A year after we began our work in Ca Mau, the province was hit by Typhoon Linda. Many lives and homes were devastated. SOS Children were there to support families return to normal life, and provide a home for children who had lost parental care.
Situated in the Mekong river delta, Ca Mau is in the very south of Vietnam. As well as ethnic Vietnamese, there are also members of the Khmer Krom and Hoa minorities living in the region.
Large gap between rich and poor
Traditionally, people in Ca Mau made a living from agriculture, forestry and rice farming. Today many live off fishing, and the farming of shrimp and prawns. In recent years, industry has grown and the poverty levels have dropped. However, there has been an increase in the gap between the rich and the poor. Ethnic minorities are particularly vulnerable to poverty and finding work.
Mekong Delta has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country. This is down to many factors, including: social inclusion and protection of children, water sanitation infrastructure, education, housing, and child labour rates. Educational opportunities are limited, and many children miss out on school. This is worsened by families not being able to afford school fees, and children forced to work to support their family.
SOS Children in Ca Mau
Due to the social and economic conditions in Ca Mau, our work is highly valued by the communities living there. An important part of what we do in Ca Mau is related to supporting families in the local area. Our organisation is in the town centre and easily accessible to the community.
The SOS Family Support Programme support vulnerable families through a range of services. For example, We give financial support to poor children to help them meet their basic needs, such as food, clothing and school costs. Where needed, we also provide health care and psychological counselling. Parents can attend training so that they can improve their ability to earn an income.
A loving home for lone children
If a child can no longer live with their family, they can find a loving home in one of the SOS families in our Children's Village. Here they live in a family home and are affectionately cared for by an SOS Mother.
Young children go to the SOS nursery, which looks after children from the SOS Village as well as the local community. Parents value the day care service, as it means that they can go to work knowing their children are well cared for.
Older children receive a quality education at the SOS school, which caters for both primary and secondary level. At the school canteen children can eat nutritious meals.
When a young person feels ready to leave their SOS family, they can be part of our youth programme. Here they are given professional support to successfully complete further education or start a vocational training course. We support them on their journey to independence.
Children and families in Ca Mau are supported by SOS Children to flourish. Will you sponsor a child in Vietnam today?