|I could know about the Thuyan Rehabilitation Center after listening to a brief introduction from Dao Xuan Quyen|
Dao Xuan Quyen, the director, gave us a brief introduction about the center in Vietnamese. I could not understand it, but I was lucky to know two Vietnamese volunteers, Cao Trang and HuongTrang, who translated it to English for me. The director said that they provide food, shelter, educational support, and medical care for more than 200 mentally and physically disabled children.
|Cao Trang and HuongTrang helped me a lot on understanding Vietnamese.|
|They provide food, shelter, educational support, and medical care for more than 200 mentally and physically disabled children|
|Children’s performance was amazing!|
|The student sang a song called “Khuc Xuan”. I really liked the rhythm!|
Unfortunately, due to the rainy weather we did not have a chance to clean the campus garden which was on the schedule. Instead, we just took a tour around the center. It surprised me that the center had very well equipped facilities. They were providing everything that the children need. First, they had various training rooms. One, for example, allowed for children to learn how to sew, embroider, and make artificial flower, and so on. I could see fabulous artworks that were hanging on the wall. I am definitely sure that these educations can improve their life skills and help them with rehabilitation. Secondly, they had playground and volleyball court, so the children can play around and do remedial exercises. Furthermore, they had clinic which is very essential to taking care of the children’s health.
|Children made some outstanding artworks.|
|The lunch was delicious!|
|Children came into the dining room after we had lunch. They wanted to be with us all the time!|
|We took pictures in the conference room|
Accordingly, spending time in the center with female university students and handicapped children was a meaningful experience for me to get to know more about civil society in Vietnam. Their smile has left a deep impression on me. I am sure that it was also a great experience for the other female students to help the people who are living on the margins of society. I hope they realized the true meaning of sharing which is to have empathy with others as I did.
|We were sorry to have to say goodbye.|
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(Thuyan Rehabilitation Center)
SEUL BIN YOO