We truly admire and respect the teachers at Tinh Truc Gia. How can it be possible that a person challenged in learning and suffers from behavioral difficulties can magically transform after a period under the care of the teachers?
Here, the ratio of teachers and students was very close. There were 32 students and 24 teachers, to ensure that all the children across all levels of disability could be cared for, all the way down to their diet. Overweight children were encouraged to eat less and exercise more, while underweight children would be well fed. It was no wonder, the children all looked BEAUTIFUL and FIT.
Everything here was kept as organic as possible. Vegetables were home grown in the garden, cookies and candies were made without the addition of preservatives or additives, there was no MSG used in their cooking, and everything was put to full use to ensure minimal wastage.
An example was their use of the Chumket plant. It would firstly be boiled, with the first batch being highly concentrated, which would be made into shampoo for sale. Re-boiling the plant would then produce a less potent batch that could be diluted and then used to wash dishes in place of detergent. Also, lemon and orange peels were made into hand washing liquids to be used in place of soaps.
It is true, that a "journey brings a wealth of wisdom", and the lessons that we learned here will need to first apply to oneself because YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOURSELF BEFORE YOU CAN CHANGE SOMEONE ELSE.
Translated by T. Anh and Jacqueline Huynh. The original version in Vietnamese entitled "Đồng Hành Với Tịnh Trúc Gia"