05.08. - 16.08.2019
Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for people with disabilities finds itself 13kms away from small
town of Son Tay and 70kms from down town of Hanoi. Founded in 1976, the centre was
originally opened for disabled children whose parents are the veterans infected with the
Agent Orange, the toxic chemical used in American war. Over time, however, the centre has
started to render its services to all disabled children. Thuy An Centre is a ‘campus’ housing
up to 150 children and 50 staff. The children aged 0 to 18 suffering from mental or physical
disabilities are helped in any of three ways, depending on their disability.
The Centre receives financial support from the government as well as NGO’s and occasional
businessmen. Though receiving assistance from various sources, there are still a constant
need of help in infrastructure and finance. The ultimate goal of the centre is to help the
children re-integrate into society. While special education helps to lessen the burden of
children’s families by teaching the disabled to help themselves with personal activities, the
vocational training programs enable handicapped children to earn their living and able to live
independently in the future. There were thousands of children benefited from the education
here and many of them have a stable job. The centre itself has five staff who were nursed
and educated in this school and now they are helping the other unlucky children.
There are two types of work that volunteers are expected to support the center: manual
outdoor work with construction and social indoor work with children.
Physical work varies from time to time but the need for renovation and construction is
constant because the center was built more than 30 years ago. VPV has sent groups of
volunteers to the center since May 2008 and did support the center in some construction
work and small projects. There are also a lot of unnamed work that the staff want to do but
do not have enough time and work force to carry out. Volunteers will also join the activities
that the children and people there are doing everyday such as preparing meals, cleaning the
center and others. For this camp, the expected work is to help to finish building the
playground : cleaning the area, even out the ground (with sand), putting bricks
and creating small fences around the trees. The volunteers might need to help with
the construction of the sewerage as well.
At the same time, volunteers can work in the classrooms for special education
such as retardation class, basic education for deaf and mute children or the vocational
classes where children learn to sew, do embroideries, wool knitting... if the volunteers have
the necessary skills. Working with kids here requires a lot of creativity and different groups
prefer different approaching methods. It is advisable if the volunteers can bring some
educational materials. Our former volunteers often use pictures, drawing, clay, games, CD
and music to teach some dance moves.
Volunteers will stay in the guestrooms of the center, which are close to each other.
- The center will provide mattresses, pillows and blankets. Volunteers should bring their
own mosquito nets.
- Bathrooms and toilets are available close to the rooms. There’s no hot water.
- Volunteers will have lunch and dinner in the center. VPV will prepare breakfasts for the
group which include a few options such as breads, sticky rice or dumplings. If you are a
vegetarian, or have special diets, please let us know in advance.
- No washing machine for the group, so prepare yourselves to do hand-washing.
- No wifi available
What to bring
1. Suitable clothes for outdoor and manual activities.
2. Summer clothes. The weather at that time is hot and rainy.
3. Personal water bottle
4. Mosquito repellent and mosquito net
7. House shoes/ slippers
8. Any medicine you take regularly (we will provide general medicine)
9. Toiletries (towels, tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo...)
10. Sleeping bag (a thin one )
Your personal items are not insured by us! So PLEASE avoid bringing
expensive electronic items!!!
Electricity in Vietnam is 220 V and 50Hz. Check your appliance before your trip to see
whether you need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of outlets in Vietnam: flat blade plug, two round pins, and two
parallel flat pins with ground pin. If your appliances plug is different (such as those from
Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Hongkong, New Zealand, Singapore) you will need a plug
adapter. The adapter can be purchased from many outlets in your home country as well as
at the airport.
Táto aktivita nemôže byť pridaná do tvojej tašky. Môže byť plná, uzavretá, alebo nie je určená pre teba. Tiež sa musíš prihlásiť.