Saigon Children's Charity was founded in 1992 for a specific purpose: to help disadvantaged Vietnamese children to get an education and a fairer start in life. Today, we continue to focus on the same needs.
Our programmes aim to help the most disadvantaged children of Vietnam to escape from poverty through education and training. Our area of operation
is in the south of Vietnam, around Ho Chi Minh City, extending to the Cambodian border and down into the Mekong Delta.
We believe that a measured amount of carefully targeted help from us can make all the difference. We believe that by focusing on the educational needs of the most disadvantaged children we are able to achieve positive change for them. We measure our results in the numbers of children going to school, graduating from school, going on to university and those finding decent jobs.
Since our inception we have followed certain guiding principles:
Our key activities include:
- We help only the children in greatest need.
- We foster independence and avoid creating dependency.
- We never replace the responsibility of parents, the authorities or the child.
Child Development Programme
: giving scholarships to disadvantaged children, including a monthly rice allowance, text books, notebooks, pens and a school uniform. Plus access to a range of individualised help and advice.
Working with other Organisations
: helping small local front-line organisations working with children with a disability with small grants, equipment, advice and training.
A copy of our 3-year strategy and principles document can be found here