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Code: VPVS4-15
Country: Viet Nam
Region: Ho Chi Minh city
Title: Ky Quang Orphanage
Start date: 23 February 2015
End date: 07 March 2015
Project type: Education
Ages: 18 - 70
Partner organisation: VPV - Vietnam
Training Required: Yes find out about training
UNA Exchange Placement Fee: £210.00 find out about costing
Work: Ky Quang Orphanage Pagoda was built in the early part of the 20th Century in 1924 and is quite famous in Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda is now a place of charity for unlucky children and also helps treat diseases. Now, the pagoda is taking care and bringing up more than 200 children in the South of Vietnam.The children here have unfortunate backgrounds as many have been abandoned by their parents and relatives.Every few months, the monks find a new baby left in front of the pagoda gate. The head monk sometimes receives phone calls from hospitals requesting him to take in abandoned babies. At the moment, about 200 children are living in the Pagoda, their ages ranging from 5 days old to 40 years old. 90 of these are orphans that are suffering from cerebral-palsy, blindness or Down\\\\\\'s syndrome.At present, about 30-40 local children have a chance to study for free at Ky Quang as some local teachers teach Vietnamese for them in the morning. Volunteers will spend time with the children and help to improve their English, organize games and other activities for them. Volunteers will also do some manual work such as doing book blinding for blind people. Volunteers will get closer to the children’s life and try to build up a wider horizon for the children and encourage them to learn better for the brighter future.
Location: Go Vap district, Ho Chi Minh city ( or Sai Gon- Southern part of Vietnam).
Accommodation: VPV’ Dormitory in Sai Gon. Shared rooms. Sleeping at bund-bed. Showers and toilets are available. WIFI free at volunteer house. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by volunteers. Lunch is provided by the project.
Special remarks: TERMINAL : Tan Son Nhat Airport (SGN) 45 minutes by taxi to volunteer house ; SPECIAL REMARKS : Interest and motivation working with children in difficult situation ; STUDY THEME : Disadvantaged children in Vietnam ; EXTRA FEE : 5,000,000 VND (170 EURO) payable on arrival

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