Saigon Children’s Charity CIO
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- Account No.:001010800141 (VND)
- Bank name: HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd.
- Bank address:The Metropolitan 235 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Message: PHVN – Your email
As part of our key strategy “Serve the Community” during the period from 2020-2025, Pizza Hut Viet Nam wants to share and contribute back to the community through various CSR projects. More charity programs will be organized to help under-privileged children and marginalized groups in Vietnam.
During the crisis, we accompanied with medical workers in the fight of Covid-19. We delivered hundreds of free meals to medical staff and homeless people who have been impacted by the pandemic. We, part of Jardine Matheson Group partnered with Saigonchildren in the “Calendar project” for fundraising and at the same time, collaborated with NGOs to support under-privileged children by not only delivering free meals but also bringing smiles and happiness.
“An equal slice for Everyone” is the key message that we want to spread widely to the community and marginalized groups across Vietnam. This message aims at highlighting the equality for the under-privileged groups, providing opportunities for social inclusion and go against the gender discrimination. Through this campaign, Pizza Hut Vietnam wants to call for all beloved customers, employees, key business partners and Saigonchildren to join hands with us in this fundraising program.
DECODING PLAY – STORY FROM A MOTHER OF AN AUTISTIC SON
When I discovered saigonchildren’s course on playing skills it was like I had struck gold. How to play to develop awareness, play to increase interaction, play to foster connections between parents and child, were all the questions I was struggling with. ‘Play’ should be so simple, but how come there are so many difficulties when I play a game with my child? After the course I now understand and can engage better in play with him. If he wants to spin, I let him spin – but instead of spinning something random and meaningless, I’ll suggest a spinning game that is also educational and develops skills. For example, the lucky wheel. Whichever item the wheel stops on, he would then need to take that item and give it to dad. This way, I can allow my son to spin to his heart’s content, whilst also developing his awareness of items, and engagement when playing with his parents.
I came to the conclusion that his playing is repetitive because he does not yet know how to develop his playing; our responsibility as parents is to help our child discover the open-ended possibilities of play, to teach them new ways. Once we change our perspective, what was once considered ‘limited behaviour’ now seems much more lively and dynamic.
Because of this new approach, every day my child further develops skills such as how to wait to play in turn, or how to interact with friends. Recently, when he was playing, his friends suddenly became intrigued. So, each of them imitated the way my son was playing. Four kids surrounded my child to play in a way most would regard as ‘different’. What surprised me the most, was that my child was willing to wait for his friends to take their turns in the game. He has changed from a child who hated human contact, to letting his friends hold his hand for five minutes, and hug him for photographs. Honestly, if I hadn’t taken saigonchildren’s course on playing skills, I never would have been able to decode and help develop the way my child plays to this extent.
I know we still have a long journey ahead. I still have times when I feel helpless for not being able to understand my child, for when we both don’t share the same thoughts. My child’s playing is still limited, making it difficult for him to catch up with his peers. I hope that saigonchildren can organise more courses for parents with children with developmental delays so I can open up the doors into my child’s world, to better understand him – and maybe one day I can take him through that door and into a new world. But for now, I will continue to always put in my best efforts, until that day comes.
Found in 1992 from the UK, Saigon Children’s Charity CIO (saigonchildren) operates exclusively in Vietnam to help Vietnamese disadvantaged children access quality education and have a fairer start in life. Our mission is carried out via our four programmes: Child Development Scholarship, School Building, Getting Ready for Work, and Special Needs Education
During the past 29 years, saigonchildren has built 211 schools, awarded more than 40,011 scholarship packages to disadvantaged students, supported more than 15,431 young people in vocational training, and helped over 11,457 children with disabilities access quality education.