Who We Serve & Why
Giving hope to families and establisihing futures for poor, disabled, and vulnerable children
Children with disabilities
81.7% of children with disabilities attend primary school; the number reduces to 33.6% by the upper secondary school.
Ethnic minority and rural children living in poverty
More than 65% of Vietnam’s population live in rural and mountainous regions. These areas have the highest poverty rate, where many children live without basic needs, such as sanitation and clean water. Their circumstances put them at the highest risk for malnutrition, low academic achievement, and continuing the cycle of poverty. The children’s well-being today and their ultimate development into productive and contributing adults create the foundation for alleviating poverty for the next generation. Multiple studies conclude that early education forms the critical first step to academic success. Simultaneously, access to good nutrition and clean water goes hand-in-hand with keeping children healthy and ready to learn.
Children living in poverty at risk for dropping out of school
Children living in poverty are at risk for dropping out of school. “Vietnam is internationally recognized for its achievements in access to and quality of its basic education, but only one in two children born in the country graduates from high school. Completion rates for upper secondary are also low, at 57%. Poor, rural, and ethnic minority students have the worst average outcomes and the highest dropout rates.” (World Bank)
Educating children helps reduce poverty. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), every additional year of education can increase a person’s future income by an average of 10% in low-income countries.
Children living in single-mother households
We serve children living in poverty with programs that focus on the individual child with wraparound services designed to uplift and provide them the brightest possible future.