Scholarship for 40 children – GDCD
Many children living in the Loc Ninh area live in poverty and are unable to attend school. The Consular Club provided funding for scholarships for a number of orphans in the care of a facility run by the Gia Dinh Co Don (GDCD) association. The program they operate is called “School for everyone”. In the most recent school year, the organisation funded school fees for over 40 students of different ages between grade 5 and university level. A number of former scholarship students have graduated with IT engineering or electrical college degrees, some are training to become teachers or nurses.
Infant Blindness Project – AVASTIN for ROP
Many prematurely born babies in the Dak Lak province suffer from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a condition which, if untreated can lead to retinal detachment and full blindness. This innovative treatment replaces the need for expensive surgery with injections of medicine into the eyes and has a high success rate.
Funds from the Consular Club covered the cost of treatment for some 50-75 babies whose eyesight has now been saved.
Water Filtration Project in Cai San
Residents of Cai Tac Parish located along the border of Ben Tre and Vinh Long province did not have access to clean water. The parish was not connected to the centralised grid and had to rely on drawing water from a well. This water was contaminated and unsafe affecting the health of the community.
The Consular Club provided money for a safe water project which included a pump, water filter, containers and pipes to connect the well water to a water filter processing system. The 8,000+ residents now have clean, safe water.
Shelters for HCMC Women Charity’s Association (WOCA)
WOCA supports many children from poor backgrounds who do not have families who can care for then by providing accommodation in shelters. Financial pressures over several years meant that one of these facilities was in urgent need of maintenance in order to provide a safe place to live.
The Consular Club was able to fund badly needed repairs to the kitchen, toilet areas and drainage and sewage systems. In addition, we were also able to provide money for new furniture and calculators to enable the children to complete their schoolwork.
Worldwide Orphans Project (WWO)
Large numbers of children with disabilities, some also HIV positive, in the Ben Tre area live in severe hardship. They are malnourished, misdiagnosed and left without adequate care or support. Their families or caregivers do not have the financial means nor the skills or equipment necessary to look after them. WWO works with the local community to support these caregivers in their efforts to look after these children.
The Consular Club was able to support the work of WWO by providing a grant for special nutrition for 7 malnourished babies and children with special needs, a wheelchair, a seat for children with Cerebral Palsy, an orthopedic device, toilets for 3 households, medical care and insurance for 7 disabled children, scholarships for 7 children with special needs and support for 3 parents with disabled children.
Eye Care Project
Many children from poor families in the Soc Trang province suffer from refractive errors causing visual impairment leading to blindness. The Consular Club funded the Eye Care Festival, an event held to educate the community on the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness. The Consular Club provided funds for free eye tests and glasses for 420 for children from disadvantaged families.
To ensure the continued availability of essential eye care for all we also funded training for nurses in 6 districts of Soc Trang and a campaign to raise the awareness of the importance of good eye care.
Les Enfants du Dragon
Les Enfants du Dragon orphanage had been looking for an economic and sustainable way to grow organic fruits and vegetables rather than relying on constant donations to purchase these items. The Consular Club was happy to support this innovative project by funding the aquaponics installation necessary to realise their ambition to become self-sufficient.
In addition to this we were also able to fund 2 air filters to ensure a healthy environment for the younger, more vulnerable children in the nursery.
Te-Phan Loving Orphanage
Te-Phan Loving Orphanage takes care of 65 orphans, many of whom are disabled, and 11 elderly people with no family or means to support themselves and who otherwise would be homeless. The orphanage needed funding to cover basic medical and educational expenses. The Consular Club was able to provide funding for emergency medical care, medicine and first aid for all 65 children.
Additionally, the Consular Club funded school uniforms, educational trips away from the orphanage for all 65 children, and medical insurance for 21 children. The Consular Club also paid for speech and physical therapy for 12 children.
Tertiary Education – Saigon Children
This project is a part of Saigon Children’s Child Development Scholarship Program. Its aim is to ensure as many children as possible whose education is jeopardized by poverty, are able to complete their education without worrying about the costs.
The 15 students supported through the Consular Club funding came from rural areas in Southern Vietnam facing acute poverty. They were chosen with great care. Without support, they would not be able to pursue tertiary education necessary to be financially independent and provide a stable income to support their families.
Wash Project for Than Thoi An 1 Primary School
Than Thoi An 1 primary school is located in the Tran De District of the Mekong Delta. This school had only 1 working toilet for 164 students and 5 teachers and no hand-washing facilities at all. The only water available to them came from a concrete tank and was used for flushing the toilet.
The Consular Club provided funds for the construction of a new toilet area complete with a sewage and water system as well as hand-washing basins. Good basic hygiene facilities are essential for the health of the whole community.
The Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients (SAPP)
Poor women living in remote areas around Phuoc Trach/Go Dau districts in Tay Ninh Province cannot afford basic essential health checks. They are often the sole breadwinners and if they become ill there is no-one to take care of their families.
Financial support from the Consular Club meant that some 600 women in this area were able to benefit from free gynecological and breast examinations to check for signs of cancer. Each of them was offered puerperal examinations, ultrasounds, blood pressure checks and pap smears. Those with abnormal results were offered treatment options at two medical facilities supporting this worthwhile project.