Saigon Charity Tour (Da Lat, Vietnam)
Tranquil. Giving. Caring. Happiness.
Those are the 4 words that best describe this trip.We don’t even know what to expect and we just ” go with the flow”.Instead of the usual Tour this is indeed one of a kind! Suprisingly, it will widen your perspective about life and will let you appreciate what you have now, and the word “contentment“.
30th of January, 2015 11:30pm (Day 1)
We gather at Hoi Chi Minh (Saigon) bound to Dalat to visit an Orphanage and A Center for ill-minded people for some Charity event. Dalat is the capital of Lâm Đồng Province in Vietnam. The city is located 1,500 m above sea level on the Langbian Plateau in the southern parts of the Central Highlands region. In Vietnam, Da Lat is a popular tourist destination. * We took a bus to reach the place and it took us 5-6 hours to go there. Yes, you can imagine some neck and back pains, and a lot of movements to find the most comfortable sleeping position. First Stop : Dalat Orphanage I have never visited any Orphanage before. So it was new to me.
To wake up in an Oprhanage and the kids are running around with big bright eyes and is so excited to see you. Not for the gifts or candies or any presents that we’re about to give. But mainly for the touch and care that they are about to recieve. I and Mike, went straight to the toddlers area. OMG! super cute babies were so excited for us to give them a hug! There’s this one kid that was reaching his hands to me asking me to carry him. I carried him, and he just hugged me so tight and cried silently. I was so moved by that moment, it made me feel so bad for him. An orphan longing for a parents love and for someone who could love them uncoditionally, and without any boundaries. How could someone just bear a child for 9 months and just leave the kid somewhere or to an orphanage. How heartless and shameful is that?
We fed them and gave them presents, as well as played with them. It’s the most beautiful thing I have experienced so far. I just hope that there will be more lovely couples who would love to adopt them and give them home and a feel of what a real family is. They still need your help, for diapers, food, water and some other basic needs like vitamins and medicines.
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We had some lunch in a very cool area with the group. A bunch of food before we head to our next destination (Correctional Centre)
Next stop: Dalat Correctional Centre Just more or less than an hour we went first to the Correctional Centre for women. When the bus stopped, i peeked through the bus window and they are all waving to us, and was so excited to see us! We brought some food and gifts for them. They are not harmful as most people think. They wait for their turn and some can speak English fluently too! Yes, suprising! When we were distributing candies to them while they are in line and waiting for their turn, one of the people there grabbed my hand and said “thank you“. I was moved, and felt a lump in my throat and felt my eyes watered and tears fell. It was the most sincere “thank you” word have ever heard in my entire life. It was like one’s soul is speaking to mine and really came from someone’s bottom of the heart. How can life be so unfair?
I questioned myself. An answer that I will forever long for.
Last stop: Camping and Bonfire! It was freezing cold! I never got a memo that it would be so cold that I only brought sunny and summer dresses. (yes, my favorite yellow dress!) We had some barbeques, beers, coffee infront of a big bonfire. Others are singing, listening to music and some (like, me) just realizing how lucky I am in life, in general. A whole lot of realizations. Sharing some photos of this trip. (some photos are taken randomly from different people that I was with)
This trip changed my life in a blink of an eye. It made me realize that the most precious things in life can’t be measured by fame or wealth. It is about the amount of care that you give to someone and making them feel that they are loved even if you don’t get something in return. For me, that’s what life is all about.
Want to experience caring and giving during your visit to Saigon? Feel free to contact Saigon Charity Tour. Also, your donations (any amount) will surely help our little kids from the orphan and friends from the Correction Centre. A little goes a long way! Feel free to donate.
P.S. Shoutout to a one special person (Mike) , who made this trip possible. I learned so many things! Thank you soooo much!
****Photo Credits: grabbed from the group’s facebook site (Saigon Charity Tour)