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Published: August 15th 2010
What a lovely smile!
Anyone lucky enough to have met Lieu will have been struck by two indelible aspects of her nature. Despite a frail body she has a fierce determination to remain independent - but that trait comes with the most generous of personalities.
Born into a poor family she contracted polio at the height of the American War when just ten years old. Her father died about this time but, despite the chaotic state of the country, her mother managed to rig up a brace for her leg and give her the opportunity of education, however disrupted that may have been.
She struggled to school by either clinging to her mother's back, hobbling along using a stick or, on some days, just crawling on her hands - but she was determined to have an education. Despite constant bullying because of her affliction, Lieu's resilience carried her as far as Year 9 - but there her schooling stopped, as the senior school was too far from her home.
Always a gifted sewer, Lieu taught in a disabled group in Danang ten years ago - travelling there by public bus. At about this time Lieu was given a wheelchair which made life
HOA & LIEU
A Three Wheeled Motorbike makes all the difference in the world.
a bit easier but, three years ago, it was the acquisition of a three-wheel motorbike which really changed her life. Had this been available when she was younger Lieu is sure she could have held down a job.
Recognising her sewing talents, Lifestart paid for Lieu to learn how to make handbags and she now produces a range of these from home. At the Lifestart Foundation Workshop Lieu makes mosaic cards from recycled magazines and beautiful wine bottle covers and injects a steady stream of humour into the production line - whether it be in Vietnamese or passable English! She loves being part of the group here and now she is making the wine bottle covers she is very happy as she has started to be able to save a little for when she has to retire. Despite being 57 years old she hopes she will be a member of the Lifestart Workshop for a very long time and really hopes that its success will continue to help others like her in the future.
Lieu's products can be ordered via this blog.
WINE BOTTLE COVERS $10
MOSIAC CARDS 4 FOR $20
SILK SHOULDER BAGS $10
LIEU & SHERRY
Lieu has been working with Lifestart since the beginning of the Lifestart Foundation Workshop.
Plus postage from Vietnam.
Please send your address and colour choices with your order.
Lots of Love from Karen. www.lifestartfoundation.org.au
Visit us at
LIFESTART FOUNDATION WORKSHOP
77 PHAN CHU TRINH STREET,
HOI AN. VIETANAM
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