Lothar A Baltrusch with his motorcycle
A German journalist arrived in Vietnam Tuesday after a 15,000-kilometer motorcycle journey aimed at attracting attention to the cause of poor children living in the north-central province of Quang Tri.
Lothar A Baltrusch, 51, who has served for more than 20 years as an editor at the local radio station antenna Unna, began his self-financed journey and also his project entitled "Way to Huyen" in May.
He rode his motorcycle through eight countries en route to Huyen, a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl he has been sponsoring through the NGO World Vision since September 2009.
Through the humanitarian organization, he financially supports Huyen and her family on a monthly basis. But sending money proved not to be enough for him, and he decided to personally visit the girl.
He will also visit other farmers benefiting from World Vision projects in Quang Tri's Trieu Phong District, where Huyen lives.
He said he collected more than 16,000 euros in Germany for his "Way to Huyen" project, and he will hand over those funds to World Vision to build a school in Trieu Phong.
He wrote in his blog (http://abenteuer.lotharbaltrusch.de) that he would like to bring attention to World Vision's charity work.
He said the drive is designed to increase interest in sponsoring children in the developing world.