With the help of our local Village Workers and local partners including People’s Committees, Women’s Union Farmer association, local Schools…, Thien Chi identifies families in need. Our Integrated Approach is implemented and assessments made by experienced staff . One or more of the following support services may be provided:
Providing education scholarships. The costs associated with attending school include: uniforms, textbooks, notebooks and stationery, school fees & extra tuition fees which many families simply cannot afford. By providing Education Scholarships of 500,000VND (approx. USD25) per year for primary and secondary students and 1,000,000 VND (approx. US$50) for high school student to subsidize the costs, many families are eager to send their children to school. Thien Chi provides one scholarship per family per year with the provision that all school age children in the household are attending school.
On average, Thien Chi provided approx. 1,500 – 2,000 poor students with Education Scholarship
Organizing treatment for health problems If a family is experiencing hardship due to health problems, assistance can be provided for diagnosis. Support for medical insurance, travel to HCMC for treatment, ongoing medication, the effect on family incomes etc. are all major issues. Thien Chi health staff consider when coordinating an action plan with local authorities and village workers to provide assistance to these needy families. In 2016, Thien Chi provided health support for a total of 91 families. Besides, we organized total 113 health trainings for 3,297 village people
Providing training and interest free loans for agriculture, or to start a small business. Interest free micro loans to commence a small business can be provided as a way to supplement family income. This program focuses on women, and if required, training in agricultural techniques will be provided to support the new venture.
At present (June 2017), Thien Chi is providing total 3,600 poor households with micro loans.
Mobilizing the community to help build better housing In partnership with the community and Local Authorities, Thien Chi can assist those families experiencing extreme hardship with the provision of suitable and adequate housing. In 2016, Thien Chi provided support to build a total of 51 houses.