District 4 (Ho Chi Minh City) Urban Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


37 vulnerable children were able to stay in school with help from World Vision and local partners. 37 community members were trained in child protection issues and the psychosocial development of children. They, in turn, held community awareness sessions, equipping parents and community members to better care for children and involve them in activities and decisions that affect their lives. 1,377 parents participated in workshops on topics including parenting skills, child psychology, nutrition, child rights, and life skills for children. We formed parents clubs to enable people to come together and learn how to be the best parents they can be. Parents learned positive parenting skills and were equipped with vocational skills to increase their income so they can better provide for their children. 347 children participated in life-skills courses emphasizing the importance of time management, honesty, moral values, and strong relationships. Children's forums were established to give children opportunities to think critically about issues that affect their lives. Children identified challenges they face, including smoking, gambling, drug abuse, HIV and AIDS, and theft, and came up with ideas for how to overcome these issues. We worked with local children's clubs to offer enrichment programs such as dance and music lessons, engaging children in positive activities. 16 playgrounds were renovated with our support, providing children with safe places to play.


  • Vietnam>Ho Chi Minh City


  • Education
  • Protection

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