I FEEL VERY LUCKY! That I got the chance to spend a really fun day (2/27) with 13 wonderful kids. I was again invited by Michel to assist him with taking the local Nha Trang orphanage kids out for a day of fun. "Mai Am Thien Tam" has been around since early 2000, taking in babies and young kids from mothers who are not able to take care of them. In some cases, when the mother is ready, the kids can come back to her which is really good to hear. Facilities like this and the caring individuals that run the organization give hope and provide alternative options for mothers that need help.
The day started out at the beach, then onto a movie and lunch at Oliver's Spagetthi hosue and then eventually the kids were given some money to buy items at the bookstore. On a typical day, the kids get up at 6am for breakfast, then schooling till 10:30 for lunch. Afterwich they do chores around the house - needless to say a very well structured environment. But today was about letting loose and having fun.
I am lucky that I got the chance to grow up with loving parents and a family who nutured and cared for me. I left Vietnam roughly the average age of these kids (6-7). I have to admit, today was the first day that I have ever spent time with ophaned kids. I came in bracing myself to feel a mixture of different emotions including guilt, but in the end, left feeling joy and love. There is no mistaking the feeling of love when you look into the eyes of these kids. The kids had a great time today and I got more than I expected - today we were both lucky!
If you are not able to travel half way around the world to "work" (more like HAVE FUN) with what we consider "the less fortunate", then do whatever you can locally to help those that need your love, time and laughter!
Miki is a renowned motivational speaker and author. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. His message is one of enlightenment and courage. Miki has overcome many obstacles as he and his family worked hard to create a life in the United States while their homeland was being torn apart. Through his father’s example of courage and commitment to a better life for his family Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and be of service to others by sharing his and his family’s experiences in an effort to give hope to all refugees who take the enormous risks of leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life.
Miki is available for speaking engagements on a number of topics and also has a new book to be published soon that will offer instruction and inspiration through the recanting of his life and his experiences in this extraordinary world we all call home. For more information visit http://www.mikinguyen.com