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Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Safe Homes for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Safe Homes for Survivors of Human Trafficking

While Vietnam has experienced admirable economic growth in recent decades, its ethnic minority communities have largely been left behind....

international
01/11/2023 > 31/10/2024

FIELD OF INTEREST

  • International aid and development
  • Housing and homelessness

TARGET POPULATION

  • Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and people from CALD backgrounds
  • People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or vulnerability

PROJECT SUMMARY

While Vietnam has experienced admirable economic growth in recent decades, its ethnic minority communities have largely been left behind.

Making up 15% of the national population (which is close to 100 million people), Vietnam’s 53 minority groups experience poverty at a much higher rate than the majority ‘Kinh’ people. In fact, the poverty rate among Vietnam’s ethnic minority communities stands at 22.30%, compared to a national average of 3.75%, and in some areas is as high as 64%. Naturally, this leads to ethnic minority children being much more vulnerable to dropping out of school early and to being trafficked into slavery.

Official figures show that for middle school students (Grades 6 – 9), 13% of ethnic minority children are not in school. This rises to a disturbing 46% for high school students (Grades 10 – 12).

In light of this very high incidence of leaving school early, it is notable that of the 1,780 human trafficking victims Blue Dragon has rescued so far, 54% are from ethnic minority backgrounds – despite being 15% of the population.

This project will provide safe homes and stable incomes to survivors of human trafficking and their families and to vulnerable families who are at risk of human trafficking, living in poverty, and at the mercy of typhoons, hailstorms, and other extreme weather events.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

With a budget of $7,000 AUD, Blue Dragon can build a home and the develop of a stable source of income for one family (about 4 to 6 members).

Collectively, the ACF donor community has ability to make a significant impact:
• An amount of $70,000 AUD to support ten families to build houses and develop livelihood models which would benefit 40-60 people.
• An amount of $140,000 AUD to support twenty families to build houses and develop livelihood models which would benefit 80-120 people.

Profile of Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Since our small beginnings in 2003, Blue Dragon has become a powerful force for change on the streets of Vietnam, both in the bustling cities and in rural areas where poverty is widespread.

Blue Dragon offers children and families in crisis the chance to turn their lives around, providing practical solutions to the daily problems that are keeping poverty alive.

Blue Dragon has a strong track record and capacity to deliver results effectively and efficiently.

With a current operating budget of about $4,000,000 USD and 130 staff (all in Vietnam), our work is directly reaching 20,000 beneficiaries around the country. We are fully authorised by the Vietnamese government to undertake these projects if funding can be secured.

Since we began, Blue Dragon has directly rescued almost 1,200 people from slavery and assisted an additional 600 survivors of human trafficking.

We have assisted 6,000 highly disadvantaged children to attend formal education, and provide a range of services including psychological therapy, accommodation, family reunion services, and development assistance to communities.

So far, Blue Dragon has participated in three law reform initiatives, specifically:

- Changing the law on child protection to acknowledge boys as victims of sexual abuse;
- Creating mandatory guidelines for police on protecting the interests of children in criminal cases; and
- Creating a circular that guarantees the rights of victims of crimes to a lawyer.

Our work is increasingly supported by research, which can be found on our website, including analyses of what makes people vulnerable to being trafficked; what makes people vulnerable to becoming traffickers; and which interventions are effective in keeping ethnic minority children in school.

We have full confidence in our ability to successfully implement the proposed projects and are eager to begin work on this important expansion.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

TOTAL BUDGET: $70,000
FUNDING
Funding sourceAmount
Funding Gap (unconfirmed)$70,000
EXPENSES
Expense itemAmount
Building materials and livelihood development (10 families x $7000/per household)$70,000

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