The commitment of Eurasia in Vietnam has a long story.

Ha Vinh Tho, the founder of Eurasia, is through his father, of Vietnamese origin. He and his wife Lisi lived for twelve years with seven youngsters living with various mental disabilities in a Camphill community. For many years, Tho was the director of a Special Education Training in Perceval, St Prex, Switzerland.

After the war in 1982, he had the opportunity to return to Vietnam. The needs in the country were immense. The suffering and the wounds of war were still visible and present everywhere. The life of people living with mental disabilities and the life of their families was very difficult.

Eurasia started its action by helping those who took care of people living with disabilities. In the beginning it was mainly with material help: building a kitchen, buying beds, a washing machine, finding sponsors for food, that Eurasia could supply the most basic needs for a life in dignity. But very soon the need for training for those working with people living with disabilities became central in the work of Eurasia.

The first Eurasia training courses were given in 1998, in Phu My, a big orphanage in Saigon. Seven Vietnamese students came for a full four year Special Education Training to Switzerland. They all returned to Vietnam. Four of them now work for Eurasia.

Since 1999 Eurasia has built 7 schools and special classes in Hue. With our various partners we have also built and sponsored vocational training centers and an old peoples home. Eurasia has organized many training courses in Vietnam and a one year course in Special Education at Hue University.

It is thanks to our very dynamic Vietnamese team, our many local partners, the members and friends of Eurasia Association and the members of the Eurasia Foundation that the work of Eurasia flourishes and grows joyfully.


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