Plan International’s earliest presence in Vietnam dates to 1954. At that time we supported thousands of families in the south of the country through sponsorship programmes.
We became established in the northern and central regions of Vietnam in 1993 and focus on the areas where the most marginalised and poorest ethnic groups are living.
In Vietnam, vulnerable and ethnic groups suffer discrimination, especially girls and children with disabilities. This is driven by social traditions combined with a lack of access to services and investment in the most excluded groups.
Our work supports marginalised children and youth, especially adolescent girls, to grow in a society that respects their rights and safety.
In 2017, Plan International Vietnam improved the lives of over 350,000 children, including 32,185 sponsored children, in 131 communes across 10 provinces. By 2021 we aim to improve the lives of 2 million girls from 1,875 ethnic communities in Vietnam so they can learn, lead, decide, and thrive.
Our key areas of work include:
- Quality and inclusive education
- Nutrition and health services
- Building resilience to the impacts of natural disasters and climate change
- Creating safe cities with access to good jobs
- Preventing all forms of violence and harmful practices.
“I want to change the future of my two daughters”
In many parts of the Northern areas of Vietnam, girls often get married off between 14-15 years old, sometimes even earlier to lessen the family's financial burden. Girls who are unmarried by then are considered a spinster or "unwanted". This long-standing social stigma threatens the rights of millions of girls.
Girls hold the solutions for safety in cities
Community leaders and city planners must listen to girls if they want to build safe cities for all, suggest Lan and Linh, 16-year-old youth ambassadors from Hanoi.