Meeting flowers under the sun in March Kind Deeds

by Khánh Huyền09 March 2024 Last updated at 10:59 AM

VTV.vn - They are the graceful artist who travels far and wide to teach painting, the woman who hands out "fishing rods" to people with disabilities, and the two sisters who open a zero-dong ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress) shop to help underprivileged women.

If kindness is likened to the sun, then these Kind Deeds are the flowers that always point towards the light, towards acts of kindness. In March, the month dedicated to honoring women, Kind Deeds, in collaboration with THACO - Trường Hải Corporation, has chosen to tell stories about women who have made significant contributions to charitable activities. They are the flowers under the sun.

The female artist teaches drawing to underprivileged children and sells her paintings to fund the construction of a boarding house

Nicknamed "poetic muse of Huế”, the young girl, Phan Anh Thư, born in 2000 has had a passion for drawing since the age of 4. In fact, Thư even passed the entrance exam for the Faculty of Interior Design at Ton Duc Thang University (Ho Chi Minh City).


Phan Anh Thư often visits remote highland areas to teach art and interact with underprivileged children.

Phan Anh Thư often visits remote highland areas to teach art and interact with underprivileged children.

To paint the rainbow of dreams for these little ones, Phan Thanh Thư embarked on the "Tour Art" journey across Vietnam. The artist says she wants to contribute colors to build a rainbow for them" with a box of crayons and a sketchbook, worth VND20,000 each, so that 500 children in different schools can be introduced to the world of painting and to their dreams.

The Charity Exhibition Em là (You Are) was her first initiative, with over 50 paintings sold during the Tour Art journey, along with proceeds from the art book "Thư thênh thang" (Graceful Thư) and related products, raising over VND500 million. The money was used to build new boarding houses for children in Gia Lai, alleviating some of the difficulties they face in getting an education.

Not stopping there, with the belief that art is a bridge, Phan Anh Thư also collaborated with the project NUÔI EM ecosystem's "Em, Sỏi và Trường" (You, Pebbles, and School) project, raising funds to support meals for the children. Throughout her journey, Thư has inspired many young individuals who share the same passion.


Phan Anh Thư and her flower paintings on stone from the March Kind Deeds series.

Phan Anh Thư and her flower paintings on stone from the March Kind Deeds series.

The Woman Giving "Fishing Rods" to People with Disabilities

Born and raised in Hồng Kỳ, Sóc Sơn district, Hanoi, Đinh Thị Quỳnh Nga faced an unexpected accident at a young agethat left her with paralysis in her left leg. However, she never stopped striving, overcoming challenges and becoming an inspiration to others in similar situations. "After graduating from the Fine Arts Pedagogy Department at the Hanoi Pedagogical College, I applied for jobs everywhere. In many places, I only received head-shakes when they realized my disability made it difficult for me to get around. Unable to find a job, I temporarily switched to decorating wedding flowers”, Quỳnh Nga said.

In 2007, she passed the civil service exam and became an art teacher at the School for the Care and Education of Disabled Children in Sóc Sơn district, Hanoi. This marked a crucial turning point in her life, allowing her to live and work in line with her profession.


Quỳnh Nga used to make wedding flowers to earn an income.

Quỳnh Nga used to make wedding flowers to earn an income.

In early 2009, she decided to set up the "Pink Hearts" group to bring together disabled friends who had completed their education in the area and were able to work independently to earn a living. To date, her Craft Cooperative has developed six business lines, including wood bead bead handicrafts, mushroom cultivation, industrial sewing, clean BBQ charcoal production, and two service lines: photocopying and refreshing coffee. The cooperative currently provides regular employment to nearly 40 workers, offers lunch support for all workers, and provides accommodation for disabled workers from distant provinces.

For these noble gestures, Đinh Thị Quỳnh Nga was honored as one of the 50 unsung heroes of the community and was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Prime Minister in 2020.


Unexpected Challenge on the Stage of Kind Deeds.

Unexpected Challenge on the Stage of Kind Deeds.

On March 8, 2022, the two sisters, Đoàn Trúc Linh and Đoàn Thị Nguyệt, opened the "Ao Dai 0 Dong Store" at 155 Dang Van Bi, Truong Tho Ward, Thu Duc City (Ho Chi Minh City). In just one year, the store has collected more than 6,000 Ao Dai dresses to distribute to the needy, and has become a meeting point and bridge where "those with surplus come here, and those in need come to receive”.

Nguyệt shared: "There are elderly pensioners who, for the first time, don the traditional Ao Dai. There areyoung children whose joy knows no bounds as they receive their Tet Ao Dai outfits from the store. Particularly touching is a visually impaired little girl; as I measured her outfit, her delicate hands gently touched the dress hem, lightly brushing against the fabric, and she slowly took a step. Witnessing that moment, I have never experienced such happinessin my life. It was an important milestone that inspired me to do more”.


The two sisters, Đoàn Trúc Linh and Đoàn Thị Nguyệt, devote much of their time to sewing the Ao Dai 0 Dong dresses.

The two sisters, Đoàn Trúc Linh and Đoàn Thị Nguyệt, devote much of their time to sewing the "Ao Dai 0 Dong" dresses.


Kidney transplant patients choose and display the Ao Dai 0 Dong dresses sent from Ho Chi Minh City.

Kidney transplant patients choose and display the "Ao Dai 0 Dong" dresses sent from Ho Chi Minh City.

Flowers are likened to the sunlight, serving as nourishment and medicine for the soul, making everyone better and happier. This is exactly what the characters of Kind Deeds have achieved. They bring new hope and vitality to lives facing greater difficulties.

Let's feel the positive energy of these special flowers in March Kind Deeds: Flowers under the Sun, broadcasting at 20:10 on March 9th on VTV1 and the VTVGo app.

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