Photo Essay on the Vinh Son Orphanages
A Snapshot in Time
- October 2008
The orphans and caregivers of Vinh Son form a unique
family. Although it isn't the traditional, nuclear family the
children might wish for, there is an undeniable sense of community.
Older children care for and guide the younger children, while everyone
pitches in to do their part.
When they are old enough to attend school, the children not only
gain an education, but are also taught skills which allow them to become
sufficient, well rounded adults.
The Sisters of the
Miraculous Medal dote on the kids and moments, as simple as
coming together on the front steps of their home, strengthen their bonds
to one another. Rustic living conditions are taken in stride
because it is all they know, and when good things happen, everyone
enthusiastically and genuinely counts their blessings.
As a result of
their time at Vinh Son, some of these youngsters could one day become
caregivers themselves, ensuring that a child of poverty has loving care,
nourishing food, and a place to call home.
Due to the generous
support of FVSO‚s benefactors, and our
collaboration with other charitable organizations (Friends of the Central Highlands & the East Meets
West Foundation), the orphans of Vinh Son are beginning to receive
dental care and are learning the importance of oral hygiene. As
they leave the dentist‚s chair for the first time, their quiet pride and
confident smiles reassure the next in line until, one by one, each child
is evaluated, treated, and educated.
Life at Vinh Son is
a melting pot of ancient ethnic, cultural, and agrarian lifestyles that
exist on the periphery of today‚s world. Our children are afforded
every opportunity to experience their heritage while blending in and
enriching their lives with health care, education, and some modern
conveniences. It is our fondest hope that they retain their unique
identity as they find their place in 21st century Vietnam.
can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 9322
Auburn, CA 95604-9322
Board Members: Dave Chaix, Dennis Coyne, Hank Gonzales, Mike Gregersen,
Keegan, Rich Lahey, Clyde Lewandowski, Mike Little, Pat McKee, Sister Marie Dominique, Bart Ruud, Mary Waterfield
All Administrative costs for this non-profit are paid
for by the board members - all donations go to support the children and