Discover Abilities Beyond Disabilities
Description: 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.
Type of Work: There are two types of work that volunteers are expected to support the center: Manually outdoor work with gardens and renovation and socially 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. Besides manual work, 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 necessary skills. Through the work and interaction with the children at the center, volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about the abilities that the children here are having despite their physical disability.
Study Theme: Social inclusion Ability beyond dsiability
Accommodation: • Volunteers will stay in the guestrooms of the center, which are next to each other. • The center will provide mattresses, pillows and blankets. Volunteers should bring their own mosquito nets. • Bathrooms and toilets are available in each room. There’s no hot water or shower. • 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; no wifi available.
Requirements: Volunteers should be open-minded, flexible and proactive.
Approximate Location: Thuy An commune, Ba Vi district, Hanoi.
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