Part 1: Visit to Huong La Orphanage in Bac Ninh Province Vietnam (10 December 2017)

Located in Bac Ninh Province in Vietnam some 50 minutes away from Hanoi, Huong La Orphanage is home to children and adults with mental and physical disabilities.  A group of Catholic sisters, headed by Sister Hai runs this orphanage and with a current headcount of 50 residents, the sisters receive no regular funding from the government and rely mainly on donations by volunteers who visit the orphanage.

We were greeted by the happy smiles of these lovely kids!25298970_1892558574106620_7800658512247405337_n

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Sister Hai with a few kids at the orphanage.  The older girls, the “big sisters” help out in taking care of the younger kids at the home.

 

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This young lady was dancing non-stop the entire time we were there!

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This boy is 14 and is unable to move his legs.  Both his parents are disabled too so a relative brought him to this home when he was still an infant.

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This young boy is unable to walk and is almost always strapped to his bed.  During our visit, Sister Hai sat him on some special chair and he was very happy and excited to see other kids playing in the garden!

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Such a cute little boy, enjoying his warm blanket!

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This boy is very cheeky!

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There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela

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