green bamboo warm shelter
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Founded in 1993 and managed by Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare Association (HCWA), Green Bamboo Warm Shelter (GBWS) was primarily a club named “Cau Muoi” and has become a shelter since 1998. Every year, GBWS helps hundreds of boy children in street situation.
The goal of GBWS is to provide opportunities and support for boy children in street situation to reintegrate with their families and society, having a normal life in pursuit of future stability.
The highlight of GBWS is to help rehabilitate its boy beneficiaries’ mental and physical status by all good efforts and awareness of the children so that they will have a successful reintegration into their families and society. Children aged 15-16 are helped to participate in vocational training appropriate to their latent abilities and then to be arranged for job placement.
Within the phase of 2005-2012 (8 years), funded by the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, GBWS helped nearly 600 boy children, of whom more than 40% had stable jobs, 30% had family reunion and 20% went to school. However, there have been still around 10-15 % of children in street situation and unable to reintegrate into their families because they lack official identity documents, or even prefer the freedom of living in the streets earning money and joining street gangs.
Since 2013 up to now, GBWS has not yet secured full funding. Instead, it has alternatively raised funds via events, online fundraising, etc. However, the fundraising results are not enough to meet the demands of children.
By emphasizing our enthusiasms, experiences and lessons-learnt for the shelter model with an objective that, children in street situation will have opportunities to access GBWS support services for their full development, and that the number of street children and poor children living in the communities to drop out of school to earn living in the street will be reduced; this project is essential for the maintenance and development of GS.
- General Objetives
- Immediate Objectives
- Development Objectives
The basic demands of children:
- Meals, accommodation, health care, recreation, love, and security are met.
- Education (formal and informal schooling) is provided for children.
- Scholarship is provided for poor children living in the communities who drop out of school so that they can return to school.
- Job orientation is given to GBWS children and children living in poor communities so that they can make the right choice of jobs suitable to their capacity.Family visits, children’s family counseling, family reunion
Children’s self-confidence, self-esteem and positive behavior change are developed through awareness-raising activities such as child’s rights, gender equity, HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, STDs.GBWS children could elaborate their future plans after they have been equipped with English and IT skills through courses organized at GBWS.
The “Office Lunch” restaurant at GBWS helps to contribute partly to the funding of GBWS activities.