I was born in Laos. When I was about 1-year old my parents and I left Laos. My family left Laos to Thailand because my father supported the United States during the Vietnam War. After the US left Vietnam in 1975, the communist Laotian and the communist Vietnamese came searching for those who had helped the US during the Vietnam War to take them prisoner. My family couldn’t stay in Laos anymore because of my father’s support of the United States, so we ran to Thailand in 1982. With little we had in Thailand we did what we could do to survive. We all tried to find odd jobs here and there just to feed our family and had little time for education. In 2002, I married my wife in Thailand. Afterwards, on Sept. 3, 2004 my wife and I came to the United States.
Today there are five people in my family. I have three sons, the oldest is a 6th grader, the next son is a 3rd grader and the youngest son is three so he stays home with his mother. My niece also lives with me. She goes to Madison East High School.
When I first came to America I saw that there were so many people who had good jobs and houses. This made me sad because I didn’t have a house to call mine. I was uneducated and I didn’t speak a word of English, how was I to find a job to support my family? This made me really sad. But today, Habitat for Humanity has given me an opportunity of a lifetime. When I heard that my family received a home offer, we were so excited. I told my kids not to worry any longer because we will have a house to call our own. We encouraged our kids to work hard in school and always remember to help others as they will help you.
In the end I want to thank Habitat for Humanity, the donors, sponsor and volunteers for their time. Without them my family and I will not be receiving this home.
Thank you again. Steven Lee & Pa Ha Her