On June 7th 2019, IBID representatives joined Saigonchildren, to visit a visually impaired student at Thien An Shelter, as well as attending a spatial orientation class, with lots of lovely children.
For the first time, the Donor Representatives were able to see firsthand how students from the Thien An Shelter learn to move on the road. Speaking about the experience, one staff member explained, “We have just had a lot of surprises. We were both anxious and excited when we saw the children encountering obstacles or crossing the street without being able to see the dangers ahead. Then, we breathed a sigh of relief, observing how confident they were to cross the road safely, overcoming obstacles ahead of time, though it was not always easy. It left us feeling enlightened and inspired, and we have a lot of respect for their courage and energy.”
When asked about the Life Skills course, they excitedly recounted their experiences. One student shared, “I like to study communication. I feel more confident when talking to people and I’m no longer embarrassed or afraid that people will laugh at me.” Another student added, “I love the subjects where I can tell stories and play roles, it’s really fun!” Sr. Thanh, the Project Manager, said that the children are learning with interactive and fun teaching methods, to help them become more receptive and engaged when learning. Therefore, they remember the lessons more easily, and can apply what they’ve learnt right away into their daily life.
That afternoon was the last lesson, before the children were about to start their summer vacation with their families. The teachers and students were talking happily with one another, and their bond and attachment could be felt. The children were excited about their holiday and were speaking about what they intended to do when they went home. It was a very meaningful experience for the IBID team and Saigonchildren staff to learn with the children, as well as getting the chance to listen to their hopes and dreams.
Thank you to the IBID sponsors for supporting these lovely children, so that they can make those dreams come true.
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