On November 3rd project managers the “Prevention and Protection of Child Abuse in Ho Chi Minh City” Project, which is funded by Danish Vietnamese Association (DVA), held a meeting with standing coordinators from District 8 and Binh Chanh District in order to plan and deploy their upcoming activities. Participants of the meeting included Mr. Pham Dinh Nghinh – “Prevention and Protection of Child Abuse in Ho Chi Minh City” Project Manager, Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Phuc – member of the Standing Committee of Ho Chi Minh Child Welfare Association, officers of MOLISA and child specialists from 4 localities in the above 2 districts.
To start the meeting, Mr. Pham Dinh Nghinh – representing the Project management committee – stated the necessary actions that need to be taken, including: updating participants on the progress work previously decided on, reviewing the list of services supporting the targeted group of children, discussing the deployment of other focal activities in the near future.
During the meeting local officers proposed the second batch of disadvantaged children to be supported this year. Each child had been surveyed and listed as per request and guidance from Project management committee, which covers four main areas: (1) Health and Accident Insurance support for disadvantaged children (2) Special support for disadvantaged students (3) Emergency health support for disadvantaged children (4) Support for young offenders. At the meeting, the list was once again carefully scrutinized by the Project management committee and local standing coordinators, paying special attention to cases that need urgent support.
In addition, the managers and coordinators also discussed the next phase of the project: founding Children’s clubs in localities and visiting homes to evaluate children’s individual needs. It was decided that the clubs fall within the project’s scope of work, and therefore should be pushed forward asap. Detailed instructions and planning for the new home visiting scheme were also given in order to enhance the outreach towards targeted families and to provide regular updates of the situation of local disadvantaged children.
At the end of the meeting, The Project management committee and local standing coordinators agreed upon the work to be carried out in the near future, first up is the organization of the “Supporting disadvantaged children Batch 2 Year 2020” program this Saturday, 7th November 2020. As with everything we do, the Project coordinator Committee and The HCWA hope our efforts will help to partly relieve disadvantaged children of their difficulties and bring forward a brighter future, not only for the children but also their families.