Who We Help

Who We Help

Here are the orphanages and shelters One More Step has helped in the past 10 years.

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    Vi Nhan School for the deaf and blind

    A school for 160 deaf, blind, and a few mentally disabled children. Vi Nhan is located in the Buon Ma Thuot, a city in the central highland of Viet Nam. Almost all of the children are from poor families. 2/3 of the students live at the school and visit family occasionally. There are around 6 orphans. The kids are provided with an invaluable special needs education program that does not even exist in the public school system. OMS spent 3 days here, and had an in depth look at the daily activities at the school and the wonderful that is going on there.

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    Gia Ui’s Family of Orphans

    This home was known as Xuan Tam 2 in previous years due to its close proximity to Xuan Tam Orphanage. Unlike other orphanages, these 16 orphans live like a big family in a house with their “mother” soeur Lan. Since the orphanage is in a rural area with little contact with charity organizations, OneMoreStep’s gift drive provides Gia Ui with many necessities each year. A few examples of the help our OneMoreStep donors have helped provide Gia Ui include installing a water filtration system, providing beds for the small children, bikes for the children to commute to school, a freezer to store donated food, and more.

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    Minh Hanh Kindergarden for Indigenous Children

    Minh Hanh Kindergarden is located in the beautiful mountainous region of Madagui. The school is where 3 – 5 yrs old indigenous kids of poor families can get an education and care, to allow their parents to go to work and support the family. There are around 70 kids and 3 classes. The school is run by a Buddhist nun and several indigenous teachers. The teachers are partial volunteers since the school cannot afford to pay them much.

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    Linh Quang Shelter

    Some selected images from our visit to Linh Quang Shelter. Nun Phong Dieu came to this village of Chau Rong indigenous people and set up a shelter for 60 plus street kids.

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    Nam Hung Orphanage

    The Nam Hung orphanage is located in Hoc Mon, a town on the outskirts of Saigon. It has around 40 children and is operated by 5 nuns who reside at the facility. Children of various ages reside at Nam Hung, receiving regular meals, schooling and care. Providing proper nutrition is a struggle at Nam Hung. Photos of Nam Hung and the children we provided for last year can be found in our Album.

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    Xuan Tam Orphanage

    [Update: Xuan Tam now raises 50 children – 21 of them are babies between ages of 1-5]

    Xuan Tam is an orphanage located in the Long Khanh District of Dong Nai province in Viet Nam. This year we sponsor the orphanage and its 34 children which operate in two seperate locations. The orphanage contains a vibrant farm where young people learn to grow crops and supply the orphanage vegetables and fruit, although children must ride kilometres to school.

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    Phan Sinh Shelter

    [Update: Phan Sinh has now grown in 2016 to 120 residents – 80 children and 40 elders]

    Phan Sinh Shelter shelter was established in 1998 at a town called Trảng Bom, Đồng Nai province in Vietnam. It still has no official private or public sponsors, but houses 8 adults and 26 orphans. Among them, 20 are severely disabled. In addition, there are 12 mute children who seek a living on their own but also frequent the shelter when conditions are particularly severe. To make their ends meet everyday, the inmates collect food scraps from the market place in the morning and beg for left-overs at restaurants and local religious establishments and societies in the afternoon.

    The collected items would be sorted with the most edible scraps going to the children, the rest used to feed a few pigs and chicken that are raised for supplement at the shelter. Meager funds are made at times from selling hand-made crafts from the children. Aside from food and daily requirements,access to medicine is a serious concern. With a monthly expense of $1300, the shelter has essentially survived on a rotating loan secure by the founders.

    For images of Phan Sinh Shelter, please visit their website at http://maiamphansinh.com/home/category/hinh-anh-clip/