In February 2021 we contributed to a series of visits to poor rural communities to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Tet is the biggest holiday of the year in Vietnam, and families in poor communities often struggle to bring the traditions to the children. One of these traditions is wearing new clothes on the first day of Tet, as it welcomes the new year and means the family will have luck and prosperity throughout the year. Prices also jump during the holiday season, which adds to the struggle.

In Khanh Hoa province, many poor communities are in the rural mountainous regions to the west. These communities live in poor hamlets and are composed of many ethnic minorities. Our lead coordinator, Mai Khanh, is also a member of the local charity group, Guiding Light. The Guiding Light group raised funds from individual and businesses to help poor communities during Tet. We were thrilled to contribute to this wonderful effort.

The members of Guiding Light coordinated with local governments and primary schools in western Khanh Hoa province. They put together hundreds of care packages and organized charity trips to several primary schools. The teachers and parents had the children gather in front of the schools, and the volunteers gave each child a box of noodles for their families, and brand new clothes for the children. There were lots of big smiles and everyone had so much fun!

Our contributions to these wonderful visits were made possible through the kindhearted donations of Chau Bui and Cuong Vo. Thank you!!!