Sympathetic Swiss soul
for her promotion of charity in
The Swiss woman was born in April 11, 1972, in
In 1993, a dilcpidated house she rented in Binh Hung Hoa in Ho Chi Minh City was turned into the "Luck House," had where opened arms to welcomed orphaned children and many others who Tim had collected on the streets.
Coming back to Europe, Tim was given a hand by her father to establish a non governmental organisation, Maison Chance, in
At present, the "Luck House" helps 150 people, including 40 orphaned and disabled children living at the house and the others (living in difficult family circumstances and not being able to go to school) will come to study from the 1st form to 5th form at the house. Then, they are able to study in secondary school as other children. For disabled children, depending on their circumstances, they will be taught suitable skills such as drawing or computers...
Her friends from many countries have contributed money to help her maintain the Luck House. Voluntary groups from
Although she is a not a mother, she has had a lot of children during her 10 years in
Ever year, on the occasion of Vietnamese Teacher Day (Nov.20), she receives bunches of flowers from her children. The flowers show their gratitude to a mother who brings them confidence to walk into life.
Asked about the reason she was driven toward charity, she said that her family had affected her a lot.
She told about her young brother, who was deaf when he was very small and had a lot of difficulty integrating into community, thus, she has always been sympathetic with disabled people like her brother. Tim's father, Mr. Laurent Ribeaud, is a politician and social activist. And her mother is a singer and an enthusiastic philanthropist working in an international organization to help poor children in
For her, staying in