Today I accompanied a team of American volunteer medical doctors and nurses with Project Vietnam (http://www.pnvf.org/) on their visit to the Go Vap Orphanage. They will see first hand many of the sick and disabled babies and children and meet with the management staff and the orphanage doctor and physical therapist.
Located in the Go Vap District approximately 20 minutes from the Saigon city center, this orphanage has been around for more than 100 years. Currently the orphanage has 227 children from newborns to 14 years old. More than 180 of these children are sick with a variety of mental or physical illnesses, many of these are life-threatening.
I have been involved with this orphanage for more than 10 years. In past years, through the support of various organizations I have been able to help improving the quality of life for the children in the orphanage. To give you some ideas of the ongoing needs, here are some of the items we have provided for the orphanage: clean water (a new water storage and distribution system), washer and dryer, new baby cribs, computers, training for staff, wages for additional staff, weekly English class, school supplies, medical supplies (including invaluable medical shunts for babies suffering from hydrocephalus), baby products, new children clothes, hygiene products, dental care products, and many volunteers coming from many different countries around the world.
To contribute to support our work or to volunteer, please visit our website at http://www.kidswithnoborders.org/ or write to us at info@KidsWithNoBorders.org .
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Watch short video of the orphans in the Go Vap Orphanage English class.
Son Michael Pham reporting from Saigon