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Hoangmy Vu represented Vietnam at Miss World 2012. For her beauty with a purpose project, she highlighted her work as a charity ambassador, and her long term commitment to providing education tools for rural children in her country. Inspired by her own childhood, and desire to make a difference in other young peoples lifes, Hoangmy’s work go together in improving the lifes of countless young children in Vietnam. Below in her own words, is Hoangmy’s Beauty with a Purpose


Did you know that every three minutes, there is a baby born with cleft lips and palate?

In Vietnam, there are currently about 3000 new born babies that are affected by these disadvantages. Cleft lips and palate are two inborn disadvantages whose causes are still not accurately known to the medical world. They not only affect the body development of the child negatively, such as the ability to speak, eat and breathe, but also the mental state of the child. These causes bring sadness to mothers and fathers who see their long-awaited babies having this congenital deformity. The sadness goes hand in hand with the worry about the child’s future.

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I am currently an ambassador of Operation Smiles Organization, to help these disadvantaged children have the chance to get surgery in order to have a normal life. I have gone to different places to listen to people’s lives and to bring smiles to children.

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Once those poor children have a smile, a normal life, they should also have the opportunity to realize and make their dreams come true. In order to do so, I personally believe that knowledge can help. I want to bring knowledge to those poor children by giving them access to books because books are a resource to unlimited knowledge and a treasure to mankind.

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There were moments in my life when I wanted to give up and was without hope. There were also moments when I felt I was so lonely in this world. Books were my only companions who had the patience to be with me and offered me the keys to unlock doors which led me to find myself and my passion.

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I would like to share with you a story about books and myself.


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To the little seven year-old girl I was, books were such a luxury

The comic books were the first friends of mine. They triggered my imagination as well as creativity and led me to the first miracle as I found out.

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I can draw!

At that time, in my hometown the world “library” was unfamiliar to me, I just wished that I could have a paradise full of books, where I could sit and read non-stop without having the need to save breakfast money to rent them.


 

Currently, most of the libraries in Vietnam are in the cities. Building libraries in rural areas is a difficult task. Therefore, those children do not have access to the imaginative world in books and the chance to enrich themselves. Their childhood is either to hard labor or to play some simple games made of anything they can get their hands on.
I love books and I love children.

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I have always dreamt of establishing a chain of libraries for children all over my country. They could come and read their favourite books for free, without having the need to save their money for breakfast to rent books as I did. I am still dedicatedly running marathons to raise money in order to build the first library in my hometown.

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That would be the place where knowledge will be shared and reading becomes a habit. It would also be a place where people could join courses to learn soft skills.

"Here I will build a library no matter how long it is I have to run. Even if it takes me 1000km"

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Helping poor children to get surgery for their cleft lips and palate, and building libraries in the countryside are the two projects that are closest to my heart and are long-term ones.

If you have the same passion, be a part of the project “GIVE CHILDREN SMILES. GIVE CHILDREN KNOWLEDGE”

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