Our non-profit began three years ago as a partnership with The Kianh Foundation providing special education, physical therapy and healthcare services to children with disabilities at a government-run orphanage in Hoi An, Vietnam. We ran successful programs there until 2010. We are now serving the greater community.
On April 11, 2012, The Mulligan Project joyfully celebrated the Opening Ceremony of the The Dien Ban Day Center, a full-service special education facility that not only provides programs to children with disabilities but also benefits their families.
Most of the children at The Dien Ban Day Center suffer from Down Syndrome or Cerebral Palsy. One in ten children in Dien Ban are born with Down Syndrome. Dien Ban has over 1,000 children with disability, the majority of whom have no access to basic education. We are changing that.
The Dien Ban Day Center is the first of its kind in the region and addresses a critical gap. Many of the children at the Center have either never been in school or were rejected after failing their first year. If a child cannot succeed in the government school in Dien Ban, his or her choices become almost non-existent. The Mulligan Project offers children with disabilities a tailored program where they can maximize their mental and physical potential. With our programs, the children are thriving. They matter. Children have learned to walk. Children have learned to read. These are major milestones they could not reach before The Dien Ban Day Center. We also work directly with the parents and offer them training regarding their special needs child.