Location: Center No. 2 (HIV Center), Hanoi, Vietnam
Beneficiaries: 13 children with HIV
Background: Center No.2 provides treatment, shelter, and care for abandoned orphan children with HIV and provides treatment, behavior and dignity education, vocational training and work for drug addicts in Hanoi. Currently, there are 73 orphans from a few months old to 18 years old. In the past, the children could not go to school due to severe discrimination from the community due to their HIV status, but now they have the chance to attend classes in the orphanage or schools in the community like other children. The distance from the orphanage to the schools, however, is at least 4 miles and as many as 11 miles, making it hard for the children to walk or ride their bikes to school, especially in very hot weather, on really cold days, or in heavy rain. The orphanage is in a mountainous area with curving roads and many big trucks, making the road unsafe for the children to walk.