Although the vast sea provides a source of livelihood for fishermen in the Central region, it also poses many dangers to them. In 2016, Vo Thi Bao Ngoc, a resident in Tho Quang ward, Son Tra district, Da Nang city, became fatherless after her father had an occupational accident at sea. Without the breadwinner, Ngoc’s family faced a lot of difficulties and her study was disrupted. Knowing about the child’s situation, troops from Brigade 172 under Naval Region 3 have given support to her. Ngoc’s way to school has now been facilitated.

Representatives from Brigade 172, local authorities and business present gifts to the family of Vo Thi Bao Ngoc.

On an afternoon in June, troops from Brigade 172 visited Ngoc and her family. They were all happy. Ngoc said that she is a fifth grader of Nguyen Phan Vinh Primary School in Son Tra district. She added that naval troops have taught her good things, presented her school supplies and supported her in study. “I feel happy. It is a source of encouragement for me to further study to express my gratitude to my mother, grandmother and naval officers,” Ngoc said.

For Le Duc Chinh, an eighth grader of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School in Da Nang city, he has had a strong spiritual fulcrum since he got the support from Naval Region 3 troops. His parents are suffering from serious illnesses, making him sad and lose confidence in life. With timely support and encouragement from naval officers, Chinh has had his worry eased, become more confident in his study and continues to pursue his dream.

“My family and I have received great spiritual support from troops. I wish my dream of being a naval soldier would come true to spread love and support to disadvantaged people as well as protect national sovereignty over sea and islands,” said Chinh.

Apart from material support, Naval Region 3 troops also help the child in study.

Supporting impoverished fishermen’s children is a great and humane policy of naval troops. Agencies and units under Naval Region 3 have sponsored 13 children in six Central cities and provinces. The sponsorship will last until the children turn 18.

In a conversation, Major General Nguyen Dang Tien, Political Commissar of Naval Region 3, said that in the coming time, the Naval Region 3 Command would continue to multiply such a model in a practical and effective manner so that more children from Quang Binh to Binh Dinh provinces would receive support to study, rise in life, make their dreams come true, and become useful citizens.

With love and responsibility, naval troops are helping disadvantaged children in coastal areas to gradually realize their dreams. They are happy to see these children growing up, becoming good children and students and smiling.

Translated by Mai Huong