HEARTS WARM HEARTS – Shine a light and send it on

As promised, this is a full report on the HEARTS WARM HEARTS fundraising campaign happening on my blog from 20/10 to 31/10/2013.

You can access the report on expenses Here

I have prepared a video about the campaign from the start til the end as follow. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

It is never enough to say thanks to those who have supported the flood-affected people through “Hearts Warm Hearts”. I hope you can see the love and the happiness shining in the eyes of those people when they received your gifts.

In each of the 3 areas, I gave 20 gift packs, which comes to 60 families in total. Apart from that, I also came to visit especially severely affected families. You can see the pictures below to get to know more about their situations.

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Nguyen Thi Hai Yen (25 years old) died when her boat capsized during the flood, leaving behind her mom, husband, a 4-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter.

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Nguyen Thi Hoan (39 years old), a single mom taking care of 2 children. Her house is in a really bad condition after the typhoon. 3 dogs and a pig are her most valuable possessions.


Nguyen Kim Tiep, 24 years old. His dad left years ago. His mom died from cancer 3 years ago.

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Dinh Thi Chuyen, 85 years old. She is paralyzed, living with her daughter. She had to stay in her neighbor’s house during the floods.

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Le Thi Hong’s family. The son died in an accident. His wife has to take care of the whole family, including 3 elderly people and 3 children.

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Le Hoang Minh, 3 years old. His adopted dad died one month ago, leaving behind a single mom with a child and elderly parents

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Le Huy Luong, 10 years old. He is adopted by Dinh Thi Loc. She sells vegetable from her garden for a living. The garden was severely ruined by the floods.

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Nguyen Thi Canh, 83 years old. She is living alone in a cottage. Water will come through the roof whenever it rains.


Nguyen Thi Yen Nhi, 17 years old. Her dad died when she was 1 year old. She is living with her grandparents, her mom and her siblings. The sole income to support the whole family comes from her mom.


Thank you

(For details of how “Hearts warm hearts” started, please click here)

On behalf of the people here, I would like to say thanks to the following generous donors in this list. It was a great pleasure to have seen such positive responses from people in different countries. You have opened your hearts to help the flood-affected people of Vietnam although you don’t speak the same language, have the same skin colour or follow the same religion. “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving”. Most of you are students who have financial hardships but were not hesitant to donate. Some people are unemployed. Some people have to work very hard. Some people do not even know me, but still trust me. I am really really grateful for the unconditional love and support you have given to the people in my country. I just can’t say it enough…

You should be proud of yourself because you have a big heart that genuinely cares for others

Thank you so much again. I will keep you regularly posted 🙂


For communication purpose, I have decided to name the fundraising campaign

A letter will be given to the receivers of your donations to tell them about all of you.

As of 31/10, a total of about $2,232.10 has been raised, in which there was AUD1714.80 (including donations through Paypal) and VND10, 300, 000

This Saturday, 2 November, together with other several people, I am coming to visit the most affected families in Huong Khe, Huong Son, and Vu Quang( Ha Tinh, Vietnam). Each household will be receiving rice, stationery (if they have children) and an equal amount of money. I will obtain the most-affected family lists tomorrow.

A quick report on the expenses will be released on Sunday, 3 November.

A final report ( with images and video) on the whole trip will be posted next week.

Do not watch and read this if you are in a rush

Because every single word and every single image in this article should not be ignored.

This is what has happened in the central provinces of Vietnam over the last month:

I’m in Ha Tinh, my little hometown, as I write this. Unfortunately, Ha Tinh is one of the most affected areas. It has been raining heavily for days. Some of the scenes in the video above are in Ha Tinh.

Lucky me, I’m writing this neither on the roof of my house nor in a boat. I’m still sitting comfortably at my desk, in my room, in my safe house, hearing rain drops falling against the windows…

Shortly after Typhoon 10 in September, Typhoon 11 Nari attacked the central provinces of Vietnam, including Ha TInh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang…Physical and material damages to the people in these areas have been extremely serious. At least 18 people have been killed, 3 people are missing and 116 people have been injured as of 19 October. Nearly 100,000 houses are submerged, 21 schools are damaged, and 489 classrooms had their rooves blown away (Vietq.vn).

Below are some articles about these typhoons and floods:

Calgary Herald : Typhoon that flooded thousands of homes in Vietnam kills 11 people, leaves 5 missing
Reuters: Typhoon Nari hits Vietnam, 122,000 people evacuated
ABC: Thousands evacuated as Typhoon Nari set to hit Vietnam
ABC News: Typhoon Nari leaves 11 dead, 5 missing in Vietnam

Needless to say, typhoons cause so much damage to anywhere they hit, including Vietnam. The saddest thing is that they come too often. There are on average 12 typhoons each year in Vietnam.

People in the Middle of Vietnam suffer from so much pain and loss that they can never fully recover. Poor people just get poorer and poorer after each time typhoon comes. This year alone, we have suffered damages from 11 typhoons.

Seeing all of this, knowing of what is happening to these poor people has given me sleepless nights, thinking that I should do something, I must do something, what I can do…and most of the time, I think about what WE, YOU AND I can do.

So I translated the above video, so I’m writing this blog, in the hope that we can together DO SOMETHING.

Pray doesn’t help. In this case, money does. In a blog about money and happiness I wrote ( Can money buy happiness?) , I said money can buy you happiness. It is when you give it away to those who really need it.

When the value of 1 dollar is more to someone than to you.
When with just a small gesture of kindness, you can make a big difference to someone’s day.
When you can proudly say to your children and your friends that you have done a good deed out of pure kindness.
When you show that you care.
You will be happy.

You can give however much you want. Because it doesn’t matter how much; what matters is you have put your love into what you give.
Even ONE DOLLAR can make a big difference.

This is the price list of some necessities in Vietnam ( we use VND, and $1 is equivalent to about 20,000VND )

  • 1 notebook costs only 6,000 – 7,000 VND (30 cents)
  • 1 pen costs only 2,000 VND (10 cents)
  • 1 kg of rice costs only 20,000 VND ( $1)
  • 1 tube of toothpaste costs only 21,000 VND ( $1.10)
  • 1 kg of washing powder costs around 50,000 VND ( $2.50 )

So I encourage you to open your heart and help these people. EVERY PENNY COUNTS. LET’S START FROM ONE DOLLAR!

I believe in human generosity. I believe that your heart was melted when you see these sad scenes. I believe that you won’t close the video, close this blog, and turn away, pretending that you haven’t seen or read anything. I believe that you want to help with all your heart.
I also believe in the power of blogs, of social network and in the power of us working together.

For how the donations will be spent and list of donors, Click here.


(For donations from countries other than Vietnam)

Name: Duong T T Tran
BSB : 015140
Account number: 250910197
Swift code: ANZBAU3M ( you need this code for transfer from outside Australia)

or send to Paypal account : hienmin227@gmail.com

(For donations from Vietnam)

VIETCOMBANK – TRAN HOANG CHIEN – 0021000259135 ( Hà Nội Branch)
DONGA BANK – TRAN HOANG CHIEN – 0107022925 ( Hà Nội Branch)

(I was looking to use a fundraising site to set up the payment, but there are fees involved. As I want to put every single dollar you donate into good use, I decided not to use these sites, although they look more professional I know )

I have had $100 by the time I write this from myself, my parents and my brother 🙂
The rest is decided by you. Please help!
After 31/10, I will report on the received amount and how the money has been used, supported by images and video.
Please subscribe to my blog to receive updates OR leave your email address in the comments so that I can send the report to you.
And please share this post if you can. You are already helping by sharing.

I truly thank you very much for your kindness and selflessness, from the bottom of my heart!
Notes added after 20/10:

On 20/10, I initially started with a target of $1000.
After only 2 days, the target has been reached. I was blown away by the positive responses I received. This is absolutely something beyond amazing. I didn’t know this could happen until it did. Yes, it did happen, after a very short amount of time. My belief in human love and kindness was right.
Therefore, I would like to set a second target of $2000. I continue to welcome your donations from everywhere in the world.
By any chance the second target is reached before the deadline of 31/10, a FINAL TARGET OF $3000 will be set to be achieved by 31/10. The total amount will be equally divided to the three areas specified as in the Donation Information.

Magic can happen with hearts filled with love. We started small to do something big together.

More and more people will be helped. More sorrows will be washed away. I can’t wait to meet them and tell them all about you who are giving a hand to make this happen.

Donation information – HEARTS WARM HEARTS







Ending on 31/10/2013

Target 1: $1000
Target 2: $2000
Target 3: $3000


TARGET 1: $1,000 REACHED on 22/10
TARGET 2: $2000 REACHED on 27/10
TARGET 3: $3000 ongoing

TOTALLY $2254.10 has been raised so far!!!


Donations will be spent on buying food, clothes, stationery (for children), basic household and hygiene necessities.

These products will be hand-delivered by myself (together with my family and friends) to the most affected families in the following areas
1. Hương Khê
2. Hương Sơn
3. Vũ Quang

These are the most affected areas in Ha Tinh.

Below are links to the relevant news ( sorry they are all in Vietnamese)

Giaoduc.net ( Hà Tĩnh – thousands of homes are isolated and submerged)

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Baomoi.com ( Floods in Ha Tinh , 4 people are dead and missing)

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Vov.vn ( Ha Tinh residents are helped by soldiers to recover from flood damages)

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I would like to say big thanks to the following donors, who have opened their hearts to help the people in need. The donation amount is there for the purpose of transparency only. I treasure and highly appreciate your donations, no matter how much, because you share the same love and kindness. Love is uncountable.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
With lots of love.

($ is in AUD, and an exchange rate of 1 USD=1AUD=20,000VND is being used for estimation only)


1. Michelle Tran $50
2. Nghia Tran $25( 500,000VND)
3. Chien Tran $25( 500,000VND)
4. Hien Phan $30
5. Nga To $25


6. Nguyet Nguyen $100
7. Tra My Nguyen $80
8. Dung Vo $20
9. Ngoc Anh Vu $10
10. Ha Lan Nguyen $50
11. Yen Pham $20
12. Ngoc Anh Nguyen $15
13. Bao Nhi Vong $20
14. Nghia Trong Tran $27.80
15. Anonymous cool guy from Malaysia $4.30
16. Hung Nguyen $30
17. Huyen Thuong $25 (500,000VND)


18. George Baker $200
19. Alex Malubag $20
20. Thanh Hai Vu $25
21. Hanh Luu $20
22. Agi Erdiantini $20
23. Andy Choi $20
24. Thi Minh Tam Nguyen(Anna) $50
25. Bao An Truong $50
26. K A Pandrya $25
27. Khanh Vy Dang $50
28. Bernardine Grigson $20
29. Truc Nguyen $10
30. Lily Nguyen $25
31. Ngoc Nhu Quynh Nguyen $100
32. Anh Khoa Truong $20
33. Jean Jorel Alvarez $10


34. Khanh Chi Tran $50 (USD50)
35. Lai Nguyen $100 (USD100)
36. Thanh Linh Tran $50
37. Yue Xu $30
38. Aiden Ho $20
39. Thi Bao Tuyen Nguyen $25
40. Tra Thi Nguyen $20
41. Quynh Nhu Dang $15 ( 300,000VND)


42. Khanh Nam Ho $25 (500,000VND)
43. Zona Goh $30


44. Tu Ke Ha $250 (5,000,000VND)
45. Thu Dang $15
46. Sumaiya Zaki Mazid $30
47. Nha Vo $10


48. Kien Hoang $25
49. Linh Thuy Nguyen $50
50. Huong Thu Le $20
51. Thao My Hoang Vu $20
52. Manh Cong Ta. $20
53. Tu Nhat Nguyen Bui $20


54. Ha Viet Le $30
55. Minh Quach $50 (1,000,000VND)
56. Kia Been Koh $5


57. Nghia Trong Nguyen $20
58. Son Tho Bui $10
59. Mohanad Ardiartha Putra Kusuma $20
60. Phung Thi My Van $50 (1,000,000VND)

After 31/10, I also received donations from Mr.Kien ( University of Flinders) $20 and Serena Teh $2.