Socialising, making friends and exploring new places in Hanoi through coffee mornings, evening events, sport, hobbies and activities are an important part of what HIWC offers to our members. But there’s a lot more to us than this. We also dedicate considerable time to supporting vulnerable women and children by funding projects run by registered charities. Last year, we raised $107,000 for charity at our Annual Charity Bazaar (celebrating it’s 25th year on 27 November 2016), and since 2005 we have raised over US$1.1m for good causes. We spend the funds we raise responsibly and carefully. Month after month, HIWC’s Community Aid Committee (CAC) work diligently to ensure that the funds we raise at our Annual Charity Bazaar make a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged women and children in the Hanoi area.
Here’s a snapshot of the projects we have funded in 2016 so far…
SympaMeals: Cancer Treatment and Meal Vouchers : women and girls living in poor rural areas lack funds and access to treatment when diagnosed with cancer. They often forgo treatment or delay it so as not to burden their families with debt. HIWC funds radiation therapy treatment for 72 women at K Hospital in Hanoi, information booklets and a warm blanket. We also fund over 5000 meal vouchers per year so the women can be guaranteed at least one nutritious meal a day and milk powder: this provides nutrition when patients are unable to eat solid food due to sore throats caused by the radiotherapy.
Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI): Summer camps for children of people with HIV/AIDs, Life skills training courses for carers of children of people HIV/AIDS : children of people with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, drug users and the incarcerated do not have access to education and good parental care. They are stigmatized and marginalized because of their parents. HIWC funded summer camp programs for 50 children in Hai Phong and for up to 250 children and caregivers to receive life skills and parenting training and support. We also funded scholarships for 6 children to go to school. Founder and Director of SCDI, Dr Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, received HIWC’s 2016 Vision Award for Inspiring Women for her vision and courage in supporting and advocating for the rights of some of Vietnam’s most marginalised people.
Morning Star Center: Scholarships for children with autism: HIWC funds 15 poor children with autism to attend school and be supported by specialist teachers. The aim is for the children to develop language, communication and social skills to allow them to integrate into mainstream schools or kindergartens.
Humanitarian Services for the Children of Vietnam (HSCV) HIWC supports the operation of Blossom House all-girls foster care home, helping to fund education for 14 girls who would otherwise live in extreme poverty and/or whose lives were at risk.
Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC): HIWC funds a project called “Cactus Blooming” which provides reproductive health training sessions for 210 very poor women with disabilities from the Phu Xuyen district of Hanoi. This work is important as otherwise the women lack access to health care and knowledge about sexual health and this makes them vulnerable to sexual abuse.
Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam (ACCV): We fund “Brighter Tomorrow” scholarships and bicycles for 18 very poor children to attend school. The children otherwise face many barriers to education including lack of funds for school fees and transport to school.
Center for Counselling, Research and Empowerment (CoRE): HIWC funds the “Let’s Talk” peer counseling program for young adults in greater Hanoi. The program responds to a dire need for quality mental health services at a time hen domestic violence, a rising divorce rate, prevalence of child maltreatment and a high attemped suicide rate among youths are considered taboo and not discussed openly. Let’s Talk aims to equip young people with the skills to provide support and a listening ear to those in emotional and psychological distress.
Life Project for Youth (LP4Y): HIWC funds a training program for 7 young women who have fallen out of the education system to study English, learn IT skills and vocational skills. They work together to produce and market basic products or handcrafts and progress to working in the center’s bakery training center. The young women learn about themselves, gain confidence and are empowered to formulate plans for their future.
School on the Boat: provides education access for the children from poor families living illegally and in unhealthy conditions by the Red River in Hanoi. Thanks to funding from HIWC, 23 children aged 6 – 17 years old now go to school.
Will to Live Center: HIWC funds scholarships for 40 physically disabled young people from Northern Vietnam to attend vocational training and skills designed to help them gain employment and an independent livelihood.
By attending our Annual Charity Bazaar on 27 November 2016 at St Paul American School – Splendora, Hoai Duc-Hanoi, you will be helping us to continue with this great work. Please take time out of your schedule to support us: it is only one day out of 365 for charity, and the funds you help us raise make a real difference to the lives and life chances of so many Vietnamese women and children.
Ticket are now on sale from Tickebox.vn and at schools, shops and restaurants in Hanoi. We are also running free shuttle buses from 4 locations. Please see our Facebook page and check out the Annual Charity Bazaar section of this website for full details.
This year’s Bazaar is generously sponsored by Pink Lotus Sponsors: St Paul American School, Techcom Bank, Rent A Port and JYSK;
Diamond Sponsors: British International School, British University Vietnam, Apollo English Centres and UMA.