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Don’t Let Them Go To An Orphanage!

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This is Mrs Tran Thi Thanh Loan, with her four children, aged 4-16. Mrs Loan is a a Vietnamese failed asylum-seeker, who is about to start a three-year jail sentence for helping organise an “illegal departure” to Australia in the family-owned fishing boat. Her husband, Mr Ho Trung Loi, is already in jail, seven hours’ drive from where the family lives, and is not due for release until mid-2017. No one in the extended family can afford to look after their children and so they had been told to leave their school and were to be sent to an orphanage.

I read about their plight and decided to try to help Mrs Loan’s parents care for her children. I could not bear the thought that the family was to be torn apart. I contacted Mrs Loan’s lawyer, Mr Don An Vo, and he put me in touch with Mrs Loan.

Won’t you join me in helping her family so that the children can continue to go to school and live with their grandparents? It will cost $AUS 425 a month to cover the children’s living expenses. That’s just over $5000 for the year. I have already sent the first month’s payment to Mrs Loan via bank transfer, and would like to try to raise $10,000 in total to ensure the children are well cared for, and have money in the bank to help their parents too, especially when their father is released next year.

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I am a writer and editor, passionate about helping refugees and about exploring the challenges life throws at us through my writing. A former journalist, I previously worked in publishing and taught French to university students. I am a member of Supporting Asylum Seekers Sydney (SASS) and have also served on the board of my children’s school for the past 13 years, including three terms as vice-president. My work has appeared in online and print publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Independent Australia, New Matilda, Eureka Street, Jewish Literary Journal, The Forward and Online Opinion. I can be contacted at sebban@tpg.com.au Tôi là nhà văn/nhà báo, và cũng là chủ bút. Với nhiệt tâm muốn giúp đỡ cho người tị nạn và tìm hiểu sâu xa hơn về những khó khăn trong cuộc sống mà chúng ta phải đương đầu qua những bài viết của tôi. Là một cựu phóng viên, trước đây tôi từng cho phát hành các ấn phẩm và đã từng dạy môn Pháp ngữ cho sinh viên đại học. Tôi là thành viên của Tổ chức Giúp đỡ Người Tầm Trú Sydney (Supporting Asylum Seekers Sydney, SASS); và trong 13 năm qua, tôi cũng là thành viên trong ban đại diện hội phụ huynh học sinh của trường các con tôi học, với ba nhiệm kỳ làm phó chủ tịch. Những bài viết của tôi được đăng trên báo và trên trang mạng của những tờ báo như The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Independent Australia, New Matilda, Eureka Street, Jewish Literary Journal, The Forward and Online Opinion. Để liên lạc với tôi, xin gởi email đến địa chỉ sebban@tpg.com.au


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