Protect 30 girl children at risk of prostitution

by Alliance Anti Trafic
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Protect 30 girl children at risk of prostitution
Protect 30 girl children at risk of prostitution
Protect 30 girl children at risk of prostitution
Protect 30 girl children at risk of prostitution
Protect 30 girl children at risk of prostitution
Protect 30 girl children at risk of prostitution
Protect 30 girl children at risk of prostitution
Acacia and Clover at their new school
Acacia and Clover at their new school

The COVID 19 pandemic has created a truly unprecedented which effect all of us, regardless of where we are or what we do. Our hearts go out to anyone who’s been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. However, we also believe that Love, Hope and Positivity can be far more infectious than a virus. Please stay safe and care for others during this hard times.

We would like to share with you the good news from our country, is that Vietnam has managed to contain COVID-19, lifting social isolation measures, restarting the economy and allowing gatherings. Schools start to reopen and our girls are going back to their classes. Another school year just officially begins. We can’t wait to share with you our latest updates happening during over past three months.

This school year, Acacia and Clover attend their high school. With the support of our program staff, the two children successfully enrolled at Vien Dong College with Spa major. After three years of studying here, they will get the high school diploma, associate's degree and vocational degree to prepare them for the future ahead. We are delighted to always be a companion in the lives of children and families with their important decisions, as well as helping them have a more sustainable future through education.

Our team is also happy to welcome two more beneficiaries to join the program (Gaura, 7 years old and Freesia, 8 years old). Gaura and Freesia will receive a full-tuition scholarship, as well as other supports including health insurance, school supplies, uniforms until they complete high school. At the same time, we would like to send our congrats to Petunia for sucessfully completing our program and passing the high school graduation exam. Petunia joined the program when she was a tenth grade student in 2017. It has been a wonderful time being with her over the past three years in the role of her friend, supporter and mentor throughout high school journey.

Another updates on monthly activities, we are working hard to prepare for the second session of vocational guidance series “When I Grow Up”, which will be hold on this Sunday (October, 18). With the topic “Successfully Growing”, that introduces the girls the interesting knowledge about entrepreneurship, we are pleased to announce Mr. Markus Grnick - Founder of lecka chocolate bar and tryb Group will be our speaker at the activity. We could not be happier to see more and more people from many walks of life joining Where Dreams Bloom, contribute their time and efforts to the program. Please follow our Facebook page at the link below to see the photos of the weekend activity.

Last but not least, we would like to share with you the latest good news from AAT. Georges Blanchard, our founder, was received the French Trophy for the Social and Humanitarian Category 2020. This prize is rewarded in recognition the work of Georges and his team at Alliance Anti Trafic Vietnam and Thailand for the outstanding accomplishments in the field of protecting and empowering women and girls at high risk of sexual abuse, exploitation and human trafficking in Southeast Asia since 2001.

As we go forward, we’ll be sure to keep you updated and know that we always value your questions, ideas and feedback. Please send us email via: vnaction@allianceantitrafic if you have any question.

At Where Dreams Bloom program, we strongly believe that girls have the right same right to education as boys. Educated girls can make informed choices and from a far better range of options. This is a great source of inspiration and encouragement that keeps us working tirelessly to bring a brighter future to our girls. However, we could not accomplish this big goal without your support. One again, thank you for being a part of our team of supporters that are making our missions realities.

We wish all of us good health and good spirits.

AAT Team

When I Grow Up (Second session) Poster
When I Grow Up (Second session) Poster
Petunia received certificate at AAT office
Petunia received certificate at AAT office

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“I don’t know what I’m going to do, this situation is larger than me.” - This is what a mother in Where Dreams Bloom program shared with us when we visited her house during the lockdown in Ho Chi Minh city 3 months ago. In our program, 84,6% of the families live in a renting house or relatives' house; 38,5 % have members have a chronic disease and depend on the family’s income and nearly 70% have members lose their jobs during the Covid-19 lockdown. We are so happy that we could share the problem with all of the families during the hard times with a financial support to help them overcome the situation.

Because of the negative impact causing by COVID -19, all of public and private schools in Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh city had to shutdown for more than two months (from the early of February to the middle of April 2020) following the instruction of the government. Most of the schools started to reopen in the middle of April while the Ministry of Education and Training has pushed the end date for the 2019-2020 academic year term to a later time. The summer holiday will be shorted to one month.

Last month, we was also happy to meet Lilac again. She is one of formal participants in the program. After graduating from high school in 2017, we supported Lilac in applying for a scholarship from Tuoi Tre newspaper (a famous newspaper in Vietnam) to help her continue her education in college. She is currently living with her mother in a small room with renting price in 3,000,000 Vietnam dong per month. She had a part time job as a cashier at a convenience store while her mother work at a local restaurant to cover expenditures life until her mother's health was getting worse. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer then. After the lockdown Lilac just lost her job as a result of Corona pandemic as well. With all this difficulties she has to deal with, we stand by her by supporting all of her tuition fee of her last semester. Our staff also support her mother in seeking suitable hospital to carry out the surgery. We are very glad that we still stay connected with our formal participants after years and continue supporting the ones in need to complete their study and achieve their goals. Lilac dreams of working at a logistics company in the future. We believe that with all of community support, the love of family and her determination, her dream will come true. This is the magical medicine for her mom as well.

Last but not least, we would like to update our donors that we have partnered with Click Media, a media company bases in Vietnam to run a campaign named Bride for Sale. Why we started the campaign? Do you know that women trafficking is still one of the huge problems many countries including Vietnam are facing. Meanwhile, the rapid growth of e-commerce has made buying anything online easier and faster. We want to use a familiar platform to raise awareness to help solve the problem. The Bride for Sale campaign illustrates how young women are sold like commodities in the modern age. We hope that through the campaign, more and more people will be able to access and enhance their knowledge on against human trafficking as well as increase self-protection mechanism of community. When you go to the website, it will connect you to website of AAT as well as the link of this project on GlobalGiving. Please go to the link: https://wegenerationvn.wixsite.com/mysite to access the campaign and share it with your friends.

We would like to express our deepest thanks to donor like you who plays an important part in our mission. Thank to your generous contribution, we could make it possible for children who are at high risk continue going to school and building a brighter future. Please keep supporting us!

Thank you very much,

AAT Team

Parents received support during the lockdown
Parents received support during the lockdown
We met Lilac at our office
We met Lilac at our office
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Confident and teambuilding workshop
Confident and teambuilding workshop

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share with you latest updates on Where Dreams Bloom, the project supporting at-risk girls to to school until they complete K-12 education. In the end of December, we and our girls celebrated Christmas together in the activity Christmas party. This activity contained lots of interactive games to enhance the girls’ creativity, challenge them to think and, most of all, let them have fun. During the party we played pass the present (a holiday version of musical chairs), participated in a Christmas jeopardy game, had a white elephant gift exchange and a Christmas tree drawing competition. We also had food and drinks available for the girls and decorated the room with hanging paper snowflakes, Christmas posters and lights. The Christmas party was a blast and we feel so blessed to have such a wonderful group of girls as a part of this program.

In the early of January, the girl participated in another activity with us - “Confident and team-building workshop”. During 3-hour staying at the park, we had lots of games and communication activities specially designed to not only enhance their self - confidence and capacity but also bring them joy for the weekend . We stared with the game “Duck Duck Goose”. In the game, everyone sits in a circle with one person goes around touching everyone's head. Every time they touch someone's head they say duck but when they say goose that person has to try and tag them before the tagger gets all the way around the circle and sits down in their spot. Then we played Telephone game. The rule is the player sit in a line and we gives the first person in the row a word or sentence and the players have to whisper the word or sentence to the person next to them until they get to the last person. Once the last person gets the word they have to say it out loud and see if it is correct. In another part, the girls joined some interviews with our staff talking about everything they are interested in. This experience aims to strengthen their communication skill in public. Most of people can get nervous when giving speech in front of a group of people and even feel more embarrassed when being filmed with a camera. So, they need to have good preparations, thinking what they will say in the clip as well as control their voice while talking. Just start out by speaking about anything you are passionate about to warm up and turn on your “speaker” personality. This is what we try to inspire the girls through the activity.

Last but not least, are you excited to see our new program publication this year? Our team makes this every 2 years to remember all the good memories that the girls have shared with us and more important, we would love to acknowledge all the support from the donors like you for the program. Please check it out by clicking on the link:

http://allianceantitrafic.org/aatvietnam/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2018.2019.-Where-Dreams-Bloom-Book.pd

Finally, we wish you have a new year with many success and happiness. Please continue supporting us and the program. These girls would not have access to the abundance of opportunities and experiences they receive if it wasn't for generous supporters like you.

All the best,

AAT team

Christmas Party activity
Christmas Party activity
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The start of the new school year marked the fifth anniversary of the Where Dream Bloom program! This program began in 2015 and has since had 31 members. The first event of the new school year was held in August. During this event we awarded scholarships to the girls, connected parents and children in the program and introduced the new members to the current ones. We had many interactive activities that brought out laughs and new friendships while also helping to develop soft skills for everyone involved.

In the last three weeks we also had more preventive trainings for the girls. The first training covered School Violence and Popular Risks. This session was specifically designed for older girls in the program who are 12-18 years of age. During this training we discussed school violence as well as other popular risks for this age group. These risks include human trafficking, sexual abuse, and abortion. The reason why we put an emphasis on school violence is because, based off of the follow up sessions done by our staff, it is a commonly cited issue by the girls in our program. This is why preventative trainings of this nature are so important.

The second training was the Puberty and Growing up training session for the younger girls in the group who are 7-11 years of age. This session was designed to help them gain the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent them from getting involved in prostitution or other dangerous activities. On top of this, the Where Dreams Bloom program provides extensive resources in order to maintain their overall health and wellbeing.

We have exciting activities coming next month as well! Towards the middle of December, we will have an outdoor event in the Landmark Central Park. The girls will participate in many games and activities and an American volunteer will come to film for us. The main purpose of this event will be to help the girls gain better social skills and build their self-confidence. It is important for them to learn how to act in front of a large crowd and work together with a team. Both of these skills can be developed through team building activities. Problem-solving techniques, cooperation, teamwork and the value of sharing are some other skills that will be learned as well. In addition to the outdoor event, we will also be hosting a Christmas party for all the current and former members of Where Dreams Bloom. We hope that this activity will bring them lots of joy before they take their first semester exam in January. This get together will be an excellent chance for the current and former members to connect and get to know each other more.

On top of all this, we are also happy to welcome more young people to participate in the program this year. We have three new volunteers who are Vietnamese and foreign students studying social majors at varying universities. They are all seeking out opportunities to improve the world by volunteering their service and skills to projects they deem to be important. This experience also helps them fulfill the requirements of their schools. The girls in the Where Dreams Bloom program love talking and sharing their stories with the volunteers because the smaller age gap allows them to bond more easily. 

Our team is also currently working on the new Where Dreams Bloom book that will be published this December. This is the third edition of the book that presents the stories of current and former participants of the program. The book also includes all of the activities of the program from 2018 to 2019. Stay tuned to find out more about it!

Last but not least, we are pleased to announce that our organization, Alliance Anti Trafic Vietnam, has been nominated laureate of the Social and Humanitarian Award of the French Trophies of Asia and Oceania. This award ceremony will take place on December 5, 2019 at the residence of France in Singapore.

We would also like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who continues to follow and support AAT and our Where Dreams Bloom program.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of these children, please contact us at: vnaction@allianceantitrafic.org OR support the program on Global Giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/where-dreams-bloom/

Thank you!

 AAT Team

 

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Time flies so fast! Three months have elapsed and today we are happy to send you our latest updates in Where Dreams Bloom - the program aims to protect children aged 6 -18 and are daughters or sisters of women earning living from prostitution.

One month ago, we took the children to Ninh Thuan, which is a province in the South Central Coast of Vietnam for three days. This is the second consecutive year we organize the trip, which aims to give the children opportunities to extend learning outside classrooms, to get away from home and step outside of their usual routine; more importantly, they will become an more independent and responsible young person when traveling without their parents or tutors. During the trip, we explored many places of the province, such as: Cham tower - the characteristics of culture of the province built by ancient Champa people, grape farms, spectacular natural scenery and beautiful white sandy beaches along the city.

The summer has ended is also the time when another schoolyear coming back and Where Dreams Bloom enrolls new more members into the program. This year, we welcome another two more members: V. (17 years old) and N. (11 years old). V. is studying hard to prepare for university exam next year while N. will start her fifth-grade in this school year. By participating in the program, they will receive school fees, uniforms, school supplies, monthly follow-ups, training and many other initiatives to enhance their life skills, self-esteem and confidence.

We also would like to share with you another good news, is that T. and A., who has received the support of the program since 2015 has excellently passed the university exam and is going to start the first semester this September. They still receive our follow-ups regularly when entering university so we could assist them if they need help.  

Last week, our latest activity - Celebrating new schoolyear just happened to award scholarship to the children, connect parents and children in the program through team-building games/discussions and introduce new members to others. After five years together, we are very happy to see shyness and distance among the participants are gradually being replaced by smiles and conhesion.

Since 2015, the program has supported 31 girls to continue going to school. They are from six to 18 years old, from first grade to twelfth grade. Six of them already graduated from high school and five of them enrolled in universities or colleges with different majors.

Please see the details of number of children joining the program below:

2015: 16 children

2016: 20 children

2017: 25 children

2018: 29 children

2019: 31 children

Education is important for a child. But not all children could go to school. With the girls in our program, some of them must work to help their families, or stay home to care for younger siblings. Other girls simply don’t have the money for educational fees or school uniforms. As a result, the children’s future must give way to survival priorities of their families. Luckily, they are still in school and continue to be thanks to AAT’s program to support high-risk children.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of these children, please contact us at: vnaction@allianceantitrafic.org OR support the program on Global Giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/where-dreams-bloom/

Thanks to a donor like you, the girls have more chances to stay in school and change their lives!

-AAT team-

 

  

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Ta My Linh
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