House of Hope Shelter for HIV / AIDS Affected Children
Story: HIV and AIDS are rates are high in Vietnamese population, estimated to be 280,000 in 2012, claiming 0.47% of the population. Among these, 5,670 are children.
Problem: Many innocent children are born with the virus / syndrome, succumbing to the disease due to their mothers prior infection. Many of these are orphaned or abandoned and require ongoing treatment for medical, mental health and social issues.
Solution: House of Hope currently runs three shelters, offering a sense of normality to the children aged from just over one year old to 18 years of age. The shelters are assisted through the generosity of local doctors providing medical services, and the ongoing assistance of "house mothers", girls who were raised at House of Hope, and are now volunteering their services to help others. The Consular Club has provided funding for schooling, textbooks and stationery, furniture and TV's to assist with the childrens' education and entertainment.
Photos of children have not been included in this report, to protect their identity.
Photos of the children living at the House of Hope have not been included on this website, to ensure their continued anonymity and remove possible discrimination against them based on their infection. Photos of the children have not been included in this report to protect their identity.