Rick Teasdale via Crowdrise
August 31, 2012
BENEFITING: FOUNDATION FOR THE CHILDREN OF VIETNAM INC
EVENT DATE: Sep 05, 2012
HOURS PLEDGED: 100
Mileage Tracker: 4,433
Australia is truly the lucky country, a melting pot of cultures, natural wealth and beautiful weather. More importantly we are a caring and generous society; this is especially true in WA with Telethon raising record amounts each year.
This September I will be volunteering in a Vietnamese Orphanage, among these orphans are special needs children. I will be assisting with day to day tasks including feeding, washing, playing and teaching english. I’ll be assisting with rehabilitation exercises for the special needs children and importantly just being there showing them that they matter.
Having a niece with special needs has allowed me to see firsthand not only the challenges faced by parents and families (and there are many), I have also seen the excellent care and support given to children with special needs in Australia.
This ensures the majority of special needs children can grow and develop to their fullest extent, despite their conditions, surrounded by loving family and friends.
In Vietnam the story is much different, although Vietnam has now been at peace for many years; effects from war continue to haunt not only the adult population of this beautiful country but also its children.
In countries such as Vietnam, where daily sustainability is fragile, the added weight of a special needs child becomes simply unmanageable for families. When exiled from the family, they must go somewhere. There are nearly countless orphanages in Vietnam where unwanted children can be received.
The present effects of past warfare leave Vietnam with more cases of medically disabled children than many other nations. With many more children than staff, individual attention can be sparse for the children. This leaves a space that volunteers can fill.
I ask that you consider donating to this wonderful cause even the smallest donation* will make the biggest difference for these beautiful children.
My Chosen Charity is: Foundation For The Children Of Vietnam
*A minimum $10 is asked when donating online. Offline donations no matter the amount can be made in person to me, and they will be deposited to the total straight away.