved by the devastation suffered by people in the areas on the path of the typhoon.  Wherever typhoon Xangsane passed, devastation followed, and houses made of solid brick and cement were flattened within minutes... (Detail )

Her name is Mui, or Na - little Na - as her mother would call her so at home. Na is 15 years old this year. Na has a round face like the moon, very lovely. She rarely smiles, her voice is low and sad. But whenever Dieu Lien raises a question, she answers very clearly... (Detail)

I arrived in Sai Gon as scheduled. The city was warm, dry, hectic and energetic. City life was comfortable. I kept up well with the city pace and enjoyed myself a lot. SaiGon nights were colorful with lights and busy streets... (Detail)

Early in the 2003, while I was preparing to go back to Vietnam, I unexpectedly received a substantial donation from the BD (“Brighter Days”) Foundation, a charitable nonprofit based in South Florida, USA. This donation was sent to Eyes of Compassion to support our charitable works in Vietnam.  It was totally unexpected because it was a large donation from a benefactor whom we had not heard of before.  It was a great joy not only for me, but also for all the volunteers at Eyes of Compassion, and most importantly for our poor friends in Vietnam in need of assistance.... (Detail )

I am a curious person. During my work periods in Laos, I liked to visit very remote areas to find out how Laotians live.  One time, two Vietnamese invited me to visit a village they called “The Other Side of the World.” They explained that this village was shockingly poor; therefore, it has been named “The Present Hell” or “The Other Side of the World.”  It is Phonsavan Say village that DieuLien has sent some pictures of on the EOCVN website... (Detail)

When I was in high school, aged 16, I once followed my cousin Lien Huong to the hospital to visit patients. Lien Huong was then a student of Hue Medical College. When she was on duty, she usually went to different departments to care for patients.  Once, at the end of the Lunar year, she brought me to see the patients in the Pediatrics Department. At the beginning of the Tet holiday, almost all children managed to return home, except those who needed professional care and monitoring because they were in a critical stage of illness or those whose families were too poor to afford to bring them home for Tet. Lien Huong prepared some confectionary and milk for the children as a small “Spring Present...” (Detail)

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