Even most of the children at the orphanage don’t make it past 7th grade, according to longtime staff members at the temple, I’m still very optimistic that these kids can and will graduate from college one day. I honestly believe they’re all smart, capable, and they have the right mindset. On a daily basis, most of them can’t stop sharing with me how eager they are to become teachers, doctors and lawyers when they grow up (which by the way, makes me so happy. Even though they don’t have much, they never stop dreaming!) Plus, the monks told me the temple would be willing pay for all of their college expenses if they got into a school.
So I’ve been trying to be an encouragement to all the older kids I’ve become friends with, reminding them to always work hard in school and to never give up because it’s their key to brighter future.
On that note, they also have to have the right tools to get them there, so I bought them all the essential school supplies they would need, which many lack. (Most of the people who visit the temple donate milk, snacks and clothes to the disabled kids and babies, forgetting about the big kids.)
Hopefully, I’ll be able to make yearly visits to continue to support them through school. I want them to have a chance like other kids.
I want them to have a better life.
P.S. Below are photos from shopping trip. I wished I could have gotten more pics of the kids with their school supplies, but by the time I arrived at the temple, they were all asleep. Naptime starts at 10:30-11 in Vietnam. However, was able to get a little crowd of sleepy heads in :)
Thanks to my donors, I bought over $1,000,000 worth of school supplies for the kids.
Long list of school supplies.
One of the nurses with school supplies for her 15 kids.
Some of the boys with their new school supplies, which they were so excited about. You can’t tell in this pic because they’re trying to act tough (boys :), but they were jumping up and down as if it were Christmas.
Another nurse with school supplies for her kiddos.
“If you have a dream - big or small - go after it, starting today. No dream is impossible, regardless of your upbringing, status, or ethnicity. Don’t let life happen to you. The world is all yours!” - Ava