ACCV was established after the Vidotto family went on a family trip to Vietnam in September 2006. During our visit we spent some time at an orphanage in Hanoi. We were completely taken with the children of the orphanage and with the street kids and former-street kids that we met during our stay. We were also quite overwhelmed when we compared the quality of life given to our own children as opposed to the plight of these Vietnamese children who are just as bright, just as delightful, and just as deserving of the opportunities necessary to reach their potential! We returned to Australia determined to do something, and as a result the Australian Charity for the Children of Vietnam (ACCV) was born!
ACCV became an official NGO in both Australia and Vietnam. No financial support from any government or corporate sector was provided. Financial support came from fundraising and direct donations. We worked with an abundance of underprivileged young people, many of whom are blind. We strongly believe in helping them to help themselves, and as an end result believe we achieved that goal.
100% of all funds donated go directly to ACCV projects, all administrative costs were donated by the Vidotto Group.
ACCV ran four major programs:
- E.L.I.T.E – English Language & IT Education for blind students.
The objective of our ELITE Course was to give visually impaired students the opportunity to further education and future job prospects. Employment and independence was ultimately achieved for many of our students.
- A Brighter Tomorrow
Breaking the poverty cycle through education and support. We supported a number of disadvantaged students through high school and university by funding their educational fees and providing them with bicycles to facilitate their daily commute to school.
- Christine Edith Medical Sponsorship program (C.E.M.S.)
ACCV entered into partnership with the National Hospital of Paediatrics in Vietnam to provide medical support to seriously ill children requiring long term medical treatment. The Endocrine ward in particular was the main focus, children with diseases such as Diabetes, CAH, Hypothyroidism, Osteogenesis Imperfecta etc
- Play & Learn
Being Hanoi’s first play and support group for visually impaired pre-school children and their parents, Play & Learn provided mums and dads with support and a social network while their children learned and played with educational toys and games.
Since 2006 Alison & Rose have worked constantly to establish ACCV as a solid grassroots organisation. Rose was directly involved in all aspects of ACCV. While ACCV’s activities continued they travelled to Hanoi together at least three times per year.
ACCV was registered both in Australia and Vietnam.
ABN 14 124 019 290 / ACN -124 019 290O / F.T. – CH1679 / PACCOM AT 484/UB