“Viliem was struggling. Her grades, usually average, had dropped to the bottom of the class. She found herself, as just a young girl, dealing with depression. And who could blame her? Her previously single-parent home had turned into a no-parent home when her mom left her and her siblings with their grandparents, seldom making any kind of contact.
But thankfully Viliem was not alone. Her grandparents, although struggling themselves to make a living and maintain their health, cared for Viliem and did not want her previous losses to hold her back from the life they wanted for her. It was around this time that Viliem joined Room to Read’s Girls Education program through her secondary school in the Oudomxay province of Laos.