|Keeping families together: Huy & Hoang |
Twin boys Hoang & Huy were born in January 2007. Their parents already had 3 daughters before the twins were conceived, but they desperately wanted a son.
On the birth of twin boys, the parents were very happy, and mother and babies were all well. Unfortunately, three days later the twin’s mother died unexpectedly. Faced with his grief, and the prospect of trying to care for newborn twins and three other children, the father reluctantly had already begun the process of relinquishing the twins to the local orphanage before CHIA was introduced to the family.
Once it was confirmed that the father desperately wanted to keep the family together, CHIA began working with the father to find the best way to help him. After much deliberation, the twins’ maternal aunt eventually moved from a distant province to care for the twins. CHIA has committed to medium-term sponsorship of USD100 per month to provide a carer’s salary to the aunt and to pay for milk formula for the twins. This support will decrease as their dependency on formula and their need for constant care reduces, but will increase again to cover the costs of kindergarten and later, primary and secondary schooling.
It also recently became apparent that the family is facing difficulties in keeping one of the daughters, Tuyet, in school and will need further assistance. It will cost an additional USD120 per year to pay for Tuyet’s school fees, school insurance, extra classes, textbooks, uniforms and stationery. CHIA has committed to meeting this cost every year to allow Tuyet to complete a full primary and secondary education.
Their grief stricken father nearly relinquished the twins to the orphanage due to poverty. Happy toddlers, Huy and Hoang. Although the family is still very poor, the twin’s father is very happy to be able to continue to care for the boys at home.
Providing development opportunities: Sy
Sy is a delightful 14 year old boy with Cerebral Palsy who is a regular attendee at the CHIA therapy clinic with his mother. Until CHIA’s establishment there were no services or special education for children with disabilities in Hoi An (with the exception of the orphanage) and without CHIA’s support Sy would have very limited, if any, opportunity to develop.
As Sy cannot walk he used to spend most of the day lying on a bed facing the ceiling. Since CHIA met Sy we have provided him with a wheelchair which gives him mobility and the chance to be involved socially with his family.
Being involved in CHIA’s therapy program allows our team to work with Sy, who comes in three times a week, to improve his physical functionality, develop motor skills, have a basic level of intellectual stimulation and improve his ability to socially interact with the community.
Our Therapy program requires Sy’s mother to actively participate in each therapy session so that activities learnt in therapy sessions can be continued at home, providing Sy with the best chance of maximising his abilities.
CHIA’s Therapy program provides Sy with both physiotherapy and the opportunity for social interaction with other children. Sy reaching for the sky in a therapy session. Sy with CHIA’s Business and Marketing Manager, John Tobin and Phuong, one of CHIA’s Physiotherapists.
Providing the basics: health and education services - Thanh and Tam
CHIA has been working with Thanh’s family in a number of ways to enhance health and well-being whilst providing better life opportunities for each family member. Three year old Thanh is the third of four daughters of poor parents. Thanh’s mother is the main income earner for the family and works as a builder’s labourer. Her father is a fisherman and his earnings are unreliable. When he is not at sea he is the main carer of Thanh and her youngest sister Thao.
Up until late 2006 the family lived in a very basic house. The typhoon which struck Hoi An in October 2006 severely damaged the house and the family is so poor that the Vietnamese Government gave the family money towards building a new one. The family still had to borrow additional funds to get the house to a livable condition before the wet season arrived in earnest.
Up until recently Thanh had a cardiac condition requiring major surgery. Her condition demanded that surgery be performed sooner rather than later at a cost of USD2,500.
Thanh’s on-going medical costs soon absorbed most of the family’s income and they could no longer afford to pay for all of her older sister’s school classes. As a result 13 year Tam was no longer able to receive an education.
CHIA’s Care Package for the family included organising and funding the cost of Thanh’s cardiac surgery and providing an education sponsorship for Tam. Thanks to additional support from two donors, windows and doors were also installed in the family’s new house.
Thanh had cardiac surgery in September 2007 and is leading a full, healthy life. Tam is again attending all her school classes, her marks have improved and she has quickly recovered her confidence and joy in her school work.
This example is typical of CHIA’s tailored approach of assisting each family in our care on a needs basis to provide the best possible outcome for all family members. This holistic approach recognises access to quality health and education services are vital for long term family and community development and should be the right of every child, regardless of family income.
Thanh, pictured with her father, is now leading a happy and healthy life after having heart surgery at 3 years of age. Tam is happy to be back at school and attending all classes and achieving good grades. This is the house that Thanh, Tam and her family lived in until the government and CHIA donors helped them build a new house.
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Although the family is still very poor, the twin’s father is very happy to be able to continue to care for the boys at home.
Happy toddlers, Huy and Hoang.
Thanh, pictured with her father, is now leading a happy and healthy life after having heart surgery at 3 years of age.
Tam is happy to be back at school and attending all classes and achieving good grades.
This is the house that Thanh, Tam and her family lived in until the government and CHIA donors helped them build a new house.