Our school community works with organisations in and around Hồ Chí Minh City to help support under-privileged children through charitable donations and volunteerism. It is because of the hard work of students, parents, and staff that we are able to support the following organisations and individuals:
Maison Chance provides housing, health care, education and vocational training, and a place where the under-privileged children and the disabled can study and work. It also offers them the means to facilitate their rehabilitation and their reinsertion into social life.
The Little Feather Foundation was established in 2013 by a group of Australian professionals. They aim to provide loving end of life care for children and families throughout Vietnam. Many of the children and families they support are living at home, within their community, or in residential care facilities. They help in many ways such as, consulting with the child’s primary health care team, providing educational infor-mation to the child and their family about the child’s diagnosis and medicine, and arranging resources necessary for quality palliative care. They also help find support groups for families and help them access services such as creative therapies such as art and music.
This is the ABCIS’s second year to sponsor a little boy named Nhan, through the wonderful Little Feather Foundation. Nhan who is three year old boy who lives in a children’s centre in Ho Chi Minh City. He has untreated hydrocephalus, which means that his head is very large and heavy, because it is filled with fluid. The money that we raise allows the Little Feather Foundation to provide specialised palliative care, for Nhan. This includes the special medication he needs to ease his pain and control his symptoms, and high quality dressings/bandages to treat the large wounds on his head.
Bệnh Viện Nhi Dồng 1
Bệnh viện nhi đồng 1 is a large children’s hospital located in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. The hospital provides many forms of surgery such as laparoscopic surgery, expanded thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, open-heart surgery, cardiopulmonary bypass surgery, urology, and facial and maxillofacial surgery. The goal of the Hospital is to meet the needs of children in a safe and friendly environment, with high quality care and a team of enthusiastic and dynamic professionals.
Our community has paid for new equipment for the hospital and regularly pays for life saving operations for children from difficult and under-privileged backgrounds.
Operation Smile is a medical charity that specialises in providing corrective surgery to young sufferers of cleft lips and palates from all over the world. Continuing our well established tradition of supporting Oper-ation Smile, The ABCIS raised funds for Operation Smile during Term 1. As a community we were able to raise 80,975,000 VND ($3,462 USD). At an average of $240 USD per an operation, your efforts will help change the lives of close to fourteen young people.
ĐẶNG NGỌC HÂN – HEART OPERATION
HÂN is the youngest of 2 children of a middle-aged couple from Long An province. Although the family lives in the country side, they have no land to cultivate. HÂN’s father drives his bike every day, looking for passengers to be driven to the small market and back, helping them to transport their goods. HÂN’s mother operates her own little business. Their eldest son of 17 years has dropped out of high school to look for work to help the family.
HÂN was born with congenital heart deformation and has been seriously ill all of her life so far. She underwent a first heart operation at the Heart Institute which represented the first stage to attempt to repair her heart defect. However, it was realised she still required further surgery.
Han needs an urgent second operation, which will be an open heart operation, but as her parents have only gathered a third of the amount needed, 30.000.000 VND, The ABC International School has donated the rest, (52,444.000 VND) to allow the operation to proceed.
THE GREEN BAMBOO SHELTER
Throughout the years of its existence, The ABC International School has been helping a range of charities and worthy causes. Besides supporting Operation Smile, funding children’s surgeries and purchasing life support machines for the Saigon Children’s Hospital, The ABC International School also supports a homeless shelter called The Green Bamboo Shelter, which is located in District 1.
The Green Bamboo Shelter is a boys’ shelter which provides accommodation, education, food, medical care and ID registration for boys ranging from ages 8 to 16. The ABCIS started supporting The Green Bamboo Shelter in 2015 and we aim to continue supporting this shelter by providing school uniforms and stationary to further the education of the boys and help them to build a bright future.
On the 9th of February Ms. Giang and two of our 6th Form students , Jooran Y13 and Jiye Y13, paid The Green Bamboo Shelter a visit bearing gifts, treats and red Tet envelopes for the boys; we hope this has brought a warm and memorable start to their Tet holiday.
For more information, please visit www.greenbambooshelter.org
DƯƠNG THỊ MỸ DUYÊN – HEART OPERATION
Dương Thị Mỹ Duyên is a 6 years old girl from Yên Phú, Đồng Tháp Province. Duyên developed a chronic heart problem from an early age, she had to undergo two heart operations last year in order to keep her heart working. Unfortunately for Duyên her condition started to deteriorate last December, consequently forcing her to undergo an immediate ‘Cardiac Catheterisation’.
The ABC International School has donated 60.000.000 VND for the operation in hopes to cure Dương Thị Mỹ Duyên’s heart disease for good.
(Updates on Dương Thị Mỹ Duyên’s condition: Dương Thị Mỹ Duyên’s surgery was a success and after visiting the hospital for a follow up she was healthy enough to return to school after 2 weeks post-operation.)
A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL’S HEART SURGERY
Le My Thuan is a 15-year-old girl with a heart condition since birth. Her state worsened this year and may have been fatal if her condition had been left untreated; she required surgical attention as soon as possible. The total fee for the operation was 95.000.000 VND and members of her family managed to collect 50.000.000 VND; the ABC International School donated the remaining sum for the surgery to the amount of 45.000.000VND.
This was My Thuan’s third heart surgery and it was a success. A few days after the operation Jee Yoon and Jay (Year 13) paid My Thuan a visit bringing gifts. Below is a quote by who paid Le My Thuan a visit ‘’The school’s donation not only alleviates the family’s financial pressure, but it also gives My Thuan strength to triumph against the disorder. Through this experience, we strive to make positive changes for the future so that we can live in a harmonic and supportive society.’’
CAMBODIAN BOY’S SURGERY
We had a very successful charity campaign last year working with the Saigon Children’s Hospital (BV Nhi Đồng). This hospital presented us with a very unfortunate case, that of Sok Ly Hua, a Cambodian boy in need of immediate surgical attention. When we first met with the boy he was suffering from a broken leg and liver failure which led to blood poisoning. A few generous third party donators had already contributed to Sok Ly Hua’s surgery, however his family was still 55 million VND short. On 29/06/2017 The ABC International School took the initiative to pay off the rest of Sok Ly Hua’s surgical fee of 55 million VND. The operation has been a success and now Sok Ly Hua is able to return to a healthy normal life.
LIFE SUPPORT MACHINES
The Saigon children’s hospital has a shortage of life support machines especially during peak dengue fever season. The hospitals suffered some fatalities during peak dengue season because not all children will have access to these life support equipment. We have donated over 103 million VND worth of life support equipment to the hospital, now having multiple brand new life support stations available the Saigon children’s hospital will now be able to accommodate more children.
The hospital was kind enough to provide us with a large list of patients whose families have very limited disposable income and who are struggling to get by every day. We visited each patient and handed each of them a gift bag. During our visit to the hospital we provided 32 million VND worth of gifts for 300 child patients.