Finding Hope in TCD

Hanoi Rehab Centre, Vietnam


“My name is *Tuan, and I was born in 1989 to a  military family and grew up in Bac Giang Province. In 2010, after I finished my local military duties, I studied in a college that belongs to Logistics Academy. That time was a turning point in my life. I was well educated in a good environment just like my parents who gave the best things to me. They hoped that I would become a contributing person to my family and society; however, when I was a student, I was attracted to drugs. I dropped out and formed relationships with bad people. I lied, cheated, and made my family suffer because of my big debts from drugs and gambling. I lost everything, even family relationships, and no one was beside me. I deeply remember that time as being the one people would hold in contempt, anywhere that I went.


“I thought my life would be in the dark forever. I had no hope. In May 2013, I was brought to Hanoi Rehab Centre to change and rescue my life from addiction. When I studied here, it transformed me and gave me a new life. Now, I have a small happy family with my wife and my daughter. I am now called to become helper to other brothers who were like me before. 


“At the end of 2018, we connected with GHNI about developing the Transformational Community Development (TCD) programme for students in the Hanoi Rehab Centre. The centre had been offering the ‘Care and Help’ programme for the Nissi Centre Block, and I am one teacher in this training programme. 


“Thank you! Through the programme, many brothers are equipped with knowledge for both body and spirit, and also practical life skills. After I finished the TCD programme, I desired to share this course to other brothers in order to build relationships with the community around the rehab centre and help them improve their lives. Through that, I can understand the need to love, respect, and care for people around me. I hope more brothers can apply and share the programme to the community, to bring help and hope to my people’s lives.”


Thank you!



GHNI Partner TCD Worker
*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, "Tuan" is a psudonym for the individual working with this project.