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Project #1

Established in 1984 by the Department of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs of Hanoi, Tay Dang Society Centre aims to provide shelter and care for 87 orphans who have lost one or both parents, as their relatives are often too poor to take care of them.

These street children were homeless and selling goods on streets, making them vulnerable and in danger of being trafficked and abused. The centre also cares for older people who have been abandoned by their families or have no relative to take care of them.

Needs

General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body and World Maps

Text/Reading Books:
(Vietnamese) Language/Grammar

Computer Hardware/Software:
USB Cables

Educational Games/Toys:
Chess Sets and Puzzles

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Badminton Shuttlecocks, Netball/Basketballs, and Soccer Balls

Clothing/Shoes:
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

First Aid/Health:
Sanitary Napkins

Linens:
Bath Towels, Mosquito Nets, and Pillows

Kitchen:
Plastic Serving Bowls and Plastic Serving Cups

Health/Personal Grooming:
Bars of Soap, Combs, Hair Brushes, Plastic Gloves, Shampoos, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, and Washing Powder

Project #2

The Mai Chau Hospital and Clinic aims to improve health awareness and provide medical assistance to benefit ethnic minorities in remote areas of Mai Chau District.

Opened in 2007, the estimated number of people benefiting from the project is 1,000 to 1,500 per year. Currently, Mai Chau Hospital and Clinic has assessed health needs and existing facilities to determine selected villages for health check and health promotion projects.

Needs

Specifically for Children:
Sanitary Napkins, Toothbrushes, and Toothpaste

Medications:
Ear Drops, Eye Drops, and First Aid Spray

Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, Baby Soap, Cannulas (Particularly Pediatric Cannulas and Giving Set), Child O2 Sat Probes, Cloth Diapers and Clips, Infant Formula Milk (Seal intact), Neonatal O2 Sat Probes, Newborn Clothes (Very Useful), Pediatric NG (Nasogastric) Feeding Tubes, Pulse Oximeter, Umbilical Cord Clips, and Weighing Scales

Linens:
Bed Linens, Pillows, and Towels

Project #3

The Thuy An Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped Children’s role is admission, care, nursing, orthopedic surgery, education, and vocational training for handicapped children of war veterans, invalids, and sick soldiers.

It also helps children affected by dioxin, and those in poor families in all towns and provinces in North Vietnam. This is a comprehensive rehabilitation center, offering both physical and mental treatment.

Needs

General Medical:
Needles, Oxygen Tubing, Pen-Torches/Flashlights, Respiratory Masks, Sanitary Napkins, Scissors, Small Scissors, Spacers for Asthmatic Patients, Splints, Thermometers (Digital), Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Urinary Catheter, and Urine Dipsticks

Testing Kits:
Pregnancy Testing Kits

Specifically for Children:
Baby Blankets, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, and Baby Soap

Reference Materials:
Medical Dictionary, Oxford Handbook of Medicine, and WHO ‘Hospital Care for Children’ Book

Linens:
Bed Linens, Pillows, and Towels

All the needs are current as of September 27, 2016

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.