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LIB is an international humanitarian media campaign that aims to raise funds for impoverished people living with disabilities in Vietnam.

Below is information of Pham Quang Khoat, a person with disability recommended by LIB campaign.

At Open University in Ha Noi, everyone knows the hard-working, poor student named Khoat. Born in 1989, Khoat has an intelligent face and a bright smile, and no one would ever suspect that he is a person suffering from an Agent Orange exposure. It’s likely because despite challenges he’s extremely perseverant and determined to excel in his education just like everyone else.

Unfortunately for Khoat, doctors discovered that because of Agent Orange poisoning passed down from his father, he has heteromorphic legs. The disease is so serious that he cannot move his body freely because of complete paralysis in one leg and partial paralysis in the other. He uses wooden crutches and a wheel chair for daily transportation. In spite of living with this disability for the past 22 years, he has never expressed a pessimistic attitude or felt inferior; in fact he’s always smiling and lives happily with his parents and younger sister.

Khoat’s father Truong was a soldier during the Vietnam War and during a violent battle; he was exposed to dioxin, passing the harmful effects to his children. Truong is frequently sick from changes in the weather, but manages to work at an electricity and water field, earning about $70 per month for the family. Khoat’s mother is 46 and works in the home so their total family income depends on Khoat’s father. It is difficult for them to maintain a standard of living without hardships. His younger sister is also a college student and providing fees for two children has not been easy.

Currently, Khoat studies not only at Open University but also at Ha Noi University of Technology (HUT). Studying at two universities at the same time requires great effort. He shared, “I desire to have a stable job which relates to technology or biology information field. Notwithstanding rainy or sunny days, I still try my best to catch up with lessons with peers at school. Sometimes I really feel exhausted and disappointed with myself. But I have a dear family and many good friends who always support and encourage me a lot. This is my dream.”

He will graduate in June, 2011. The learning process over four years seems to be a gift for Khoat. Khoat now really needs money for purchasing computer and a six-month English course, which would hep him a lot in applying for a job after his graduation.

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