Since their humble beginnings in 2003, Blue Dragon has become a powerful force for change on the streets of Vietnam, both in the bustling cities and in rural areas where poverty is widespread. Blue Dragon offers children and families in crisis the chance to turn their lives around, providing practical solutions to the daily problems that are keeping poverty alive.
They have been there for every child who needs them to see them through a crisis, and they work with them until they no longer need their assistance. The work Blue Dragon does in Vietnam is vitally important. As the country continues to rapidly develop, economic disparity has remained an issue and more children are being left behind.
For children in Vietnam who are born into poverty, there is little hope for the chance of a better life. More than 66% of the population lives in rural areas, where rice farming is the major industry and whole families earn as little as $1 – $2 a day.
Children growing up in extreme poverty often have no choice but to quit school and move far from home, exposing them to dangers such as trafficking, homelessness, sexual exploitation, drug abuse, and illness.
Blue Dragon believes that every child deserves exceptional care so they can grow and flourish.Their services are holistic, including rescue and crisis care for young people in immediate danger; shelter; legal advocacy; and long term support to return to school and training.
While taking care of each child’s immediate needs, they invest in community development and long-term change on a systemic scale. Everything they learn from individual cases feeds into their work on law reform, policy development, and training programs.
The experience of sharing a family meal means a lot to me. To others, it’s a regular thing, but for us street kids, being surrounded by people who care, and laughing together…that’s something we treasure.
We have supported MAG in Vietnam for over a decade now, and we have been moved by Blue Dragons story and mission. Our team will now do its best to also support Blue Dragon. To learn more about Blue Dragon and their heroic mission, check out this recent article. Phong Nha Farmstay and our close partners here in Phong Nha are proud to be supporting Blue Dragon. To find out how you can get involved ask us at reception or visit Blue Dragons website.
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