The Faces of Women of Vietnam

Vi Cao

Country manager of The Library Project.

Vi works for a NGO that is focused on improving education levels of people here in Vietnam. Currently, Vi is the Vietnam Country Manager of The Library Project, which focuses its efforts on donating books and setting up libraries for under financed primary schools and orphanages in Asia. For every library that she and the organization establishes, she hopes to empower underprivileged children and provide critical training for teachers who directly play crucial roles in transforming the lives of these children. Vi is also a scout leader for a group of young girls because she believes strongly that all young women of Vietnam must be inspired to achieve greater equality among the sexes. Vi also volunteers for SIGNIS - Catholic Communication Association, because she agrees with their mission of creating "Culture of Peace", and that each of us must be the change we would like to see in the world. Vi's philosophy is simple, "We got only one life to live, make sure to live it to the fullest".

Who or what inspires you? 
I would say books. Books gives me unlimited access the greatest minds in history. 

What would you advice your 21 year old self? 
I would tell myself "mind your health and take care of your relationships".

What book have you recently read that you would recommend? 
“The road less traveled” by Morgan Scott Peck

If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently? 
I wouldn’t do anything differently. All my failures, mistakes, joy, successes, pains and happiness in the past, makes me who I am today and I am proud of my path. 

What skill sets do you believe is absolutely essential for young women nowadays?
There are so many things that todays women have to prepare themselves for, but let me tell you the three most important elements in my opinion: Faith, Knowledge and Kindness.

3 words that describes you
I am young at heart, passionate and an extrovert. 

How do you spend your time? How do you decide how to allocate your time?
I simply set up priority and deadline for my to-do list. I have a notebook with me, to keep track with time and tasks.

Why do you do what you do?
I love this world. I love this life. I don’t know how to stop people from cheating and killing each other. I have never had any particular interest in politics or the sciences. So, I figured early on that I could best impact the world by helping the next generation become better citizens through education.