Giving a hand to change lives of children with intellectual disabilities.
Thuy is eating noodles while excitingly showing us his achievement. ‘The noodle made by me is very delicious!’
It is his innocent words of pride along with his significant improvements that make us so happy.
From being a young boy so strongly affected by his learning disability that he couldn’t change his own clothes, make his own bed or even understand social behaviour, Thuy has now acquired many self-help skills. He makes an omelet and squeezes orange juice for breakfast, he clears the table after meals, and he is – perhaps most importantly, able to recognize other people’s emotions and reactions by listening to the tone of their voice or seeing the glint in their eyes.
His own social behaviour has also changed - he is now able express himself in a moderate manner and without having to scream.
Thuy goes to Huong Duong School for Children with Learning Disabilities where most students live with severe hyperactivity and ADHD. He is one of the many students that have participated in a two-year curriculum improvement implemented by our Working With Others programme. This involves training teachers to develop students’ skills in communication, interaction and self-help.
Students at Huong Duong have received individual education plans with customised short- and long-term objectives that have been developed based on his/her intellectual age and abilities.
As we draw to the end of the Self-help project, we reflect back on its success for children like Thuy. The curriculum has brought great hopes to our children and young people with learning disabilities because it teaches them to lead independent lives and to integrate into their local community.
We thank Lufthansa HelpAlliance for continuing supporting our Working With Others programme and for helping us to bring change to so many children’s lives!