Visiting Kianh FAQ
We appreciate your interest and support and would love to tell you more about our work at the Kianh Foundation. However, we do not allow visits to our Centre.
As a general rule we do not allow visitors to the centre.
Why does Kianh not allow visitors?
Our primary focus and mission is the care and development of the children. Over the years we have found that visitors, however kind and well-intentioned, disrupt the programmes, distracting the children. We also have a duty of care to these children, who are entrusted to us each day by their parents, to ensure that they do not have exposure to adults who have not been background-checked. In short, we do not allow visitors to the centre for all the same reasons that visitors are not allowed in to schools and similar establishments in the West.
I want to bring a group of students to visit your Centre
We understand that there may be many benefits to students from a visit to our Centre. However, we take child rights and child protection very seriously and it is the benefits to the children in our care that is of primary concern to us.
There are numerous reasons why we do not allow visits, including:
- Many of our children have ADD and other attention deficit problems. For all of the children, but particularly these, visitors are distracting
- Many of our children need to follow a rigid daily routine in order to manage their education. Regular visits and disturbances to this routine can make the work of the staff working with them very difficult
- We aim to create a feeling of peace and safety for the children which is not conducive to the constant visits of strangers
As you will appreciate, you would be unable to visit a similar establishment in your own country and we trust that you will understand and respect our decision.
I want to bring a group of students to teach English or help at your Centre
The children in our programme have various disabilities that present enormous challenges for them. Learning English is not a priority for a Vietnamese child with severe learning difficulties, mobility and speech problems, difficult with numeracy etc.
Children attending our Centre may follow the mainstream literacy and numeracy Vietnamese curriculum or take the path of a specifically modified curriculum that focuses on their individual functional life skills. These services are provided by highly-trained and qualified Vietnamese staff.
Our programmes are also geared towards the development of the local staff, as well as the development of the children, and all volunteers are required to contribute towards building staff capacity.
As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme, we would like to bring delegates to your Centre to have a hands-on experience, such as painting walls, for a few hours
Unfortunately, we don’t accept short-term visitors for the reasons stated above. As and when “hands-on” work arises (e.g. painting, decorating, gardening, repairs, feeding children) we support the community that we work in by employing local people.
If your clients wish to make a real difference to the lives of local people, the best way they could do this is to consider sponsoring a child to come to our Centre ($60 for 1 month) or a teacher to teach them ($254 per month / $3,048 annually).
For more information, please visit our Sponsorship Page.
I want to donate money but I don’t want to do it without seeing the programme and children first.
As much as we welcome your donation, the rights of the children in our care and the integrity of our programmes must come first.
There are many reasons why you would not be able to visit similar Centres to ours, in your own country. These same reasons apply in Vietnam. If you are in doubt about supporting our work, please undertake appropriate due diligence and research us. We hope that you will appreciate and respect our values and feel able to provide your donation without disrupting the staff and children.