Social Responsibility

Thao Dan Protection Centre (Vietnam)

Thao Dan Protection Centre was founded in 1992 by a group of volunteers to take care of and protect street children in Ho Chi Minh City. The centre offers classes in basic literacy, maths and English to children who are either orphans or whose families are unable to afford schooling, and provides meals and care for the most vulnerable. In 2015 there were 173 children registered with the centre. The philosophy is to create opportunities allowing the children to fully integrate into society, and promotes respect and rights.

The centre runs a safe house for boys under the age of 16, and houses up to 15 children at any one time. The boys are provided with a safe place to live while they study, work or complete vocational training. Many are then reunited with their families or referred to community organisations, depending on their needs.

The centre receives no Government funds and relies solely on donations. McMasters is proud to contribute to the Centre. McMasters’ staff also assisted the children with English lessons and regularly donate books, clothes and food.

McMasters also contributed to other orphanages including:

  • Truyen Tin Open House; and
  • Linh Son Pagoda Open House.

Scholarships for University Students in Vietnam

McMasters is proud to offer scholarships to disadvantaged students wishing to study Economics at University in Vietnam. In order to qualify students must be suffering financial hardship, which is verified by local government documentation, or have had either one of their parents pass away.

In January 2015, McMasters proudly donated scholarships to 54 students worth a total value of $900,000,000 VND (approximately $AU55,000) who were selected from the final 80 applicants interviewed. Each student received approximately $AU1,050 paid in 6 monthly instalments of approximately $100 per month. The remainder of the funds is retained by the university to cover the cost of tuition fees.

Without the scholarships these students would be unable to study as they would not be able to afford the tuition fees.

Ampilatwatja Community

Ampilatwatja is in the heart of Alyawarr land on the Sandover Highway, situated 365km north east of Alice Springs. The population is approximately 350, however the Alyawarr people have always lived in this area.

McMasters is proud to support the people of Ampilatwatja through ongoing visits to the community offering hands on assistance, and the provision of computers and educational programs for the children in the community.

The people of Ampilatwatja Community are treated in the Health Centre which has 3 consulting rooms and 2 emergency rooms with separate waiting rooms allowing for flexibility when catering for cultural requirements. The centre is extremely well set up and operates the following programs;

  • Healthy Eating
  • Women’s health
  • Men’s health

The clinic is staffed by 1 GP and 2 RANs with 2 full time and 2 part time Aboriginal Health Workers at outstations. The centre is visited on a regular basis by visiting allied health specialists. McMasters is honoured to offer any practice management assistance when required.

Art is an important expression of the Alyawarr people’s connection with the land. Artists of Ampilatwatja are said to “exude a complex and progressive approach to depicting the traditional knowledge of dreaming and country through the translation of water holes and soakages, bush medicines and bush tuckers, mountains, sand hills and ant hills” and that “their work retains the cultural heritage and values of Alyawarr lore. McMasters proudly displays artwork from the artists of Ampilatwatja in our Melbourne office.