Help Care for the Children
Thanks to your generosity, I recently ran a successful campaign on Gofundme to help the family of another mother, Mrs Tran Thi Thanh Loan, who is in similar circumstances to Mrs Lua. They both share the same lawyer, Mr Don An Vo, who has put me in touch with these families.
Won't you now join me in helping this family too so that the children can continue to go to school and live with their extended family?
This time, I would like to share the funds raised between Mrs Lua's children and the family of Mr Nguyen Minh Quyet, who as the boat's skipper, was sentenced to 24 months in jail. After commencing his prison term, he lost his ability to walk, and having lost his appeal, is now at home, where he is cared for by his wife, Mrs Pham Thi Thu Thanh, who can no longer work as a labourer. The couple has two young children. When he is well enough, Mr Quyet is expected to return to jail to complete his sentence.
At worst, they will be returned to Vietnam, where their mothers, Mrs Loan and Mrs Lua, risk longer prison sentences as repeat offenders under the Vietnamese penal code. At best, they could be detained in legal limbo in Indonesia, unable to work or study.
All for trying to leave Vietnam by boat and being returned by Australian authorities...
Please help these families if you can. They have absolutely nothing. Any donation, no matter how small, is welcome and can make a huge difference.
Since we began our first crowd fund campaign in support of Mrs Loan’s family last August, we have managed to increase our efforts to embrace 6 families, 4 of whom now hope to be recognized as refugees in Indonesia, including both Mrs Loan and her 4 children, and Mrs Lua, her husband and their 3 children. Meanwhile, 2 families remain in desperate need in Vietnam.
What the 6 families share in common is that they are all Vietnamese boat people, who were intercepted by Australian authorities in the past and forcibly returned to Vietnam, where they were punished for their “illegal” departure. Both Mrs Loan and Mrs Lua face immediate jail if Indonesia decides to return them to Vietnam. Meanwhile Mrs Loan’s husband is being severely mistreated in jail in Vietnam. Please help us continue to care for their children.
Rescued off the coast of Java after their boat began to sink, the group of 18 asylum seekers, including 12 children from 3 families, is now applying for refugee status. Among them are Tran Thi Thanh Loan and her 4 children, whom we have supported in the past.
Both women are facing imminent and lengthy jail sentences in Vietnam for helping to organise "illegal" departures by boat to Australia in 2015. Mrs Loan's husband, Ho Trung Loi, is currently serving a 2-year jail sentence in Vietnam where he is now being severely mistreated for his wife’s “mistake”. Harrassed, relatives have been told he will never be released unless his family returns.
These families now face an extremely uncertain future and we would like to try to assist them in whatever way we can. With your help, we also hope to continue supporting our 2 families in Vietnam: Mr Quyet, the boat skipper who lost his ability to walk in jail, continues to need medication as he is denied treatment, while Mrs Van, whose husband is serving a three-year sentence with hard labour, needs help to provide her children with 3 meals a day and send food to her husband as he does not get enough to eat.
This campaign began four months ago when we started raising funds to help feed, clothe and educate five children from two failed asylum seeker families. Last month, we agreed to support another two children to ease the desperation of their mother Mrs Van whose husband is currently serving a three-year sentence with hard labour. Without our help, she cannot provide her children with three meals a day or send food to her husband in prison.
You may recall Mr Quyet, the boat skipper who lost his ability to walk in jail? He is still not allowed any physio or medical treatment, and so is completely dependent on the medication his wife buys with the funds we send. Meanwhile, Mrs Lua could be sent to jail at any time – without our help she cannot afford to keep her three children in school. Please help us reach our goal to Care for the Children.