On September 14, 2016 we visited 2 more orphanages with general supplies and special gifts for the Mid-Autumn Festival. One of the most popular holidays in Vietnam for children, the Mid-Autumn Festival is also known as the Moon Festival, and sees many children carrying their own lanterns about, putting up fun decorations, and eating traditional snacks such as moon cakes. The orphanages are dependent on donations, and we were happy to bring all of these to the children.
The Thien Tam Orphanage is in a rural neighborhood to the south of Nha Trang, and a loving home to about 20 children. The Sunflower Orphanage is in the heart of Nha Trang and cares orphans aged 12-17, while its sister orphanage, Dai An, cares for younger orphans. All of the children at Thien Tam and Sunflower were excited to put together their lanterns, set up the decorations, and enjoy their moon cakes. The middle school kids at Sunflower even did a traditional dance that they learned in school.
The caregivers at both places also asked for basic supplies. For Sunflower, we brought bags of rice, boxes of noodles, cooking oil, soaps and detergents, toothpaste, kitchen supplies, bicycle helmets, and clothes. For Thien Tam, we brought bags of rice, boxes of noodles, cooking oil, soaps and detergents, fish sauce, and dried fish. These 2 trips were made possible through the kindness of JL Support Services.