Location: Ha Nam Orphanage, Vietnam
Beneficiaries: 28 children
Background: Ha Nam Orphanage was established in 1997 with the mission of nursing elderly people, orphans and street children, abandoned and disabled children, and people with mental issues and who had been diagnosed with HIV. Currently, there are 42 orphans and abandoned children, ages 1-22 years old, living in the orphanage, which is located in a poor rural area with lots of canals and rivers. Summer is coming soon in Vietnam, bringing with it extremely hot temperatures upwards of 100 degrees. Because the closest swimming pool is 10 km away and the orphanage and schools are not air-conditioned, the children often swim in the canals and rivers to beat the summer heat on their way home from school. Swimming in the river without adult supervision means that they are putting their lives at risk. Many students drown every year. In March 2019, eight students died when swimming in a river in a nearby province.