Hanoi - December 3, 2021, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 50 paintings by disadvantaged children were displayed in an exhibition called "Gratitude" at the United Nations Office in Vietnam.
“Gratitude” is a continuation of the contest “For a Triumphant Vietnam” which was held by Mr.Sun, Hope Foundation and UNICEF in Vietnam. From 8 a.m to 5.30 p.m on 3/12/2021, 50 exhibited paintings that are full of optimism and vibrancy were created by paediatric patients and disadvantaged children across Vietnam during the Covid-19 pandemic. The works reflect a pure and faithful perspective on life as well as express the desire and hope for a bright future, for victory over the Covid-19 epidemic.
At the exhibition, through the stories, messages, pictures and thoughts ingrained in each work, viewers are taken on an emotional journey raising awareness and an understanding of COVID through the children’s eyes. Those interested will have a chance to buy these paintings to raise funds to support the children. All the proceeds from the sale of paintings will be managed by the Hope Foundation - VnExpress to support children with cancer, disabilities, and/or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The exhibition at the United Nations is a stop on the journey that the inspiring paintings and stories will make. They will continue their mission which is to bring the inspirational and optimistic spirit of these children with life difficulties to the international community through a series of exhibitions, scheduled in the U.S. and Germany, etc. Through the exhibitions, the voices of children will be heard not only in their own community, reminding society not to forget or lay waste to their talents, dreams and desire to thrive.
Mr. Minh Nhan - representative of ‘For a Triumphant Vietnam’: “Every child wishes to be heard, to show their talents and interests, and have their stories told. This holds even more true for boys and girls who are suffering from cancer, critical diseases, orphans and vulnerable children in general.... While their bodies go through illness and pain, their minds remain loving and optimistic, with many dreams and ambitions. Their spirit is a great inspiration for others to overcome hardness and keep moving forward. Every adult was a child once, but not all children will have the fortune of a bright future, to be able to grow up and make their dreams a reality. Let us listen to, empathize with and accompany them. That is the spirit and mission that we want to convey through our painting and literary contest. "For a triumphant Vietnam"
The works have previously been exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Art in Hanoi from 18/11 to 22/11/2021, attracting more than 1000 visitors, in particular the State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife Madam Tran Nguyet Thu.
Further information about “For a triumphant Vietnam”
“For a triumphant Vietnam” contest is a painting and literary contest taking place from August 8, 2021, for children who have had or are being treated for cancer, serious diseases, Agent Orange, disabled, autistic, orphans. The contest was co-organized by Mr.Sun (formerly Mr. Sun founded by Mr. Minh Nhan), the Hope Foundation - VnExpress newspaper, and the Foreign Trade University.
The contest attracted over 2,300 entries in both painting and literary content. There are more than 1,000 candidates from 45 provinces and cities nationwide; in which, many children are from ethnic minorities in remote provinces and cities such as Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Gia Lai…
Online visual exhibition: vimotvietnamtatthang.vn
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