We brought a Tet party and lots of essential supplies to the Thien Tam Orphanage. Thien Tam is a small orphanage to the south of Nha Trang, and cares for young orphans in a peaceful country setting. The Vietnamese new year, Tet, is the biggest holiday of the year, and we like to help the orphanages with essential supplies, as well as giving the children a special celebration. Traditions include wearing new clothes on the first day of Tet, giving red envelopes of lucky money to children, and having lots of yummy traditional treats. This year, the first day of Tet is in mid-February, and the fun Tet season kicks off in the weeks before.
On this visit, we brought new clothes for the children, and they were quick to put them on. Each orphan received their own lucky red envelope, and the children performed a fun dance they had learned in school. For their Tet celebrations, we brought lots of traditional goodies, such as raisons, dates, tamarinds, nuts, and seeds. For the orphanage’s essential supplies, we brought bags of rice, boxes of noodles, cooking oil, bags of beans, milk, fish, sauces, seasonings, and cleaning products.
This Tet visit was made possible through the kind donations of Hien Le of the UK.