His house has become a haven for underprivileged children.

The man shared that his intention was simply to find a stable job to support his “children” and improve their lives, without seeking any recognition for his acts of kindness.

His journey of compassion has spanned over 15 years.

A loving foster father

Situated near a rice field, his house with a traditional tile roof serves as a playground, study area, and sleeping quarters for these children.

From morning till night, Hung and a group of volunteer babysitters tirelessly care for these children.

Huynh Tan Hung. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Dinh Vung, head of Tan Thinh Quarter in Phu Thinh Town under Phu Ninh District, described Hung as an extraordinary individual.

Over 15 years ago, a single mother in the area entrusted Hung with the care of her ailing child so she could go to work.

Due to his fondness for children, many underprivileged families began sending their children to his home.

In the beginning, parents would drop off their kids in the morning and pick them up in the evening.

These children grew attached to him, and he did not charge disadvantaged parents for taking care of their children.

As time went on, he began fostering abandoned children as well.

Hung revealed that he is a war veteran who returned to Vietnam after serving in Cambodia.

He lives a life of compassion, always ready to lend a hand to those in need as his way of giving back, especially after losing his comrades during the war.

Prior to establishing the orphanage, he had used his own money to build houses for many disadvantaged individuals.

He never scolds the children; instead, he treats them with patience and kindness.

As a result, they affectionately refer to him as “Daddy.”

The orphanage consists of several interconnected rooms, including dining areas, play areas, bedrooms, reading rooms, and classrooms. However, Hung himself lives in a tiny chamber.

Although he is over 60 years old, he requires very little for himself. His only wish is to provide the best for the children under his care.

His room is furnished with a sturdy mattress and a fan, while the children’s rooms have softer mattresses and air conditioners.

His kindness has attracted many volunteers who visit the orphanage to help with household chores, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children.

Dinh Thi Hong Duc, one of the volunteer babysitters, had heard a lot about Hung’s home, but it wasn’t until 2014, when her own child was frequently ill, that she decided to bring her child to his home.

With his nursing skills, Hung helped Duc’s child recover.

She was deeply touched by the kind-hearted man who dedicates his senior years to caring for orphans and underprivileged children.

She asked him if she could join him in his work.

In addition to Duc, other individuals also come to his house to help Hung and his wife care for these children.

Hung’s biological children, who live in neighboring Da Nang City and other places, often provide rice, clothes, and books for the children.

The foster children attend school regularly, including university students and older children. Periodically, they return to the orphanage to help take care of the other children.

Dinh Thi Hong Duc, a volunteer at Huynh Tan Hung’s caregiving center, looks after one of the children. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Recognition for a dedicated ‘father’

On November 11, the chairman of the Quang Nam Province People’s Committee sent a commendation letter to the Central Emulation and Commendation Council, proposing that Hung be recognized as an exemplary citizen for the period of 2021-2025.

The commendation letter stated that since the establishment of the orphanage, around 200 children who had received care there have been successfully reunited with their families. Furthermore, more than 200 others have grown up under the care of the orphanage.

These children have received a proper education and have been given the opportunity to attend school, with four of them finding employment after graduating.

Hung has been helping numerous disadvantaged households in the district for many years.

The generous man and his wife sustain themselves on their pension and income from their rice fields, although they are not wealthy.

Growing up in such a nurturing environment, these orphans can feel the love and compassion provided by Hung, even though he is not their biological father.