For Ha Giang we've bought 300kg of rice and 160 boxes of instant noodles. We had to stay one night there to verify the list of people we were going to distribute gifts. On Ap 17, 12 portions were distributed comprising 240kg rice and 13 boxes of instant noodles. On the next day Ap 18, we finished the distribution of 60 kg rice and 147 boxes of instant noodles.
This trip was done on May 3. We've prepared 700kg of rice and 42 boxes of instant noodles. It was quite hard because I undertook this trip alone. I distributed to 35 students at Coc San school, in Bat Xat commune, Lao Cai province. To each of them and their families I gave 10kg rice and one box of instant noodles. I took the leftover into the village to distribute along the road and up to the homes of poor people.
Thanh HOA trip was done on May 5 and 6. We distributed 40 portions, comprising each 15kg rice, making in total 600kg of rice and 5 boxes of instant noodles.
Therefore the total of goods purchased for the 3 trips were :
* 1600kg of rice, $VN 12,500.00/kg = $VN 20,000,000.00
* 207 boxes of instant noodles, $VN 59,000.00/box = $VN 12,213,000.00
* banners $VN 200,000.00
Total expenses : $VN 32,413,000.00
Total received : $VN 33,159,000.00
I will use the $VN 746,000 remaining to buy sweets for the children in our trips to the mountainous regions.
These past days I've done swiftly the distribution of gifts so people had things to eat before they started again cultivation. Since we were at the end of the cultivation season they were very hungry. Even though it was hard but I felt very glad. Coming to this life with empty hands and leaving it with empty hands as well but with the support of EOCRO and of our benefactors giving us the opportunity to accomplish these charity works, we hope that after we leave this life other hands will continue the works, so there won't be any "empty hands" at all. Please forward our thanks from EOCRO Hanoi to everybody that have been supported our works.
Nguyen Tat Kien