On Saturday 8 August 2009, a group of 14 RMIT Vietnam staff and students from the Community Action Network (CAN) group travelled to a Can Gio children shelter located in the UNESCO Forest.
This shelter caters for children and orphans from the ages of 5- 17years. At the facility, there are a classroom/library, study room, three bedrooms and a kitchen facility that houses 25 young people.
In conjunction with Trish Franklin from Loreto Vietnam Australia Program (LVAP) and a few friends of Loreto, CAN members painted the study room, the residents' bedrooms, and constructed a desk and chairs.
After the cleanup, the Can Gio shelter rooms looked cosier and more welcoming.
The CAN student leader, Ms Phuong, said, "RMIT Vietnam CAN members were happy and proud to be able to support the young residents in Can Gio shelter by improving their living and study spaces.
"RMIT CAN members are always willing to volunteer their time to support less privileged groups. We endeavour to make a difference in the community."