Some of you may remember my speedo run to raise money for young people who require special care living in aged care homes. Thanks to readers of the blog and the public we managed to raise $1200.00 for this amazing cause.
This year I have been given the chance to do something to help children in Vietnam.
Once a year a friend of mine travels to Ho Chi Minh City to visit the Dieu Giac Orphanage and take donations for the Children and their Carers.
Many of the Children cannot be adopted because they do not have any paperwork when they are brought in to be cared for. Many of the Orphans have disabilities and have ended up in the orphanage because their parents are unable to, or cannot afford to look after them.
“The Dieu Giac Temple Orphanage is located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where it shelters and cares for over 120 abandoned, orphaned or street children. They range from several months to 18 years of age and are of different ethnic groups and religious backgrounds. The children of the orphanage are taken care of by a group of Buddhist nuns and volunteers. All the children who reach school age, are sent to local school like other children.
Our goal is to provide the children with a safe and caring environment which lessens their misfortune and gives their lives greater purpose and meaning.”
This year I will be travelling to Vietnam at the end of May to visit the Dieu Giac Temple Orphanage. I have been looking to travel overseas and I wanted the trip to have some meaning. It would be easy to take you all on a holiday with me and take lot’s of pictures in speedos but in the end I could do that just as easily here. This trip I want to share with you all something that will add joy to the lives of these children.
The following is a list of items that they need at the orphanage. As we will be travelling light, many of the items will be sourced in Vietnam locally. It’s important not only to help these children but to also support the local community.
· Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Drinking straws, Soap, Combs, Hair clips, Baby formula, Medical supplies such as bandaids, Aspirin, Cough medicine, Fruit, Rice, School paper, Pens, Toys, And some soccer balls for them all to share
They don’t like you to donate clothes as they have limited space for the kids to store things and most just have a small locker.
Between now and the 20th of May all the profit made from the sale of my artwork through the Melbourne Cool site will go towards purchasing items from the list above to be donated to the Orphange. Not only can you receive a beautiful print but you will be helping these children to have a little more joy in their lives.
If you are unable to purchase a print and would still like to help please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and suggestions on how you can get involved.
I hope that you will help support the Dieu Giac Orphanage with me and the important work that they do.
Below is a video from last years trip.