Tuesday, December 27, 2005

A tribute to Mrs Tat

Amidst the happiness of Christmas, some very sad news: someone close to Blue Dragon staff has died.

Mrs Tat, whose son Hieu is sponsored through our Stay In School program, passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, December 27 in her house in Bac Ninh province.

In our November newsletter, we appealed for funds to rebuild her family home. She had come to ask us for help, as she wanted to know that her two sons would have a good place to live when she was gone.

Our staff brought Mrs Tat to Hanoi to visit a hospital, and the doctors were quite sure that she would be OK with the right treatment. And her health did improve considerably; but in recent weeks Mrs Tat's illnesses returned, stronger than ever, and she was too weak to cope.

Life for single mothers is very difficult in Vietnam; but Mrs Tat coped admirably and cared for her sons as best she could. She was determined that Hieu would stay enrolled in school, and wanted to be sure that her sons would be well cared for even after she had died.

We have already started rebuilding Mrs Tat's home; the work is almost half done. We now intend to finish the house and to ensure that her sons will inherit it, as she wished.

As this has happened quite suddenly, we are not yet sure what will develop in the coming days: how the relatives will respond, and which of them will offer to care for Hieu and his older brother. Blue Dragon staff will attend the funeral on Wednesday morning, and we hope to know more by the end of the week. Anybody with a particular interest in this case is welcome to contact me at bluedragon@bdcf.org.

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