M. is one of 18 girls living at Little Rose Warm Shelter.
From Thanh Nien, "Families worsen child sex abuse by protecting perpetrators", 04/04/2013
A 13-year-old girl from the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, identified only as M., was allegedly raped several times by her own father because her mother did not report it, she said. The mother agreed to keep it a secret after the father swore never to repeat it. M. said: “She told me not to tell others because it is shameful.” Her father began to rape her often until a neighbor caught him red-handed and reported the abuse to the police. The father was arrested.
M. came to our shelter in 2012 and although she is still struggling with depression and catching up in school, she is undergoing positive change and is opening up to both our social workers and the other girls.
T. is one of 20 young people in our Social and Professional Integration project.
20-year-old Thế had few hopes for the future after seeing his 3 older siblings leave secondary school before graduation, but Thế fortunately managed to combine exams with farming work. After graduation, he moved to an industrual processing zone to work in construction. Struggling with no official contract, long working hours and health-damaging work conditions, Thế moved to Saigon to find work. Moving to a large city without contacts is particularly dangerous for young people, and Thế was fortunately put in contact with our Social and Professional Integration project.
A year later, Thế graduated from Hospitality school and is now working as a kitchen assitent in Park Hyatt Saigon, one of the city's most prestigious hotels.
To give back to the project that supported him, Thế also volunteers to cook for Green Bamboo Shelter for street children.