Furthermore, BHIKs made the effort in diversifying the activities to inspire and encourage their learners to interact, learn and improve their basketball skills. Recently, BHIKs arranged for their leaners to watch a professional basketball league as well as a friendly match with Saigon Heat Basketball Team. Up to the complicated COVID-19 situation, BHIKs planned to organise the Break the Silence event in September 2021 to raise funds from the entry fee tickets. The money raised will be used for purchasing basketball equipment for children across HCMC who are hearing impaired, as well as funding project activities in the future.
Although it has not been run for a long time, BHIKs has received positive feedback from the trainees and their parents. The training sessions not only equip them with playing techniques but also bring many positive emotional changes. “Refreshing”, “optimistic”, “excited, loving life”, “the more I play, the more I like it”, “after playing basketball, I am so much happier” are what the players often share after each session. In appreciation for BHIKs’ enthusiasm and efforts, some parents made small gifts to motivate the volunteers and their children.
The children also made friends with their volunteers. This is also part of BHIKs key objectives: leading the youngsters out of their comfort zone and connecting with the surrounding community. Besides making a positive impact on the hearing-impaired community, BHIKs is also a meaningful experience that helps broaden one's perspectives, to cultivate empathy, appreciation to little things, and develop key skills such as leadership or communication for BVIS students who participate in the project.
BVIS students are encouraged to participate in volunteering activities under detailed guidance of the school to learn the values of integrity, empathy, respect and truly live up to these to become responsible, global citizens. The impact from their own efforts and initiatives brings students a sense of pride and inspires them to confidently discover themselves and be successful in future life.