About the local hosting organizationKy Quang Orphanage Pagoda was built in the early part of the 20th Century in 1924 and is quite famous in Ho Chi Minh City. The pagoda is now a place of charity for unlucky children and also helps treat diseases. Now, the pagoda is taking care and bringing up more than 200 children in the South of Vietnam.The children here have unfortunate backgrounds as many have been abandoned by their parents and relatives.Every few months, the monks find a new baby left in front of the pagoda gate. The head monk sometimes receives phone calls from hospitals requesting him to take in abandoned babies. At the moment, about 200 children are living in the Pagoda, their ages ranging from 5 days old to 40 years old. 90 of these are orphans that are suffering from cerebral palsy, blindness or Down's syndrome.At present, about 30-40 local children have a chance to study for free at Ky Quang as some local teachers teach Vietnamese for them in the morning.
About the volunteer workvolunteers will spend time with the children and help to improve their English, organize games and other activities for them. Volunteers will also do some manual work such as cleaning, renovation, etc depend on the need of orphanage/pagoda. Volunteers will get closer to the children’s life and try to build up a wider horizon for the children and encourage them to learn better for the brighter future. There is a possibility to support children with disability on the disabled children room.
Local accommodationVPV’ Dormitory in Sai Gon. Shared rooms. Sleeping on bunk bed with mattress. Showers and toilets are available. WIFI free at the volunteer house. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by volunteers. Lunch is provided at the project.
About the project locationThe dormitory is located in an urban area of Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnamese day, International day, self-organized city tour or excursions, etc.
RequirementsInterest and motivation working with children in difficult situation