Y Huong Lan is a member of an ethnic minority group in Dak Tang commune, Kon Plong district, Kon Tum. The lives of the people here are full of difficulties. Y Huong Lan is in especially difficult circumstances as her mother suffers from a terminal disease.
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There are 4 people in her family. Her father does farming. As Huong Lan’s mother has terminal cervical cancer, her father, a farmer, becomes the sole breadwinner of the whole family.He has to care for his ill wife and support his children. Living 8km from the school, Lan spends more than an hour walking to school every day to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.
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.