Since 1994 we have collaborated with the Congregation of the daughters of the Immaculate Heart of Hue in the centre of Vietnam, who dedicated their life to improve their country's neediest people, in particular children and girls.
With the help of various NGOs in Europe, their excellent humanitarian work comprises several aspects: sponsorship and monitoring for the schooling of the children of poor families in town; residences for young people from the mountains so they can continue their studies in secondary school or in university; displacement of people in the city to be operated; rural development; primary health care to the inhabitants of the mountains belonging to ethnic minorities; construction of kindergartens and primary schools in small towns; leper colonies, hospitals and reconstruction of family homes.
Also, in their Centre, they host children orphans and young people from minority ethnic groups, give classes to dead-mute communities, take care of terminal patients of AIDS, give attention to grandparents, training for teenage mothers, pregnant and first aid, learning centres of sewing for women, as well as rehabilitation of children with disabilities.
From then on, we have sponsored children from humble families of Hue, for them to carry on with their studies. Although the schools are free, families must take on the costs of the uniforms and school materials. The sponsorship also prevents boys and girls to stop study and get a poorly paid job, but usually essential to the poor economy of the family. Also, we try to avoid the agreed marriages for girls, to stop them from being a burden to the family. The nuns visit regularly the children of their homes.
In Vietnam there are hundreds of minority ethnic groups, with their own language, religion and customs that are invisible to the Vietnamese Government. Most survive in the mountains of Truong Son, where people live doesn’t have much to go on with. They have to fight against nature, they grow rice and wheat on their own terraces and typhoons during the raining session destroy; working with outdate methods and without any tools, and what they collect is not enough to eat. Learning about the situation of these families, from Infants del Món, we asked the nuns to help the children from these families and we started the construction of maternal and primary schools for the children. When the children finish primary school and needs to go to the secondary school, are welcomed by the sisters at their Centre of Hue and many even go to College.
Management by: Sister Consolta, Sister Kim Nga i Sister Bénédictine
On the outskirts of Hue, there is a neighbourhood occupied by small children and elderly people, because young people have left to the nation's capital, Ho Chi Minh City, with the aim to look for work, leaving their children with grandparents. The elderly can barely work the small vegetable gardens next to the huts and just give them to eat, for if it were not enough, there are district school and the boys and girls have to traverse on foot kilometres to go to the school. The head of the community asked for help to the nuns and them to us. And since 1999 the children have sponsors, who provide food, school supplies and hygiene and many times they buy bicycles so that they can attend school.
Management: Nguyen Van Kha
The river of Perfumes goes through Hue, and in large barges lives families with lots of economics struggles, they are called ' sampaniers '. Organized in groups they fished in a much polluted river, and then sell it on the streets or carrying sand for the construction, their life is extremely difficult and miserable. Their barges are both their home and their work, the numerous typhoons and floods in the region could destroy everything and families would loose with the result of all the members of the families had nothing else to go on.
The Vietnamese Government considered that wasn’t good for the tourists to witness the miserable life of the sampaniers and forced them to change their location continuously, which among other damages, made that their children could not have continuity in the school and ended up abandoning their studies.
Ngo Van Chinh is a young Vietnamese and he is a tourist guide, he knew well the life of the "sampaniers" and much sensitized with the penuries through that the children were living, he organized with other benevolent young people classes of revision, at its free hours, so that the children could keep on studying.
The children sampaniers are very used to spending needs and when the godparents give them the possibility of studying, strain for obtaining good notes.
A few years ago the Government decided to install the "sampaniers" in a few areas of the outskirts of Hue, at first good news because they would have a roof, and its life gave a big draft but not everything has been a positive, the authorities did theirs donation of the areas but if a house wanted to be constructed they had to ask for a loan to the bank and this did that they have contracted big debts that do not know how to pay, many of the families have installed the their "sampans" and live there. Also, the river that they have close by has few fish and when they get some they have to move to the city. That yes that there have gained sound the children, who now have school close to house and can go every day.
Agent of the program: Ngo Van Chinh
Ngo Van Chinh, a young Vietnamese tourist guide knew well the life of sampaniers and very sensitive with the children’s hard conditions, he organized support classes free of charge with the collaboration of other youngster and during their free time, so the children could carry on with their studies.
The children sampaniers are accustomed to the deficiencies and when the godparents give the possibility to study will strive to take good notes.
A few years ago the Government decided to install the sampaniers on a land a few kilometres from Hue, at the beginning where good news because it would they would get a roof, and their life made a great spin but not everything was positive, the authorities donate a piece of land but if they wanted to build, they had to apply for a loan at the Bank and if done, families would get involve with large debts that don't know how to pay, many of the families have installed the roof of sampans and there live. In addition, the river that is closed by doesn’t have much fish, but when they can get some, the sampaniers will need to travel to the city in order to sell it. However, the children are better since now they have a school near and can go every day.
Although it is one of the richest countries of South America, Chile undergoes some enormous social inequalities. The inhabitants of the depressed zones had moved to the cities looking for a better, but their aspirations are not the reality, and the lack of work pushes the parents to the alcoholism and drugs, and the families end up breaking. The mothers remain with the children and are forces to accept any job in order to sustain their children.
A friendship with a social worker who worked in the district of the Prado (Santiago de Chile), made give us an account of the problems that the immigrants goes through when trying to settle down and mostly how the children would stop their studies. And in the year 2000 we began the sponsorship program.
The children attend half day at school, and the rest of the day stay in the streets because the parents are at work and spend long hours by themselves, also the small ones are in constant danger since they live in marginal neighbourhoods. Rotary Club of Andorra constructed a Sociocultural Centre so they had a place where to be safe, to be able to do their homework and are accompanied by some of the mothers who collaborate voluntarily. The centre also offers workshops for the parents in diverse areas, such as the children’s rights, to educate without violence, to read and to write, and to organize activities, snacks and celebrations.
The public schools belong to each community or to the DEAM (Department of Municipal Education); they have serious economic problems and little commitment on the part of professors and managers. As education is obligatory until 14 years old, the students attend but without any interest, with a very low level and serious problems of discipline.
For years from the Centre some are organized summer camps in Corlocoche with the objective for the children work out their frustrations and have a good time.
At beginning the sponsor money was given every 3months and the parents manage it, but since June 2016 was decided to change it to the “basic basket” and in it has no expired food, hygiene school material and school uniforms. Responsible of the program:
Marcela Novoa i Ximena Correas
We cooperate with Kusi Warma, Peruvian association that plans, designs and executes projects of protection to the childhood, creating favourable conditions in the society of its country for promotion, protection and defence of the children, the children and the adolescents. KW works in coordination with public and private institutions and existing social organizations in the zones of intervention, and different foreign ong's, among them Infants of Mon, in order to add efforts and to secure a greater impact between the population. KW has agreements with DEMUNAS (Defending Policemen of the Children and Adolescents) and COMUDENAS (Multi-sector Committees of the Children’s Rights and Adolescents) and Integra network DENACOVIFA
Its work concentrates in the “slumses” of Chorillos and Ventanilla, districts of Lima, preventing domestic violence situations. Also they have an area of education and investigation for the first childhood and minors, of sectors with high index of poverty and deficiencies of the elementary services. KW has multidisciplinary equipment, very comprised with the well-being of the children. From 2001, the godfathers of Infants of Mon have given support to more than 250 children and adolescents of Chorillo and Ventanilla.
The Chameleon Association acts for:
- The protection, reconstruction and reintegration of minor are victims of sexual abuses and the social support of its family.
- The education, the health, the professional insertion and the autonomy of the underprivileged young people and their families.
- The sensitization for the Children’s Rights and the prevention of domestic violence.
Objective: To help young girls that had suffered sexual abuses so that they find their place in society.
Chameleon has a Centre at Iloilo, where it welcomes children and young people, of 10 to 24 years, that have undergone sexual abuses. After a stay up to three years, with programs of support for the purposes of the reintegration, are according to each case, to their families and/or the insertion in the professional world.
Objective: To help the underprivileged children’s education and to develop families and the rural communities of Passi (13 towns).
Chameleon develops a schooling program for the children and young people from poor families (80% females and 20% males). The sponsor helps the children to go to school and the young people to continue to the university or professional formation. Also accompanying to the development by generating micro-projects with the objective of getting an income, proposing to the parents an initial technical formation in centre of Chameleon Formation, that is open to the young people and the parents (courses of computer science, kitchen, seam, aesthetic, etc.).
The association teaches and remembers to the parents its parental responsibilities.
Infants of Mon collaborate with Chameleon since 2003, in the programs of Education and development, by sponsoring the children and young people from the rural areas of Maasin and Tuburan.
In 2003, a trip to Cambodia to review the advances of the reconstruction of the orphanage of Kla-Kôn Thmeï, we verified the abandonment in which many children lived, the majority were orphaned or abandoned, forced to live in extreme conditions in one of the poorest countries of the world, that does not have an economic nor structural capacity to take care of them.
In December of the 2003 we put the foundations of the Llar Infants of Mon-Cambodia, in the town of Salacches, a rural community with serious economic problems due to the distance of the financial centres of the country.
The purpose of the Llar was to welcome in orphaned children or children of very poor families from around the province, being offered safe environment, to give them an education and the necessary attentions to them so that they grow as young human beings and they live like worthy people (and to guarantee its future). The life in the Llar is developed like a “big family”, fixing common goals but individually solving the problems (the majority of children has lived traumatic situations), developing its physical and psychic qualities, so that they can become confident young adults.
When in summer of the 2004 the doors of the Llar were opened, the children were between 2 and 11 years old, and their life in centre was about study and play. While they were growing, their needs were changing: the adolescents were anxious, fighters and emotionally unstable and this creates uncertainties to them. To lead these energies is a challenge, to make them feel identified and to be what they dream to be, so that they are critic citizen and compromised, cultured, free and happy. They are the future of their country, with force and restlessness to participate in the development process so they change their own communities to better.
The children of the Llar attend the state school and in the Llar, they receive support classes and extra-curricular activities that harness their creative abilities. The personnel of the Llar are of Cambodian nationality and consist of 14 fixed people and 3 casual workers.
The restlessness by the well-being of the children from the community of Rohal, are extremely humble, often one-parent families and they depend mainly on the annual collection of rice and it is not sufficient to cover the minimum needs, it pushed us to contact the leaders of the near populations to detect the most serious cases so that the children were sponsored and entered to the very comprised the program, offering to them the possibility of attending the support classes and the extra-curricular activities of the Llar. The evolution of Llar; from an orphanage to a Centre
When we settled in Rohal, our only objective was to welcome in the Llar the maximum number of children, by giving them the most possible individualized attention, but soon we realized that the schools of the rural areas lived great difficulties: over-populated classrooms in which the professors, who receive very low wages, cannot spend the required time that deserves each student, which causes a very high school drops out. With the integration of the children and children sponsored, and therefore to receive the support classes in the Llar, the families of the community realized the progress that took place in the children who attended the classes and as how stimulated the children were with the extra-curricular activities, they began to ask if their own children could participate in the project.
The team of the Llar, worries about the evolution of each child, not as much in relation to the age, but at the evolutionary moment at which it is, contributing to them the stimulating surroundings that make them have initiatives, promoting equal opportunity with an education of equitable quality,, which urged parents, educators and authorities to reframe some attitudes that until the moment were “normal”, and relations with the schools and the authorities grow up and become very strong ones.
In order to give answer to the many demands of inscription that we received from the parents of the 11 towns of the Commune of Rohal, we constructed new classrooms and we recruited more teaching staff and at the moment in the Educative Project of the Llar they attend more than 500 children and young people who receive classes of: Khmer (the language of the country), mathematics, English, traditional dances, plastic arts, reading, physics, chemistry, Biology, computer science, personal hygiene and cleaning of the surroundings, every week, according to its school grade. The classes are implemented by Khmer professors and the curricular program of the State school is followed.
The support classes and the school material are often a difficult for the families to provide and they cannot cover the basic needs of the children. With the Day Centre, we extended the support offering the food, the snack and hygiene besides rice for the family, favouring the cohesion of the familiar nucleus and giving the opportunity of which the children can continue studying.
The commitment of the godparents and the association does not finalize when the young people finish the cycle of secondary or turn 18 years, but we accompanied them until its total autonomy. According to their intellectual capacities, we granted a scholarship while they study to the university or they obtain a degree in professional formation. And the efforts realised by the young people, the godparents and the association have had the best reward, since we have young people who have finished their studies and are working, others attend different universities from the country or attend professional formation.
The Community of Rohal is in a rural area, where there are not professional schools nor universities, and when the students finish Grade12 (High School) passes the National Examination to obtain the Certificate of Studies Superiors, essential to be able to go to the University (4 years) or professional Formation (1 or 2 years). Some of our godparents cannot assume the expenses of registration, living cost and the support classes and for not stopping the students dreams, we have created the Program of Scholarships that can begin from Secondary until the studies finish. The student and the families sign a contract accepting the regulations during the studies.
The Llar has become a Centre implied in the evolution of the community, thanks to the support of the Government of Andorra and of many individuals, we are realising different projects, mainly proposed by the association Llar Infants of Mon-Cambodia; construction of schools that foment the schooling of children and young people, training of industrial painting and electricity for young people and adults of the community, classes of IT, campaigns of vaccinations, construction of wells in the schools, formation for the leaders of the communities and food distribution between the poorest families when is needed .
The monthly donations by the godparents are not sufficient for the integral operation of the Centre. The wages of the workers, the maintenance of buildings and the land, the salaries of the professors of the Educative Project, etc. are expenses that we can pay thanks to the support of individuals and deprived estates that besides financial aid, advise us to improve the project.
Director of the Centre: Kimnea Van
Director of the IdM-Cambodia program: Àngels Vila
Person in charge of the Volunteering Program: Laia Vara
From the year 2006 to 2016, the godfathers and godmothers of our association have helped 80 children and girls of Palacaguina's city (Nicaragua), covering his basic needs and promoting the assistance to the college.
The warning of which the Government of that country, he was feeling as interference the activities of the foreign NGOs and his will to prevent the distribution of the economic aids, they made us restate the continuity of the program. Assembled the godfathers we decide to close the program, in spite of the fact that it was hurting all for the children, the harmed principal ones. The majority of the godfathers decided to continue supporting in other programs that inspire more safety of which the money benefits the children.