At this contest, the children affected with agent orange who are cared for at the Vietnam Friendship Village displayed the original fashion item with their costumes designed by teachers and children and made of the available materials such as paper, newspaper, rope....the children have been excited and actively trained hard, each act and gesture as well as step show their dream of being integrated with friends of the same age. When seeing their performance, we shared more and more empathy with them. The agent orange toxic has caused serious consequences, they daily suffer from the monstrous diseases but they are always happy and still try to overcome every difficulty in their lives. Some children don not have the serious condition in their brain, they can understand their own pain; where as some have a mentally retarded condition, they do not know their own names and ages... And because of their effort, their performance was highly appreciated by the board of examiners and audience.
In addition to the fashion show, they performed other significant dance items “The heart of the mother”. It shows the mother’s love and care for her children as well as the children’s gratitude to all senior members of staff and employees of the Friendship Village who give them the best care, education and medical treatment for their soon reintegration into the community.
Also at the exchange of art, the children participated in making and decorating the camp and with the help of volunteers they successfully completed their camp. Their camp was marked as the most beautiful one.
Summing up the art exchange program for the disadvantaged children throughout Hanoi city, the children at Vietnam Friendship Village gained two third prizes for art, one prize for the most beautiful camp and one A2 collective prize. The above result show the happiness and encouragement given to all the children of Vietnam Friendship Village.
The close of the art exchange left many dreams with the children and thoughts from the community and society to the disadvantaged children, everybody would like to do more to help more children to reintegrate back into the society.
Vietnam Friendship Village Dinh Van Binh.