Charity is willingly given from the heart.
We at HT have set up this community charity to help children from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds in Vietnam.
Living in a modern and developed country, we tend to forget about how difficult it is for those without money and living in poverty. We ask our clients for donations. Every penny you give goes a long way. With the kind contributions received, children have been enabled to go to school, graduating students are able to continue their studies and elderly people can be provided with medication and shelter.
The Effects of Poverty on the Children of Vietnam
Almost seven million Vietnamese children under the age of 16 still struggle due to poverty according to study result by Vietnamese Ministry of Labor – Invalids and Social Affairs, and UNICEF (2008). While extreme poverty rates for the Kinh majority ethnic group have decreased by 85% (1993 to 2006), extreme poverty for ethnic minorities have only decreased by only 48%. This data reveals a harsh reality. What these studies show is that a child living in poverty in Vietnam today is more than likely to be a child belonging to one of the nation’s unique ethnic minorities.
Poverty’s biggest danger is to the health of a poor child living in the north. UNICEF reports that poor children in Vietnam under the age of five are twice as likely to die before their fifth birthday. One in three boys & girls in Vietnam suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition.
ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE RESOURCES
A health complication can be compounded by a child’s lack of access to a health care facility, and in many cases, transportation to these facilities. According to previous studies done by the Vietnam Household Living Standards Survey (VHLSS 2006), the average distance that an ethnic family lives from a district hospital was around 21.6 km, and around 86.0 km from a provincial hospital.
According to findings in a 2009 World Bank study, connections can be made between the near 78% child poverty rate in North Western remote regions, and the region having the nation’s lowest net enrolment rates for all levels of education. A study by UNICEF found that 41% of the dropouts who were surveyed dropped out because they were not able to afford the school fees.