Spent Whole Life for Abandoned Children – Woman ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛs Hundreds Of ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴᴇᴅ Children Over 30 Years
Giáp Thị Sông Hương and babies that she is currently raising. — Photo vietnamnet.vn HCM CITY — A woman in HCM City has ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛᴇᴅ hundreds of children ᴀʙᴀɴᴅᴏɴᴇᴅ by their parents and raised them over the past 30 years.
Giáp Thị Sông Hương ᴀᴅᴏᴘᴛᴇᴅ her first child three decades ago not long after moving to HCM City. Then aged 18, she left her hometown in the northern province of Bắc Giang to work in HCM City as a sᴄʀᴀᴘ ᴄᴏʟʟᴇᴄᴛᴏʀ. While collecting scrap at a garbage dump, she found a baby girl suffering from a severe shortage of breath. Knowing that it would be difficult for Hương to raise the child on her own, her Fᴀᴍɪʟʏ ᴏᴘᴘᴏsᴇᴅ ʜᴇʀ ᴅᴇᴄɪsɪᴏɴ to take the baby.
But despite the ᴏʙᴊᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴs, Hương cared for the child and even increased her workload to cover the additional expenses. A year later, a student living near Hương got pregnant, and after giving birth, left the baby at the ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ, ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ᴘᴀʏɪɴɢ ʜᴇʀ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ʙɪʟʟs. Hương sold some of her own jewellery, and asked people in her neighbourhood for money to cover the costs.Now those two babies that Hương raised have grown up and moved overseas. From a sᴄʀᴀᴘ ᴄᴏʟʟᴇᴄᴛᴏʀ, Hương worked hard to earn money to open a street-side food stall and then restaurant, hotel and a real estate company to be able to afford raising all the children.
Over the years, some of the children she raised have grown up and now help her to be able to continue giving a home to unwanted babies.
“I do not know who their parents are. I would receive phone calls telling me to collect the babies at an electricity pole. When I arrived, there was only a ᴄʜɪʟᴅ ʟʏɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ Fʟᴏᴏʀ.” she said
The ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ ʜᴀs ᴀʟsᴏ ᴄᴀᴜsᴇᴅ ʜᴇʀ ᴍᴏʀᴇ ᴅɪffɪᴄᴜʟᴛɪᴇs, and even though Hương sold some of her companies, financial pressures still mounted. Each month she spends more than VNĐ100 million on food and necessary items for the babies.
“For the past few months, relatives and friends found out I was experiencing a difficult time, so they ᴏFFᴇʀᴇᴅ sᴜᴘᴘᴏʀᴛ. But if this situation lasts for a long time, maybe I can’t take it anymore. I will try my best. If I am exhausted and can not afford to help the children, I will have to return them to Gᴏᴠᴇʀɴᴍᴇɴᴛ’s ᴏʀɢᴀɴɪsᴀᴛɪᴏɴs.” she said
Many infertile couples came and ask for adoption but she refused.
“I am worried that if I let my children go, when their parents come back to look for them, I will not know what to say,” Hương said