Get inspired with these 5 stories of children around the world who grew up to be global citizens — using what God has blessed them with to pay it forward.
Why World Vision is in Vietnam
In rapidly developing Vietnam, life is better for children than it used to be. The country has made huge strides in reducing extreme poverty, from 50 percent of the population in the 1990s to 3 percent now. Still, many children are malnourished and don’t have access to basic healthcare services. Your support is helping parents find better ways to earn a living so they can meet their children’s needs. Through our health programs, mothers are learning how to make nutritious meals and children are washing their hands to prevent illness. Boys and girls are learning about their rights, which helps prevent child trafficking. One of the greatest challenges to development in Vietnam is the country’s vulnerability to disasters such as floods and typhoons, which can have a devastating impact on children. We are helping communities plan for disasters and launching school-based programs to train teachers in disaster risk reduction. In class, students are taught how to prepare for floods and what to do during emergencies. We are also spearheading efforts to make communities and schools safer for kids.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Vietnam
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- We provided trainings for children and families on climate change and disaster mitigation to ensure that children are protected from natural disasters such as flooding.
- Local parents attended our seminars on parenting skills to help them improve their communication skills and build positive relationships with their children.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- We worked to improve children's health and nutrition by starting nutrition clubs for kids, providing cooking demonstrations for mothers, and conducting home visits to teach parents about childhood nutrition.
- To help improve community sanitation and lower the incidence of waterborne illnesses, we trained adults and children on handwashing, personal hygiene, and waste management.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- We worked to ensure that children are educated for life by rehabilitating classrooms in need of repair and supporting vulnerable children to enroll in school.
- To provide quality education for children, we trained teachers on using engaging teaching methods that encourage interactive learning and help keep kids in school.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Following Christ’s example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love.
Prayer Requests from Vietnam
World Vision's staff in Vietnam are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Children who encounter violence at home or in their communities.
Parents learning to raise their children with love and tenderness.
News from Vietnam
32 years ago, World Vision reported the rescue story of Operation Seasweep, the boat Mr. Vinh Chung was on, in the August 1979 issue of World Vision Magazine. Mr. Chung recently retold his story, giving a fuller picture of his life after Seasweep and the miracle of God’s provision for his family.
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