In January 2022 we had a great holiday visit to the Anh Dao Orphanage. It is the time of the Lunar New Year, Tet, which is the biggest holiday of the year in Vietnam. In addition to providing the orphanage with essential food and supplies, we wanted to give the children a fun Tet experience.
We coordinated with the head nun at Anh Dao and bought lots of general supplies. Our team of volunteers loaded up a van and drove out to the orphanage. The children helped carry everything into the main common room, then many of the little ones gathered together. We brought bags of rice, racks of eggs, boxes of instant noodles, vegan meat pies, seaweed cake, vegan ribs, mushrooms, tofu sheets, vegan fish, cooking oil, sausages, soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, chili sauce, seasonings, duck and quail eggs, floor soap, detergent, soap, shampoo, dish soap, and toothpaste.
Tet has lots of great traditions that we wanted the children to experience. We brought lots of traditional sweets and treats. We handed out special gift bags to the tutors and volunteers who work at the orphanage, then all the children got their own red envelopes of lucky money. It was so fun!
This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations from Yoshi’s Facebook Fundraiser and the Lovingkindness Vietnam Giving Tuesday Facebook Fundraiser: Jennifer Pham, Yoshi Tran, John Tran, Hung Nguyen, Jason Kerr, Thuc Phan, Ron Weeks, Carol Atwater, Susan Papuga, Frank Kaul, Anna Papuga, and Richard Atwater. This visit is also to honor the late Mdm Chua Leng Leng. Thank you!!!
ABOUT THE ANH DAO ORPHANAGE
Founded in 2004 by the Buddhist nun Thich Nu An Son, a large group of orphans are cared for at this wonderful home in Ninh Hoa, 62 kilometers north of Nha Trang. Visit the orphanage and you’ll find a well-organized and loving environment. The children are happy, and it’s a joy to sit, talk, and play with the little ones. To help provide nourishment to the children, and as a small means of earning funds, Sister An Son tends a small farm behind the orphanage, in front of the girl’s living quarters. The children eat the vegetables that are grown here, and the surplus can be sold to help pay for monthly expenses.