The orphanage is a fully independent organization and
does not claim any government subsidies to cover its operational costs. It
relies primarily on gifts or donations from non-governmental organizations
Money – unfortunately – makes the
world go round. We still need to address and fix many details at Son Ca II, in order to make it more operational. There will
always be a need
for furniture and the training & supervision staff to
maintain the sheltered workshops. Financial help of any kind, either in €,
or in $, or in VND, even the smallest amount, is more than welcome.
The tourists visiting the orphanage can ask Sister
Chantal directly how to help.
International transfers are also available. No
banking costs are charged when Sister Chantal leaves the money in her bank
account for a couple of weeks or more.
Please wire your donations in US$ to:
An Binh Commercial Joint
THIEN HUE BRANCH - DONG BA
number in USD: 114 100 397 6063
Swift code: ABBKVNVX
Owner: VU THI THO , 42 Kim Long Hue.
Please wire your donations in Vietnamese Dongs (VND) to:
78 Hung Vuong St.. Hue City - V N
Tel : 084 54 846058 -
Account number in VND: 016
114 002 5957
Swift code: BFTVVNVX016
CIF : 212052
Owner: VU THI THO ,
42 Kim Long Hue.
Sister Chantal confirms the need for medicines. As
suggested in most tourist guides, do not hesitate to take a bit more
medicines than you actually need, and leave them behind at the end of your
stay in Huê.
Tourism: Please avoid larger quantities however. It is better to
go through customs with a small parcel – say for personal needs
– rather than a big package or box, which will definitely be checked
by customs officials. Some medicines get confiscated or are subject to
By post: Sending medicines by regular mail
is also quite hazardous, for the same reasons. Sister Chantal will often
have to incur a charge to collect the parcel. We are currently
investigating some solutions to allow the sending of bulk medicines, via
NGO’s, from a fixed collection point in Europe.
Below is an overview of the medicines which are
always useful for the orphanage:
Akileïne for heavy legs
Falls, burns, …
Sister Xavier and Sister Linh
are in need of these medicines. They thank you in advance for your help.
Clothes for the children are, of course,
welcome. Clothing is needed for very
young babies and children up to the age of 5 and more.
Alternatively, it is much easier to buy clothing
directly from the Huê market (Dông Ba), than carrying them in your luggage. The
funny thing is that it usually would result in re-importing clothes back
into Vietnam, where they actually come from!
We indeed have lots of clothes
, but most of the time these are worn-out or do not meet the
specific needs of the children.
Sister Chantal suggests the following:
Come to the orphanage;
Ask Sister Chantal which of the children need
Go to the Dông Ba market
in Huê and purchase what you can. These clothes
are brand new, from a good quality manufacturer and are very inexpensive.
You will have the pleasure to hand the clothes
directly to the child. This will surely create a strong relationship.
If you still want
to bring clothes with you, be careful at the Vietnamese customs. Customs may charge import taxes on used
clothes (due to competition to the Vietnamese textile industry). If you
will be sending clothes through the mail, try to spread a large shipment
among between several people or
send items in smaller packages which are more discrete.