It was a sunny November day in Nha Trang, a beautiful seaside city in central Vietnam facing the South China Sea.
Sri McCarthy and I accompanied two of our Amway Vietnam colleagues and the chairman of Khanh Hoa Funds to present educational scholarship to under-privileged children.
We were fortunate to visit five of the families who received the scholarships and hear about their school progress. We met grandparents, single mothers, siblings and other caregivers, all of whom welcomed us into their homes, offering us tea or water.
Despite their circumstances, they were able to thrive, and they proudly showed us pictures of their children or grandchildren and their report cards.
At the end of the day, we visited 11-year-old Le Dinh Nguyen Tri Thoi. When he was younger, he suffered from an untreated illness that caused him to lose his hearing. He struggles with some subjects but excels at math and science. His smile pulled at my heart and made me grateful that we work at a company that supports children like Le Dinh Nguyen Tri Thoi, helping them achieve their potential.
Through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children, we are committed to help children be children — making sure that they have the opportunity to live, laugh and learn.
Have we done enough for those children? No. While we can’t change the lives of all children in Nha Tran over overnight, we can do it if we join together. We can do it one by one.
You can see more photos from our trip at the Amway Facebook page.