Reporting by ChildFund Vietnam
Over the course of January’s 31 days, we’re making a blog stop in each country where we serve children, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors. Today we learn about ChildFund’s programs in Vietnam.
ChildFund’s operations in Vietnam began in 1995, and progress is being made through a variety of programs that reduce child poverty. ChildFund Vietnam primarily works in the health, education, child-protection, water and sanitation and livelihood sectors. “These projects make tangible improvements in the lives of children and the whole community,” says Deborah Leaver, ChildFund’s national director in Vietnam.
She points to several examples in the last fiscal year:
- 32 preschool teachers and 47 primary teachers took part in peer training to enable them to retrain other teachers in child-friendly techniques.
- 1,321 young people received vocational training in rice cultivation and pig-rearing techniques.
- 5,000 children took part in 155 Children Clubs supported by ChildFund, which offer entertainment activities as well as learning spaces.
- 2,000 secondary school students received health and HIV/AIDS education.
- 5,426 mothers and caregivers engaged in maternity and child health training.
- 2 healthcare centers were constructed, and 21 centers received new equipment.
In addition to focusing on the physical well-being of children, ChildFund Vietnam also emphasizes the emotional health of children. Children’s Clubs provide a safe meeting space and opportunities to learn new skills. As part of club activities, ChildFund uses child-to-child communication methods, teaching children about child rights and other issues that impact them. In turn, children then communicate information and their perspectives on these subjects to other children in the club, as well as to the community at large.
“We see that more children are going to school and receiving quality health care and access to clean water; however, there are still many children who have yet to realize these rights,” says Leaver.
In 2012, ChildFund Vietnam will continue to ensure children are involved in the activities and decisions that affect their daily lives and their futures.