In late January 2019 we visited the Suoi Dau Charity Home with many gifts for the lunar new year. Located in the Suoi Dau district to the southwest of Nha Trang, the Suoi Dau Charity Home is a loving place that houses and cares for many of the community’s young boys whose families struggle to support and provide for them. The children stay at the facilities year-round, sleep in dormitories, and have meals together. The caretakers provide a nurturing environment and ensure the children attend school.
While the lunar new year, Tet, is the biggest holiday of the year in Vietnam, children from poor families often do not get to celebrate the many traditions. These include wearing new clothes at the start of the new year, eating yummy foods, and being able to offer drinks and snacks to visitors to welcome the new year. We wanted the boys at Suoi Cat to have a fun Tet, so arranged many gifts for them.
Our team brought new clothes for all the children, and they were eager to try them on. We also brought many traditional Tet snacks and drinks to take home to their families, so they could feel the joy of Tet. These included bags of dates, bags of sunflower seeds, coconut sweets, and drinks. At the caretakers’ request, we also brought some essential supplies for the Home, including boxes of soup packets, bags of white noodles, and bags of yellow noodles.
The boys helped carry everything into the common room and unpacked the boxes. They were eager to try on their new clothes, and there were big smiles all around. The children then carried everything into the orphanage while our team spent time chatting with the caretakers. It was a lovely visit!
This special charity trip was made possible through donations to the Lovingkindness Vietnam general fund.