When he was eleven years old Phuc and a couple of the other boys were playing nearby when a wall totally collapsed and Phuc was pinned underneath the concrete blocks. As a result of the accident he had one leg amputated and severely injured the other. He now faced a future of both poverty and disability.
“and you know, it’s strange, because he has so much bad luck and yet his name actually means ‘lucky!'”
Jim piped in with; “well the story’s not over yet!”
Now Phuc’s story continues. He left school last year which was a bit of a worry, a young man with limited education and a disability doesn’t have too many options available to him in Vietnam. When we saw him back in April he was telling us that he would really like to be a cook one day.
That was also around the time that ACCV employed Toan, a fine young man who’s overcome his own challenges and who sees his future as a social worker helping others. We decided that this was a perfect opportunity for Toans social worker skills to be put to the test, he was in charge of organizing a cooking course for Phuc.
As you can see from these photos, Toan did a great job, and it didn’t take him too long at all, a couple of weeks ago Phuc began his full time cooking course. He really loves it! This is hopefully the beginning of Phuc’s vocational education and a pathway to some decent employment opportunities for him.
It appears that his luck is now more in keeping with his name.
I’ll post regular updates on his progress.
Alison & Rose
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