The coastal city of Nha Trang is an increasingly popular beach resort. Because of this, tourism plays an important role in the area where people traditionally lived off agriculture and fishing.
Since 1999 we have been helping vulnerable children and families in the area.
A booming population
With a new port due to be completed soon, alongside other economic developments, many people are moving to urban areas of the province. While there are currently 300,000 inhabitants, it is expected that the population will double by 2020.
The area is relatively prosperous in Vietnam, yet many people struggle to meet their basic needs. This is especially true of those working in agriculture, fishing or unsteady jobs in urban areas. Others who are often in need of support are ethnic minority families.
Children at risk
Sadly, the majority of families who move to the city in search of better opportunities end up living in informal settlements. Children who grow up in these circumstances face many challenges, including the risk of losing parental care unless they are provided with support.
Human trafficking is an issue throughout Vietnam, including in the province of Khanh Hoa. Most of those trafficked, especially women and girls, end up being forced to work as prostitutes.
What we do in Nha Trang
When children loose parental care, they can find a loving home in an SOS Children's Village. Here they are cared for by an SOS mothers and will live with their SOS brothers and sisters. Every child in this Village has a "Child Development Plan" which focuses on their individual needs.
There is an SOS Nursery for young children from the SOS Children's Village and from local families. Many parents appreciate the day care as it means that they can go to work knowing their children are being well cared for. While in nursery the young children receive three meals a day, ensuring that they are well-nourished.
Older children attend the SOS School for primary and secondary level. The school canteen provides each child with one nutritious meal a day. For children whose families can't afford to send them to school, we offer scholarships. The SOS youth programme supports young adults while they attend further education or start a vocational training course.
Children growing up in an SOS Children's Village are given hope for a better future. Will you become a child sponsor today?