Week 6 - Nguyet's story, Vietnam

100% Inclusion
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible
St Francis of Assisi

Nguyet is a teenager living with a disability in a small town in Vietnam. She lived the first 14 years of her life isolated at home. Her disability restricted her movements and any chance of going to school.

Around 7percent of people in Vietnam are living with a disability. They often have poorer health, fewer education and employment opportunities and higher poverty rates. 

The future appeared bleak for Nguyet, until a Caritas Australia program, implemented by our partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS) changed her life forever.  Around 4,000 people have now benefitted from this inspiring Caritas program. 

The program is helping people like Nguyet, by focusing on inclusive education, health services and building strong community networks to help to break down stigma and discrimination for those with disabilities and their families. 

Two years after she featured in Project Compassion 2017, Nguyet has built a successful online business selling T-shirts, accessories and home-cooked snacks made by her sister. She is also more confident in communicating with people and is riding a motorbike she bought from her profits.

 “I can go out independently now,” Nguyet says. “I would like to have my own shop in the village one day. And I hope that other people with disabilities in Vietnam will receive help like I did." 

Nguyet has great hope and a real commitment to succeed in her future. She hopes her story will inspire others to see what is possible for a person once isolated and unheard. 

 *World Bank 2015

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