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TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

I AM KIANH

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My name is Trang, I'm a 19 year old woman. I started at Kianh aged 17.

I have cerebral palsy, it effects my speech and pronunciation and really effects my self-confidence. Being at Kianh has taught me how to approach my communication differently which has boosted my self-confidence. I love singing so much, but my speech prevents me from finishing the songs that bring me joy, I can’t see any upside in my disability. I dream one day I will own a cake shop, and bake the cakes myself. I think I can achieve this through my passion and competence.

I remember my first days at Kianh, myself and a male student couldn't get along at all. The lead Teacher taught us to reconcile our issues at the end of each day so we could move forward. It worked! I now have six really good friends. It’s amazing to me that all the teachers at the school create their own special atmosphere for the students. I enjoy the down time at Kianh, where I can chat with my friends in the garden. Communication, P.E and swimming are my favourite subjects.

At home, my Mum is my idol, she is a great cook and respects my ideas and encourages me and my siblings to pursue the things we are passionate about. Each day at Kianh I have 5 lessons. In the morning the whole centre exercises and we have a fresh vegan meal everyday at 11am. Without Kianh I would be at home all day, no friends, no prospects.

My name is Jackie, I founded The Kianh Foundation in the year 2000

In the year 2000 I was in Hoi An and feeling fed up and motivated to move onto a less touristy area. On our last day in the area I reluctantly agreed to visit the local state orphanage with a friend of mine, despite my lack of interest and reluctance. What we found there changed my life. We came across this dark, locked room with no natural light or fresh air. Children were curled up in foetal positions (some banging their heads repeatedly on the wall) on wooden cots with buckets underneath to catch defecation. They were just being kept alive.

As we opened the door to the room a few of the more cognitive children turned their heads towards the shaft of light – it was like a scene from the movie “Awakenings” - they had clearly been abandoned on a daily basis. We stayed for the day and opened the windows and took some of the children outside. It was amazing to see the response as these ghost children came alive, it was an epiphany moment.

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Jackie Wrafter M.B.E
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My name is Hien, I'm an 18 year old woman. I started at Kianh when I was 9.

I have a motor-neuron disability that affects my right hand, legs and speech. It affects all my movements and my ability to communicate with other people. Being at Kianh has been a revolution for me, I have good friends, I can manage academic tests and I've been able to subdue my anxious nature and grow in confidence. My biggest difficulty with my disability is not being able to speak well. My dream is to become an Artist, I practice my drawing everyday and hope to attend art classes
in the future.

My first day at Kianh I remember another new boy who wouldn't let his Mum go home (she stayed with him for the first three days)! I have four really close friends here, male and female. My favourite teacher is Miss Lai, she has always taught me things that have been useful to my daily life.I really enjoy maths, history, science and art.

My Mum and Dad are in their 50’s and work as market traders, its a very difficult and precarious life. Our house is very busy, I have 3 siblings and many cousins in our village.We have such a healthy schedule at Kianh, with morning exercise, 5 lessons per day and a fresh lunch. Without Kianh my options would be severely reduced and I would have less hope in my life.

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Tỉnh Quảng Nam,
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