British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi

Christopher Axe, a British expat in Hanoi established a voluntary group to help the homeless in the city. The group has so far drawn the participation of more than 6000 members.
March 17, 2021 | 12:03
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Once a week, the members gather at Hanoi Railway Station to divide the food and necessities into bags and then gift them to the homeless people in Hanoi, Tien Phong reported.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong
British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong

Each pack of gift includes cake, milk, instant noodles and essential items such as face towels, toothbrushes, etc.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong

During the COVID-19 pandemic time, Christopher Axe gave them face masks and sanitizers.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong

Talking with Tien Phong, Axe said that he used to be a homeless person in New Zealand. Due to some problems related to the visa, he lost his job, could not afford to pay for rent and had to wander. On one evening, Axe pushed to rescue a boy who was beaten by 5 thugs. He had a head injury but was then “adopted” by the boy’s family.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong

Axe moved to Hanoi and became an English teacher with a stable salary. Hence, he decided to establish a voluntary group to share difficulties with the homeless.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong
British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong

Volunteers said that they often go along the streets in Hanoi to distribute presents to the homeless.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong

Small gifts are accompanied by smiles and greetings.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong

Mrs. Yen, a homeless person on Hai Ba Trung Street said “I have made a living by collecting calluses for decades. My health has recently become poor, so I cannot work much. I always look forward to every Thursday evening to be given food from volunteers”.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong
British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong

“I hope that the charitable activities will be further replicated”, Axe said, adding that although the language barrier sometimes makes it difficult for him to talk to the homeless, he is always willing to give a hand whenever they need.

British expat gives a hand to the homeless in Hanoi
Photo: Tien Phong
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