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Lifestart Lanterns

Hoi An, Vietnam

Critical Need

Vietnam has a large population of adults living with complex disabilities. There are a number of reasons for this, ranging from repercussions of war injuries, polio, cerebral palsy, and accidents. The government does very little to help subsidize the costs of living with a disability, and accessible and affordable physiotherapists are few and far between. Even if treatment is received, accessibility to get around remains a challenge, as many modes of transportation require you to be completely independent. This creates additional barriers to employment opportunities.

Our Involvement

Many people with disabilities live with pain and other side effects that restrict their opportunities and heavily impact their quality of life. Our ground partners work with adults living with disabilities to ensure that they have their own sustainable income and are provided with wheelchairs and three-wheeled motorbikes that allow for greater independence and mobility. Proceeds from the social enterprise provide the salary of a physiotherapist that works in the Lifestart Disability Community Centre. The professional provides one-on-one assessments and supervised rehabilitation plans. G Adventures travellers experience a handicraft lesson in making traditional silk lanterns, taught by people with disabilities that have benefitted form the program.

Impact

The Lifestart Foundation has contributed to positive change in many aspects of life in Hoi An. They have assisted many people with disabilities to set up small businesses and create self-sufficiency. The Lifestart Foundation Workshop began in 2007 and achieves transformative change by empowering members to earn a sustainable income and gain a sense of independence through the creation of fine arts and crafts. Funds have also been used to provide some disabled members of the community with three-wheeled motorbikes which give them independence and increases their opportunity to find a job.

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