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
P.H.P, P.V.T, and P.H.M.A
P.H.P, P.V.T, and P.H.M.A

Dear our donors,

We’re pleased to inform you that A new life has helped 3 disadvantaged children in Vietnam to have birth certificates. More children can go to school this September.

P.H.P, P.V.T, and P.H.M.A were born in a family with difficult circumstances, their parents worked as lottery ticket sellers, they had never been to school, were illiterate, and had no identification documents. Therefore, children born without birth registration, cannot go to school but have to go with their parents to sell lottery tickets all over Ho Chi Minh City. Only when they met the project "A new life page" did they receive support to have birth certificates and be registered to study at the love school of a temple near their home.

Disadvantaged children:
- Were born in small alleys and on streets or followed migrated parents and relatives to Hochiminh City
- Grow up without any legal proof of identity
- Be out of school and have no child healthcare insurance
- May be forced to work under hazardous conditions and sometimes illegally

We hope that we can help more and more children. All of your donations will help. All supports - any coin will be counted. Small timely support may open a new life page and a brighter future for a child.

In addition, all donations received will be used only for the implementation of DNA testing procedures, travel and paper works for families/social workers or lawyers for the identity verification process, support for children to enroll in schools, etc.

We will continue sending you updates about the progress of doing certificates. If you use Facebook, please join us at "Trang Moi Cuoc Doi (A new life page)" - https://www.facebook.com/Duantrangmoicuocdoi/ to get frequent updates and information.

Sincerely thank you for all of your support and we are trying our best to give further good updates for you. Please take good care of yourself.

Best regards,

MSD team

Their father received birth certificates
Their father received birth certificates
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D.N.H and D.N.N
D.N.H and D.N.N

Dear donor,

After a year of being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, We send you the report for 2022's first quarter of "A new life page" project.

It is great to inform you that our donations and support helped 22 disadvantaged children in Vietnam to have birth certificates from January to April 2022. Though is not a huge number, it means 22 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, or 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, we have established "A new life page" group to help disadvantaged children and their families (if they have) or their shelters (if they are staying in) to provide technical and financial assistance to do so. 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 for disadvantaged children. All of your donations will help.

We will continue sending you updates about the progress of doing certificates. If you use Facebook, please join us at "Trang Moi Cuoc Doi (A new life page)" - https://www.facebook.com/Duantrangmoicuocdoi/ to get frequent updates and information.

Sincerely thank you for all of your support and we are trying our best to give further good updates for you. Please take good care of yourself in.

 

Best regards,

MSD team

A father received his son's birth certificate
A father received his son's birth certificate
N.D.N.N and her mother
N.D.N.N and her mother
P.H.T receive his birth certificate
P.H.T receive his birth certificate
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N.H.T.V
N.H.T.V

As soon as T.V was born, her mother left, without time to make a birth certificate, she grew up with his father and grandmother. Her father works as a vehiclefixer, the old tool box is thefamily’s only asset. T.V’s father tried to get birth certificate forher for several times, but thelackof necessary documentsdelayed the process. 

Without birth certificate, T.V does not have health insurance. Living with a precarious income has made her family miserable when the child suddenly falls ill. In October 2019, T.V was playing in front of her house when a motorbike hit her and ran away. Thehit left her with serious injuries to the bones of her left arm and shoulder blade. Without healthinsurance, T.V's father and grandmother had to borrow money to pay for hospital fees. 

Previously, T.V's father had applied for a birth certificate at the Legal Aid Center in Ho Chi Minh City and The New Life Page Project for support. At the most difficult time, T.V's father called to ask for the support of Lawyer H.T. - a member of ANew Life page group. Lawyers and project officers quickly carried out the procedures including: re-issuance of birth certificates, paternity testing for T.V and father, birth registration,... 

Immediately after having the birth certificate, T.V was supported to issue Health Insurance, the medical expenses wasreduces. T.V was also very happy to cry "Having a birth certificate, next year T.V can go to school..."

T.V with her father and grandmother
T.V with her father and grandmother
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V.T, QM with their grandmother and sister
V.T, QM with their grandmother and sister

At the age of 11, N.V.T was only in 3rd grade, in the same class with his 9-year-old brother N.Q.M at Thien An Charity School. For more than ten years, two children had lived without birth certificates and the whole family has lived in a cramped, damp and dark motel near Kenh Nuoc Den. Their family had many difficulties with busy earning for living and moving shelter a lot, so they haven't just made birth cerrtificates for their children.

Without birth certificates, when two children were sick, their family could only take a little money to buy medicine instead of taking the children to the hospital. Because they had no birth certificats and no health insurances. Besides, after graduating 5th grade, the children will not be able to continue going to school without birth certificates.

In 2020, thanks to the help and introduction of the nuns at the school, their families were met "A new life page" project. After nearly a year, with the efforts of the A New Life Page Project, V.T and Q.M finally got their own birth certificates. The first new life pages are officially opened, which is the opportunity to improve and develop a bright future like the names of the two children.

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N.C.N.A and mom
N.C.N.A and mom

At the age of 5, N.C.N.A. has never been went to school because of not having birth certificate. This was derived from her mother’s story that Mrs. C.T.H.N. does not have birth certificate or any personalidentifications. Her father passed away when she was a child. Her mother remarried, so Mrs. H.N lived with her grandmother. While they migrated many places, her grandmother did not know how to make birth certificate for her. Mrs. H.N only studied at the end of grade 3. When growing up, she was a shopkeeper in a small shop, and could not be married to her husband – N.A’s father legallybecause of not having any personalidentifications.

Mrs. H.N was burst into tears while recounting: "I have no personalidentifications at all, so I were really absorbed the difficulties of a person without a birth certificate and personalidentifications. I wish my daughter to havea better life, but I don't know how to help myself and help my daughter for 6 years."

Thanks to the connection of Ceporer Hoc Mon - a , Mrs. H.N and her daughter reach the project “A new life page”. Project officers and lawyers have researched the real case, carried out procedures such as DNA testing (between N.A and her father) to verify her personality, submit documents, and support Mrs. H.N to make birth certificates and IDcard. By early December 2020, both Mrs. H.N and N.A. have had enough identifications. N.A. have started kindergarten in public schools and go to public primary school at the age of 6.

"I really want to say thanks" – Mrs. H.N shared when received her daughter's birth certificate.

N.A received birth certificate
N.A received birth certificate
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