Maison Chance is a story of love – the love of a 21-year-old Swiss girl who travelled across Asia in 1993 – for a young Vietnamese boy, who was seriously unwell.
During her journey as a painter, Aline Rebeaud accidentally arrived at a psychiatric hospital south of Vietnam. The heavy fate of the 12-year-old boy named Thanh touched her deeply. Chained and left alone in a corner of the room, he was given just a few more days to live. With heart, liver and lung problems, Thanh was in a terrible state. Unable to accept the medical forecast, she took the boy under her wings and brought him to another institution where he received more appropriate medical care. For three months she looked after him. Soon the other patients and their relatives would call Aline ‘Tim’, the Vietnamese word for ‘heart’ – a name she carries to this day.
Spending so much time at the hospital, she crossed paths with many disabled people treated like outcasts, ignored by society and even own families. In order to help them Tim extended her stay in Vietnam indefinitely, rented accommodation and welcomed them under her roof. Orphans, street children and people with disabilities found a shelter in her small house in Binh Tan, that time a poor suburb of Ho Chi Minh City. Together they formed a big family, considering Tim as their mother, sister or a friend. This shelter became home to the small community of destiny, which locals started to call “Maison Chance”, the lucky house.
We have conducted an interview with them to get a better understanding of their goals, problems they face and more.
What kind of impact do you want to see?
– We hope that underprivileged children are going to school instead of dropping out or working and getting their childhood they deserve.
What gave you the inspiration to start this project?
– We believe that every child has the right to education, the right to care, and the right to develop as an independent person who can break through the cycle of poverty and be motivated to take their future into their own hands. One of our missions is to help the underprivileged go to school and have a better future through education. We hope that many people know about us through this project and join us to make a difference for those disadvantaged children.
What are the immediate struggles you are currently facing?
– We struggle to find donors who commit long-term to accompany us in helping the children. Besides, we are facing financial problems due to COVID 19’s restrictions.
What are the long-term goals you would like to see completed?
– The long-term objective is to help disadvantaged students finish their schooling and play an active role in shaping their future so that they can assist others underprivileged in society.
What is a message you would like to tell donors?
– We are always finding ways to help unfortunate children regain their rights and pursue their dreams. We cannot achieve that mission by ourselves. Please, join us to transform the lives of children on the edges of society.
What are your thoughts on WeBeliev?
– WeBeliev is a good platform to connect NGOs to donors around the world easily. Even though the platform is new, they try their best to develop and find many financial sources for NGOs. We appreciate their help.