In 1991-92, Vietnam vets visited Polio Orphanage #5 in HCMC/Saigon with Vets With A Mission. VWAM agreed to help Sister Jean Marie, the orphanage director, in repairing the rehabilitation pool. It had been inoperable since 1979. Volunteers connected with the children, and a special bond was formed. In 2016, some of these former children, contacted VWAM seeking help to renovate and repairs their homes. In 2017 four of six homes were renovated. The final two will be repaired in 2018.
This project is a group home for adult male polio victims. Five of the adults do work, but their jobs provide a only a subsistence level of living. There isn't any extra income to renovate the home. One adult, who only crawls, remains home to clean, cook, etc. The government pensions each receives does help with living expenses, but there isn't anything leftover to make repairs. See the photographs taken this past month (December) by VWAM representatives.
Renovating this group home will remove these adult polio victims from terrible living conditions.
The quality of life will be greatly improved for these polio victims, providing them with long-term benefits associated with a safe, secure and functional living quarters. Vets With A Mission's two decades plus relationship with the children of Polio Orphanage #5 will almost come full circle with this project; one more project in addition to this one to go. But the last home renovation must wait until this home is repaired..