Visited Centres

The following are the latest centres, schools and institutions for disadvantaged and disabled people visited by Matteo Tricarico during the project “World tour for disadvantaged and disabled children”. Please see also Visited Centres 2009-2011.

We would like to thank the partner associations for the warm welcome and kindness Matteo always received during his visits.

Harmony Home, Taipei, Taiwan 9 June 2012

  • Taipei, Taiwan – May 2012 April 2013 (Matteo worked as volunteer at the Taipei shelter for one month in November 2010 and for one year from May 2012 and April 2013) – The Foundation Harmony Homemanages five shelters in Taiwan: two for women and children in Taipei and in Kaohsiung, two for adults in Taipei and one in Pingtung. Currently, shelter residents include children, teenagers, mothers, old people, patients who are physically challenged, in vegetative state, or with advanced illnesses. The Wenshan Shelter in Taipei is now the home of around 40 children and 10 mothers. The Pingtung shelter is a main facility for adults providing nursing care to around 60 PLHA and most critical cases are usually brought to this shelter. At present, all the shelters combined have a capacity of 40 beds for severely ill AIDS patients in need of intensive care, and 54 beds for those who were discharged from hospitals but are destitute and homeless. The Foundation also provides 10 beds for foreign workers referred by the Taiwan National Immigration Agency to stay for a short period of time, and for HIV-positive heroine addicted people, who are under the Methadone treatment.In China, the Foundation manages shelters in Zhengzhou, Xincai, Shenqiu, Yangzhuang, Ruili, Nanning, Guangzhou and Kunming with a few hundred children living there. There are also eight halfway houses for women and children in these cities that shelters various mothers with their child. Harmony Home provides also food and education allowances for hundreds of vulnerable children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Henan, Fujian, Shanxi, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong and Hubei. Contact Harmony Home Foundation Taiwan. Diary 2012/13 | Diary 2010 | Video 2012/13 | Videos 2010 1 2 3 4 5 | Photos 2012/13 | Photos 2010 1 2

Integrated program for children, An Chau, Vietnam 26 March 2012

  • 26 March 2012, An Chau (Vietnam) – The Italian Centre for Children Aid (CIAI) works in the North of Vietnam, in Son Dong District in the Bac Giang province improving the condition of children in particular orphan, fatherless or motherless and disabled. The main activities are:
    – sponsorship program to guarantee to children the access to school, health care and food;
    – providing building schools (when is necessary);
    – providing nursery and improving sanitary buildings.CIAI staff monitor the families condition and analyze the risks for children, visiting their home and verify the family income.

    The objective is to treat pathological newborns in an effective way in the District hospital of Son Dong, and to decrease substantially the neonatal mortality, utilizing the equipment of the hospital; to allow the children to regularly attend the school close to their homes, also in the rainy season. In the same municipality all the other schools and kindergartens need new equipment and furniture as those already in use are old and obsolete, and they risk damaging the health of the children.
    Beneficiaries are an average of 100-120 children that receive treatment in neonatology, as well as 140 children who attend the new elementary school of the Son Dong District and all kids within school age attending the 4 schools and kindergartens of Son Dong District.

    With this project CIAI also built a new school and enlarged the existing one. It completely equipped the neonatology of the hospital of Son Dong and created four kindergartens. Contact Centro Italiano Aiuti all’Infanzia. Diary

Project From the street to the school, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 5 March 2012

  • 5 March 2012, Phnom Penh (Cambogia) – The main objective of the project “From street to school” run by Italian Centre for Children Aid (CIAI) is to prevent the diffused phenomenon of scholastic abandonment in elementary schools, through the promotion of recreational creative and educational activities that potentially boost the scholastic and social re-integration of potentially “high at risk” children.
    Beneficiaries are:
    – 324 children aged 5 to 16 years who attend the centre;
    – 9 teachers of local schools who received scholastic material and support for the improvement in the quality of teaching;
    – 23 adults who benefited from the supportive activities towards vulnerable families;
    – 132 children who received medical support at the social centre;
    – 229 families who participated at the sensitization campaign on the importance of education;
    – 2 schools from the area were targeted for the distribution of scholastic material;
    – 59 teachers and 12 administrative staff from Boeung Trabek secondary school, have received scholastic material;
    – 55 members of the community turned to the social office.The project also deals with health issues such as organization of a vaccination campaign, information on hygiene and on the prevention of Aids. It also created a socio-cultural support by setting up of a Social Office to promote relationship development within the community and the sensitization regarding social and sanitary issues.
    So far the project succeeded in re-introduced 73 children into the public school system and 75 children were admitted to the centre for the first time. Also 60 pre-school age children profited from the recreational activities of the centre.

    The centre has become a reference model for the local community for social problems characterizing families, and the mothers of the beneficiary children. Contact Centro Italiano Aiuti all’Infanzia. Diary | Video | Photos

Capabilities project, Kompong Chhnang, Canbodia 1 March 2012


  • 1 March 2012, Kompong Chhnang (Cambodia) – The CAPABILITIES project stems from the fusion of two project previously developed by New Humanity in Cambodia in the sector of disability: the creation of a daily welcome centre in the province of Kandal in 2001 and of two similar centres in the province of Kompong Chhnang in 2003, and the start of a project for the delivering of special assistance at home, always in 2003.
    In Cambodia about 4,7% of population is affected by disability, of which more than 85% is supposed to live in rural areas. The lack of public structures and the belief, shared in rural communities, that disability is due to a divine malediction lead to the isolation of invalids, that often results in a complete abandon.
    The programme has the objective to foster the social inclusion of all the disabled and their acceptance as lovable human beings, not only by their families but by the whole society.
    The programme is articulated in three components:
    – Assistance and community based rehabilitation: provide assistance to the invalids at the welcome daily centres and at home, assuring them primary education and adequate medical care, in order to enhance their fully human development. Community based rehabilitation, fostering the collaboration of the families and of the whole community where children with disability live, is the first step towards their complete social inclusion.
    – Advocacy: promote the rights of disabled children both at local and national level, in order to facilitate their complete acceptance and to ensure them the access to education.
    – Prevention: reduce the incidence of disablement thanks to the promotion of early diagnosis of the diseases and preventing illnesses of women during the pregnancy and the occurrence of incidents during the childbirth. Contact Association New Humanity. Diary | Video | Photos



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