Gang Leader in the Making
As a young child, Phu was growing up wild. Born deaf to hearing parents in a rural district of Vietnam, no one in his life knew any sign language. Pointing, grunting, and rudimentary family “signs” were his only voice. Phu was just a toddler when his parents, whose main income comes from selling rice and watermelon, scraped together the money to seek help for his hearing at a hospital in Hanoi. Their disappointment during that trip was multiplied when young Phu fell at the hospital and seriously injured his cheek. Turned away from the local school, Phu and a few other deaf children were fast becoming a very young “street gang”—involved in petty theft and destructive behavior. A natural-born leader, Phu's life was going nowhere fast and other children were following his downward spiral.
And then, when Phu was eight, a miracle happened. Your gifts and prayers enabled Orphan Voice to provide hope for Phu, other deaf children, and their families through New Beginnings School for the Deaf.