There remains a four-hectare mangrove forest which is home to thousands of various birds in Vinh Xuan Hamlet, Vinh Thai Commune, Nha Trang City, in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa. The owner of the salinity-intruded forest is Nguyen Van Hung, 49, a poor farmer.
Hung told Tuoi Tre newspaper that his grandfather had reclaimed barren land to plant mangrove trees in the 1950s and had given the entire forest to his children, including Hung’s father. Later, Hung’s father also divided his land to his seven children.
Some years ago, many local people destroyed their mangrove forests to dig ponds for shrimp rearing, but Hung was determined to keep his forest as home to wild birds. When mangrove forests in Khanh Hoa Province have gradually disappeared, flocks of birds have flown to Hung’s forest.
Hung’s family only raises shrimp and fish naturally in his swampland instead of digging ponds. They cannot reap as much profit as other locals can, but they are happy because they own a precious asset that not many people can have. That is thousands of different species of wild birds.
Foreigner translates epitaphs
Ivo Vasiljev, 76, from the Czech Republic is a strange man as he has good command of 10 languages such as English, French, German, Vietnamese, Russian, Japanese, Malaysian and Korean. Vasiljev told Tien Phong newspaper that when he was a student at the Prague University, he conducted researches on Vietnam. Over the past 50 years, he has gone to Vietnam 50 times.
On the 50th occasion, Ivo Vasiljev presented a lecture on King Tran Nhan Tong who was the third king of the Tran Dynasty. Although Vasiljev was busy, he was determined to visit Ngoa Van Temple on Yen Tu Mountain in Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province.
Seven hundred years ago, King Tran Nhan Tong decided to go to Yen Tu Mountain after he had ruled for 15 years. He was in meditation in Ngoa Van Temple and passed away there.
Ivo Vasiljev’s desire was satisfied when he climbed Yen Tu Mountain at noon. After visiting Ngoa Van Temple, the foreign professor translated Chinese characters which were carved on old stone steles there.
Making wood furniture by foot
Le Hong Son, 32, in Phu Yen Hamlet, Phu Gia Commune, Huong Khe District, Ha Tinh Province, was paralyzed when he was young. His hands are paralyzed and his legs are deformed. With his efforts to overcome difficulties, Son opened his own wood workshop to create jobs for many orphans and disabled people.
Son says that his father was a carpenter. He often used his father’s tools to make some wood products and he was interested in carpentry. His family and friends advised him not to pursue this job because he could not do anything with his disability. However, Son was still determined to follow carpentry.
When carpenters in other regions went to local households to make wood furniture, Son always came there to learn and then practiced by himself at home. He also attended a carpentry course at a vocational center for disabled people in Ha Tinh. After that, he went to Cam Xuyen District to work and there he met Nguyen Thi Van. Admiring Son’s ability and energy, Van fell in love with Son and they married in 1998.
Also in that year, Son established a workshop to train and give jobs to the disabled and orphans. In 2008, he turned his workshop into Manh Dung private enterprise which employs more unlucky people. Son says: “I’m disabled, so I understand thoughts and feelings of those in the same situation. I want to share and help them integrate into society,” according to Vietnamnet.
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