Baber Travels to Vietnam for Service Trip
Missouri - Gamma Rho
27 February by Nick Perryman
Over Winter Break, Brother Dom Baber travelled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to perform service at the Nhat Hong Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a school for severe visual disabilities. Baber's role at the center was very active. When he was not teaching english, he was playing with kids and exploring the Vietnamese culture. Baber learned a lot about Vietnam– and especially the famous hospitality of the people of Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam in general. Howver, Baber was not the only one doing the teaching. Baber, himself, also learned a lot from the kids. In one instance in particular, Baber describes when the blind children would lead one another to different hangout spots while running. According to Baber, "this takes a lot of trust. You are opening yourself up to someone who could harm you by accident." A Health sciences major, Baber says this trip just reinforced his beliefs that he would like to go into the field of pediatrics to help more kids. In addition, Baber is positive that he will one day return to Nhat Hong. This trip, according to Baber, "opened my eyes and heart to a country that I did not expect to fall in love with." It is hard to imagine a scenario that exemplifies the Creed of Alpha Tau Omega much more. "To know no North, no South, no East, no West, but to know man and man. To teach that true men the world over should stand together and contend for the supremacy of good over evil… to have no narrower limits within which to work together for the elevation of man than the outlines of the world…" Great work, Brother Baber!