3rd Prize – Khanh Hoi Social Center for Orphans

Project:  Reproductive Health Training
Organization: Khanh Hoi Social Center for Orphans
What is this project about?

3rd Prize – Khanh Hoi Social Center for Orphans received 24 votes during the Event and the grant of VND 50 mln. The Center’s Dream is a world where no teenage girl’s life is shattered by an early pregnancy or abortion. The Center’s 6 month project will conduct training for girls and women, their guardians, to educate them about adolescence issues and reproductive health. All the girls will come from the disadvantaged groups in District 4, whose young inhabitants lack access to information on reproductive health and life skills amidst the District’s increasing social problems.

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What has the project achieved?

At the beginning of the project, the Center organized a picnic for local young women and girls to learn about their current level of knowledge on the topic. Then, over the course of 6 months, Khan Hoi organized 12 training sessions covering such topics as exploring the value of your identity; physiological issues of puberty; hygiene for teenage girls; communication skills; team work skills; reproductive health and safe sex practices; personal hygiene; and safe transportation. 105 children took part in the trainings, 64 girls and 41 boys. The boys were invited into the project so that they can gain solid understanding of gender equality from an early age. The participants were divided into 4 groups of 20 children based on their age ranging from 10 to 15 years old.

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In addition, 2 training courses, physiological issues of puberty and reproductive health for teenage girls, were designed specifically for the children’s parents and legal guardians. 20 people took part in these training courses.

All the training sessions were held in Khan Hoi Center, and the trainers used many interactive materials to engage children: videos, flipcharts and picture cards, interactive games and group discussions. At the end of each training the participants took a test that showed how well they learned the new material. All the participants, regardless of their age, passed their tests.

On 25 July 2013, Khan Hoi organized a graduation picnic to evaluate the project results and the effect of the project on the participating children. The picnic had games and discussions to help children share their thoughts about the project.

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Stories and people behind the project

LIN organized a donor site visit to Khan Hoi on July 14. At this time, Khanh Hoi’s project was at the last stage of the project and the donor visited the last training session on sex abuse protection for children. 20 girls and 10 boys took part in the training. They were learning how to protect themselves against the strangers. Among other activities, the children were asked to draw a picture showing situations in which they may face the danger of sexual abuse.

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Son Pham, LIN

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