Saigon to Dalat but orphanages first

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Distributing goodie bags to kids at the orphanage
We went to a few orphanages this day. The first one we went to had kids with various degrees of mental and physical disability. There must have been 40 kids ranging in ages from newborns to about 10 years old. Some were retarded, with clubbed feet or hands, hydrocephalic, etc. It was all so sad. 99% of these kids are orphaned because their parents did not want them or could not take care of them.

The next place we visited had individuals ranging in age from 2 to adults. These people were all deaf, some spending all, if not most, of their lives here. Being deaf is not as bad a disability as the first orphanage but we learned that these kids are from families who are very poor and who could not take care of them, espesially with there special needs, so they are sent to this facility in hopes of having a better life.
Orphanage in Saigon


We gave the residents some goodie bags with some special treats as well as some essential items and they were all so appreciative and thankful. It was very fulfilling for them and for us to have this day.  This whole experience made me stop and realize how truly lucky I am to have my health and have no disabilities. It's really a mind opening and spiritual experience. I am truly blessed and lucky to have the life that I have.
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After this, we then had another 6 hour drive to Dalat and were able to reflect on the day's experience. The drive to Dalat was beautiful with the lush mountainside, we were headed to the "honeymoon capital" of the country.

We got to Dalat pretty late, just enough time to check into the hotel and grab a bite to eat. We did go to the lake and fight off the cold. The temperature here is much different than that of Saigon. It feels about 30 degrees cooler. BRRR,

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Distributing goodie bags to kids a…
Distributing goodie bags to kids …
Orphanage in Saigon
Orphanage in Saigon
Orphanage in Saigon
Orphanage in Saigon
Orphans in Saigon
Orphans in Saigon
Posing with some of the kids
Posing with some of the kids
Dalat at night
Dalat at night
Christmas tree made out of Heineke…
Christmas tree made out of Heinek…