Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation
Context: Vietnam is a major source country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor within the country and abroad. Trafficking of youth from poor rural areas to urban areas under false promises is a persistent problem in Vietnam, often affecting the poorest households. Often lured with the promise of work or vocational training, family members of the victims can travel with the knowledge, consent, or urging of unsuspecting family members. The problem of street children in Vietnam is one of the most pressing problems in the country today. Lack of legal documents such as birth certificates means many street and migrant youth are unable to access basic social services such as education.
Organization: Blue Dragon was founded in 2002 to address the needs of street children in Hanoi. Today, the organisation has grown to be one of the largest local NGOs working with at-risk youth and children in Vietnam. It has four main programs: Safe and Sound (focusing on domestic trafficking rescue and prevention); Step Ahead (providing crisis intervention for street children and children with disabilities in Hanoi), Stay In School (helping rural children and youth stay in school by providing school fee subsidies) and Project X (rescuing and rehabilitating Vietnamese women from situations of trafficking in China).
Current Grant: EMpower’s 6th grant to Blue Dragon supports its Project X anti-trafficking program, which is rescuing, supporting and reintegrating survivors (Vietnamese women from situations of trafficking in China), and documents successful practices and approaches to develop training and support materials for other stakeholders.