Hoa is a young girl born in a poor village in the mountainous district of Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. In order to bring some extra money to their families, young men and women at this village search for jobs at farms across the border. With this idea in mind, Hoa left her village early one morning in 2007. But at her young and innocent age, despite her noble intentions, her adventure turned sour, and like so many others girls she was deceived and sold as a prostitute.
After a period of intense family care and long hours of counseling at the Center for Women and Development, Hoa slowly started to rebuild her ability to interact and regain trust in other people. At the center, she also learnt about the AEPC Digital Opportunity Center and the training programs they offered. Hoa’s determination knew no boundaries, and despite this shameful setback, she never forgot her goal of helping her parents. In her eyes, the ADOC 2.0 project could help her achieve this goal, so without a second thought, she joined the computer training program.
During four long months, Hoa studied and trained at the AEPC Digital Opportunity Center. She learnt how a computer works, the basics of the operating system, and how to use the internet together with the most popular applications. She then learnt to draft documents on a word processor, and how to work with spreadsheets. Seeing that she was a hard worker, the center issued a job recommendation for her upon completion of the course.
Thanks to her new skills, strong determination and the support provided by the Center for Women’s Development and AEPC Digital Opportunity Center, Hoa soon landed a staff position at a company where she was hired for her newly acquired skills. The road to a better life may have cost Hoa her innocence, but her determination finally paid off. With her salary, Hoa is now able to live a comfortable life, but most importantly, she is also able to send some money to help her family back in her village.