We typically partner with two wonderful non-profits in Vietnam. We work with Red Cross Nhan Duc District 3. This is a branch of Medic Dong Tay, LTD. Their mission is to support unprivileged communities in remote areas of Vietnam by providing healthcare services, necessary medicines, basic medical equipment and necessities. We will be caring of the disabled children at the Thien Phuoc Orphanage, Cu Chi. Many of these children will have cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, down syndrome and epilepsy. The Be Tho Orphanage will also be a site for exams for their children.
The second partnership is with Tiny Hearts of Hope. This organization is working in Vietnam helping poor people throughout the country. They provide education, healthcare, community development, and humanitarian aid to many people that are in great need. Assisting this organization with their ongoing programs has found us in tribal villages and this year in one of the slum areas. This is a unique experience to work with these tribal peoples who do not have access to healthcare due to their poverty and class status as well as help thing those in abject poverty.
VIETNAM - January 5-17, 2019 (Jan 15-17 is excursion to DaNang)
WHAT WILL WE DO? WHAT ARE SOME OBJECTIVES?
Our primary activity will be providing medical care to underserved children and adults as requested by our partner organizations. Locations include an orphanage for severely physically handicapped children and one for mentally challenged children, a slum mission and tribal villages. There are roles for non-medical persons as well. We can use (and need) many different skills.
Other educational objectives for medical students
- Facilitate learning experiences;
- Provide 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 mind and hands to evaluate and treat patients;
- Furnish opportunities to learn about a different culture and global issues encountered.
WHERE WILL WE STAY? We will stay in Ho Chi Minh City at the Somerset Ho Chi Minh City Serviced Residences in District 1 or hotel nearby in District 1.
WHAT WILL BE DOING? In the orphanages, we will be evaluating the children, making recommendations for any continuing care they might need, providing much needed medications for chronic as well as acute care needs, providing learning/teaching experiences between the staffs and our team as well as assisting our partner organizations with their ongoing activities. In the tribal villages and slums we will be providing acute care and helping our partner organizations identify problems that can be cared for at a later time. Team “helpers” will handle many tasks including vision screening, reading glasses, crowd control, pharmacy assistance… we will use whatever skills you have to help the team be as effective as possible. We value our “helpers”. Five clinic days are planned.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
The cost for this trip will be $1300 per person plus airfare for Jan 5-15. If you choose to join us on our excursion to Hanoi (Jan 15-17) the additional charge is $500. You may choose any airline you wish, but you are to arrive on or before January 6. We will meet at our hotel and check in is after 12 noon on the 6th. The airport in Ho Chi Minh City (airport code SGN). Transportation to the hotel is via taxi or uber from the airport. (we don't recommend Uber motorcycles)
A deposit of $206 is due to hold your space. Group size is 20. The land package covers, lodging, in- country transportation, 2 dinners, translator expenses, reading glasses, medications, supplies, and trip coordination/leadership. (Prices subject to change if suppliers raise fees). DaNang excursion includes transportation, lodging and tours.
Final payment is to be made via check to Power of a Nickel 4520 S. Birmingham Place Tulsa, OK 74105. Final payment due no later than November 6, 2017.
HOW CAN I JOIN THE TRIP? Go to www.powerofanickel.org … tab JOIN A TRIP… dropdown menu “APPLICATION” then make your deposit under “DEPOSIT”.
(Locations of the clinics are subject to change at the discretion of our host organizations)