Caring for Orphans and Tribal Populations
The Vietnam global outreach program is unique in its populations served. The country of 89 million has some of the highest rates of child disability in the world, the legacy of decades of war, but the country is not equipped to provide adequate care for these children. Imagine the six-day-old baby with excessive fluid in the brain being left outside an orphanage - just one of thousands of disabled children to have been abandoned in Vietnam.
The Be Tho orphanage, directed by Sister Vinh, is an incredible experience in caring and unconditional love. On the outskirts of HCMC, more than 100 children live, play, and are educated by a host of dedicated staff. We offer an opportunity to evaluate the children and support the caregivers in their daunting tasks.
Special needs children who are born into poor families in Vietnam often lack access to support and have limited opportunities to develop. Imagine having to care for a totally dependent child, work to feed your family, and care for the other family members at the same time. All to often this is just impossible. Children are left on the doorsteps of orphanages all over Vietnam - not because they are not loved or wanted by their parent(s) - but because there is no other way. We are privileged to be invited to help care for some of these severely handicapped children in orphanages near Ho Chi Minh City. The team evaluates all the children in the orphanage and serves to provide educational opportunities for the caregivers with techniques that may better help the individual child. We offer encouragement for the tremendous love these caregivers deliver each hour of each day.
For mentally challenged children, one of the orphanages serves as a safe place to live, play, and be loved. We evaluate all of the children for problems that may arise with their particular disabilities as well as for acute illnesses.
Tiny Hearts of Hope has now expanded into some of the deplorable slum areas - providing educational opportunities and hope. Providing medical care to these disenfranchised people can help strengthen the relationship between those living there and Tiny Hearts of Hope.
In addition to our orphanage visits, we typically serve two tribal areas several hours outside of HCMC. The medical care if offered to all ages of the tribal peoples. Osteopathic manipulation is provided to ease the discomfort of somatic dysfunction in these hard working subsistence farmers.
- Build relationships with the orphanages and tribal villages
- Partner with organizations that care for these populations on a daily basis
- Fulfill requests by the orphanages and Tiny Hearts of Hope for specific needs of identified individuals
- Provide competent, appropriate medical care to an extremely underserved population and to orphans, many with disabilities
- Facilitate educational opportunities as requested
- Request referrals for other services to be provided by local private organizations
- Supply much needed medications and supplies during our outreach program
- Offer safe learning environment for medical students, other healthcare personnel, and ancillary team members
- Allow learning experiences for medical students and other healthcare students
- Give intensive training of students in the art of medicine - without the use of lab, x-rays, and other technology. Students are encouraged to use their mend and hands to evaluate and treat patients
- Furnish opportunities to learn about a different culture and global issues encountered