OverviewA program implemented by VinaCapital Foundation and Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City to access, protect, encourage and provide long-term care to Covid-19 orphans.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues its devastating legacy, many children have lost their parent/s and are living in extremely challenging circumstances. According to statistics of the Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs of Ho Chi Minh City, up to November 2021, in the city only, the 4th wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has caused 2,324 children to lose either one of their parents or both of their parents and caregivers. The number of orphans will continue to increase because of the ongoing impact of the virus in Vietnam.
Along with financial and educational difficulties, the loss of loved ones has left behind severe psychological trauma for many orphans. This vulnerable group faces hardship in every category of need, including physical health, mental health, nutrition and formal education.
In order to support disadvantaged children affected by Covid-19 to stabilize their lives, ensure their rights as prescribed by law, and narrow the gap in living standards between Covid-19 orphans and other children, on the afternoon of November 25, 2021, VinaCapital Foundation (VCF) in collaboration with the Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City (YU of HCMC) organized an MOU Signing Ceremony to implemented the Care to Rise program. The Care to Rise program’s purpose is to provide for, protect and encourage these orphans until adulthood through scientific individual assessment, short-term and mid-term remedies and long-term pathways for health and success.
Our Achievements since Inception
Since November 2021, Care to Rise has supported:
- 35 laptops for children affected by Covid-19
- 1924 children surveyed in Phase 1
- 100 Youth Union surveyors trained
- 1031 children received free health examination in February 2022
- 356 children received free health examination in April 2022
- 200 children received scholarships in July 2022
How does the program operate?
The Care To Rise program is divided into 3 phases with sufficient support for the children in each period of time.
- Identifying the beneficiaries of the program.
- Preparing individual surveys.
- Training surveyors.
- Detecting and determining each child’s condition by visiting their home and doing surveys to assess individual needs based on 3 crucial areas: nutrition and other basic needs, health/vision issues and possible anxiety disorders caused by the abrupt loss of parents and dislocation, and the ability to attend and/or perform school education requirements that currently require internet and communication devices.
- Building and enlarging the database for each child to record current solutions and propose actions for the future.
- Reviewing and assessing the database collected in Phase 1.
- Creating a support plan for each child.
- Providing remedial assistance for each child including:
- Periodic health examinations;
- Specific course of medical treatment for children with physical and/or psychological problems;
- Educational support including tutoring, scholarships, and study devices;
- Nutritional support.
Phase 3: Providing long-term care with health, education, and nutrition services for the children until adulthood by establishing the necessary database, communication channels and suitable assistance to ensure the best support package for each child.
Covid-19 may be passing, but the pain remains
Leaving work at 7 AM, Quang Hung’s grandparents rushed to take him to the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital in time for the Care to Rise program’s health examination. Seven-year-old Quang Hung, who lives in Binh Chanh, is the only son of their first daughter who died from Covid-19.