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Promotes family reintegration and improves the quality care for children “left behind” in Vietnamese orphanages. The project enhance the possibility for these children to be raised in a family environment and provides them with the care they need.
Residential care can be harmful for children, especially those with disabilities. Even the best prepared orphanage cannot provide the love, personal attachment, stimulation, self-esteem and guidance that a family can give a child.
In Vietnam, almost 5,000 children with special needs live in institutions, though an estimated 6 out of 10 still have a family member that could care for them. Moreover, children with disabilities living in the country’s 400 public or private orphanages lack the individual attention, education and medical care that they need to develop to their full potential. Most staff receive little to no training, and in such circumstances, children may become victims of abuse, violence and neglect. Furthermore, dangerous practices such as feeding children horizontally, too quickly and using improper food mixtures are alarmingly common in these institutions, putting these children at risk of choking, pneumonia or even death.
Research indicates residential care can have a devastating impact on a child’s brain development, causing lifelong health implications. Time is therefore critical, as after the age of five, children are less likely to respond to intervention.
We believe that placing children with disabilities into residential institutions should be the last resort, and only implemented as a temporary solution when absolutely necessary. Our priority is to keep these children out of residential care and in a family setting instead.
We are currently running a pilot project called the “Family Reintegration Program” in the Quand Ninh and Binh Duong provinces. We are also working towards improving the quality of care provided by 14 Vietnamese orphanages across the country.
Our projects enhance the possibility for these children to be raised in a family environment and provides them with quality care. Moreover, our local specialists train and assess orphanage staff and families on how to care for children with special needs, stimulate and feed them properly, ensuring family placements are safe, successful and sustainable. Throughout all process, our teams act as a link between the children, orphanages, their families and civil society organizations.
Our intervention strategies help to increase the chance these children have of children returning home and being cared for in a safe family environment. With your support we can ensure a better future for thousands of disabled Vietnamese children.
Tax deduction possible in the following countries : Switzerland
Partners : Vietnamese Ministry of Social Affairs, Embassy of France in Vietnam, SPOON