Chris Jenkins Fund
Chris Jenkins first worked in Viet Nam in the late 1960’s with
Volunteers in Asia and International Voluntary Services. In the late 1990’s, he worked with the Ministry of Health on an anti-smoking campaign.
Chris passed away in April, 2001 of complications related to Hodgkins disease. Friends of Chris and the Beatitudes Community of Santa Barbara have been making donations in Chris's memory throughout the years to help the work of the Office of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children (OGCDC) at the Hue School of Medicine.
Dr. Nguyen Viet Nhan began OGCDC in 1999 to provide services to children with disabilities and their families. OGCDC programs include early intervention services for children with physical and/or developmental disabilities, physical therapy, specialized education, vocational training, medical care, and adaptive equipment.
Dr. Nguyen Viet Nhan with a plaque commemorating the Chris Jenkins Fund.
Tai Sang is a physiotherapist who has worked for OGCDC since 2010. He works with 20 children who have mobility problems, especially those with cerebral palsy. He makes the care plan for treatment and teaches the families of patients how to assist and teach them. Tai is also in charge of the wheelchair program at OGCDC where he helps find the most suitable wheelchairs for patients who need for increased mobility and capacity to earn a living. Every year he helps provide around 25-30 wheelchairs for poor patients.
The Beatitudes Community through the Chris Jenkins Fund OGCDC supports Tai Sang's salary and benefits. "Thanks to (their) support," Tai writes, "I can help many poor patients to strengthen their skills and develop their potential to integrate into the community.”
Donations have also been made in memory of Chris from friends who all lived together in the "S" Street house in Washington, DC after their service in IVS during the war. These donations have been used to support the Nam Dong Early Intervention Center in Thua Thien Hue Province which provides specialized education and physical therapy to children with disabilities.
The Center teaches the children basic education, self-care, socialization, and communication skills. In addition their parents are able to work knowing that their children with disabilities are getting great care and a healthy lunch.
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