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New Life Page for "Invisible" Children - Vietnam

by Research Center for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD)
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New Life Page for "Invisible" Children - Vietnam
New Life Page for "Invisible" Children - Vietnam
New Life Page for "Invisible" Children - Vietnam

The International Day of Happiness has been celebrated worldwide every year on 20 March since 2013. This day is an idea of the UN expert Jayme Illien to honor, develop and enhance happiness on earth.

There are a wide range of definitions of happiness. For parents, the happiness is to see their children grow up healthy, safety and happy.

However, happiness for children is not only growing up in the love of the family but also going to school, making friends and beingtreated equally like other children.

The birth certificate is considered as the essential travel ticket for every children to start their own happy journey.

Let every child have a name, an identity and a lifetime. 

Registering birth certificates for children is the responsibility of parents. That's how to begin the happy journey for your child.

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Children who got birth certificates in Dec 2019
Children who got birth certificates in Dec 2019

Dear donor,

We send you the report for the period of December 2019 - March 2020 for "A new life page" project.

It is great to inform you that our donations and supports helped 110 disadvanted children in Vietnam to have birth certicates from May 2017 to March 2020. Though you may think that 110 is not a big numer but with disadvantaged children, it means 130 children can have "new life pages", they can go to school and have health insurance now.

The children we helped are in various cases but not limited to Children of unknown birthplace, origins; Children from unregistered households, being born out of the wedlock, whose parent(s) lose civil act capacity, serve prison sentences or go missing; Orphans whose parent(s) have died, are unknown or have permanently abandoned them; Children over 10 years old whose notice of birth are missing, etc. Children of course can not do the birth certificates for themselves so they need HELP, adults have to do that. Within the project, last December, we have establish "A new life page" group to help disadvanataged children and their families (if they have) or their shelters (if they are stay in) to provide technical and financial assistance to do so. All members of "A new life page" group are un-paid volunteers and devotes our time for the mission of changing the life to children. With the increasing number of volunteers of "A new life page group", we hope that we can help more and more children. In addition, we will make all of your donations go directly to support the process of completing birth certifications to the disadvantaged children. All of your donations will help.

We will continue sending you the updates about the progress of doing certificates. If you use Facebook, please join us at "Trang moi cuoc doi (A new life pgae)" - to get frequent updates and information. 

Thank you very much for all of your supports and we are trying our best to give further good updates for you.

Please taking a good care of you in when COVID 19 spreading to many countries in the world. 

Best regards,

MSD team

A girl child with birth certificate
A girl child with birth certificate
A new life page group in Hochiminh city
A new life page group in Hochiminh city


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Training course - MSD director was making a speech
Training course - MSD director was making a speech

1. The Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD) has documented and classified cases regarding the children in need of birth certificates. The project group directly identified and committed support for 62 cases until 31st, October, 2019; 21 other cases, in the meantime are being handled by other civil society organizations. In total, we have taken 83 cases.

2. A training course entitled “Legal Aid in birth certificate registration for disadvantaged children living in Ho Chi Minh City” was held on 21st and 22nd, August, 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City to raise awareness among civil society and community based organizations about the Vietnamese legal system, necessary administrative procedures and other requirements for helping the children in need register birth certificates. Besides, with the consultancy of 28 participants, media and operational plans of the project were also developed involving all stakeholders.

3. A handbook guiding birth registration procedures for children has been compiled and revised with the participation of different stakeholders.

4. The group “New life page" was also founded with the membership of Ho Chi Minh City’s Center for Legal Aid, project officers of MSD Vietnam, and other civil society organizations with the aim to join hands to provide legal assistance for disadvataged children living without birth certificates. The group actively communicatethrough 5 channels including Email, Zalo, Facebook page: A new life page (Trang moi cuoc oi), an online library and meetings held on every last Saturday of each month. Two first meetings were successfully held on 26th, October and 30th, November this year. 

Legal Aid Center Deputy director facilitating
Legal Aid Center Deputy director facilitating
Participants of the training course
Participants of the training course
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On 23 August 2019, in Ho Chi Minh City, the Research Center for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) in collaboration with the Department of Justice of Ho Chi Minh City organized the launching workshop of the "New life page" Project - Promoting the right to birth registration for disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City during the period of June 2019 - May 2020. The launching workshop kicked off a series of forthcoming activities aimed at connecting stakeholders in supporting underprivileged children, including direct financial and technical assistance for 130 disadvantaged children to be granted a birth certificate in Ho Chi Minh City. The workshop was also an opportunity for stakeholders to better understand the process of issuing a birth certificate and the importance of a birth certificate to their lives.

 The "New life page" Project has been implemented by MSD since 2014 and has supported 45 disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City. In the period of June 2019 - May 2020, the project is implemented with the coordination of the Department of Justice of Ho Chi Minh City and its stakeholders. 

The participants of the workshop include representatives from MSD, Department of Justice of Ho Chi Minh City, Department of Labor - Invalids and Social City of Ho Chi Minh City, Legal Aid Center of Ho Chi Minh City, other district departments, many immigrant families, children without birth certificates, representatives of social organizations, shelters, open houses, some families whose have been supported to get birth certificates and other identification documents.

 The  "New life page" project aims to increase access to birth certificates for disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City through:

(1) Raising awareness and capacity of social organizations and communities on the children's rights of birth certificates for and how to exercise their rights in accordance with Vietnamese laws.

(2) Increasing access to counseling, legal support services for disadvantaged children, and support about 130 disadvantaged children in making birth certificates.

 A representative from MSD stated: “The involvement of stakeholders including the involvement of authorities, parents and caregivers, social organizations, the community and the children themselves is extremely important in the process of realizing birth rights for children. In order to reach the goal of supporting 130 children in the project and hundreds, maybe thousands of children are still missing documents, we call for the support of stakeholders, helping them not to become "Invisible" and have a chance to approach a brighter future".

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Dear MSD’s donor,

Are you ready to be with MSD in a successive period of our project to help 100 new cases of disadvantaged children to get their personal documents, especially the birth certificate?

Do you want to know what they dream of or who they wanna be in the future?

Do you want to give them and their families a hand to make their dreams come true?

The faster these 100 cases can get their birth certificate, the sooner they can start their new school year this September.

With funding sources from Global Giving and other national ones, MSD and The Legal Aid Center in Ho Chi Minh City have been doing our best to plan the coming project activities.

MSD will keep you updated with the further implementation of the project!

For any query, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Research Center of Management and Sustainable Development (MSD)

A: 6th Floor, No 15 Yen Lang, Trung Liet, Dong Da, Hanoi, Vietnam

T: (84-24)-6276 9056 - E:



MSD Team

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