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At 10:50 a.m., Mrs. Nguyen Thi Bach Phuong, usually called Hai Tri, put on her hat and mask, pull her metal door open, quickly grab the sign saying "Please slow down, let students cross the street" and stood at the intersection of Hung Nhon street. 30 minutes later, after all the children safely pass the street, she goes home.
|Over the past year, regardless of the weather, Ms. Nguyen Thi Bach Phuong (62 years old, Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City) holds a traffic sign, standing in the middle of Hung Nhon street intersection, helping students cross the street. (Photo: Thanh Nien)|
“One day I was working at my shop, I saw some kids on the other side of the street struggling, unable to cross the street. This intersection has no traffic lights. A lot of cars went by at that hour, so it was so dangerous. I then called the children, asked them to stand still, waiting for me to come over and help them pass the street," Phuong said.
"3 days went by, then on the 4th day afterward, I heard them shout: "Grandma, please help us cross the street!". They then asked me why I did not help them over the past 3 days. They were scared of being surrounded by such many cars. I feel so sorry for those children, so from the next day, at 10:50 a.m. and 4:45 p.m every day, when they finish school, I stand at this intersection asking cars to slow down."
|Phuong shared with reporters that her traffic was a gift given to her by some random young man, who was touched seeing her help the students. (Photo: Vietnamnet)|
Phuong shared with reporters that her traffic was a gift given to her by some random young man, who was touched seeing her help the students.
Mrs. Phuong said that at first, she was also afraid because many trucks were running around on the street all day. There was even a driver who shouted at her "Why don't you stand close to the pavement?". But gradually, drivers get used to the lady holding a sign, asking them to stop so that students can cross the street every noon and afternoon.
|Gradually, drivers get used to the lady holding a sign, asking them to stop so that students can cross the street every noon and afternoon. (Photo: Vietnamnet)|
Mrs. Phuong said seeing children safely walking home was her only motivation. “In this neighborhood, many children had to live in rent rooms. I love those poor students. Their parents have been working hard to make money, and they managed to pick up them on time after school. So I told them to let me take their children across the street, they just focus on doing their jobs", she said.
Mrs. Phuong and her husband have tried many different professions, from farming to trading, managed to raise their two sons. Talking about her good deeds, Mrs. Phuong stayed humble: "Many people do much better things than I do. The greatest part of this job is that I can help the students in the way they need."
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