Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts Reportedly Had an Emotional Talk with Schoolgirls While in Vietnam
During at event in Malaysia for the Girls Opportunity Alliance, Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts were left emotional after a young teacher shares her story about the obstacles she overcame to get her education.
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What an incredible day in Vietnam! I visited Cần Giuộc high school to meet members of the @GirlsOpportunityAlliance community who are working hard to pursue their education and achieve their dreams. Thankfully, they’re not alone: local leaders from @RoomtoRead provide crucial support to help these girls stay in school and prepare for their futures so they can become the women they’re meant to be. I was thrilled to see this work in action—and I’m grateful that some special friends like @JuliaRoberts, @LanaCondor, @ngothanhvan_official, @JennaBHager, and @LizaKoshy joined me to visit these girls and to shine a light on the extraordinary work being done.
Arriving at Cần Giuộc High School, the two women sat down with Tay Thi Nguyen, who shared her story of how, at seven-years-old, she stood up against her parents in pursuit of her dream to go to school.
She shared the harrowing story of how her parents burned her books and tried to force her to give up school and instead work in the fields to help support her six siblings.
What an incredible day in Vietnam with members of the @GirlsAlliance community!— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) December 9, 2019
Take a look at our visit to Cần Giuộc high school and then visit https://t.co/uAJh9LbSW0 to support projects that empower girls through education in Vietnam and around the world. pic.twitter.com/dVJD5WGUmY
With the support of a program called "Room to Read," she eventually went to school and achieved her dream of becoming a teacher, Tay Thi said:
"They helped me not only in financial support, but in spiritual support. Finally, my mom understood me and loved me more."
Roberts and Obama were both left in tears after hearing Tay Thi's story of sheer determination to pursue her dreams. Commenting on the young teacher's "humanity and will," Robert’s said:
"It's such a beautiful thing: She just never gave up. I will never recover from that story, really."
Roberts says she is in awe of how determined Tay Thi was at only seven-years-old. The "Pretty Woman" star admits, at that age she was more concerned about things like cotton candy and Archie comics.
Feeling the impact of all the stories the young girls shared with them, she says she didn't have to think twice about participating and knew in her heart that making the trip too Vietnam was the right thing to do.