On Sunday 30th Nov, Our 'Cycling to School' event took place with about 30 participants, comprising of both local Vietnamese volunteers and international friends. The event was held with the purpose of raising funds for children, raising awareness and promoting a healthy and happy life for everybody.
It was a great day as participants met early at Le Van Tam park in District 1 and took on the 7km cycle to Ky Quang Pagoda in Go Vap District. Once there, we visited the orphanage within the Pagoda which takes care of both abled and disabled children of varying ages. Our participants spent time with the children, playing with and feeding them as well as donating some gifts to the orphanage and children there.
After the long (and hot) cycle, this was a great way for our members to finish up their day bonding with the children as well as each other. It was also a great opportunity to give our international guests a further insight into issue of orphan welfare in Vietnam, with the country's recent tumultuous history still having an impact today.
While our main focus is our sustainable housing projects in Vinh Long, we are always looking to arrange events like this which can build ties within the community in Ho Chi Minh City as well as create connections and understanding through collective social work.
Thanks to all the participants who joined with us on the day, we look forward to building more meaningful activities to connect Vietnamese and International youth in the future.