In late January 2019 we visited the Suoi Cat Charity Home with many gifts for the children. 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 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 children attend public school and receive tutoring and extra lessons at the home.
The lunar new year, Tet, is Vietnam’s biggest holiday, and many children from poor families do not have the opportunity to celebrate the many traditions. This includes decorating homes, eating yummy foods, and offering visitors food and drink to welcome the new year. We wanted to do something special for the amazing children at Suoi Cat, so organized a Tet visit.
We prepared Tet gift baskets for all the children to take home to their families. Each basket included traditional foods such as the sticky rice cake Banh Tet, traditional foods, and snacks and drinks to offer visitors to their homes to usher in the Year of the Pig.
The girls helped our team carry everything into the common room, and we handed the gift baskets one at a time to each child. There were big smiles all around!
This holiday visit was made possible through the kind donations of Daniel Cole, Suruchi Khemka, Molly Phillips, Pepar Proofreading LLC, Dane Sawmiller, Elaine Nguyen, Dan, Van, and Devin Haynes, and dedicated to the memory of Mr. Nguyen Trong Hieu and Mrs. Nguyen Thi No.