©2019 by Bao Pham

Charitable Activities

Ho Chi Minh City, 2019

As President John F. Kennedy said in his famous inaugural speeches: "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country", I always believe that contributing for the society is not only a responsibility but a daily job for every citizen. In contrast with my parents' generations, who were born and raised during a war, I am fortunate to live in a peaceful time, enjoy a stable economy, a modern education and above all, a happy family. However, in Vietnam, my homeland, there are still hundreds of thousands of homeless people sleeping on streets every night. Most of them, sadly, are the elderly or children who are not capable of working or even taking care of themselves. Then, I reflected upon and asked myself: "What have I done for my country?". Thus, I decided to do something else in my own way. I used all of the proceeds that I took from my "New Day of Saigon" art gallery to buy food, pillows, blankets for more than 130+ elderly people living in Lam Quang Pagoda. Watching them smile, listening them to say "Cảm ơn cháu!" (Thank you, kid!), I feel my responsibility that I have and I am able to do more for the society. I also call upon my friends and other people to support for the homeless elderly living across the country. Even a little support can make a different day for them.