With the help of Red-cross Vietnam and Children’s Hope Vietnam, we managed to design Vietnam Experience in April 2017. Children’s Hope in Action (CHIA) is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) operating in Hoi An, central Vietnam since 2006.
CHIA believes passionately that it is the right of every child to be raised within a nurturing family environment; to have access to essential services taken for granted by people living in the developed world. Children who suffer from disabilities, or chronic or critical health issues, and whose families are poor, are at high risk of being relinquished into institutional care. Hundreds of such children are helped by CHIA each month, enabling them to remain in the care of their families.
Quang Nam, where they operate, is one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam and they provide services to some of its poorest families. They have several thousand families registered with them, all seeking assistance for their children, some of them in life-threatening situations. Their aim is to respond to the individual needs of each family. The assistance ranges from the provision of education sponsorship enabling a child in a remote village to attend school (as well as the bicycle to get there), through to life-saving cardiac surgery, drawing on assistance from both Western and Vietnamese medical teams.