Vân Hồ — They say seeing is believing. But it’s not that simple. Seeing is also understanding. It’s knowing. And it’s feeling.
When my sister and I started DURI.AN, we shared a simple commitment to give back and help young people. After kicking off operations with CSDS in December for our school lunch program, we have made so much progress! We saw pictures and videos in the comfort of our own living room. Seeing it then was still believing, feeling, and understanding.
But today, I had the chance to visit the school in Van Ho, Vietnam. I loved being able to see the kids with my own eyes instead of through a screen. We played games with them, served them cookies, did some arts and crafts, and packed goodie bags.
Today, I felt. I learned. And I actually understood them with my eyes. It’s a different level of feeling when you’re there.
My heart was full of love when seeing that these kids had a hot meal to eat. But it was also broken knowing that there is so much more that we have to do to let these children have access to basic necessities like running water, clean clothes, a working bathroom, and more.
Out of the countless things that I took away from today’s experience, perhaps the most important has to be my authentic passion and dedication to continue.
I owe it to these kids to continue this school lunch program. I owe it to my team at DURI.AN to never stop making a difference. I owe it to my partner, CSDS, who’s endless dedication to helping these children is inspiring. I owe it to my sister and co-founder who pushes me to put in 110% everyday. And I owe it to my parents who inspire and motivate me nonstop.
I am so thankful for the entire CSDS team led by Director Don Tuan Phuong. We would not have been able to pull this off without you! And to the entire team of LĂN, I’m so glad that I got to meet you all. I’m inspired by your work. Looking forward to building a strong partnership and collaboration with you in the near future!
There’s still so much we have to do, so much we get to do. We’re just getting started.
Founder & President