Life in an orphanage can seem foreign to those of us who enjoy the loving embrace of a family. Too often, we take for granted the blessing of being able to enjoy a family meal around a kitchen table. It would be hard to imagine children not having access to sports equipment and play areas or orphans not having adequate dining spaces. Howerver, this was the reality for the children in the Birla Orphanage, the Center No. 3 and the Binh Luc Orphanage.
After the Nguyen Viet Xuan Orphanage’s closing which transferred children to the Center No. 3, the orphanage became a crowded existence. The children at Center No. 3 and the Birla Orphange arrived at mealtime only to find that there were not enough chairs and tables to accommodate their hungry appetites. The tables that were there were old and in disrepair.
Additionally, despite the government’s efforts to provide the necessary facilities for these children, the orphanage lacked any sports equipment for the children to play with after a long day at school.
The infrastructure at the Binh Luc Orphanage was even more deplorable and in desperate need of funding. The orphans at this location did not have any play area. It also lacked the much-needed space for the children to dry their clothes during the rainy season so that they would be protected from skin diseases.
Pearl S. Buck International took up the cause to secure funding to build a play area for the Binh Luc Orphanage. The generosity of our Project Partners who stepped up to change the lives of the Binh Luc orphans was overwhelming.
The contributions allowed for a playground to be developed with equipment to play on and ground for sports, special events and camps.
We were also successful in building a clothes drying structure for the children to hang their clothes to dry year round.The generous donations from individuals and charitable organizations were more than enough for the project. Therefore, the additional funds were allocated to meet the needs of the 90 orphans at the Center No. 3 and the 117 orphans living in Birla Orphanage.
The Project Partners who answered our appeal to make a positive impact in the lives of these orphans in Vietnam enabled Pearl S. Buck International to improve the living conditions for them. A table tennis set and five sets of dining room tables and chairs were obtained for the children in the Center No. 3 and 14 dining tables were added to the orphanage at Birla.
If you were to visit these orphanages today, you would see the results of the projects, including an addition that money can’t buy; smiles on the faces of the children coupled with the gratitude that resides in their hearts for the generosity that came to play in their lives.