Sáng not only provides the children with food and education but also teaches them how to recite Buddhist scriptures. Viet Nam News by Bảy Núi Phạm Thị Kim Sáng lives as a nun in her home in Châu Đốc City in the southern province of An Giang. Her small house, located deep inside a narrow lane, may not be properly furnished but has always been filled with the laughter of the children whom Sáng has adopted in the past 15 years. Reciting prayers to raise funds Sáng says she left home at 16 to prepare herself to become a nun in a pagoda. When her parents found out, they did not approve and tried to force her to return home to lead a secular life. But she was determined to become a nun. Five years later, she decided to travel by herself to the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng to go to a pagoda despite her family’s objections. When her mother passed away in 2003, Sáng returned … [Read more...] about Nun offers home to homeless children
Seven month old baby food
It was a cold winter night and the stray dogs were barking endlessly. It wasn't unusual for the dogs in this rural village on the outskirts of Saigon to be noisy, but there was something about their tone that night that prompted a guard to go and check. He flashed his torch at the window of a nearby orphanage and spotted a small plastic basket. Inside was a screaming baby, a little bit bigger than an ear of corn and wrapped in an old towel. The umbilical cord was still hanging from her belly, and she was bruised, wrinkled and cold. The watchful guard quickly woke the staff inside the house, and they attempted to warm the tiny baby up by hugging and massaging her, but to no avail. Eventually, they had to drive the baby more than 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) to a major hospital, where she was treated for pneumonia. She’s a healthy two-year-old now, and lives with more than 60 other children who have been left at the orphanage over the past seven years. The orphanage is named Thien … [Read more...] about At Saigon orphanage, babies are left with no names and lots of questions
VietNamNet Bridge – A normal day for Kai, a young female staff member at the Wildlife Quarantine Centre in Nakorn Nayok, Thailand, just two hours from Bangkok, starts by preparing 144 chickens or pork for 12 rescued tigers. Highly protested: A baby pangolin. VNS Photos Hoang Nam At 2pm everyday, Kai brings chicken for tigers, serving first Wind, Fire, Water and Soil, the four oldest tigers who have lived at the centre for five years since they were two months old. “They are so gentle and they let me play or touch them like pets, but the problem is that under Thai law, centres are allowed to keep rescued animals for only five years. “We don’t know what will happen to them because we aren’t allowed to feed them any more and can’t release into the wild either because … [Read more...] about What to do with captured wildlife
Viet Nam News A clip documenting the refusal of security guards to allow an ambulance transporting a dying baby to leave the Hà Nội Paediatrics Hospital early this month has generated public anger. Health workers, officials and patients shared with Việt Nam News their opinions about health service issues, particularly relating to emergency medical aid. Doctor Trần Văn Phúc, Saint Paul General Hospital, Hà Nội. Patient transportation is a very complicated process in which transporters or accompanying medical staff, including doctors, nurses and technicians, play the most vital role. The transporters and health workers should possess high professional qualification so that they can assess whether the patient is in a life-threatening condition. That is the reason why a majority of patients and their families hire ambulances that charge far more than a taxi or any other type of transport. The incident at the Pediatrics Hospital, as reported in the media and on social networks … [Read more...] about Are the country’s ambulance services sick?
One more Tan Son Nhat airport bus service launched Southern Airport Transportation Joint Stock Company (SATSCO) on May 19 launched Bus Route No. 49 using high-quality automobiles to shuttle passengers between Tan Son Nhat airport and downtown HCMC. Buses ply SATSCO's second such route from 5 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and depart from the airport and the downtown every 15 to 30 minutes. The traveling time of the new shuttle bus service is 30 to 40 minutes, and fares cost VND40,000 per passenger. Yellow buses of the new route will stop at major hotels, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the HCMC Opera House in the center of the city, instead of using public bus stops. SATSCO is working on a plan to develop more five-star bus services with free wifi and staff able to communicate in English. Two months ago, the company put into serve Bus Route No. 109 linking the airport and the downtown. The company expected the two bus routes will help reduce traffic congestion on the streets leading to Tan … [Read more...] about Social News 24/5