Children of Vietnam’s Hope System of Care for Children with Disabilities improves the health and quality of life for children with disabilities who are living in poverty and who have congenital impairments, received permanent injury, or may have been negatively impacted by exposure to Agent Orange/dioxin.
Children in poor communities of Vietnam receive wrap-around care that is based on their unique needs and can include one or more health and education services which is facilitated by an interdisciplinary team of experts evaluating each child’s needs. Each child may receive one or more services such as schooling, handicapped accessible housing, counseling, surgery and prosthetics, business micro-loans, nutrition, and medicine. Hope System of Care is a program that provides comprehensive services directly to disabled children and their families and gives hope and dignity through improved health and quality of life.
Funds raised are used to:
• Provide needed health care
• Provide school and vocational training scholarships
• Provide handicapped accessible housing or repair houses in poor condition
• Provide a small micro-loan for livelihood sustainability
• Provide parents with support to reduce social isolation
• Train local partners on social work and health care management
• Provide case workers who help parents advocate for his/her child(ren)
35 years after the end of the war, harmful effects of Agent Orange/dioxin contamination are still being felt by millions in Vietnam, including children. While obtaining accurate numbers for those who are affected is difficult to obtain, the Red Cross estimates that three million Vietnamese have been affected by Agent Orange, including at least 150,000 children born with serious birth defects. 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides were stored and sprayed over a quarter of the country, which denuded 5 million acres and destroyed crops and some 4.5 million people were exposed. A scientific consulting firm based in Canada, Hatfield Consulting, has identified Danang as one of 28 highly contaminated “hot spots.” As long as these “hot spots” are not cleaned up, dioxin can continue to make its way into the food chain and affect adults and children. This is a humanitarian concern that we can do something about by promoting hope and dignity and helping the problem by providing education, medical care and rehabilitation to those affected.
Approximately 50% of the 86,000,000 Vietnamese lives on less than $2 USD a day. Poverty coincides with lack of access to services and often includes social exclusion. When a child is disabled, the myriad of challenges only increases. A humanitarian response can change the future for these children whose developmental potential is shackled by poverty. Without support these children have limited hope for a full life with dignity.
Children of Vietnam’s Hope System of Care provides that hope—it is tangible, culturally accepted, and life-changing.
Hope System of Care is a unique program in Danang, Vietnam that develops and implements individualized care plans and tailored services that are wrap-around solutions based upon the strengths and needs of the child and the family. Experts serving on an interdisciplinary Care Management Team (CMT) - after consideration of a thorough assessment of the child’s need - make recommendations for a care plan based on the child’s and family’s specific situation. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the maximum physical, social, and emotional recovery and quality of life, including community integration for children with disabilities.
Social Work Case Managers assist the disabled child and family by providing initial assessment, coordination of care, and follow-up. Services may include any combination of educational/vocational, medical (surgeries, therapy, medicine), aide equipment (wheelchairs, prosthetics, hearing aides, glasses), nutritional, and housing assistance. Services are family-centered such that the parent’s strengths and challenges are considered along with the child’s. Support for the family may include a microfinance business loan to increase income and thereby enhance the capacity to care for their disabled child, or parents might be invited to a support club to reduce the intense feelings of isolation. Finally, the child’s situation is reviewed by the CMT a minimum of every six months to adjust the care plan as the child develops.
Additionally, Children of Vietnam actively leverages all local resources that commit to addressing the unique needs of each child with disabilities. To date, 44 educational, health, business, and government organizations collaborate to support children with disabilities. Some of these organizations include local district governments who provide staffing, local businesses who agree to train and hire children old enough and able to work, local hospitals and health centers, special education and public schools.
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