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CapitaLand & saigonchildren hold Mid-Autumn Festival for autistic children

Released at: 17:32, 17/09/2019

CapitaLand & saigonchildren hold Mid-Autumn Festival for autistic children

Photo: CapitaLand Vietnam

Over 300 children in southern Vietnam with autism join festival sponsored by funds raised from the 'Step Up For Autism' campaign.

by Hung Cao

More than 300 children with autism and 500 parents, caregivers, and teachers have participated in a Mid-Autumn Festival in Ho Chi Minh City for children with autism.

The event was hosted by the Saigon Children’s Charity (saigonchildren) and the Vietnam Autism Network (VAN), with support from CapitaLand Vietnam and the CapitaLand Hope Foundation as part of continuous efforts to build a caring and inclusive community. The event was designed for children with autism to step out of their comfort zones, connect with friends, learn new skills, and enhance their community engagement.

The festival was designed by experts in autism from the Vietnam Autism Network, and included activities such as art performances, lantern making, mooncake making, dragon dances, and lantern parades. These activities helped to enhance the interpersonal skills of children with autism.

The children put on impressive performances as a gift to their parents and teachers and were excited to learn how to make colorful lanterns and mooncakes for the first time. Parents, caregivers, and teachers also see these community events as an opportunity for them to share their experience, tips, and methods for interacting with the children.

This meaningful program was fully sponsored by funds raised from the “Step Up For Autism” campaign in April 2019 by saigonchildren in partnership with CapitaLand Vietnam, while other funds are to be allocated for future Early Intervention classes for children with autism, which are targeted to commence from January 2020. All contributions are part of the “Unlocking Hope” campaign dedicated to CapitaLand’s CSR efforts in Vietnam.

“saigonchildren is more than ever committed to building a national network of high-quality care and educational resources on early intervention for children with autism in Vietnam,” said Ms. Angelique Nguyen from saigonchildren. “We are building a special education program in partnership with VAN to help give care, support and education to many children with autism and their family.”

“Building communities has been a priority for CapitaLand across 25 years of operations in Vietnam,” said Ms. Jaselyn Wan, Head of Residential Operations at CapitaLand. “We are honored to partner with saigonchildren again on the Mid-Autumn Festival after the success of the ‘Steps Challenge’ earlier this year, and will continue furthering the partnership with early intervention education for children with autism in the coming year.”

CapitaLand Vietnam was recently awarded “Special Recognition for Building Communities” at the 5th PropertyGuru Vietnam Property Awards 2019, a major national annual award dedicated to honoring outstanding achievements and contributions to the real estate market in Vietnam. It is currently in process of building the 4th Hope School in Vietnam, to be located in a province in southern Vietnam.

“Today’s festival is based on part of the funding raised by the footsteps of the Step Challenge’s participants,” said Ms. Pham Thi Kim Tam from VAN. “I’m delighted to see that the festival has brought these children a useful and interesting playground, helping them apply new skills to socialize with people at a community event like this.”

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