Paul Cleves, founder and trustee of Saigon Children’s Charity (Saigonchildren), visited Vietnam for the first time in 1987. At that time, it was a poor country. “The poverty seemed to be a poverty of opportunity rather than a poverty of the spirit,” said Cleves in the organization’s fact pack. In 1992, he stopped his teaching job in the UK and ran the charity in Vietnam full time.
In Vietnamese culture, knowledge is precious, and people usually look up to those who are educated. However, schools are not accessible to everyone, especially children in the poorest areas. “It was obvious that without an education they would remain trapped in poverty,” Cleves noted.
The organization works to remove Vietnamese children’s barriers to study, such as poverty, geography, knowledge, and disability, giving them a hand to change their future. Saigonchildren believes that all children and young adults deserve to go to school and secure decent jobs when they grow up.
In late 2018 the charity received The Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister of Vietnam in recognition of its work improving access to education and contributing to Vietnam’s economic development. For more than 20 years, Saigonchildren has been executing projects in different cities and provinces in Vietnam, such as Saigon, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, Quang Tri, Ninh Binh and more.
SAIGONCHILDREN’S FOUR KEY WORKS:
Child Development Scholarship Program: Provide disadvantaged children (from primary school to university) with scholarships to remove their financial barriers to education.Sponsors can donate from $10 a month to support a child.
School Building Program: Build facilities, such as schools, hygienic toilets, libraries and playgrounds for children living in poor areas, often ethnic minorities communities.
Getting Ready For Work Program: Prepare underprivileged young adults with essential skills to integrate into work and social life. There are three main projects in the program: Vocational Training and Job Placement; English, IT and Social Activities; and Psychosocial Counseling and Life Skills.
Special Needs Education Programme: Cooperate with specialists within the country to support disabled children, including autism, cerebral palsy, deafness and blindness, through special education, training and social development activities.
Achieved in 2020
- 40,011 scholarships awarded
- 15,431 enrolments on annual courses in English, IT, recreational activities, and short term vocational training
- 29,333 beneficiaries of career counseling
- 211 schools and 571 classrooms built
- 17,126 students attending classes in rooms and schools built each year
- 74 projects on professional capacity building in the field of special education for 2,910 teachers and caregivers and parents of 11,457 children with disabilities
Anh Chị Em Program:
Anh Chị Em, or “brothers and sisters” in Vietnamese, was started with a hope to break the cycle of poverty for vulnerable children. The project is supported by passionate monthly sponsors who do the best of their abilities to change lives of disadvantaged children. Starting with $15 a month, Saigon Children’s Charity believes that even small amounts can accumulate to make significant changes.
There are various options that donors can choose:
- Give $15 to help a child go to school in a month.
- Give $25 to support a young adult joining a vocational course in one month.
- Give $50 to provide an autistic child with early support in a month.
- Give $100 to bring books and essential facilities to a school library and organize training for teachers.
Sponsors can also make a one-time donation.
Join Anh Chi Em
You can also donate through bank transfer to our accounts below.
Saigon Children’s Charity CIO Bank Accounts Account name: Saigon Children’s Charity CIO* Please replace with a space if you cannot type (‘)
Account number: 001-010800-141
Bank: HSBC Bank (Vietnam) Ltd.
Bank’s address: The Metropolitan 235 Dong Khoi St, District 1, TP. HCM
SWIFT code: HSBCVNVX
Note: Anh Chi Em – [your name] – [email] – [phone number]
More donation information is available at: saigonchildren.com/donate/bank-details
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