Narrow The Gap – Round II.2017: Top 6 projects heading to the final

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1.Vui’s House – “Improving income and skills of 180 disabled in Ho Chi Minh City”.

Nowadays, the monthly income of disabled workers is about 2.5 million VND. However, the statistics are unstable due to the fact that their products are not always qualified enough for sale. In some months, no product leaves the community centers’ shelves, which creates an economic burden for them, and sometimes even to close and move the disabled workers to other centers. Vui’s House intends to address the problems of those centers comprehensively. The project starts from monitoring the market and evaluating the products to innovating the quality as well as improving skills for the disabled workers and advertising the products.



2. Friends for street children – “Providing clean water for 50 families of district 8”.

In recent years, lack of clean and drinkable water has become a serious problem and been affecting the physical health of students in District 8 as well as their families. Besides, habitual use of chemical pesticides are also extremely dangerous sources of water pollution. The solution here is to support a 10000-litre water tank for each family so as to restore rainwater or clarify alum for pond water and provide free drinking water for 50 households of students that are currently studying at Binh An center of FFSC.



3. Future Center – “Red Deer Project – Know to share, understand to protect yourselves”.

According to 2016 statistics from An Giang police station, 52 children abuse cases were reported and An Phu district witnessed the highest number of children sexual abuse cases (10 cases). Child sexual abuse has been one of the most alarming issues and needs to be resolved jointly. In order to address those mentioned issues, the project intends to organize specific activities such as training, equipping knowledge and enhancing capacity for teachers of 4 secondary schools in teaching gender education.



4. Happier – ‘Psychological support for children being treated at the Orthopedics Department”.

During the stay at Children’s Hospital 1, being isolated from parents, relatives and familiar environment worsens the pain that the children have to suffer. In addition, the sequelae of burns also causes psychological crisis and complexity… which affect the children’s psychological development later. Therefore, we take care of the young patients socially in order to bring joyfulness, share the pain of the children and their families through psychological support. It is also the model of patient-caring, combining Medicine, Psychology, and Social aspects. This helps the patients recover physically, minimizes mental traumas of them and their families during the treatment and recovery.



5. Thien Chi Center – “Supporting to integrate children with developmental disorders in the preschools in Duc Linh District, Binh Thuan Province”.

Children with schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairments, or language disorder often have latent difficulties and these can occur early in childhood. In cases that the children are detected early and supported with the right methods, they will achieve maximum development. If the community, parents and caregivers are aware of the unusual signs of one child’s communication, social interaction, learning skills development history, the difficulties can be timely controlled and able to receive intervention as well as support.



6. Self-Help – “Microcredit Self Help”.

Most social projects tend to solve short-term problems through financing money to buy drugs, supporting tuition fees and part of the capital for production. Meanwhile, there are not many projects that aim to create community self-command through an integrated approach from productive resources support, capacity enhancement, and outputs creation. In fact, the lack of capital and unstable output markets are the two main reasons leading to unsustainable production models for disabled people. Through applying the microcredit model of Dr. Muhammad Yunus, lending to the borrowers at the rate 6.5% per year (priority for women) that can help poor families get access to capital and focus on production.

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