Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Short name, but long on effort....and progress!

This is Ý (pronounced "ee" with a rising tone). Life has changed dramatically for Ý in the past year, thanks to our program.  He has cerebral palsy and is one of the children our staff is working with at Peace Village. His mother died in 2013 when he was 9 years old.  His remaining familyhis dad and three siblingslives in a remote mountain village.   Struggling to earn a living and care for his children alone, the added burden of ’s special needs soon became too much for his father to deal with.  In 2014 he placed Ý in Peace Village.  Until we started our program in 2017, Ý had never been to school. His intellectual capacity is normal, but because of weakness on his right side and poorly-developed fine motor skills, his speech is slurred, and he has difficulty with walking and other daily activities.

He is eagerly learning to add, multiply and divide.  And thanks to the work of our Physical Therapist Thúy, his walking has improved greatly.  The boy I saw limping slowly and awkwardly in Peace Village nine months earlier, by May 2018 had much greater controland even carried a chair across the room!
Here you can see how his handwriting has improved: We’re very proud of !

Larry Borten, Founder

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Welcome to ChildCare Vietnam!

In an orphanage surrounded by rice fields, life has changed dramatically for a group of kids who had never known what their own minds and bodies could do.  As some begin to read and write, others to stand and walk their own, their faces reflect what it means to suddenly discover undreamed-of abilities within oneself.  
The intent focus of 4-year-old Loi, who has cerebral palsy, the raised hands and expressions of Công and Tien, whose special needs prevented their enrolment in regular school, speak of an experience a visiting pediatric physiotherapist called “a massive change from just a few short years ago” – an experience more than 20 children with mental or physical disabilities are now awakening to each day.  

Here, we will keep you posted on the progress our kids are making, acquaint you with our dedicated staff, and update you on our future plans.  ChildCare Vietnam needs your support to continue its ground-breaking work!  Please subscribe below, оr follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram.  And please share this post with your friends!