I have begun to write about my trip to Vietnam in my wiki. As you can see, there are a lot of things I find troubling about Vietnam and I want to do whatever I can to help resolve those problems, or at the very least raise awareness about them.
However, the more I think about each problems, the more I realize that it is foolish of me to think that I can affect any of those issues, let alone find solutions to them. In other words, those problems are too big and too deep rooted in the psyche of the Vietnamese citizen. To fix them it would take a tremendous amount of money and unyielding patience, two things I am in short supply of.
After much thinking, I am resolute that all is not lost, in fact, I am convince that there is ONE sure way to help improve my country.
What is this magic recipe you ask? Well, its simple: Educate the people.
After speaking with my nieces and cousins it became apparent to me that education is a big deal in Vietnam, however, some Vietnamese children give up on education because their family cannot afford it, or its just not worth it to pursuing an education when one needs to make money to feed the family.
I am convinced however, that getting educated is the only way my people can progress forward. Sure I can feed and clothes them today, but what about tomorrow? You know what they say, “Give me a man fish and he’ll eat for one day, teach a man to fish to and he’ll eat for a lifetime.”
Anyways, my point is, I want to collect money and help send Vietnamese children to school. It really doesn’t cost that much when you think of it in terms of American dollars. I probably spend more money on coffee than it cost to send a Vietnamese person through college.
So, in the up coming days, I will think about how I can raise money to help send Vietnamese children to school. The idea is, by getting an education, the Vietnamese people will be able to figure out for themselves how to improve their lives. It would be stupid for an outsider like myself to try and figure it out for them. I don’t know their daily struggles, and I don’t understand their lives. But if I can educate them, they will have the necessary resources to better their situation.