Part 2: Visit to Huong La Orphanage in Bac Ninh Province Vietnam (10 December 2017)

The kids look so very happy – they smile and laugh and dance non-stop!  We commend Sister Hai and the rest of the sisters for the love and care they untiringly show these kids; it just radiates in their faces!  As John Bunyan aptly put it, “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”  Bless your kind hearts!

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Our young ladies, dancing to their favourite songs!

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Auntie Nha, teaching the kids some dance moves!

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Our cutesie little dancer, dancing with Auntie Nha!

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Auntie Nha, teaching the kids how to gesture a heart!

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This little boy is one of the youngest residents of the orphanage.  He loves to cuddle!

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With Tri and Pres and this super cute little angel!

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He’s one happy boy!  Though he is unable to speak, he is always smiling!

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Lovely smile from this one lovely lady!

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The kids love the camera!

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When we were heading out, she called me to show me her favourite toy.  We will come back soon so we can play together!

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This young lady loves being cuddled!

And this was how the kids bid us goodbye; so nice of them!  We will come back soon to see you all again!

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Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” — Diana, Princess of Wales

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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.

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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

Aozora Project in Tokyo (November 2017)

We were very fortunate to have been part of a group of volunteers that spent some time with children with disabilities (not physical) such as autism, Down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, LD, and Prader-Willi syndrome from a special school in Adachi-ku Tokyo last 15 November 2017.

Meeting Place was at Chiyoda Line Ayase Station (west exit) and we all took the bus together and reached the school after 30 minutes.

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S and M are learning their colours and shapes.  S noticeably prefers all shades of green and her favourite is emerald!

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Volunteer C was flashing a green heart and the kids were supposed to find and colour this shape in their activity paper

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K is such a very sweet boy; he listened to Pres on what crayons to use and what shapes to colour!

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This is K’s gingerbread man!  He said his gingerbread man looks like him, particularly the eyebrows and the nose!  So cute!  Do you see the shirt buttons?  His attention to details is really sharp!

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The kids love to play BINGO and they’re very good at identifying shapes and colours!

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K won in our BINGO game!  The kids were very excited because they got to choose their prizes!

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While we’re on a quick break, S showed me her princess drawings, so beautiful!  She colours them and keeps them all in a nice folder in her bag, which she carries everywhere she goes.  She told me this drawing looks like me except that my hair is not blue and is not long enough!

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Pres was teaching K how to gesture a beating heart!  He said he has a big heart and a big stomach, too!

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My dear S also won in our BINGO game and she chose as her prize a notebook with floral cover.  Our young lady has got good taste 🙂

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Our gingerbread princesses are twins!  She specifically asked me to place crystal hearts in our gingerbread to make them nice, caring, and loving princesses.  See the green lips?  She said she likes her gingerbread princess to wear emerald lipstick!

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Pres enjoyed playing BINGO with the kids!

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Our dear M was getting impatient until our yellow triangle was finally called out!  She chose a gray diecast car, same colour as her Dad’s car!

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S was asking why my name only has 3 letters – IVY!  That was why she kept looking at my name tag!  She is very observant!

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Yey, S won in our BINGO game!

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The volunteers equally enjoyed designing their own gingerbreads!

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M loves her shapes and colours and her favourite is yellow half moon!

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With the rest of the volunteers plus my gingerbread princess!

 

Japanese word 青空 (Aozora) means “blue sky.”