namdongclassA new class funded by CHEER for seven children with special needs in partnership with the OGCDC opened its door in the fall of 2008. After a summer renovation, the class in Huong Giang district added a new kitchen and bathroom in addition to a new tiled floor and a fresh coat of paint. New tables, chairs, cupboard, and shelves were built to create the best working and learning condition for both teacher and students.

The seven children display a variety of severe disabilities such as cerebral palsy, deafness, and learning difficulties. After attending a five-month training course at the Future School for children with special needs and a practicum at the Duc Son orphanage, Ms. Pham Thi Minh Phi is ready for the current position as the teacher of the class. Every month she will receive direct assistance from the OGCDC from their monthly observations.

In the past CHEER funded a similar class at the mountainous Nam Dong District.