Children's Hope In Action (CHIA)
Helping disabled and disadvantaged children in Quang Nam Province - Vietnam
What We Need
Various skills (TBD)
When & Who
Fully Self funded
More Services we Offer
We do not provide accommodation or meals for volunteers, as this is a daily drop off centre for children with disabilities. However we provide volunteers with a safe environment in which to enjoy and engage with the children. Free wifi, fresh water available all the time at the organisation.
Other Ways to Help
day to day interaction with the children
- Text books, pens, pencils and crayons. coloring books, art and craft materials.
- Rice, cooking oils, fish sauce, cooking utensils and crockery.
- medication e.g. ventolin, bite and sting creams, mosquito spray,
- Vitamins e.g. iron tablets, multivitamins, vitamin C
Additional Info about Us
General manager including administration
Day to day care including cooking, cleaning
When making contact with CHIA, volunteers can discuss opportunity for local accommodation at reasonable cost.
Current working with children certificate and police check is required
Children's Hope in Action (CHIA) is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) operating in Hoi An, central Vietnam since 2006. We are registered as a charity in Australia (ABN 88 085 725 085) and licensed to operate in Vietnam. Through our Australian partner Global Development Group, we are able to issue tax-deductible receipts to Australian donors. Our American partner Global Development Group USA has 501(c)(3) approval.
CHIA believes passionately that it is the right of every child to be raised within a nurturing family environment; to have access to essential services taken for granted by people living in the developed world. Children who suffer from disabilities, or chronic or critical health issues, and whose families are poor, are at high risk of being relinquished into institutional care. Hundreds of such children are helped by CHIA each month, enabling them to remain in the care of their families.
Quang Nam, where we operate, is one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam and we provide services to some of its poorest families. We have several thousand families registered with us, all seeking assistance for their children, some of them in life threatening situations. Our aim is to respond to the individual needs of each family. Our assistance ranges from the provision of education sponsorship enabling a child in a remote village to attend school (as well as the bicycle to get there), through to life saving cardiac surgery, drawing on assistance from both Western and Vietnamese medical teams.
Most of CHIA's donors are Australian however, we have several other generous donors from around the world who help keep CHIA afloat each month. CHIA does not receive any government financial support. CHIA has five paid Vietnamese staff which consist of the organisation manager, physiotherapist, medical program coordinator and two carers but relies heavily on volunteers to provide specialized services for the charity. However, because volunteering opportunities are spasmodic and unreliable, marketing and fundraising is completely lacking the majority of time and the current staff are unable to spend time raising funds or organising events.
CHIA would like to be able to train local Vietnamese staff in the province and are currently seeking grants with the view to hiring an experienced marketing manager and supervisor of two Vietnamese trainee marketing staff for a period of three years. The proposal will also include a formal training certificate in marketing and fundraising for participants provided by a reputable international university. The goals of the program will be to train and up-skill Vietnamese staff who will strengthen CHIA's capacity to continue their great work within this community.
CHIA focuses on three main areas of need;
• Therapeutic care to children with disabilities under 7 years of age
• Educational sponsorship to disadvantaged children
• Health and Nutrition for children in the community
CHIA also develops programs based on the needs of the community such as sexual health workshops for teenage children and fundraising events to promote CHIA and local businesses giving the opportunity to encourage donations for the children.