Helping the people we love – our families and our friends – comes naturally for us to do. But going the extra mile to show LOVE to people we do not know – we don’t even speak their language – people who are not and may never be in the position to repay and return the favour, that makes one beautiful story.
This is Mr Tong and here’s his beautiful story. If we were to describe it, this extraordinary man created a piece of heaven here on earth.
Abortion is legal in Vietnam and statistics would have it that abortion rates are way higher than birth rates in the country. One wonders – where are they taking the bodies of the dead babies? Referred to as “products of conception”, they are discarded as medical waste; we were told.
One construction worker from Vietnam spent all his savings, bought a piece of land, turned it into a cemetery, and since 2001, he has been giving proper burial to aborted babies from abortion clinics in Vietnam. Day time, he works. Nighttime, he makes his rounds to the hospitals to collect remains of aborted babies so he could bury them in his cemetery.
Mr Tong preparing a baby for burial (photo from hefty.co)
Mr Tong burying an aborted baby (photo from hefty.co)
The cemetery, a piece of heaven on earth built by Mr Tong
(photo from cloudmind.info)
(photo from la-prensa.com)
But he did not stop there. He told himself, "why am I burying dead babies when I could find a way to save them from getting aborted?" So he started frequenting hospitals again, not to collect aborted baby remains, but this time to speak to the pregnant mothers to convince them to change their mind about getting their babies aborted.
Mr Tong would ask the mothers to keep the babies, that they could just leave the babies with him, and that he’d take good care of them as if they were his own. When the mothers’ lives become better, they could take their children back. He turned his home into an orphanage.
To date, the orphanage is home to over 20 children below the age of 12. Some mothers volunteer to look after the kids, cook their meals, wash their clothes, and tidy up the house. This way, they can somehow spend time with their kids plus Mr Tong could really use some extra help in raising the children.
Mr Tong with the kids (photos from cloudmind.info)
Mr Tong with the kids at the orphanage (photo from thanhniennews.com)
This coming October, we are planning to visit Mr Tong and the kids. We were told that it costs about USD 2000 a month to care for the children and the caregivers. We plan to give each child a school kit to top up their school supplies, some fresh clothes, and some milk and juice cartons, and biscuits they could bring to school. Also, we plan to visit the cemetery so we can bring fresh flowers and say our prayers for our little angels there!
My husband Pres and I have been doing charity work since 2013 for the children, largely out of our own pockets. We've been asked by some people how they could support us in our advocacy. A dear friend suggested that we do an entry here, hoping to tap the kind hearts of those of you who wish to help and send their love to these kids in Vietnam.
You may check out our previous charity work in this link: https://lovemakeslifebeautiful.com/
LOVE makes life beautiful and kindness really is a gift that all of us can
afford to give. We all can make a
difference in other people’s lives in the simplest acts of kindness we know. Let us all make life beautiful with LOVE.