VOICE #GivingTuesday Story

Our story for #GivingTuesday 2018

Our goal for 2018 is to raise $650,000 to resettle 50 stateless Vietnamese refugees living in Thailand.

Some has been living there for more than 20 years, undocumented. Some has been hunted by Communist Vietnam.

Ho Thi Bich Khuong, a civil rights activist, fled to Bangkok in 2016. Her husband was “found dead”, she herself was arrested 3 times and served a total of 7 years in prison. Upon her release, police confiscated her house and shop, and barred her friends from giving her shelter. Her family was on the “attack-on-sight” list, her son almost died from a hit-and-run accident. Vietnam police made her life as unbearable as can be.

Her two children deserve a better life in Canada, so do 11 other families we are helping. They need your help, too.

The totally cost will be 650,000. $500,000 for income support (mandatory from Canadian government), and $150,000 for fees and paperwork.

We’ve held 14 fundraisers this year and raised over $250,000. That donation money came from the goodwill of thousands of Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese around the world. Unfortunately, it is only enough for 30 refugees. What will happen to the fate of the other 20? Who will go and who will stay? The answer is in your helping hands.

Help us achieve this goal. Help us bring them to Canada.

VOICE GivingTuesday Story

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The heart-warming words of an 84 years old supporter

Letter to Trinh Hoi

Meaningful work is not easy. There are many terrible people in society. They are dirty and do not want anyone to look cleaner than them. They do not want anyone to become a lotus. They want to pull the lotus into the mud. But they are not able to succeed because the lotus will become a lotus! Around Trinh Hoi are several people who understand you, sympathize with you, admire your soul and great heart. If it wasn’t for you, who would help the suffering victims? I am one of the people who recognize your hard work. My check is very small compared to the amount VOICE needs, but it comes from the heart of a lady at 84 years old, with a small retirement (only 650 usd/month. I do not ask for SSI). I decided to cancel my trip to see family in Canada so I could send this money to VOICE, to encourage Trinh Hoi and the work done by VOICE. I wish Trinh Hoi and all of you to keep up your spirits.

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