International NGO Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) opened on Thursday its first toy library in Vietnam at Tam Binh orphanage, home to nearly 200 orphans.
“Thousands of orphans and children with special needs in countries such as Bulgaria and Haiti have improved their developmental issues thanks to the Toy Library concept,” Thuy Ngo, WWO’s country director in Vietnam, said at the opening ceremony.
“We are convinced that this is a model we can replicate in the future to serve more and more children with special needs in Vietnam,” she said.
Nguyen Phuong Thao, deputy director of WWO Vietnam, said toys at the library, which will serve different age groups, meet international safety standards and have educational value.
The library also serves as a playing ground where children can sing, tell stories, and perform plays to improve their communication skills and confidence, Thao said.
The Toy Library, sponsored by HSBC Vietnam, is part of the project “Comprehensive Care for Orphan, Children and Adolescents with Disability and Special Needs” implemented by Tam Binh orphanage in partnership with WWO since 2012.
The orphanage, officially known as Tam Binh Center for Children’s Nourishment and Protection, is home to 196 orphans from newborns to below 18 years old; 70 of them have mental or physical disabilities.