Welcome to the Banian Tree
Disability is not just a medical issue. It is not just a social issue.
It is a human rights issue.
The Banian Tree is the place where we keep the story of our work in Vietnam. Since 1999 – and even before, our projects provide computer education for the blind, with special programs for children and women.
In 2012 we decided to support also the Chonlada life-skills Project, an innovative computer-based life skills project in Chiang Mai (Northern Thailand) to develop cognitive, motor and social skills in children affected by Down syndrome, autism and other disadvantaging conditions.
The project is operated by the Dulabhatorn Foundation of Chiang Mai. In addition to computer practice, it includes Montessori method sessions, physical and social activities.
Amedeo – co-founder of Sao Mai Education Fund – who lives in Chiang Mai formulated and started the project in 2011 and acts as Education & Technology Adviser.
Following the Chiang Mai experience with disabled children ( based on computer activities running in the Linux OS), in 2014 we started a project to translate DoudouLinux in Vietnamese and Thai. DoudouLinux is a “LIVE-CD technology” system that includes all the activities used in the Chiang Mai Project.
It is free software created for children aged 2+ to 12, with about 200 activities, some of them for parents/teachers too.
The Vietnamese translation will be made by the Sao Mai Computer Center for the Blind.
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