An hour outside of the city of Hanoi in northern Vietnam, the Ba Vi Orphanage is doing incredible work for 79 HIV-positive children, aged 1-21. Started in 2001, the orphanage houses kids that have either been abandoned by their families due to the severe stigma surrounding HIV, or whose parents have passed away due to AIDS. Despite their difficult circumstances, the staff at the Ba Vi Orphanage aims to give the children a second chance at life.
Come take a virtual tour of the orphanage’s facilities and see all the great services the center provides:
After entering the gates of orphanage, the medical center is the first building to the right. At the medical center, doctors provide HIV pediatric care and treatment services. The medical staff does a wonderful job attending to the students and no one in the center has died from HIV in over three years.
Just outside of the medical center is a playground and soccer field–this is where the kids can really be kids. The children love playing soccer and hanging from the monkey bars!
The center has four dormitories, housing around 16 students each. Every house has a living room with toys and activities, a kitchen, and bedrooms where students sleep in bunk beds. Also living in the house is a “House Mother” who takes care of the kids. The children also call her “mother” to enhance a family-like environment within the house.
The pavilion is where the the students gather for performances, assemblies, games, and other center-wide events.
The garden is a new addition to the orphanage. While still in its early stages, students are taught how to care for the plants and help them grow into fruits and vegetables that they can eat!
The orphanage is determined to give the kids something they may never have otherwise had the opportunity to receive: an education. The students are broken up into classes based on age and are taught five days a week by volunteer teachers. There are three classrooms all containing a blackboard for the teacher and rows of desks for the students.
One of the children’s favorite places in the orphanage is the library! Next to the classrooms is a library where students can take books to read on their own. This is also where many of the children too young to start school play during the day.
The Ba Vi Orphanage does an incredible job of giving the children living there a second chance at life–and childhood! With dedicated teachers, staff, doctors, and house mothers, the children are able to focus on their school and friends rather than their health. The center provides not only basic necessities, but also a community that fosters an environment in which marginalized children with HIV can grow and thrive.