Following the successful model of Maison Chance in Ho Chi Minh City, which is built around caring for each other like family members, primary school education, vocational training and giving job opportunities – Maison Chance has developed the idea of expanding to other provinces in Vietnam. They wanted to provide less fortunate people with the means to make their own ways towards a brighter future. Starting in 2011, Maison Chance initiated research trips to find a suitable location for building a new Social Center.
Its members visited several provinces on a research and exploration tour in the Central Highlands, including: Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Lam Dong, Đắk Nông and Binh Phuoc. Eventually, the decision was made in favour of Đắk Nông. It is one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam and home to 31 different ethnic minorities. Some of its inhabitants suffer from motor performance issues, learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, developmental issues and autism. And still, a significant number of children do not have the opportunity to go to school.
After the research mission was completed, the organization cooperated with the Provincial People’s Committee of Đắk Nông to agree on a plot of land and initiate the necessary administrative procedures. The local government finally responded to the organization’s request by granting three hectares of land in the Dak Sor Commune, in the Krong No district, near the Don Sap tourist area and the Gia Long waterfalls. In 2016, Maison Chance laid the first cornerstone and construction work began.
The new Social Center celebrated its opening in August 2018, and welcomed its first beneficiaries: people with limited mobility and/or mental disabilities, children with specific physical or mental difficulties and orphans. The majority of the new Maison Chance family members belongs to ethnic minorities such as Mong, Dao, Nung or Thai. Other disabled beneficiaries from Ho Chi Minh City were resettled to the Social Center in Đắk Nông at their own request. The natural environment, quiet atmosphere and innovative therapies bring them joy and significant health benefits.
Besides the healthcare, training and working models, the beneficiaries can enjoy new activities like gardening and livestock farming that serve several purposes: First, growing vegetables and fruits as well as raising chickens, ducks and goats contributes to daily food and their livelihoods. Furthermore, these activities foster sociability, inner balance and confidence in doing something meaningful for the community.
Maison Chance is developing vegetables and fruits growing to provide an adequate diet at the center but is also getting into ecotourism and social tourism, which is aimed to be an interesting source of income for the centers’ operating expenses. The construction has ended in September 2019 and the official inauguration ceremony will take place on December 14th, 2019. Operating on its full capacity, the center will host up to 250 beneficiaries.