Aim and context of the assignment
Maison Chance is a non-governmental organisation created in 1993 in Binh Tan, on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. It provides accommodation, education and professional training for street children and disabled people, a combination of groups that makes Maison Chance somewhat original and particularly innovative from the social point of view. The association was granted official recognition in Vietnam in 1998.
Maison Chance’s new social centre project directly targets the promotion of health, social and economic development in Vietnam, and Krong No District in particular.
The primary aim of this social centre will be to welcome underprivileged and/or disabled people (adults and children from the region), provide housing for disabled elderly people who cannot live on their own, and provide jobs for the local communities.
The original feature of community life at the Dak Nong social centre will lie in its inter-generational diversity and capacity to accommodate people with a variety of pathological conditions.
To do this, Maison Chance will build housing and facilities geared to people with disabilities: adapted housing units, a nurse’s treatment room, physiotherapy and occupational therapy units, a hydrotherapy and rehabilitation pool, a school for pupils with various disabilities, a multi-purpose room for creative and cultural activities, a restaurant, a wheelchair and bicycle repair workshop, a handicrafts workshop and sales outlet, and an administrative unit.
Maison Chance also wishes to promote some new therapies that are considered innovative in Vietnam, in particular animal-assisted therapy (using horses) and horticultural therapy (a therapeutic garden).
Improving health and living conditions and helping the most vulnerable people in the Dak Nong region to reintegrate society through specially adapted schooling and professional training lie at the heart of the project.
The association asks Artelia to provide works supervision training for the Vietnamese engineer who has been recruited, and technical advice regarding the construction plans and project implementation.
Skills-based sponsorship requested
2 building engineers (ideally Vietnamese) for five days spread over one year.