Agent Orange victim teaches job skills to others
Agent Orange victims have more livelihoods so that they do not depend on their families and society.
Vuong Thi Quyen (born in 1989), was born and raised in Quang Binh and is the youngest daughter in a family of 4 siblings. Quyen's father participated in the resistance war against the US to save the country in the Southeast and Central Highlands, where the US sprayed toxic chemicals. Initially, Quyen was born as normal and healthy as any other child. But when she was 9 years old, Quyen was found to have a hunchback, congenital curvature of the spine due to Agent Orange inherited from her father.
Since discovering the disease, Quyen's family has sought treatment in many places but there is no cure. From then on, Quyen's body was always tormented by painful muscles, her body became thinner and the tumor on her back gradually grew, the joints and spine hurt more making walking difficult.
“At that time, I was still young, so I didn't think or feel what difficulties I would face ahead, but the older I got, the more the tumor grew. I have to face and feel the hurt again when I hear derisive words, they look at me with disdain, alienation and also call me "disabled child," "hunchback." At that time, I was very sad, embarrassed, felt hopeless and scared every time I went out,” the girl said.
However, the girl always tries to keep her positive, to live optimistically to love life more. After contacting for a long time, friends and people also have a sympathetic look and help Quyen more. Especially, Quyen is very studious. After graduating from high school, Quyen studied computer science at Quang Binh University.
After graduating from school, Quyen was accepted to work again with the Association of Agent Orange/dioxin Victims in Quang Trach district, Quang Binh province. After more than one year of working, Quyen received a scholarship to study Journalism and Communication at NIILM University in India under the program "Searching for young female students' talents" of the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and India.
Quyen said, "The time in India was the time when I had the most difficulties, everything was new and different in terms of culture, cuisine and climate. My health was weak, so I got sick more easily. After 3 years, I graduated from school and returned to work at the Association of Agent Orange/dioxin Victims of Quang Binh province for one year.
A computer class of teacher Vuong Thi Quyen
Currently, Quyen is working at the Social Protection Center of the Vietnam Association of Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims. Quyen's job at the center is a clerical and computer teacher for the children and grandchildren of Agent Orange victims.
Remembering her classroom memories, Quyen shared the most impressive story in the 2019-2020 school year. In the class, there was a student named Hang, born in 1979 in Ninh Binh, who could not read or write, so it was difficult to learn computer science. Thereforee, before the course, Quyen devised a new method to teach Hang letters and numbers. Hang could not remember words, could not count numbers, so Quyen taught her to count by counting money. She gave Hang a set of 1,000 dong, and 2,000 dong banknotes to practice counting from 1 to 100. As for writing, Quyen taught her to follow the alphabet like a student starting to learn letters. Thanks to her perseverance, Quyen's student was able to count numbers, write her own name and know how to match letters to read.
“I want to teach computer science to other students, so that when they complete the course, they can go out into the society to find a job or create their own job with the knowledge learned. In fact, the victims of Agent Orange are people with disabilities, so it is difficult to find a job, because of their appearance and health. Because there is no job and no money, the victims of Agent Orange are ridiculed and despised by others, even from family members. I myself studied computer science after graduating from school and applied for jobs in many places but no one accepted. So I really want to teach them some of the skills that I have learned so that they can get a job that is suitable for their health, to generate income so that they do not depend on their family and society”, said Vuong Thi Quyen.
Specialist of the Center for Social Protection, Vietnam Association of Agent Orange/Dioxin Victims Vuong Thi Quyen joined the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations to share at the webinar "War Victims & Survivors of Weapons of Mass Destruction", the 13th Asia-Europe People's Forum (AEPF13)
Currently, Vuong Thi Quyen still teaches daily, actively participates in sharing at domestic and international seminars, and talks with other Agent Orange victims to contribute to helping and sharing with them.Currently, Vuong Thi Quyen still teaches daily, actively participates in sharing at domestic and international seminars, and talks with other Agent Orange victims to contribute to helping and sharing with them.