A Powerful Story of Redemption

Hanoi Rehab Centre, Vietnam


Mr. Chi* is the leader of the Nissi Xuan Son rescue centre.  He used to be a drug addict for nearly 20 years. He only dreamt that he would be free from drugs to make his mother less worried. He certainly never thought of becoming a leader. 


Born and grown in the centre of the capital, Mr. Chi soon stepped into social hardships. At the age of 18, he learnt about drugs and gradually became addicted. While many of his friends were full of ambition and hope, he was full of nothingness and pain. Two years later, a policeman arrested him and placed him in the government detention camp on charges of property theft. There, unexpected things happened that changed his life. He was surprised to find himself being transferred to another detention centre, abruptly. There, he received news that he was infected with HIV. Upon being released, he continued to plunge into drugs to forget that pain. A few months later, the police arrested him again because of property theft. His punishment was re-education for two years. He wanted nothing but to end his life by using drugs. This was his path for many years.

However, in 2015, he decided to follow his friend's advice and go to the Nissi Rehab Centre. His life has been transformed, giving him a new life, full of meaning. Today, he lives with his wife and a little boy. The wonderful thing is that both his wife and children are healthy without illness.


He was determined to dedicate himself to the work of the rehab centres, full-time. As a result, he learnt about the TCD programme in 2019 and is now the manager of a rehabilitation centre with seven members. The lesson that encouraged and inspired him the most was "Servant Leadership." A leader needs to have a heart of care, a willingness to help, and lead with humility and love. Thank you for this programme and for these practical and valuable lessons for leaders like us.


We are highly appreciative of more lessons of love, thanksgiving, and gratitude to help our leaders as well as our friends in the Nissi centres.


Thank you!

GHNI Partner TCD Worker

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, “Tuan” and “Mr. Chi” are pseudonyms for the individuals involved in this project.