Viet Nam – Spring 2017

Entry # 13

Visiting Mai Tam Center

While I was in Saigon, I visited the children at Mai Tam Center.  Most of the children here are suffering from HIV/AIDS.   In collaborating with the Christmas for Breakfast program, Bridging Hope has provided a daily breakfast for some 300-plus children. Some of the children reside in one of Mai Tam shelters, but the vast majority live with foster parents either because their parents have died or because they are incapable of being the primary caretakers.

In collaborating with the Christmas for Breakfast program, Bridging Hope has provided a daily breakfast for some 300-plus children. Some of the children reside in one of Mai Tam shelters, but the vast majority live with foster parents either because their parents have died or because they are incapable of being the primary caretakers.

When I arrived, the shelter was in their regular routines. Caregivers were taking care of the babies.

The older ones were in classes studying.

While some others just had their mid-day snack and were playing with friends.

Some of them I have seen when they were very young about 9 years ago.  It’s such rewarding to see the grown up into beautiful young adults.  They just got back from attending local schools.

I saw Ti again.  I first saw her when she was about a month old in 2008.  My heart wrenched when I heard Fr. Joseph Hoang said her health was declining.

I left Mai Tam — a little bit sad.  Sending a little prayer to Ti for her physical strength.  Be strong, Ti.  See you next time.

 

 

 

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