Orphans of Tu Bong need our help
Tuong Lai Foundation
I am a 53 year old Australian who has been living in Vietnam for two years. Through my business in Vietnam we do charity each month with a particular focus on feeding orphans.
Tinh Xa Ngoc Van is a Vietnamese Budhist temple that has built an amazing orphanage for 200 children at Tu Bong. It has recently opened but needs funding to take care of the children. There is a vision of education (particularly English) for the future and for the local children but at the moment they desperately need formula, nappies and mainly carers for the babies.
I have decided to come and live in the orphanage to help with the babies and to start teaching English to the monks and local children. Now they really need assistance, they are not getting a lot of funding and are struggling.
They have nine babies at the moment. They just received two more last week. They range in age from 14 days old to 17 months old. They also have two four year old children and a 10 year old boy.
Tai, Trung and Duc are the youngest babies. Tài, Trung và Đức là những em bé nhỏ nhất ở đây.
Duc has just turned one month old and Tai is two weeks old.
Đức vừa tròn một tháng tuổi và Tài được hai tuần tuổi.
Nghia and Trung are four month old twins who were one day old when left at the temple.
Nghĩa và Trung cặp sinh đôi được đưa vào chùa khi chỉ mới một ngày tuổi nay đã được bốn tháng.
Hien is five months old.
Hiền năm tháng tuổi.
Hau is seven months old.
Hieu is the only girl and is eight months old. She has just had the first operation in the series to close her cleft palate.
Hiếu tám tháng tuổi và là bé gái duy nhất vừa được phẩu thuật hàm ếch.
Phuc is seventeen months old and has mental and physical disabilities. He is unable to crawl and lift his head.
Phúc được tám tháng tuổi bị khuyết tật bẩm sinh, Phúc không thể tự bò và ngẩng đầu lên được.
We need to raise funds so they can take care of the children. The carers that they have are a wonderful group of ladies who smile and laugh and love the babies. They have a genuine love for their job.
What your money will buy:
3 000 000 VND ($185 Aus) wages for one carer a month
1 188 000 VND ($74 Aus) formula for baby aged under one month for a month
737 500 VND ($46 Aus) formula for a baby aged 6 - 12 months for a month
470 000 VND ($29 Aus) formula for a baby aged 12 plus months for a month
There is a cost involved in having a go fund me page with a little under 10% of your donation going to go fund me.
We really need your help.
I will be updating pictures and stories as I go.
Thank you all in advance for your help.
Tôi năm nay 53 tuổi, tôi đến từ Úc và đã sống ở Việt Nam được 2 năm. Xuyên suốt quá trình kinh doanh ở Việt Nam mỗi tháng hai vợ chồng tôi đều làm từ thiện thông qua việc hỗ trợ cho trẻ mồ côi.
Tịnh xá Ngọc Vạn, ngôi chùa Việt Nam đã xây dựng trại trẻ mồ côi có sức chứa 200 trẻ tại thị trấnTu Bông. Hiện tại chùa đã hoạt động nhưng cần sự hỗ trợ để có thể chăm sóc tốt hơn cho những đứa trẻ. Tôi quyết định đến và sống tại đây để giúp đỡ trẻ sơ sinh, dạy tiếng anh cho sư thầy và trẻ em tại địa phương. Và bây giờ chùa rất cần sự giúp đỡ, các trẻ mồ côi, khuyết tật ở chùa
vẫn chưa nhận được sự hỗ trợ nên thực sự rất khó khăn.
Chúng tôi cần nhiều hơn những tấm lòng hảo tâm để chúng tôi có thể chăm sóc các em bé tốt hơn.
Những người chăm sóc là một nhóm những người
phụ nữ tuyệt vời cô luôn mỉm cười và yêu thương với
các em. Các cô có tình yêu chân thành với công việc này.
Số tiền từ lòng hảo tâm của quý ông (bà), anh (chị), em sẽ được dùng cho:
3 000 000 VND ($185 Aus) tiền lương mỗi tháng cho người chăm sóc.
1 188 000 VND ($74 Aus) vật phẩm cần thiết cho những đứa bé dưới một tháng tuổi mỗi tháng.
737 500 VND ($46 Aus) vật phẩm cần thiết cho trẻ từ 6-12 tháng tuổi mỗi tháng.
470 000 VND ($ 29 Aus) vật phẩm cần thiết cho trẻ trên 12 tháng tuổi mỗi tháng.
Số tiền mà tôi nhận được từ quý ông (bà), anh (chị), em
thông qua trang web này sẽ phải trừ đi 10% phí quản trị website, nơi tôi đang cập nhật tin tức từng ngày.
Chúng tôi thật sự rất cần sự giúp đỡ của bạn.
Tôi sẽ cập nhật sớm những câu chuyện và hình ảnh khi tôi ở đây.
Cám ơn sự giúp đỡ của tất cả mọi người.
This month we have been very busy at the temple for Vu Lan Ceremony. The temple hosted this event for over 2000 people who came from different provinces.
The children are doing very well. During the time of the festival we couldn’t go for walks but we have lots of different in door activities to play with the children. They love all the new blocks that Mark and Cathy Blanks bought over as well as the water table that Kate Buckingham bought over as well. We did spend lots of time reading the new books and teaching Hau, Hieu, Trong, Nghia, Tai and Hien how to count to ten.
This month we have had some visitors come up to the orphanage and they helped me with lots of things, we have done many repairs and buy things for the children to play with. The extension is going well, we have the big roof on and they are laying the floor at the moment. I think the extension will be finished soon and we are going to make some plans to do a sensory play ground for the children.
We received a new baby girl her name is My Hoa ( flowers), she was left behind when she was 3 days old near the dam in Tu Bong town. She is a beautiful young baby, she eats and sleeps very well. So now we have 19 children we need to take care of.
Unfortunately, the carer worked for us who has worked at a kindergarden school has finished work at the orphanage because other place offered more money for her so she left us. Hopefully, we can find another carer for the orphanage.
The expenses of the month are:
Formula step 1 : (12x300) = 3,600,000 vnd
Formula step 2 : (10x290) = 2,900,000 vnd
Formula step 3 : (6x230) = 1,380,000 vnd
Phuc special fresh milk (1x360) = 330,000 vnd
Phuc special formula (1x360) = 360,000 vnd
Wages (3x3000) = 9,000,000 vnd
Garbage bill at the orphanage = 1,200,000 vnd / month
Buy new motorbike for Thuy 3,000,000 vnd
Assistant salary: 4,500,000 vnd
Total: 26,270,000 VND
We took the children for walks and had lots of swims. They are laying the floor in the extension so there was a great big pile of sand that the children happily distributed for the workers
After playing in all of the sand we would have a swim to wash it off. We even got Nhan and Bao An in the pools. The older children loved a water table that Kate and Connie had bought as well as bubble wands. The children were squealing and chasing the bubbles everywhere.
We also measured and weighted everyone which they all love to do. It's amazing to see how much they grow each month.
Thank you very much Kate and Connie for coming up and also bringing over lots of sipply cups, books, water play things and everything else.
The exciting news is that the new baby has been named, she is doing well and her name is My Hoa (flower).
The children were overwhelmed with so many people around as they needed to use the orphanage for accommodation for some people. We still had lots of fun, played with play doh, blocks and reading stories. Unfortunately we couldn’t do the pools with so many people and we only went for one walk.
On Saturday, the day of the Vu Lan Ceremony, Janny and I participated in the ceremony which was amazing with so many people present and so many monks gathered together. After the ceremony we dressed the children in their monk outfits and took then for a walk up to the temple. With so many people it was really hot and so we didn’t stay for too long. They were exhausted when we got back.
It will be great to get back to normal now that all the people have gone but I’m sure it was a very big honour for the Temple to host this event.
Mark, Cathy and Janny helped me to put up the shadecloth, Mark and Cathy climbed on top of the roof, I was on the ladder to tie the wires and Janny was helping us find everthing we needed and get it to us. It took about 2 hours and we completed everything, the area looks amazing with the shade and the astro turf so now the children can go out and play when ever they want to on the slide and swings. It also adds extra time to our water sessions.
We replanted the hydroponics with some bok choi, celery, and choy sum and cleaned up the hydroponic system as well. Mark did some running repairs for us and it is all working well.
The children are doing very well, we had Thanh, Loc, Tam, Tinh and all older children out side as well as Tho, Bao An in the prams when we went walking and swimming in the pool and tubs. So the carers can have a break or do somethings else, however the carers were very busy with mushrooms in preparation for a big event over 3 days at the temple.
Thanh is getting better now, she can walk by herself and loves playing in the pools.
I got Mark to help me fix the steps of the slide, so they children can easily walk on them and much safer. Cathy had some childrens tools and the older boys were “helping” Mark.
We had some visitors from England who have family living near the orphanage, they donated some nappies and lots of balls. They helped us with a big walk.
Thank you Mark, Cathy, and Janny very much for coming up and thank you Jessica, Megan, James (and family).