Ten years ago, the Blood Donation Centre in HCM City made an urgent call at 10pm to ask a motorbike-taxi driver if he could rush to Thong Nhat Hospital to donate blood for a patient undergoing stomach surgery.
A 40-year-old woman in Lam Dong Province lives virtually for her two young, paralytic children. Ka Ben carries Ha Gia, 12, and Ka Chieu, 10, to school, waits there for them to carry them to the toilet if needed, and brings them back home.
Every day, the boy, who has had the highest marks in his class at the Hoa Xuan Dong Primary School for the last five years, gets up early, goes to school and returns to the market to make pancakes.
A 116-year-old ethnic Mo Nong man, who attributes his longevity to manual labour on his farm, is Viet Nam's oldest living male, according to the Viet Nam Book of Records (Viet Kings).
How dare a white-collar employee wear a secondhand piece of clothing, you say? In Viet Nam, where everything new is venerated by poseurs who see themselves as "modern" fashion plates, the idea of purchasing secondhand clothing is often viewed with horror and disdain.
Psychologist Nguyen Minh Nga of the Love, Marriage and Family Consulting Centre in HCM City says that parents should stop forbidding their children's modern lifestyle, and instead offer life skills and useful advice.
Last weekend volunteers from local organisations, including the Viet Nam Association for Young People, entertained child patients, most of them with blood cancer, at the Hospital of Hematology and Blood Transfusion in HCM City's District 1.
Every Sunday in Phung Hiep District of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Hau Giang, teacher Thanh chooses some songs related to a historical event to teach at the three-hour session and also narrates anecdotes and facts from history.
The Nha Trang Communist Youth Union has recently installed public-medicine cabinets on Tran Phu and Pham Van Dong streets to help tourists and locals in emergencies in the popular beach city.
Shoes for Sapa is a project of KIDS Vietnam, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged children. The group delivers shoes, warm clothes and food for children in Sapa and surrounding areas to help them prepare for the cold season.
The village, located more than 150km from the City, is home to the Ro Mam ethnic minority who live in the northern area of the Central Highlands. It is located on Chu Mom Ray mountain range at 1,773 metres above sea level.

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