Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare Foundation
HCWF is the oldest registered NGO in HCMC. It was founded in 1988 and carries out social work for the benefit of disadvantaged children and their families. Over the years HCWF has conducted work targeting children’s rights and helping children and young people with care, education and job placement.
HCWF has strong relations with and a good reputation among Vietnamese governmental institutions, non-governmental organisations and local communities in HCMC. This is partly due to the high quality work HCWF has done to support local communities.
We partner with HCWF on our Capacity-Building projects.
Little Rose Warm Shelter for girls
Established in 1998, this shelter has housed more than 800 young girls aged 9-18 years who have either experienced sexual abuse or have been living in high-risk. It has room for 20-25 children. Most children come from HCMC or South Vietnam and are victims of incest, rape or human trafficking. They are brought to the shelter by members of the local Women’s Union, other (private or state run) shelters or by family members.
The girls are often traumatised and of poor mental and physical health when they arrive at the shelter. The educators at LRWS provide a basic health check at their arrival, identify relatives and retrieve official documents in order to start the reunion process. The length of a stay may vary depending on the particular situation of the child, but in general the girls stay at the shelter for around one or two years.
The shelter has a broad network among Vietnamese and international NGO’s in South Vietnam. It is well known for its quality in the rehabilitation work and its ability to work with the local authorities in order to address the issue of child abuse.
We partner with LWRS on our Child Rights Advocacy projects
Green Bamboo Shelter for Boys
This shelter is currently housing up to 20 young street who have been separated from their families, due to circumstances including parental imprisonment, abandonment, abuse, and runaways.
The shelter works to give them a safe home, subsidised meals, basic health care, alternative education, recreational activities, opportunities to learn a job and finally flexible conditions so that they can go back home to integrate with their own families.
In case, they can not integrate with their families due to family problems, they are offered to enter our Social and Professional Integration project where they receive career consultations, school fees, life skills and job placement.
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