Dinh Hong Khanh is a member of an ethnic minority group living in Ngoc Tem commune, Kon Plong district, Kon Tum. The lives of the people here are full of difficulties. Khanh’s family is classified as a “household in poverty” in his commune.
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His family earns a living from cassava growing. However, the income is unstable. There are months when Khanh’s family does not have any income. His three older sisters got married early. However, none of them has a comfortable life. Without the help of his grandfather and relatives, Khanh could not continue to study. Understanding his circumstances, Hong Khanh always strives to find a way to escape from poverty. He has been thinking of joining the military and learning Korean to work overseas. His biggest dream is to become a junior high school teacher, returning to his village to help the younger generation.
Huynh’s father passed away when Huynh was a child, and his mother also passed away last year. As a result, Huynh now lives with his grandparents. The whole family relies on the earnings from Huynh’s grandfather, a construction worker who suffers from heart disease. Without any help, Huynh will have no choice but to become a factory worker to support his family and abandon his dream of studying Information Technology.
Nhan's family is classified as a "household in near poverty". When Nhan just became a 5th-grade student, his father passed away due to his lung and spinal cord diseases after years of working in the industrial park. Nhan's mother is the main provider for him and his younger sister.
Nhat Anh's father has an eye disease and is currently unemployed due to a recent accident resulting in a bone fracture. Her mother sells vegetarian noodles, earning about 100,000 VND per day, which is just enough to cover their daily meals. Nhat Anh's parents have 6 children, and three of them are still attending school. Nhat Anh and her twin sister, Minh Anh, are in 12th grade. Their family is facing severe hardship and doesn't have enough money to support their education.
Phuong's father passed away when he was a child, so his mother had to seek employment in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to send some money home to support Phuong and his two younger siblings. Phuong’s younger siblings have cognitive disabilities that prevent them from attending school. The three children now live with their grandmother, who is over 80 years old.
Duy Nam never has the opportunity to know his father. Sadly, when he was in grade 6, his mother passed away due to a severe illness. Even though not welcomed by his relatives, he was fortunate to have an aunt who was willing to take care of him. To be able to go to school, he has to rely on the social allowances he receives. After school, he works to earn some money and help his aunt.