Over more than four decades since the Vietnam War, political reforms, modernization and movement toward a market economy have dramatically changed life in Vietnam. But while reform has led to greater prosperity in many parts of the country, it has also caused a greater disparity of living standards between rich and poor, rural and urban, and ethnic majority and minority families. As rural families migrate to urban areas in search of a better life, children face a greater risk of family separation, trafficking and exploitation, abuse and neglect. High rates of HIV/AIDS, insufficient services for children with special needs, and the recurring stigma of unwed motherhood also threaten the strength and stability of children and families in Vietnam. Together with you, we strive to ensure every orphaned, homeless or vulnerable child in Vietnam can grow and thrive in the love of a family — and one day, reach their full potential in life.
Provinces with Holt family strengthening programs
Provinces with Holt orphan care programs
Provinces from which children can join families through adoption
From Hanoi in the far north to the far southern provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai, Holt sponsors and donors empower children and families across Vietnam with the tools and resources they need to grow strong, stable and independent. They help single mothers care for their children. They help struggling families earn a stable income. And through education, they help children reach for their dreams.
Since we first came to Vietnam in the early 1970s, Holt has sought to improve the quality of care for children growing up without a family. Working alongside local child welfare experts, we helped pioneer foster care, strengthened the health and wellbeing of children through our child nutrition program, and provided basic-but-vital support to give every child the best opportunity to grow and thrive while waiting to join a permanent, loving family. Only through the generous gifts of sponsors and donors do children in Vietnam continue to receive these vital services.
Vietnam has experienced rapid economic growth in recent years. Infrastructure in the country has been greatly improved, especially in big cities. Yet this growth leaves a wider gap among the "haves" and "have nots." While people living in urban settings benefit from improved infrastructure and earn better income compared to people living in rural areas, poverty exists in big cities when families and children struggle to keep up with rapidly rising costs of housing, transportation, food, education, etc. as people pour into cities to find jobs. People living in rural areas have limited income-earning opportunities, which contributes to the struggle of providing education and basic needs for their children. As Vietnam develops, we have seen a more relaxed attitude towards single motherhood, yet the level of stigma towards single women and children born out of wedlock is still overwhelming. Causes of abandonment and relinquishment of children include poverty, disability and unmarried pregnancy. But, with your support, we can deliver services to keep families and children together, including educational support, single mother services, foster care, support to orphanages to improve quality of care and provide permanency planning for institutionalized children, income-generating projects for struggling families, and free or low-cost daycare, including daycare for children with disabilities. Sponsorship donations keep kids in school and help entire families transform their lives and communities. The impact of your donation in Vietnam is very large, and on behalf of the children and families we serve, thank you for the work you do.
When Tieu endures a horrific accident at work and loses her source of income, she fears her daughters will be forced to drop out of school because she can't afford their fees. But when she receives an unexpected gift, in an unusual size and shape, she begins to feel hopeful again...
There are so many ways for you to advocate for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children in Vietnam!