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
L.T.N.T and her children
L.T.N.T and her children

Mrs.L.T.N.T lives with her husband and 6 kids. 8 people live in a room of 15m2. N.T earns a living by solely selling snack, and her husband is a waiter. While struggling to make a living on a daily basis, the couple has to suffer from a huge loss of income due to the COVID-19 social distancing.

N.T's first 2 kids have attended school, however, the rest has not had birth certificates. In which, M.A (8 years old) and Ng.A (6 years old), due to some birth registration-related problems, they are not able to go to school. M.A obtained his birth certificate since he was born, but as he could not enter into the household registration book and lost the original birth certificate, he cannot apply for admission to public schools. When being asked, "M.A, do you want to go to school?" M.A's eyes immediately light up, he smiled brightly and replied: "Definitely, I want to go to school, I think it would be fun."

When Ng.A turns 6, N.T worries that Ng.A would be like her brother M.A, unable to go to school like many children of her age. The couple went back and forth to find ways for their children to enter first grade. However, due to the vicious cycle of not fully understanding how to apply for the birth certificate and the hectic pace of life, at the time the family reached out to A New Life Page project, it was 1 month late for Ng.A to enroll in first grade.

Lawyers, MSD team, social workers and L.T.N.T’s family have carried out procedures, such as application for reissuance of the original birth certificate at the hospital, confirmation of temporary residency, application for reissuance (for M.A) and issuance (for children Ng.A, T.A, D.A) of birth certificate, etc.

From now on, Ng.A and M.A can officially be recognized by law, and take the very first steps to go to school. L.T.N.T is also somewhat relieved because the two youngest children in the family - T.A and D.A – have birth certificates, and subsequently receive free medical examinations and treatment (According to Decree No.146/2018/ND-CP of Vietnam for children under 6 years old).

The birth certificate is not just a piece of paper, it actually opens up new and bright pages of their life. "I’m really happy. There are not enough words to express my joy and happiness. I’m very delighted to know that the kids are finally able to go to school like many other children", said L.T.N.T.

Ng.A hadn't have birth certificate until 6
Ng.A hadn't have birth certificate until 6
N.T received children's birth certificates
N.T received children's birth certificates
MSD visted N.T's house
MSD visted N.T's house
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N.K.H.N, a pretty girl with the beautiful eyes and bright smile, turns 6 this year, but for the past 6 years, she has not had her birth registered and possessed an official name. H.N's mother is a Khmer (an ethnic minority in Vietnam). She migrated from Soc Trang to Ho Chi Minh City for a better life 20 years ago, and her personal documents had been lost due to frequent moves. H.N's father is nearly 50 years old now, and his vision is getting blurry and unclear due to corneal inflammation. The main livelihood of the whole family is picking up scraps and bottles on the old tricycle.

Since H.N was born, her parents have been trying to get a birth certificate and an official name for her. Her father has taken the papers to every place that he heard of, with the belief that Muoi (H.N's nickname) would go to school and have a brighter future.

At the end of 2020 - as H.N attended a charity school in the neighborhood (without a birth certificate, she could not attend public schools), under the guidance of nuns, H.N’ parents reached out to A New Life Page project. The dream of having a birth certificate eventually came true.

With the support of the A New Life Page project, local authority and lawyer, H.N officially obtained a birth certificate with her own name. The birth certificate with the official name has opened up a bright future for "Muoi" after 6 years of being invisible. H.N shared her joy: “Later when I grow up, I want to become a lawyer to help children who did not have birth certificates like me to go to school, like aunts and uncles of the A New Life Page project has helped my family.”



K.N received birth certificate with her parents
K.N received birth certificate with her parents
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Hanoi – On December 24, 2020, the Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD) and the Genetic Testing Service Joint Stock Company (GENTIS) signed the cooperation agreement for A New Life Page project. According to the agreement, GENTIS awarded MSD a VND150 million support package for 30 genetic tests.

During four months from September to December 2020, the Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD) and A New Life Page group have implemented a fundraising campaign named “Give a child a new life page”, aiming to raise money to support disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City obtain their own birth certificates, giving them the opportunity to embark their new lives with fundamental human rights.

In addition to the donations from fundraising platforms, the project has also been supported by the Genetic Testing Service Joint Stock Company (GENTIS), one of the leading DNA testing company in Vietnam. On December 24, 2020, memorandum of Understanding between MSD and GENTIS was officially signed. Accordingly, GENTIS is committed to support MSD and the A New Life Page project to conduct 30 genetic tests worth VND 150,000,000 in birth registration procedures for disadvantaged children.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh, Director of MSD, shared: “We are really happy and touched by GENTIS’s support. On behalf of the children and families receiving support from our project, we would like to thank GENTIS board of management and staff for accompanying MSD on the journey to promote the right to birth registration for disadvantaged children. GENTIS, as a prestigious company, is our first option to conduct DNA tests for the A New Life Page project. More companionship and help, more children will get the birth certificates and stand the chance to have a better life. We are eager to work with GENTIS and other stakeholders to take the children to a new life - a life of a true citizen who has the right to survive, to be safe, to belong, to be heard, to receive adequate care and to grow up in a protective environment.”

Mr. Nguyen Quang Vinh, Head of Genetic Testing Center, GENTIS, said: “Since GENTIS establishment, we have always put high emphasis on corporate social responsibility and accompanied with community-based programs. Being aware of the positive impact and meaning of A New Life Page project, GENTIS is willing to join hands with MSD in issuing birth certificates for disadvantaged children. We guarantee the accuracy of the tests and accompany the A New Life Page in supporting children and families in need.”

Hopefully, with the support of GENTIS and other stakeholders, several children will be given "new life pages".

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Ho Chi Minh City – On September 27,2020,Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD), A New Life Page Group and Hoa Sen University implemented the workshop named "Give a child a new life page – Mid-autumn festival".

In the middle of theAugustof lunar calendar, streets are filled with the exciting, bustling atmosphere and vibrant colors duringthe Mid-Autumn Festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival, commonly known as Children's Festival, is a special holiday for young children in Vietnam and some Asian countriesto enjoy the best time of the year. On this occasion, children enjoy traditional specialties, receive lucky gifts from adults and join countless interesting activities, such as cheerful lantern parade and lively lion dance,with their family and friends.

However, for disadvantaged children, it is not easy to have a happy and complete Mid-Autumn Festival in their lives. Participating in the Mid-Autumn Festival in neighborhood and schools is seeminglyimpossible for invisible children who, without birth certificates, cannot attend schools and get residence documents.They even cannot celebrate the holiday at home, as their parents don't have much money for such treats.

Understanding children’s difficulties, Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD), A New Life Page Group and Hoa Sen University implemented the workshop named "Give a child a new life page – Mid-autumn festival", aiming to organize a happyand memorable Mid-Autumn Festival for disadvantaged children in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as raise awareness and promote the right to birth registration ofevery child. The festival attracts a number of participants, including more than 150 children in local shelters andsocial welfare institutions, families who are beneficiaries of A New Life Pageproject, Rapper Wowy Nguyen and his team of contestants in Rap Viet, members of A New Life Pagegroup and students at Hoa Sen University.

In the opening remark, Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh,Director of MSD,shares: “Children have the right to get birth certificates, to enroll schools, to play, to dream for a better life and to develop comprehensively. “Give a child a new life page”campaignis implemented by MSD and A New Life Pagegroup to give marginalized children a passport to a new life and the fundamental rights they deserve. We hopesthat the eventtoday will be an opportunity for unfortunate children to join fun activities in the Mid-Autumn Festival, and more importantly, encourage them to overcome difficulties, help them obtain birth certificates, access to education and essential healthcare and realize their dreams.MSD and A New Life Pagegroup are committed to accompanying families and sheltersto support children in difficult circumstances. We hope that donors will accompany our journey to open up a new future for invisible children.”


At Hoa Sen University, besides better understanding of the importance of birth certificates, children also engage in Mid-Autumn Festival's activities such as watching lion dance, making paper lanterns, decorating shirts about their own dreams and participating in folk games and quizzes. In particular, children are very excited to write "Letters to the Future" to express their dreams and desires for a bright future.

The Mid-Autumn Festival also welcomes special guests, which are Rapper Wowy, who went throughhardshipsand became one of the most successful and famous rappers in Vietnam, and the contestants of Wowy team in Rap Viet, a viral TV show currently. As soon as the guests appeared, children are extremely excited to interact with the guests and feature in their freestyle performances.

As a supporterof the “Give a child a new life page” campaign, Rapper Wowy shares: Thanks MSD for having me today. I am really happy to be here and bring a meaningful day forunfortunate children. They deserve to have their inherent rights and receive the warmth of my heart and those who care about their future. ”

8 year-old T.A shares: I just received my birth certificate on the day before. My mom said that I can attend school next year. Other friends in my neighborhood have gone to school, but me. Now I finally can enroll school, I'm very happy. Today I’m really excited to join the Mid-autumn festival. I drew a very beautiful shirt for my mom. I also met my idol Wowy, I hope I would be like him in the future."

Lion dance performance by children at a shelter
Lion dance performance by children at a shelter
Rapper Wowy play with children
Rapper Wowy play with children
Writing "Letter to the future"
Writing "Letter to the future"
Making paper lanterns
Making paper lanterns
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“Hi everyone, it’s Wowy – who was born and grew up in such a poor, narrow, crowded alley in the heart of Saigon, Vietnam…” voiced by Rapper Wowy. It is the most touching and truest story told about the plight of several children in the A New Life Page project.
Disadvantaged children:
- Were born in small alleys and on streets or follow migrated parents and relatives to luxury Saigon
- 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
These describe the life picture of many disadvantaged children without birth certificates that would be encountered at present and in the future.
The fundraising campaign “Give a child a new life page”, raised by MSD, A New Lige Page Group and Rapper Wowy and  is to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to begin a new life with fundamental human rights through helping them getting the birth certificate.
All supports - any coin will be counted. A small timely supports may open a new life page and a brighter future for a child. We expect to raise at least 350,000,000 VND to support at least 70 disadvantaged children.
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 schools, etc.
“Give a child a new life page” give you the opportunity to be a part of changing the disadvantaged children’s lives. Through GlobalGiving, we hope to raise at least 4,000 USD to give 20 children personal document and oppotunities to go to school. During September 14-19, 2020, all contributions over USD 50 will be increased by 50%.


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