Pearl S. Buck International
A big turning point in her life came in November 2005, when Phuong joined the Pearl S. Buck International, Vietnam child sponsorship program. Being matched with a Child Sponsor after experiencing such loss at a young age truly changed her life. Phuong said knowing that someone paid special attention to her and wanted to help her with their whole heart was the most wonderful feeling she had ever experienced. More importantly, she said she feels that she belongs to someone. During her nine years in the child sponsorship program, Phuong wrote many letters to her Sponsors to share happiness, sadness and everything that happened in her life. The letters exchanged back and forth with her Sponsors bridged the distance and deepened their connection to each other. The correspondence proved to be a very big motivation for her to overcome difficulties in life and to live well. With the support of her Sponsors, Phuong has been given hope to fulfill her dreams of higher education. She is now a first-year university student with dreams of becoming a vet.