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Nguyen The Quang – grade 2C supported with a pair of glasses

Nguyen The Quang who is studying at grade 2C, Duc Tai 1 primary school is born in a poor family without any cultivated land or rice field. His parent are working as daily labors just with a small salary.
After an assessment of family situation carried out by Thien Chi staff, Quang has been sent to Eye hospital at the end of March. With a favorite black pair of glasses which he selected by himself, Quang has no longer tried to squint to read book, he happily showed it to his younger brother. The smile always appears on his lips which is a great encouragement for us to continuously carry out this meaningful program.We visited Quang’s family – a small house with brick walls and a corrugated iron kitchen. After the preliminary eyesight screening in January organized by Thien Chi cooperated with the school and the selected checking, Quang was listed as students with eyesight problem (left eyesight: 5/10) and encouraged to be sent to HCM hospital for specialty examination. His father  was still hesitant with the thinking that “ Eyesight problem might be painful or not able to see anything. Quang is still watching TV and learning very normally, so I don’t pay much attention”. While his mother worried, but they can’t afford to buy a cheap pair of glasses for their son. 

Health & Hygiene for Community

In this program, Thiện Chí provides training on various health topics and assistance to improve the quality of life in local communities. Examples of successful initiatives include:

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Malaria and dengue fever – Impregnation of mosquito nets together with community awareness programs on the causes of malaria and dengue fever have significantly reduced these diseases.

Worm infestation – De-worming tablets were issued to pupils and health centres and together with community awareness programs, worm infestation has now reduced from 90% to approx. 9%

Dental Hygiene – A program highlighting the correct tooth brushing procedure and the importance of dental hygiene is currently being delivered to students in 142 Primary Schools and Kindergartens throughout our communities. Thiện Chí has trained teachers in the implementation of this program.

Community training and awareness – Thiện Chí Health Team Staff deliver trhealth2aining according to the local need, but topics include:
• Women’s Health issues – breast cancer, cervical cancer, healthy pregnancies, birth control
• Lung Cancer – adverse effects of smoking 
• Cause and effects of diarrhoea and worm infestation
• Acute respiratory diseases and what to do in emergencies
• General health practices in the home.

Support for health diagnosis and treatment – Advice and assistance, both financial and practical is provided for those living in poverty and needing support.Read more .

Non Smoking Day: Each year on 31 May Thiện Chí celebrates International Non-smoking Day in conjunction with the community to raise awareness of smoking diseases and prevention. Some outstanding activities for this day are organized by Thien Chi such as: bike race, marathon, football match…read more

Support to build latrines, wells, clean water filtering systems – Community support to build latrines in Kindergartens, Primary Schools and extremely poor households in all districts has been well received, and continues when funding is available. Thiện Chí has been operating this program for over 7 years and now 25% of households now have a clean latrine. 50 poor households in Duc Linh will benefit from the clean water supply provided by Alum Water Processing Systems to be installed by May 2013.

To achieve successful results for the Health & Hygiene program, Thiện Chí always partners and closely cooperates with rural clinics, education and health authorities in the communities. Each year, activities for the Non Smoking Day are supported by Local Authorities who will often co-contribute to the implementation of initiatives which benefit the community.

Project in need!

Projects in need of urgent funding:

Education Scholarships for those living in poverty to keep their children in school
Empowerment for women and girls
Eyesight screening in Primary schools
Inclusive Education and Home Learning Boxes
Training in clean sustainable agriculture
Waste Recycling Plants expansion
Latrines for kindergartens, primary schools and poor households living in extreme poverty
Alum water processing system 

 

Why in Bình Thuận province?

Thien Chi is today implementing all programs in Bình Thuận province. This province was initially chosen in 1993 because local authorities showed exceptional motivation and interest in inviting Non-Governmental Organizations to work in the province. The present Thien Chi senior cadres have now accumulated a huge experience and credibility in the region with local authorities and many communes.

With an increasing ethnic minority population and high level of poverty, Bình Thuận province has limited support resources to cope with the huge need in the local communes. In partnership with local authorities, Thien Chi provides this support offering hope for a better future to 38 communes in 3 districts.

Sharing International

2014: Cases of single woman in need. VND 77,694,000

2015:  Support a poor household Ho Van Dung in DUc Linh. VND 11,000,000

Beside, Sharing International also granted a scholarship for Nguyen Van Tri (the eldest son son of Mrs. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Anh – a poor single mom in Ham Thuan Nam) at KOTO foundation.