This is the first letter I write to thank you for the scholarship I received today.
First, I wish you and your family a lot of health and happiness. My name is Trương Thanh Tâm, I am 7 years old, and I am attending class 2/3 of the elementary school Lê Hoàn in Gò Vấp. My mother always says to me, I should study hard at school, learn what the teacher teaches me. I thank you for the support, so that I can pay the school fee and my mother is less worried.
With these lines I would like to thank you for giving me a lot of solace and motivate me to be good at school. I wish you and your family all the best, I'll write more in the next letter .
Trương Thanh Tâm
Notes: GiKaD visited Thanh Tâm (see here) and organized an appointment because of suspicion of thyroid disease. The medical evidence was fortunately negative. A big thank you to Dr. med. Quách Vĩnh Phúc, cancer specialist at the Cancer Clinic District 12, for the free medical chekup.
- Hi Sony *)!
- Hello Aunt!
- How much did you get from your Lucky Money?
- More than 5 millions, me and Alex.
- What are you going do with that money?
- I would save them in my piggy bank and will touch them only when needed.
- If I really need money, would give them to me?
- I would only lend them to you, but very reluctantly!
- What can you do with 200,000 Dong?
- I could buy 10 meals, or a ticket to Nha Trang, or 15 comic books.
- So why are you giving your money to those children?
- Just because I don’t have a 100.000 bill.
- Oh, I mean that has anyone convinced you to donate your money to these children?
- Oh no, I just wanted to do it!!!
- Are you doing well in school?
- I am almost an excellent student.
- Why almost?
- Because I only got 9.5 points, you need to get 10 points to be an excellent student.
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
- I wish to become a pilot.
- So I wish that you will get 10 points in school.
*) Sony is the nickname of Kiều Phúc Hy, an 11-year-old boy living in Saigon. He's in 5th grade, has a keen sense of numbers, is very frugal, even towards himself.