Go Vap is one of HCM’s biggest orphanages: It is a state orphanage that accommodates around 250 children, 80% of whom are disabled, in a three-story building, build around a courtyard, in the heart of the city. The children’s disabilities are various (trisomy, autism, blindness, BMI, hydrocephalus) and often very severe. It’s hard work to soothe the children’s daily life and avoid bed sores. There around 80 child-minders and a dozen physiotherapists.
* In 2017, Bertille Locqueville, a speech therapist, took over from Marion at Go Vap. She will continue and strengthen her mission with the handicapped children and will also train the nurses.
* In 2016, Marion Jacquet, a speech therapist, was hired by La Bonne Etoile for a year on a voluntary international solidarity status. She will train the orphanage’s staff in the specific care of oral swallowing for 100 disabled children who struggle to eat (or can’t feed themselves). She will also teach them to develop non-verbal communication.
* In 2015 La Bonne Etoile also hired a physiotherapist named Etienne Descamps for a year-long voluntary solidarity service. He trained the staff of the orphanage (nurses, carers, physiotherapists) to care for disabled children. He put in place a training course that will continue after his departure: the rehabilitation of children with congenital torticollis, passive mobilization of severely disabled children, positioning of the children in their beds, work on motor development levels.
* Since 2014, La Bonne Etoile has also funded the repair of physiotherapist equipment, the production of corsets and chairs as well as the purchase of developmental toys and had a Snoezelen room installed, an activity that is carried out in a space created with subdued lighting and soft music. It is a space that helps the 50 bedridden children to arouse their 5 senses by stimulation in a relaxing universe where they can feel safe. These children cannot speak but many are capable of other means of communication