Welcome to Week 36 of The 52 Week Love Project – Acts of Kindness. The project designed to recognize 52 inspiring humans who are giving back to our community – whether in a small way or by creating a movement for change and inspiration.
The project showcase’s LOVE at it’s finest, share their stories – what they do and why they do it! It’s an opportunity for us to find out what inspires them and what keeps them going when challenges or self-doubt assail them.
Meet Linh the creator of charity initiative ’ “OA Love Projects” When I asked Linh how she gets past self-doubt she said:
‘Every morning I wake up and remind myself of what I’m grateful for. When I verbalise and visualise my gratitude, it sets a positive tone for the rest of the day and it makes me feel like I can conquer whatever I put my mind too’.
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
My story started from humble beginnings in Vietnam. Growing up in a poverty-stricken country, when I migrated to Australia I was determined to live a different lifestyle and my determination eventually lead me to start multiple 6 to 7 figure successful businesses here in Australia.
I always thought once I was ‘successful’, it would result in happiness but eventually I realised that happiness was more than a monetary figure, what made me happy was being able to change the world.
So, I created an Outsourcing Agency with a difference. Outsourcing Angel is a social enterprise that not only outsources work opportunities for talented people across the globe, we reinvest profits into charity work and initiatives to help people living in extreme poverty – starting from those in the Philippines.
Our Charity Initiatives has helped us donate things such as a fresh water pump, food, medicine, supplies and even solar panels to those in need.
But the true heartbreaking story really began last year..
In 2018, I did a company trip visit to the Philippines and travelled up the mountain to a remote village to provide food and supplies to the Dumagat Tribe. A forgotten tribe of people that live in isolation in the mountains without access to the outside world, medicine or clean water.
I met this little girl named Hana. I found out that her mother passed away a year ago, after she gave birth to her 7th child, leaving the remaining 6 children to be raised by their father. After I left the mountains, I couldn’t stop thinking about Hana.
It made me think… what if I could help Hana and her family through a random act of kindness before I return home?
My kids live a fortunate life with everything they could ever want. What if Hana could have their life just for one day? So I did. I brought Hana, her dad and her eldest sister to the City.
It was their first time experiencing a new environment and I couldn’t even describe the look on Hana’s face when she saw a car – something she’s never seen before. I took them to the mall where she was able to pick out new clothes, new toys and even a new bike.
Hana couldn’t stop staring at this huge chicken dish she ordered at a restaurant, the biggest she’s ever seen in her life.
The price of this one dish was $7, which is a day’s salary for her fellow villagers for carrying an 80 kilo bag of coals down the mountain for an entire day.
Growing up, Hana always bathed herself in the river, so it was also her first time ever having a shower in a bathroom. This was her first experience with a steady and clean stream of water which she cherished.
It was hard to see Hana have to go back to her home town again. But it was not our last good bye.
One year later, I visited Hana and the family again…and I was greeted with big warm hugs from the whole family. Her sister was excited to tell me that her and many other kids in the village learnt to ride the bike I bought for her.
When we first met, Hana’s only dream was to be a teacher, because she didn’t know what else was possible for her in this world.
She had never stepped foot outside of the village or experienced the environment that we all know so well. She had no idea what she could dream of.
Sometimes in life, it only takes one small act of kindness to make a big difference in someone’s life.
And this one small act of kindness, can impact our lives so much too.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m an author, speaker, philanthropist and Co-founder of multiple businesses including Outsourcing Angel.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
It all started from where I grew up, experiencing what it was like to live in a second/third world country really shaped my mindset and eventually lead me to this path of philanthropy. I also look up to generous souls like Oprah Winfrey, who has used her success and influence to empower us to a better future which I hope to do the same.
HOW DO YOU GET PAST SELF DOUBT?
Every morning I wake up and remind myself of what I’m grateful for. When I verbalise and visualise my gratitude, it sets a positive tone for the rest of the day and it makes me feel like I can conquer whatever I put my mind to.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE/CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
Every act of kindness, big or small, counts. Sometimes people don’t think that they can make an impact but taking action and paying it forward is so much better than doing nothing at all.
In a world where it is so easy to get caught up in every day stresses of our own obstacles, we need to take a moment to reflect on just how lucky we are and think about how we can help those that are less fortunate than us.
DO YOU HAVE A QUOTE OR EXPRESSION THAT YOU LIVE BY?
DO WHAT YOU LOVE.
This is my company’s motto because I strongly believe that no matter what you choose to do in your life, if it’s something you love – you’ll pour your heart, soul and energy into it and the world will reward you in return.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I’m also a mother of three wonderful kids that I hope to one day instil the same beliefs and outlook on life
HOW CAN OTHERS HELP/GET INVOLVED?
Donate to OA Love Projects: https://outsourcingangel.com/oaloveprojects/
When you donate to our cause, all your funds will go directly to our charity partner TNB who will also use the funds to directly help those in need.
Together with Lash Tribe and our other donors, #OALoveProjects were able to achieve so much!
- You can sponsor 1 sack of rice enough to feed a family for 2-3 weeks.
- With this budget big woks of noodles can be prepared, enough to feed 20-30 families. Example of foods that are usually handed out, noodles with veggies, soup (macaroni + meat + veggies), rice meals (fish/chicken+rice+veggies).
- As a treat (dessert) if budget permits – shaved ice can be prepared (most kids haven’t even experienced seeing ice), which they mix with sweetened banana and milk.
- 3 sacks of Palay, which can produce about 50 sacks of organically farmed rice.
- Approximately 65 pairs of sturdy rubber slippers for all the children in one entre tribal community or sitio.
- About 20 sets of school bags with complete school supplies (notebooks, pens, and paper) for 20 children.
- Roughly 15 sets of school uniform for girls and 25 sets of school uniform for boys.
- For $300.00
- You can donate a jet-matic water pump to provide readily available source of clean drinking water and will save the tribe from their usual 2-3 hours trek to the river, where still many sitios or tribal communities have to go to retrieve water.
- A complete set of a solar power generator can be purchased, which will benefit up to 40 tribal families.
- Can purchase supplies and set up night light for an entire tribal community, as many tribal communities have very limited electricity supplies so building an energy source will be much more sustainable for their future.
- With this amount the implementation and setting up of tribal fishponds can be achieved. The fishpond will benefit the local community by supplying them with a source of food that they can eat and sell.