A site visit to an orphanage
In our previous report, we mentioned that Care for Children staff from the UK, China and Thai teams were preparing to travel to Hanoi to launch the project. We are now excited to report that this has happened! Two of the three families have arrived, are settling in well, and are doing all the necessary groundwork to start strong.
Over the last six months, we have been in weekly communication with the Department of Childcare and Protection in preparation to launch the project. A key strategy of Care for Children’s is to work closely with both central and local government to ensure long-term systemic change and sustainability. We are pleased to report that the Vietnamese government is looking exclusively at Care for Children to develop family-based care initiatives with over 400 Child Protection Centres (orphanages) in all 63 provinces! It is an awesome opportunity in front of us, and we recognise the importance of starting well.
The Vietnamese government moved the enactment of their new child law (which provides legislative support for foster care for the first time), one month earlier than scheduled, from July 1st to June 1st to coincide with International Children’s Day. This is indicative of their willingness and speed at which they want to move, which is very encouraging!
We are also encouraged to observe that Vietnam is very open to attracting professional expertise to boost economic and social reform. This gives Care for Children a supportive and freeing environment within which to work directly with the Social Protection Centres and tailor our training materials to best suit the Vietnamese culture and context. All pointers suggest we are starting this work at just the right time.
I hope you are as excited as we are in the wake of this new and exciting project with the Vietnamese government to ensure some of the world’s most vulnerable children can be lovingly cared for in local families!
Once again thank you for your support and staying connected with our work.