This September, a team of 13 from Australia traveled to Hanoi to support the seniors and orphans living at an orphanage in Hanoi.
Half of our team repainted windows and staircase for the children’s building while the other half assisted with Rainbow Kindergarten (our pre-school education project). The painted windows added a nice touch to this recently renovated building. As always, the students at Rainbow Kinder were ecstatic to have visitors.
The next day, our team took a group of seniors out to the Temple of Literature for a tour and a special lunch. This was a great occasion to treat these men and women as well as to connect with them on a deeper level. Living in an orphanage, these seniors crave the social connections and activities we take for granted. They truly appreciated this opportunity.
The day after was all about the children, young and old. While the Rainbow Kinder group visited museums and parks, the men in our team took the teenage boys to the park and played sports with them. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted but satisfied. Similar to the seniors, children living in orphanages often crave social connection. These outings outside the orphanage does not only bring fun and excitement, they help build social skills and social awareness in these children.
Follow the photos below to keep up with the work this team has been doing in Hanoi.