Pham Thi Chau and Pham Thi Tram
and Le Thi Thao Ly
     

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Pham Thi Chau and her younger sister Pham Thi Tram
and Le Thi Thao Ly

Note: Tram used to be called Chuot which is a nickname meaning mouse. Now she wishes to be called by her proper name Tram.

Wonderful and fascinating things are happening. I have written about a beautiful young girl whom I thought was named Yow. I met her in August of 2001 then Tom and Rene Bury met her in February of 2002 and I met her again in November of 2003. Now I find that Lloyd Trimble was there in January of 2002 and June of 2004. The connections to this one little girl are adding up. Not only that but Lloyd is in contact with a friend in Saigon, Kim Tien, who are looking in on the little girl, Pham Thi Chau. Chau can not read or write and is not attending school. I have contacted a friend of mine in Saigon, who is involved in the 15 May School and he has given me a contact at the school. Lloyd is getting as much of her name as possible and an address and we will see if the school can help her. I am hoping we will get her into school. We will find out what can be done. After what happened to Miss Ty I have been worried about Chau for a long time now. If all goes well we may be able to help her find a better life. We can not save the world but perhaps we can help one child. Who knows, maybe she will save the world, just the romantic in me.

10 June - I have written to the 15 May School and asked if they will go talk to Chau and Mouse's parents and ask if they will allow Chau and Mouse to attend the 15 May School. I have promised the school that Lloyd and I will sponsor these two little girls.

27 June - A letter arrived from the 15 May School and we are told that the school will make contact. We are reminded that the school can not force the girls into school and I have told them that we understand that but we hope the girls will wish to go and also that they will be allowed to go to school.

13 July - Ms Cam Vy has written and told us that the director has said they can go talk to the family of Chau and Mouse. Hopefully they will be brought into the school soon. There is a little problem in that the children will not have government sponsorship so it will cost $80.00USD per month instead of the usual $30.00USD per month for sponsorship. Still if they are in school and revceiving vocational training and medical attention I am happy. The alternative to school could be what happened to Miss Ty.

22 July - The extra cost will be dificult but there is a good side to it as well. Since we will pay the total cost of school it is not a matter of our getting one child in and depriving another. On Monday I will FAX the application to 15 May School and I hope that I will have some conformation soon.

27 July - A friend of Lloyd's, Le Van Nhut, has lead the school to Chau and Mouse. We are told the girls will be at the school tomorrow. The only problem could be the Step-Father. Still we are hopefull. The school has discussed things and told us they will only charge $30 USD per month even though the girls will not have the government sponsorship. Good things are happening. I am very excited. Good people are helping us.

3 August - The school tells us that Chau and Mouse need birth certificates. The Father said this would cost $500. A Vietnamese woman, who started working where I work, used to work with Orphans in Vietnam said that a birth certificate is important and dificult but not $500. We will see where this leads.

4 August - A friend, Truong Thi Minh Tam, in Saigon, has offered to help with getting money to the bank. I sent her the money, Western Union, for Chau and Mouses first month. All that is now necessary is the birth certificates and we are waiting to hear, from the school, about what can be done to secure them.

5 August - Minh has just informed me that the money is in the bank. I have written to the 15 May School and told them the money is there and given them the transaction code. Now we are waiting for word on how we go about getting the birth certificates.

8 August - All is going pretty well except for the birth certificates. Lloyd will be going to Saigon in a week or so to have some hands on influence in the process.

30 August - Lloyd is in Saigon. He says he has help from some good people and he will write as soon as he has news. We are hopefull.

1 September - Lloyd writes, from Saigon, that things are not going well. Many good people have helped but he thinks the girls are afraid of leaving their step-father and going to school. Lloyd will have more to tell in a few days. A miricle would be nice.

8 September - Lloyd has returned from Vietnam and the news is not good. While in Saigon Lloyd has involved two schools, a social worker, the police and a small army of friends and the final word is that the girls appearently do not wish to go to school and leave the man they are with. The girls may be afraid of leaving him. We will see what happens when I return in March, perhaps the passage of time will allow the girls time to reconsider. We will see.

16 September - We have a hopeful sign in Saigon. The Step-Father of the girls has approached the Christina Noble Childrens Foundation (CNCF) school, and asked for assistance in getting the birth certificates. No guarantees but this is a move on his part, and we welcome that.

13 December - Everything is at a stand still. The step-father of the girls does not wish them to be in school. His reason for this is pretty uncertain and not at all hopeful. Still, Lloyd is going back this month and I will be there in February and March so we will see what effect the two of us pressuring and cajoling him will have.

16 January - Things are looking up and maybe we got that miricle we were hoping for. Lloyd tells me that Chau and Chout have their papers from the Peoples Committee and will be starting school in September. We will be in Saigon in less than 4 weeks and hope to see the girls then.

29 March - We are back from Saigon and had a wonderful time with the Chau and Chuot. They are the most beautiful children. We have no word on their going to school however we live in hope.

2007 - Wonderful news from Vietnam. Hoa wrote and told me that the girls were in school. Lloyd was planning a trip at just about that time so he dropped in at the school and sent me the photo of the girls and said they were indeed in school. Chuot is loving school however Chau is 14 and has been on the streets longer and is not so excited. Still I am hopeful that she will learn and it will help her in the future.

July 2008 - I have visited the school and met the Principal, Sister Cam Thuy. The girls are both happy and doing well in School. Chau does computer work to help the sisters and to earn extra money. She is doing well in her studies and hopes to be an Airline Hostess one day. Tram used to be called Chuot which means Mouse. It was a nickname but she would rather be called by her real name, Tram. Tram also is doing well in her studies and enjoys sewing. She makes school uniforms to earn extra money and hopes to be a seamstress one day. I can not begin to tell you how happy their success has been to me. The prettier Chau was becoming the more I worried about her on the streets. Now they are headed towards a beautiful future.

February 2009 - And then there were 3. On a visit to Anh Linh Free School, in 2008, I met Le Thi Thao Ly. She came over and sat with Chau, Tram and I and she smiled and she was so beautiful that I decided that I must sponsor her as well.
This trip we went to Suoi Tien amusement park. It is the off season so it is not so crowded. Unfortunately they were repairing the pool. We had a lot else to do so it was a good day and all were happy.
Thanks to Tom and Rene Bury the girls now have glasses.

The Little Rose Girl August 2001
In 2001 Miss Chau(Yow) sold Roses at Le Loi and Nguyen Hue, by the Rex. She is part of the story from my journal "A Little girl with roses, a lady of the evening and the coconut girl". She could not write and when I asked she told us her name was Yow. It turns out her name is Chau and her nick name is Pearl.
The Little Rose Girl February 2002
This was a lot of fun. I took pictures of Miss Chau(Yow) in 2001 and 2003. Tom Bury said he and Rene,his wife, were going to Vietnam in 2002 and said they would be in Saigon. I sent him a picture of Miss Chau(Yow) and Miss Ty. Tom and Rene found Miss Chau near the Rex, still selling roses. Tom sent me this picture of Rene and Miss Chau. In 2003 I showed Miss Chau the picture of her and Rene. Miss Chau remembered them. I wrote of this in my journal and Tom wrote, while I was in Vietnam, and asked me to give some money to Miss Chau. I did this and when I did I showed Miss Chau the photo of her and Rene and told her the money was from the lady and her husband. It was a fun connection.
January of 2003
Jusr recently Lloyd wrote to me, after seeing my site, and told me of his connection to Miss Chau whom he knew by her nickname Pearl. Miss Chau has a sister whose name translates to Mouse. I did not know her well, if at all. This is a photo of Lloyd, Chau and Mouse in January of 2003.
Still The Little Rose Girl November 2003
I went looking for Chau during my trip of 2003 and as I approached Nguyen Hue, on Le Loi, Chau came out of a doorway and said. "I remember you from before."
June of 2004
Lloyd went back in June of 2004 and found Mouse and Chau(Yow)
Chuot and Chau in Sept 2005
On his way to Vietnam Lloyd stopped in Thailand. While there he picked up these outfits for the girls. They look very happy. I recognize the place. It is the Lotteria on Le Loi by the Rex.
Debbie Chau Chout
Lloyd and his wife Debbie were in Vietnam at the beginning of January 2006 and took this photo of His wife Debbie, Chau, One of Lloyd's friends Kim Tien, Chout and Another of Lloyd's friends Ivy. Kim Tien and Ivy, are a part of Lloyds team in Saigon who are looking after Chau and Chuot.
Chau, Chuot, and a Man on motorbike
Chuot Hoa Chau Tet 2007
In early February I sent some money to Hoa and asked her to make "Red Pockets" for Chau, Chuot and Mr Nhut's daughter. Hoa wrote back and suggested that we put less money in the Red Pockets and she would use the rest of the money to buy clothes for the girls. It was a wonderful idea and I thanked her for her thoughtfulness. This is her and Chau and Chuot with some of the clothes that she bought for them. She also mentioned that the girls are now in school. They live at the school during the week and come home on the weekend. I mentioned this to Lloyd and he was off to Vietnam.
Chau Lloyd Chuot
Lloyd has been to the school and says that the Sisters are keeping on top of Chau who has spent her life on the streets and is not really excited about school. Chuot is very excited about school and we hope it will do a lot for both of them.
Chuot and Chau in January of 2008
Lloyd took this photo when he was in Vietnam just recently. There is a new Principal in the girls school and everyone is a little more relaxed. Our little girls are growing up.
Chau and Chuot at Tet of 2008
Mrs Hoa, who used to be Miss Hoa, has sent a photo of the girls at Tet this year.
Le Thi Thao Ly
I met Le Thi Thao Ly while visiting Chau and Tram on my last visit.
Tram, Chau, and Thao Ly
Tom Bury gave me some money to spend on the girls. Sister Cam Thuy said that one other and myself give the girls too much money and when they have it they get lazy and do not want to do the work that they are paid for. I agree because we do not want the girls to get used to haveing western men paying their way in life. Sister said that all 3 girls need glasses so I used the money to cover the cost and the girls now have new glasses, Tom and Rene have helped them and we did not give money to the girls. Talk about a win, win. The glasses were not done when I left so when my sister went to Vietnam around Tet she stopped at the Anh Linh School and the girls showed off their new glasses for her.

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