“Life has been challenging the fates of each of us and it is up to our choices to accept it or move on. I, myself sometime felt too weak and wanted to give up but I realised that only my effort, can allow me to overcome all challenges” That was what a  young teacher expressed, Nguyen Thi Minh Tam, living in Dong Thap province. This woman lost her left leg in an accident when she went to her students’ places to advocate them to go back to the school. She has kept doing physical exersise and wearing a prosthesis. Everyday she is still enthusiatically mentoring her new generation of studentsThe SFD provided additional support to its partner ACDC (Action to the Community Development Center) in Viet Nam for its photography contest initiative: “The story of a pair of feet”.

The contest’s objective was to capture people with disabilities using accessibility equipment:

– The role of accessibility equipment to the everyday lives of people with disabilities.

– The difficulty and obstacles regarding accessibility equipment that people with disabilities run into.

– Messages about aspirations and things that need to be changed to make the lives of people with disabilities better with the help of accessibility equipment.

During the two months of the contest, over 400 entries from contestants of different ages and professions from all over Viet Nam were received. The Facebook page of the contest also constantly received interests from over 1000 members. This was the first time that the community used their personal devices to capture people with disabilities using accessibility equipment.

 

At the award ceremony, the judges awarded 10 for prizes for excellent works voted by both the judges and the audience, with the prizes accounted for up to 20 million VND.

Photo contest award ceremony

 First prize

GRANDFATHER AND GRANDSON – Joyous moment of grandfather and grandson on a wheelchair at Vinh Phu commune, Thuan An district, Binh Duong province

Second prize

AS LIFE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL – The students of Vocantional training centre for Children with disabilities in Hoc Mon district are living their lives cheerfully. They are keen on making as many products as they can to flourish this life with their strong will. Those young students are respectable.

 

Third prize

OVERCOME TOGETHER – We are the wheelchair users whose legs have been replaced by devices (wheelchairs) but sadly we are unable to get passed the difficult routes (stairs). If we do not have support we cannot access the places we want to go to. Seeing the accessible roads and means of transportation (bus) in other countries is what we wish for. One day people with disabilities will be able to access every place in our country

 

 

Other recognitions

Overcome the fate

OVERCOME THE FATE – The boy named Lau A Sang, is studying in the 10th grade at 80 Huu Nghi High school at Son Tay district, Hanoi. Sang is carrying a congenitial deformity and a malignant tumor at his hip. After the surgery to remove the tumor, it is still difficult for him to be mobile. The tumor prevented the development of his legs, so his left leg was deformed while the right one was atrophied. His legs sometimes get festered and painful as well. However, he keeps studying and supporting his parents to take care of the house. He is interested in adjusting and making electronic devices. During his 4th grade, he made a fan himself, as his parents could not afford to buy one.

Raising in life

RAISING IN LIFE – Nguyen Quoc An is living at Ma Lam town, Ham Thuan Bac district, Binh Thuan province and carrying a congnital disease where he cannot walk. Although he is moving on his wheelchair he is studying very hard to be literate like his friends

 

Photo sets awards

 

Overcome the fate

OVERCOME THE FATE – “Life has been challenging the fates of each of us and it is up to our choices to accept it or move on. I, myself sometime felt too weak and wanted to give up but I realised that only my effort, can allow me to overcome all challenges” That was what a young teacher expressed, Nguyen Thi Minh Tam, living in Dong Thap province. This woman lost her left leg in an accident when she went to her students’ places to advocate them to go back to the school. She has kept doing physical exersise and wearing a prosthesis. Everyday she is still enthusiatically mentoring her new generation of students.

FRIENDS

FRIENDS – “I wish there were no stairs or long and rugged roads so I wouldn’t have to give up my dreams. My negative thoughts began fading when I met Ky and traveled on his electonic wheelchair to many places. Nowsaday, I can pursue my passion to work and to take photos. I realise that there is no limits to being happy in this life”

 

Love life

LOVE LIFE – Mr. Huynh Van Cung was born in 1953 at Thuan An district, Binh Duong province. After his working accident, his two arms and one leg had to be amputated. Thanks to the assistive device, he can do some housework and pick up his children from the school.

I met a mother and the daughter who were selling lottery tickets in a coffee shop. The little girl had a deformity on her leg but she always smiled brightly so the regular customers of the coffee shop always spared her their love. To me, the first time I met her, it was so touching with the love that the mother and daughter shared with each other. Their smiles are full of hope and look like flowers of life, which makes us to consider