Two Vietnamese-French people contribute to their native country
Here is the story of Hoa – a 7 year-old girl who was adopted by a French family when she was only 9 days old and her return to
Mr. Tran Van Thinh, a Vietnamese-French economist and former Ambassador to the European Union recommended Hoa to the French family for adoption.
Hoa and Mr. Tran Van Thinh are both Vietnamese born and share the desire to contribute something to their native country,
Little Hoa was so happy to return to
To our surprise, Hoa said “Me Lan” (Mother Lan) when rushing to the female Head of the medical station. This was the first Vietnamese word said by Hoa. We wondered why she could learn and say so clearly “Me” when she doesn’t understand Vietnamese.
The medical station of Vien Noi commune, Ung Hoa district, Ha Tay province looks so poor, with downgrading walls, old beds and a cabinet of very few types of medicines. Next to the window, it is the bed where little Hoa lay for the first few days after being born and left behind by her natural mother for uncertain reasons. And it was here she was adopted by her French family.
Even though Hoa has a wealthy life with the care of her adoptive family’s members in marvelous
Mrs. Karine Brillion – the adoptive mother of little Hoa said, “Ever since she was aware of things, she often used to ask why her hair ‘was different to her brothers?’ and ‘why her skin was not the same as ours?’ For this reason, we decided to bring her back in
After her first return in
It’s nearly 50 years that Mr. Thinh left
Mr. Tran Van Thinh said, “Anybody, even French or American…all have their native place. Therefore, you should come back to your native place. To have no native place or forget your native home you will die. It’s that simple.”
Next to the old medical station, is a new building in progress. In the next few months it will be finished and equipped with better, modern furniture, all because of the kindness of a 7 year-old girl.