Hanoi Times – The Hy Vong (Hope) school is an institution that gives care and rehabilitation to children with mental disabilities in Hanoi. Teachers and nurses there have helped many children be able to take care of themselves and lighten the burden for their families and society. Persistence is imperative Teaching mentally disabled children is a real struggle. Sometimes it takes a teacher the whole day, a week or even a month to teach a child one word. Sometimes the only thing they can do is to repeat what the teacher had told them parrot fashion. That’s why it desperately needs the persistence of the teachers and care-takers. Doan To Quyen, a teacher at the school says “We’re overwhelmed at each success gained by our students” The devotion of the school’s staff has won the hearts of minds of the children’s parents. Many of them could not hold back their tears when they saw progress their children had achieved. Many children when they were first sent to the school could not express themselves clearly or hold a spoon or a pen. But now up to 60 percent of the students in class A1 can read and write; 90 percent of them know how to communicate properly and keep themselves tidy. Some of the advanced students even help the nurses to lay the table or make the bed. Each student in the school has their own health record and educational plan. These are very important in teaching life skills to them….