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Gaining new skills through Caritas program


As the Project Compassion Lenten appeal enters its second week, Caritas Australia shares the story of Thu, from Vietnam, who has been assisted through one of its programs.

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When Thu was only 12 years old he lost his leg after accidentally stepping on an unexploded land mine from the Vietnam War. Living with a disability in rural Vietnam presented many challenges for Thu, who worked mainly as a rice farmer. After his wife, Linh, suffered a stroke, he had to take on the additional role of her carer.

Thu joined the Empowerment of People with Disabilities program, supported by Caritas Australia through our local partners, the Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD).

Through the program, Thu learnt livelihood, financial and independent living skills. He also joined a Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) where he could interact with other people with disabilities and earn income by making incense sticks.

The VSLA helped Thu to obtain a loan so that he could set up a barber shop and earn extra income to support his family. The program also helped Thu to build an accessible toilet for Linh, who has become more independent thanks to the support of a physiotherapist.

During Lent, we are invited to take up the call to fast, pray and give alms. Supporting Project Compassion is a way for Catholics to proclaim the faith that is in their hearts and help our sisters and brothers in need. Your gift will help uplift the most marginalised and vulnerable members of society.

To learn more or donate to Project Compassion, go to or call 1800 024 413.



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