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Home The IFP Community Remembering Lê Dân Bạch Việt - Thư gửi IFP Vietnam Alumni từ Ms. Minh Kauffman

Remembering Lê Dân Bạch Việt - Thư gửi IFP Vietnam Alumni từ Ms. Minh Kauffman

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Các em học sinh khiếm thị trường Nguyễn Đình Chiểu vẫy tay chào xe tang Thầy Việt đi ngang qua cổng trường sáng 5-1-2011


January 4, 2011

Dear IFP Vietnam Family,

 The year 2011 greeted us with the sad news and a significant loss to the IFP family. I was speechless and felt a deep pain and sadness when I heard “Bạch Việt đã ra đi”. We have gone through many challenges and happy moments together from the time we first entered this family, but, this is the first time we lost a member forever. As we mourn this loss, I want to share with you my thoughts below.

A Time for Everything (From the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3)

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

Bạch Viêt made everything beautiful in his time.

Bạch Việt has inspired all of us who know him and brought hope to many others and students he taught.Even to the final days of his life, he was still giving all that he had left in himself, to share his knowledge and skills with the teachers from Quang Ngãi province and Khoa Giáo Dục Đặc Biệt (TP Hồ Chí Minh) in the 5-day workshop organized by 4 alumni: Bạch Việt, Thanh Hương, Nguyễn Văn Oai, Trịnh Kim Ngọc. He lived a life worth living and he fought to the end to give to others what he had.

Bạch Việt had such a strong spirit, and his passion for justice seemed to glow from within himself. We must believe that his work and contributions to the field of disability policy will have a lasting impact; his example is surely already inspiring those he worked with as a teacher and trainer.

May his spirit and passion for justice inspire us to do our part.

We are fortunate that today we can still hear the story Bạch Viêt wrote and his voice in the video Origin, Journey and Return:

“…I once feared that I would one day have no employment and would be walking these streets selling lottery tickets, or begging.

Today, I choose to walk these streets to help others find their ways, so that they can strive beyond the hope of survival and reach their dreams”.

I invited all of you to watch this video again in memory of Bạch Việt.

May this story comfort us and enable us to continue his work and dreams. http://vimeo.com/10682235

May each of you have the courage to strive for your dreams and find fulfillment in this new year.

~Minh Kauffman

CEEVN – IFP Vietnam

“Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” ~Norman Cousins


Tribute to Bach Viet is now on the IFP Global website, you can access this link to see.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 January 2011 11:18  

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