As thousands of other soldiers, being a war invalid,
Ngoc had to forget his hurt to learn and work. Incidentally, in
the Workshop of Highland Education Development Organisation (stand
for HEDO), near-by sitting man whispered “Director of HEDO - Mr.
Trinh Ngoc Trinh is “Brother Ngoc” in the past’...
Speaking with me, Director Trinh Ngoc Trinh told “Trinh
is the name of my best friend who helped me escape from enemy’s
blockade when I was injured, then he was shot to death by the
enemy”. Then suddenly the words stuck in his throat, and his eyes
look very far... In order to get rid of serene atmosphere, I asked
him about HEDO projects.
Over the past 50 years, in spite of having one arm left,
that war invalid man is hardworking and enthusiastic in his work
and presents good example of Uncle Ho’s soldier. Thanks to teaching
for a long time and being close with highland pupils and people,
he wholly understands their difficulties. As a result, he wants
to do everything to bring joy and happiness to them. Being Director
of HEDO for over 10 years, he has come to nearly all Northern
mountainous provinces, Central Highland provinces and Southern
provinces with names which presents feelings of isolation, poverty
and backwardness such as Sin Ho, Can Ho, Meo Vac, Tua Chua, Phong
Tho, Dak To, Tan Canh... During the past 10 years, HEDO has implemented
73 projects with total capital of 22 billion VN dongs. It is also
member of five regional and international associations and has
relationships with over 100 domestic and international Government
agencies and non-governmental organisations from 45 countries
in the world. The organisation has send hundreds of Vietnamese
and ethnic minority officers working in highland areas to study
abroad, invited 40 English and Australian volunteers to teach
at Foreign Language Teaching Centre in highland provinces... HEDO
projects partly present communication capacity of the Director.
Local leaders, international friends and he Ý happy in
tear when the projects bring benefit to local people’s life.
As a Director of a NGO without Government budget, he
has to work very hard. It is necessary to combine three elements:
locality, friends and individual creativity to call for international
support. In 73 projects, Director Trinh Ngoc Trinh often conducts
monitoring visits to each project four or five times. Calling
on international support is difficult but implementing a project
is more difficult. It is essential to persuade and communicate
ethnic minority people to get rid of backward customs, not worship
forest ghosts when being ill, give birth at clinic and eradicate
nomadic living tradition... and follow project officer’s instruction.
Over 10 years, that war invalid man had met a number
of accidents when coming to mountainous areas. One time, when
he was climbing up the mountain to visit H’Mong people in Can
Ho near border, he fell over the hillside because of raining.
With only one arm, he slipped to hill bottom but the brushes saved
his life. Another time, his chin was torn because of falling and
it was sawn... Despite a number of accidents, he did not discourage
and was still determined in his way. I asked him: “Why werenot
you afraid of meeting so many dangers?”. He smiled: “Foreign friends
come to help our people, why was I afraid? My great happiness
is coming with people”. Looking into him, I understand that enthusiasms
and heart of that war invalid is very respectful...