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The past few months at Hue Children’s Shelter

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFun Sunday activities have been a source of enjoyment for all of the children, two international, and two local volunteers recently. One Sunday included special Halloween activities and was a highlight for all. The chasing game ‘Who’s afraid of the monster’ was an enjoyable scare, with children then transforming each other into creepy mummies, cackling witches, lumbering frankensteins, and bewitching wizards. Other activities have included dancing, football, and the game ‘Duck, duck, goose’.

Winter has arrived suddenly in Hue so Hue Help Hue Help supported the children’s shelter to buy warm clothing for the children. We are dedicated to improving the living conditions and health of the children in the shelter, and ensuring they have appropriate warm clothing is one such way that we fulfill this commitment. Read about our other commitments to the shelter here.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTwo children are working hard at high school as they hope to get into university in the next two years. Both of the children are interested in science and maths. Chemistry and physics are two main subjects for their university examination. We are supporting their dream by providing extra lessons in chemistry and we hope these extra classes will help them to achieve their goals of attending university.

One of the older girls worked in the Hue Help office last month assisting with data analysis for the Swim Towards Disaster Risk Reduction (STDRR) programme. Phuong graduated from her accounting course recently and this work experience with the Hue Help team was invaluable for her career prospects. She was a great help and we wish her all the best with her future endeavours. Another children’s shelter resident who is one of the two girls attending university, won a silver award for badminton with her team. Congratulations to her team!

Hue Children’s Shelter update

Playing at the beachHue Children’s Shelter was happy to welcome two new orphaned children, a brother and sister, to the shelter. They have been unable to attend school for the past year so are delighted to be back at school and are working hard.

Two of the shelter’s girls have started at university and Hue Help will support their tuition fees and living costs. Quynh studies at Hue  University of Economics and Nhi is attending the Hue University of Foreign Language. One boy has also moved to Hoi An to train in hospitality, thanks to Streets International.

The Hue Children’s Shelter residents have enjoyed some recreational activities over the summer sponsored by a very generous donor. They loved their trip to Hoi An and Danang where the children explored the cities and had fun on the beach. They went shopping at the markets for Childrens Day, and enjoyed festivities at the shelter to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival (read more on our Tumblr page).

Thao from HCS studying in Hoi An

IMG_6777Thao, one of the oldest girls in Hue Children’s Shelter surpassed the assessment criteria last summer to be trained at Streets International (streetsinternational.org) in hospitality in Hoi An. After 18 months of training at Streets International, she will have been provided internationally rewnowned teaching from a comprehensive culinary and hospitality programme, credentialed by the award-winning Institute of Culinary Education in New York, as well as extensive English language instruction.

Thao is very much missed by many of us in Hue. As a friendly and helpful girl, she always spent her free time helping the housemothers with cooking and taking care of the small children. Before she left the shelter, we all had a small party to say ‘goodbye’ to Thao and to wish her an enjoyable time in the new school.

Both we and the shelter know that Thao is being taken care of in an educational environment where each trainee is provided with housing, food, basic financial support, an active community and social support, and medical care. We are looking forward to seeing Thao graduate and work to be independent in the future.

Some information about Streets International adapted from www.streetsinternational.org

Call for Funds to Improve Children’s Nutrition in HCS

Hue Help are now seeking funds to support the children in Hue Children’s Shelter by adding fruits to their daily diet. The current budget for an individual child’s monthly meals is 580,000 VND (18 GBP). This amount is based on the Hue People’s Committee’s regulations and is applied to all children living in social centres/shelters (2682/QĐ-UBND). This budget is divided into breakfast, lunch and dinner which normally consists of rice, vegetables, meat/fish and soup. This however is not enough to provide daily fruit for the children.

Fruits are known to provide essential vitamins and minerals, fibre, and other substances that are essential to good health. Most fruits are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling. A recently published WHO/FAO (The World Health Organization/ The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) report recommends a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables per day (excluding potatoes and other starchy tubers) for the prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity, as well as for the prevention and alleviation of several micro-nutrient deficiencies.

Our purpose for the activity is to increase the daily intake of fruits for a more balanced diet to achieve the goal improving the quality of health for the growth and development of disadvantaged children in Hue Children’s Shelter.

If you would like to donate, follow this link and you can choose from the donation options. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@huehelp.org

Hue Children’s Shelter Update

At the end of 2012, Hue Children’s Shelter had received six more children. They are: Quan (11 months old); Xu (5 years); Kim Anh (15 years); Pho (16 years); Tony (6 years) and Thinh (14 years). They are all from different districts of Thua Thien Hue province such as Quang Dien, Huong Thuy, and Hue city. These new children have all lost parents to traffic accidents, floods and illness. We are now happy to see them enrolling in local schools and making friends with the other kids in the shelter.

We are now in the process of working with DOLISA and Hue Children’s Shelter to finalise the MOU for our sponsorship for this year. In the renewed MOU we are still committed to supporting the children with food, education (including books, notebooks, uniforms, school fees, extra classes and tutorial classes), clothes, personal items (soap, shampoo, pillow, blanket), recreational activities such as summer trips, creative classes, birthday parties, as well as providing salary and social insurance for two housemothers.

Through our support, we believe that the children will achieve higher education which will give them the opportunity to be independent in the future.

Fun Football Festival

On 15th April 2012, one of our partners Football For All Vietnam (FFAV) organised a highly successful event at the stadium on Ha Huy Tap street in Hue. Fun Football Festival, which took place on the final day of Hue Festival 2012, brought together 1200 disadvantaged children from all around Thua Thien Hue province.

Despite the intense early summer heat, the event went on as planned and many different activities were held throughout the day. There were outdoor football matches for boys and girls, as well as an indoor blind football match. The matches were certainly competitive, but more importantly, the children played with smiles on their faces. Hue Children’s Shelter entered two teams, one boys’ and one girls’, who both participated very sportingly.

There were also exhibitions for artwork made by many of the children and various games for the younger children to take part in. One of the highlights was a spectacle inside the stadium consisting of various performances from different shelters and centres. Traditional dancing, modern dancing, ballads, pop songs, plate spinning and stilt walking were just some of the vibrant performances on display. One of the girls from Hue Children’s Shelter, Oanh, even mustered up the courage to sing a popular children’s song in front of everyone in the stadium.

The festival culminated in a massive medal giving ceremony, where every child who participated in the event was awarded a medal. The whole day was a great achievement in bringing together the community and encouraging sport as a form of social development and creating community togetherness.