This year, the lunar New Year 2013 (lễ tết nguyên đán) is celebrated on February 10. The dragon gives way to the snake (Năm Qúy Tỵ ou con rắn).
The period before Têt is full of excitement in all Vietnamese families… This period is also an opportunity for us to give gifts to the children and the poor. Thus, on February 1, the day before school holidays, our teams on the field were very active:
– Thuy, Bernard and Pierre-André represented the association for a giveaway of presents to the poor in the city of Saigon,
Liên went to school “Bình Hưng Hòa B” in the Quận Bình Tân district to deliver gifts to the children…
At the same time, Mathilde and Marc toured the orphanages in order to give presents to the orphanages’ children we support here:
“Mái ấm Minh Tâm” – District 12
“Mái ấm Sơn Kỳ” – District 12
“Mái Ấm Truyền Tin” – district de Bình tân
– on the 04/02/2013: Giving gifts to Thu Phương’s family in the presence of Dr Truong Da Luu (pediatric cardiologist at the hospital Nhi Đồng 2 -TPHCM). Thu Phương underwent an open-heart surgery in France and her hosting family from Paris decided to support her education…
– on the 06/02/2013: We responded to the invitation of the Long An Province authorities for the good wish ceremony. First, we visited the offices of Liên hiệp các tổ chức hữu nghị (Union of friendship), then around 11:00 AM, we went to the UBND (our local town hall) where the PCT (Phó Chủ tịch – first deputy mayor): Mr Nguyễn Thanh Nguyên, invited us to his table.
Before taking a few days off, the whole team of volunteers wishes you a Happy New Year and wishes a great success in all of their endeavours.