On February 6, 2018 we brought essential supplies and a Tet party to the Suoi Cat Charity Home. Suoi Cat is a poor community to the west of Nha Trang, composed of rural farming hamlets that live in poverty. The Suoi Cat Charity Home and School is a loving place that houses and cares for many of the community’s children whose families struggle to support and provide for them. The home is composed of young children and teenage girls, who stay at the home year-round, sleep in dormitories, and have meals together in a communal dining hall.
The lunar new year, Tet, is the biggest holiday of the year in Vietnam, and we endeavor to bring the holiday joy to the children. Traditions include eating traditional food, such as Banh Tet, and children receiving red envelopes of lucky money. Poor families struggle to bring these traditions to their families, and we wanted to do something special for the children of Suoi Cat this holiday.
We contacted the nuns to learn what the home’s needs were, and brought essential supplies, including bags of rice, boxes of noodles, bottles of soy sauce, bottles of fish sauce, bags of bean varieties, seasonings, and cooking oil. For our Tet party for the children, we brought lots of Banh Tet, traditional sweets, and drinks. Each child at the home also got their own red envelope of lucky money. The children helped decorate the home with balloons, and they sang traditional songs at the party. It was a very fun new year celebration!
This holiday visit was made possible through the kind donations of Bill Green, An Nguyen, and Bao Tung Tran.